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Two men are accused of fighting police checking party
[Whitehall Township, PA]


March 14, 2001
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Two men are accused of fighting police checking party
[Whitehall Township, PA]

Kirk Beldon Jackson Of The Morning Call
March 13, 2001, Tuesday Fifth Edition
Copyright 2001 The Morning Call, Inc.
The Morning Call (Allentown)
March 13, 2001, Tuesday Fifth Edition

(WHITEHALL, Penn.) -- Two brothers face charges of assault and resisting arrest for allegedly fighting with Whitehall Township police officers investigating underage drinking at a Saturday night party in an apartment complex.

The officers pepper-sprayed the men, but after a struggle during which other party guests allegedly were yelling "fight," it took a police dog finally to subdue one of them, police said.

The brothers also were charged with ethnic intimidation for racial slurs allegedly directed at the two police officers first on the scene.

Police charged several other party guests with underage drinking.

The trouble began when Patrolman Mario Evangelista, while on a call nearby, saw a group of young men and women hanging around the pool house at Olympic Gardens apartment, 1596 Olympic Circle North, police said.

Lamar A. Herod, 20, of Whitehall got angry when Evangelista came to investigate, police said. When another officer, Patrolman Karen Bailey, tried to enter the pool house, Herod's brother, Lennox, blocked her way, police said.

Party guests began leaving the pool house, and Bailey asked them to go back inside. Lamar Herod elbowed her while he was still outside, police said. Bailey used pepper spray on him, with no effect.

Lennox Herod, who is black, then started cursing and shouting racial epitaphs at Bailey, who is white, police said. Throughout the confrontation, both brothers allegedly directed racial slurs at both officers. Evangelista also is white.

Evangelista saw that his colleague was on the ground with Lamar Herod and radioed for help. Evangelista then sprayed Lennox Herod -- who had resisted being taken into custody -- in the face with pepper spray, with little or no effect, police said.

Lennox Herod, 23, of Whitehall, then struck Evangelista in the arms and legs, police said. Lamar Herod was on his feet by this time, and Evangelista helped Bailey take him to the ground and cuff him, police said.

The struggle went on as other guests at the party shouted "fight," police said.

Lennox Herod finally complied with police orders to drop to the ground when a Whitehall officer arrived with a dog, police said. But as he dropped, he discarded several white packets of powder that later turned out to be heroin, they said.

Lamar Herod was charged with aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. He also was charged with ethnic intimidation.

His brother was charged with aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, ethnic intimidation and possession of heroin, police said.

Both were committed to Lehigh County Prison under $25,000 bail.

Among those also charged were:

Terrence Lee Brickhouse, 20, of Allentown, with disorderly conduct.

Toomey Karnijah Anderson, 19, of Breinigsville, with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and underage drinking; he was released to his mother under $8,000 unsecured bail.

Kate Ann Elizabeth Major, 18, of Bethlehem, with underage drinking.

Matthew Trangush, 18, of Emmaus, with consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages.

Armah Shiancoe, 18, of Breinigsville, with possession and consumption of alcohol.

Josephus Brown, 18, of Allentown; Gabriel Jonathan Bryan, 18, of Allentown; a 17-year-old Allentown boy; and two 17-year-old Allentown girls, with underage drinking.

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