Saturday, January 19, 2013
A Williams Township man died as a result of self-inflicted hammer blows to his head, officials have determined
Michael Muretta struggled for years with mental illness. His struggle reached a horrific end last August when the 47-year-old Williams Township man struck himself in the head with a hammer, causing fatal injuries. That was the conclusion reached by investigators looking into Muretta's death, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Thursday. At a news conference at his office, Morganelli told reporters that Muretta's history --combined with physical evidence at his home and no evidence of anyone who wished him harm -- will lead the coroner to rule his death a suicide. It's not clear whether Murettta intended to kill himself. The hammer blows may have been a response to the symptoms of the schizophrenia Muretta suffered …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
A shoplifter hanged himself in county jail after allegedly stealing from both Palmer Park Mall and Lehigh Valley Mall.
About 10 days before he killed himself in a Lehigh County Prison cell Monday, a 23-year-old former Tatamy resident was charged in a shoplifting incident at Palmer Park Mall for which he was not jailed. But Justin Lee Bowyer was sent to Lehigh County Prison after a Nov. 9 (Friday) shoplifting incident at JC Penney in Lehigh Valley Mall, according to The Morning Call. That incident was his third retail theft arrest, The Call said. The Call story lists Bowyer’s address as 537 N. Fountain St., Allentown, which is near 9th and Allen streets. The criminal complaint for Bowyer’s Palmer Park Mall arrest on Nov. 2 lists his address as 627 Broad St., Tatamy. The complaint also states the incident was his second retail theft offense. In the Palmer …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Nearly 200 attended the funeral of Frank A. Rossnagle Friday in Phillipsburg, N.J.
Nearly 200 mourners, including about 100 police officers, attended the funeral of Bethlehem Police Officer Frank A. Rossnagle Friday morning. The Mass of Christian burial was held at Ss. Philip and James Catholic Church, 430 S. Main St. in Phillipsburg, NJ. The church service was preceded by a funeral service at in the Doyle-Devlin Funeral Home, Inc., also in Phillipsburg. In attendance were dozens of his fellow officers from the Bethlehem Police Department, joined by other officers from Allentown, Easton, Emmaus, Forks Township, Pennsylvania State Police, Washington Township N.J., Warren County N.J., Hackettstown N.J., Mansfield Township N.J., and others. An honor guard was supplied by the Berks County Sheriff's Department, and the …
Services for Frank A. Rossnagle, who committed suicide on Sunday, will be held in Phillipsburg, N.J. this morning.
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Friday, June 8, 2012
A Bethlehem police officer who committed suicide on Sunday will be laid to rest today after a funeral in Phillipsburg, N.J. Funeral services for Frank A. Rossnagle will be held at 10 a.m. in the Doyle-Devlin Funeral Home, Inc., 695 Corliss Ave., Phillipsburg, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in Ss. Philip and James Catholic Church, 430 S. Main St., Phillipsburg. Bethlehem police officers had planned to be a part of the service, according to Police Chief Jason Schiffer. Rossnagle, 51, had been a member of the Bethlehem Police Department since 1997. Most recently, he was the property/evidence officer and had previously served in the Criminal Investigations Division. Before joining the Bethlehem Police Department, Rossnagle…