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Alburtis Council Member Tore Up Farm Field and Stole Political Signs, DA Says

The teen politician caused $595 in damage when he drove through a farm field and he is also charged with stealing political signs, according to the Lehigh County DA

A 19-year-old Alburtis man and member of Borough Council drove through an acre of a farm field in Lower Macungie Township causing $595 in damage, according to the Lehigh County district attorney's office.

Kyle Avery Bower also has been charged with theft for allegedly stealing political signs from the front lawn of an Alburtis home.

Alburtis Council President Stephen Hill says he plans to ask Bower to resign, according to a story in the Morning Call.

Bower is still at the beginning of four years of probation "for crimes he pleaded guilty to in Lehigh and Berks counties," the story said.

Bower, of 305 Franklin St., Alburtis, has been charged with:

  • agricultural crop destruction, a second-degree felony
  • agricultural vandalism, a second-degree misdemeanor
  • criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor
  • and summary offenses of abandonment of a vehicle, trespass by motor vehicle, and restriction on alcoholic beverages

Bower has been charged with misdemeanors of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property.

Half-Empty Beer Bottle Found in Vehicle

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Fogelsville:

At about 8 a.m. on Oct.4, 2012, a state trooper was dispatched to Ruth Road and Smith Lane in Lower Macungie Township to investigate a report of a vehicle that had been driven through multiple sections of a farm field and had been abandoned partially in the field.

The trooper saw a car, with no key inside, in the soybean field. Two bottles of beer – one that was half empty - were in the center cup holders. The trooper determined that the vehicle was registered to Kyle Avery Bower.

The vehicle was towed and impounded in a state police impound lot.

State police estimated that the damage to one acre of crop land was $595.

Three Political Signs Stolen

 An affidavit of probable cause filed in the theft case by Alburtis Chief Robert Palmer alleges:

At about 8:50 a.m. on Oct. 4, 2012, Alburtis resident Thomas Bickert reported that three political signs that he had posted on his lawn at 320 Chestnut St. had been stolen sometime during the night.

The signs were found in the back seat of Bower's vehicle that had been abandoned in the soybean field.

As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest has occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation; and the defendant Kyle Avery Bower, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



Marty Milne October 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM
If the allegations prove to be true, this is disgraceful. Residents of Alburtis should be disappointed.
Marie preston October 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
WOW!!!! A MORON IN CHARGE OF VOTING ON IMPORTANT DECISIONS, EVEN POLICE MATTERS!!!!!!! GET RID OF THIS DIOT NOW PEOPLE OF ALBURTIS BEFORE HE BECOMES MAYOR LOL!!!!!!! DONT BECOME ANOTHER MACUNGIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ron Beitler October 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
From what I read in the papers he claimed he was going to use this position as the catalyst to turn his life around. Clearly this hasn't happened and he's still drinking. He needs to resign.
Lanya October 17, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I'm not sure why this young man was voted in, in the first place. What a disgrace to the town of Alburtis.
Ron Beitler October 17, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Alburtis and Macungie both need people to step up and run for office and volunteer. Macungie right now desperately needs volunteers to serve on multiple boards.
ted.dobracki October 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Been there, done that. Can't do it right now, though.. Ron, why don't you throw your hat into the ring?
Ron Beitler October 17, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Tried to Ted.... http://lowermacungie.patch.com/articles/ron-beitler-rejected-as-member-of-twp-parks-rec-board This board does not like people who disagree with their policies.
ted.dobracki October 17, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Not a endorsement, since I know nothing more than that about you, but it seems that a run for township council might be in order! Good luck in any endeavor, we need people like you who are willing to get involved.
tamarya October 20, 2012 at 03:17 PM
This is what happens when you rehabilitate a teen instead of jail them. And alburtis what were you thinking when you voted for a 19 yr old councilman, being they are just children according to society. All I got to say is good luck alburtis residents if you cannot get rid of him lol.

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