Sometimes the right job finds you.
Emmaus Police Officer Melanie Sayres joined the department soon after completing the Reading Police Academy and knew she was in the right place.
“It feels right. I can’t describe it,” she said of her job with the Emmaus Police Department in an interview recently.
“I just see it as a challenging career. I can’t see myself doing anything else,” Sayres said.
So far, Officer Sayres is enjoying being “on the job” to borrow a pop culture description of work as a police officer.
A 21-year-old woman, of Coopersburg, was arrested Sept. 16 for alleged possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in a parking lot at Emmaus Community Park, 1401 Shimerville Road, according to police.
An 18-year-old male, of Emmaus, was arrested Sept. 30 in the 500 block of Mountain Boulevard for possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking, according to police.
A 20-year-old male, of Emmaus, was arrested Sept. 30 in the 500 block of Mountain Boulevard for underage drinking, according to police.
Armand James Turner, 42, of New York, N.Y., was charged with allegedly driving under the influence of a controlled substance after a traffic stop along State Route 222 northbound, south of Interstate 78, Lower Macungie Township, 8:56 p.m. Sept. 1, according to police. Turner was later released, according to police.
Jordan Louis Foster, 25, of Alburtis, was taken into custody under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop on Indian Creek Road at Olympic Drive, Lower Macungie Township, 1:11 a.m. Sept. 2, according to police.
A 19-year-old, of Macungie, was arrested Sept. 19 for suspicion of retail theft after she allegedly removed an iPhone charger valued at $19.07 from 7-Eleven, 1146 Chestnut St., according to police. She was transported to Lehigh County Booking Center and processed, according to police.
An unknown actor struck and damaged the driver’s side mirror of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck parked in the 300 block of Broad Street. The incident was reported Sept. 24. Damage was estimated at $300, according to police.
The 14th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28. During that time, Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at 11 sites.
The event is being coordinated by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office, area police departments, Allentown Health Bureau, Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.
Matthew Paul Dengler, 22, of Macungie, was arrested Sept. 15 in the 1100 block of Eagle Drive on charges of suspicion of aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct after allegedly being involved in a domestic dispute, according to police. Dengler was transported to Lehigh County Booking Center and processed, according to police.
A total of 57 motorists were stopped, one driving under the influence arrest was made and 32 citations were issued during a sobriety checkpoint in Lower Macungie Township between 10 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3 a.m. Sept. 3. The contacts with drivers were made after the checkpoint had to be canceled due to inclement weather, according to police.
A resident in the 4800 block of Pine Grove Circle, Lower Macungie Township, reported an unknown actor entered an unlocked vehicle and removed an iPod device Sept. 15, according to police.
Ashley Marie Wilkinson, 31, of Reading, was charged with suspicion of retail theft after she allegedly removed and conspired to steal 100 containers of Similac Advance Optigro infant formula and two cases of Red Bull energy drink valued at $1,585 from Walmart, 1091 Mill Creek Road, Lower Macungie Township, between March 26 and May 3, 2016, according to police.
Patty Ann Walter, 46, of Emmaus, was arrested Aug. 27 for suspicion of public drunkenness in the 500 block of Chestnut Street after allegedly causing a disturbance, according to police.
An 18-year-old male, of Emmaus, was arrested Sept. 9 in the 1000 block of Chestnut Street for theft after he bought items and received change for a counterfeit bill at CVS, 702 Chestnut St.
A burglary was reported Sept. 9 in the 200 block of Stephen Street. Nothing of value was stolen.
A 19-year-old male, of Alburtis, was charged with suspicion of burglary and criminal trespass after he allegedly entered a garage in the 7500 block of Spring Creek Road, Lower Macungie Township, and removed a bicycle Aug. 27. He also was charged with alleged theft and receiving stolen property, according to police.