January 23, 2021

Armed duo fleeing home invasion caught after crashing into cop car, 2 other vehicles

Allentown police arrested two men on multiple felonies after they allegedly broke into a home while armed and a gunshot was fired, authorities said.

Officers responded to the break-in call just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of West Emmett Street, Allentown police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. said in a news release.

No one home at the time of the incident was injured, police said.

Allentown police converged on the area, and the two suspects were observed running to a vehicle parked nearby, according to the release.

They attempted to drive off but struck three unoccupied, parked vehicles — including a police car — before their vehicle broke down and they were forced to flee on foot, police said. Patrol officers quickly took them into custody.

Granitz identified the suspects as Richard Robinson, 33, of Newark, New Jersey, and 34-year-old Kasson Green, who has no current address.


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Lorain man dies after crashing motorized bicycle into utility pole, police say

LORAIN, Ohio — A 40-year-old man died after crashing his motorized bicycle into a utility pole Tuesday afternoon, police say.

Michael Mahan of Lorain died in the crash that happened just after 1 p.m. at the intersection of Fulton Road and East 28th Street, Lorain police said in a news release.

Mahan was thrown from the bike after he lost control during a left-hand turn onto East 28th Street and crashed into a utility pole, police said.

MetroHealth LifeFlight took Mahan to the hospital where he later died from his injuries, police said.

Mahan was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

This crash marks the fifth fatal crash in Lorain, police said, and is under investigation.

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Cops: Woman drove drunk with 3 daughters in car before crashing through Brentwood house

Surveillance footage shows the frightening moments when an out-of-control SUV careens off a side street, across a front lawn and, police said, “through a house” in Brentwood Sunday evening, coming to rest on the lawn of a neighboring home.

The driver, a 34-year-old Bay Shore woman, was arrested and charged with DWI under Leandra’s Law — after Suffolk County Police said a responding officer discovered her three young daughters, aged 4, 5 and 8, in the crashed vehicle.

Ashley Thomas-Smith was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Suffolk County Police said. She faces arraignment Monday in First District Court in Central Islip. Thomas-Smith was treated for what police described as “non-life-threatening injuries” after the crash on Blue Jay Drive at 6:40 p.m. Police said the girls were taken with their mother to Southside Hospital

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Albany man charged after crashing car in alleged bid to escape

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ALBANY – A 22-year-old city man, who police said nearly struck an Albany officer last week before careening head-on into a vehicle on Second Avenue, faces criminal and motor vehicle charges in connection with the incident.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. Thursday, police said Jakil Paul, who a detective tried to stop on Hummel Terrace as part of an ongoing investigation, allegedly sped off and turned around before driving toward the officer and hitting the passenger side of the door on the police car.

Albany police said he continued driving west on Second Avenue at a high rate of speed to Clare Avenue, where he allegedly slammed head on into another vehicle, police said.

Paul had to be extricated from the vehicle and then transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital.

The motorists in the other vehicle were treated at the scene and

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