Flare Incident at Landfill Rattles Nearby Residents

An incident at a local landfill that was caused by high winds Tuesday reportedly rattled windows and doors on nearby Ringhoffer Road and as far away as Sherry Hill Road, Lower Saucon Township Police reported in a news release. Police said officers were called to the 2500 block of Ringhoffer Road for a disturbance report shortly after 10 a.m.

“Residents reported their homes were shaking for several minutes, causing their windows, doors, etc. to rattle,” the news release stated. Police said their investigation revealed “there was an issue with the flare, which is a primary gas destruction system at the IESI landfill” at 2335 Applebutter Road. “Apparently, an air intake which mixes the gases to burn it off was taking in too much air,” they said.

Men–One With Marijuana Flakes on Clothes–Trespassed at Landfill, Police Say

Lower Saucon Township Police said Tuesday that two Bethlehem Township men who allegedly bypassed a fence to access the IESI Bethlehem Landfill property in the 2300 block of Applebutter Road Saturday have been charged with trespassing. In a news release, police said William Byrnes, of the 3600 block of Kelchner Road, and Esteban Flores, of the 4200 block of Alder Road, admitted to going around the fence to get onto the property shortly before 3 p.m.

They added that while talking to Byrnes, an officer “observed marijuana flakes on the outer garments of his clothes.” A subsequent search of Byrnes led police to discover “a glass elephant smoking device…with more marijuana packed into it,” the news release said. Byrnes is also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

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16-Year-Old Driver Crashed into Landfill Fence, Police Say

A 16-year-old boy from Bethlehem who was driving on Applebutter Road Saturday afternoon skidded off the road and crashed into a fence along the IESI Bethlehem Landfill property, Lower Saucon Township Police said in a news release Monday. According to police, officers documented 106 feet of skidmarks on the roadway across the center yellow line leading to the fence. Police said the boy was cited for speeding and careless driving. They did not specify in the news release how much damage was caused.

59 Grams of Pot Found During Traffic Stop, Police Say

A traffic stop on Applebutter Road last month resulted in charges for a Mount Bethel man, who Lower Saucon Township Police said Tuesday was found to be in possession of 59 grams of marijuana. According to a police news release, Isreal Alvarez, of the 400 block of Belvidere Corner Road, was stopped shortly after 11:30 p.m. Aug. 11 near Lower Saucon Road because he was allegedly observed straddling the center line as he drove down Applebutter Road. Police said an officer then detected a strong odor of both burnt and unburnt marijuana and ordered Alvarez to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. A blood test confirmed the presence of marijuana chemicals in Alvarez’s blood, according to police, who said they Alvarez’s license was suspended for a prior DUI conviction.

Solicitor: Applebutter Road Rezoning Process Must Start Over

In response to a question from councilwoman Priscilla deLeon, Lower Saucon Township Council solicitor Linc Treadwell said Wednesday that the western landfill expansion IESI Bethlehem Landfill first proposed in early 2012 is–in his opinion–no longer on the table, due to the amount of time that has elapsed since a public hearing about the related rezoning of land along Applebutter Road was held. That hearing took place nearly two years ago, in September 2013. Treadwell said he would be “uncomfortable” with council taking up the rezoning matter for a public vote without beginning the process over again; a pronouncement deLeon said many township residents will be glad to hear. She compared the western expansion and the rezoning that would have to occur in order for it to move forward to a “black cloud” that’s hung over some residents; opponents who have sometimes wondered allowed when council would vote on the stalled rezoning amendment, if ever. “I guess the proposed rezoning is over unless someone starts the process over again,” deLeon said after Treadwell gave his opinion.

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Expect Drainage Work on Applebutter, Easton Roads

PennDOT says motorists can expect to encounter maintenance crews working on Applebutter Road and Easton Road in Lower Saucon Township this week, making drainage improvements. In a news release Thursday, PennDOT said crews will be working on Applebutter Road, Lower Saucon Road and Island Park Road between Shimersville Road in Bethlehem and Freemansburg Avenue in Williams Township from Monday, Aug. 17 through Thursday, Aug. 20. The drainage work on Easton and Raubsville roads in Lower Saucon and Williams townships is scheduled for Friday, Aug.