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|WWE Live Event Results From Allentown (12/17): Braun Strowman Vs. Samoa Joe, Finn Balor In Opener - Wrestling Inc.Google News / 5 h. 20 min. ago more|
Wrestling Inc.WWE Live Event Results From Allentown (12/17): Braun Strowman Vs. Samoa Joe, Finn Balor In OpenerWrestling Inc.Thanks to Wrestling Inc. reader Tom Tortora for sending in these results from tonight's WWE live event in Allentown, PA: * Finn Balor beat Bray Wyatt with the Coup de Grace. * Enzo Amore retained the WWE Cruiserweight title over Kalisto with Jawdonzo ...and more »
|Judicial board clears ex-judge of most misconduct countsAllentown News / 8 h. 19 min. ago more|
A Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has cleared a former eastern Pennsylvania judge of most allegations of misconduct that prompted his resignation last year. The Morning Call reports that the court cleared former Saucon Valley District Judge David Tidd of all but one of a dozen counts.
|Keeping horrific death from overshadowing Grace Packer's lifeThe Morning Call / 12 h. 36 min. ago more|
A year ago, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub issued a plea to the community: Help us figure out what happened to 14-year-old Grace Packer. With trials looming for those accused of killing Grace, that question may finally be answered. But people who knew Grace when she was growing up...
|Man killed running across I-78 in Pennsylvania - LancasterOnlineGoogle News / 14 h. 33 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownMan killed running across I-78 in PennsylvaniaLancasterOnlineALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — State police say a man who tried to run across multiple lanes of travel on Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania was struck and killed by a vehicle. Police said the accident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday in the westbound lanes ...Allentown man hit, killed by car while running across I-78 - WFMZWFMZ Allentownall 7 news articles »
|Former Judge David Tidd cleared of most misconduct allegationsThe Morning Call / 17 h. 2 min. ago more|
A state Court of Judicial Discipline on Friday cleared former Saucon Valley District Judge David Tidd of most allegations of misconduct. The court found one allegation of retaliatory misconduct leveled against him had merit: that he angrily confronted his staff in a way that would deter a “reasonable...
|Allentown man charged in shooting of ex-girlfriend, her boyfriend - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 21 h. 39 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownAllentown man charged in shooting of ex-girlfriend, her boyfriendWFMZ AllentownBETHLEHEM, Pa. - An Allentown man is behind bars after police say he shot his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in South Bethlehem Friday night. Police say Anthony Delgado, 35, broke into a home in the 1500 block of East 6th Street around 7 p.m. and ...and more »
|Man who might have body-in-bin answers died Nov. 2Allentown News / 1 d. 4 h. 57 min. ago more|
As police begin to work backward to learn more about the life and death of the missing Allentown woman whose body was found last week in a Williams Township basement, there is a key element that's missing. Carl Maes, 45, was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Scottish Inn and Suites at 1701 Catasauqua Road in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, according to the county coroner's office and Pennsylvania State Police.
|Armed Quakertown man barricades himself in homeThe Morning Call / 1 d. 7 h. 1 min. ago more|
An armed man who barricaded himself in his home surrendered peacefully to police after an hour and a half long standoff. Quakertown Borough Police Sgt. Chris Grill said police responded to the man’s home on Dewsbury Lane at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday. He surrendered peacefully at about 5:15 p.m.,...
|Parkland superintendent says lessons learned after rumors fly following threat arrestsThe Morning Call / 1 d. 12 h. 1 min. ago more|
Two weeks of dealing with the arrest of two students charged with threats against the school and rumors that led panicked parents to pull up to 200 children out of Parkland High on Monday have taught the district a valuable lesson on communicating, according to the district’s superintendent. Richard...
|Three years after cancer death, Allentown firefighter got recognition he deserved - Allentown Morning CallGoogle News / 1 d. 13 h. 1 min. ago more|
Allentown Morning CallThree years after cancer death, Allentown firefighter got recognition he deservedAllentown Morning CallAfter she was told about the state's recently passed Firefighter Cancer Presumption Law by the city's fire union, they proved — posthumously — that Richard contracted the terminal disease from years of running into burning buildings in Allentown and ...
|Bethlehem police identify shooting suspectThe Morning Call / 1 d. 14 h. 6 min. ago more|
A man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend Friday in Bethlehem was charged with attempted homicide and other offenses and jailed under $1 million bail. Anthony Delgado, 35, of the 100 block of Chew Street in Allentown, allegedly shot the couple with a rifle, hitting one person...
|Francis Beaty creates a sculptural piece 'hatched' from booksAllentown News / 1 d. 21 h. 20 min. ago more|
Allentown artist Francis Beaty has such thoughts and in her installation piece at Re:Find Gallery 724 on Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown, Beaty set out to make real an idea to transform the gallery into a thought she had. The gallery has a front window that may have once promoted haberdashery but is now strewn with pages torn from books and more pages rolled and placed in concrete blocks, like an ancient library.
|Former PA Firefighter Admits Theft While in UniformAllentown News / 2 d. 2 h. 12 min. ago more|
Dec. 15--A former Bethlehem firefighter admitted Thursday in Lehigh County Court that he stole coffee and food totaling less than $8 from a convenience store while in uniform -- an offense for which he was later terminated, his attorney said. Juan Ayala III, 37, of Coplay was charged in August with two counts of retail theft for stealing items from the Wawa on Eighth Avenue in Lehigh County.
|Dirt biker darts recklessly past Allentown Central Catholic students and hurts officer, police sayThe Morning Call / 2 d. 3 h. 11 min. ago more|
A 19-year-old man drove a dirt bike recklessly past students getting out of Allentown Central Catholic High School on Friday afternoon and injured an officer who tried to stop him, police said. Dakias J. Phillips of Allentown was arraigned Friday night by District Judge Michael J. Pochron on charges...
|Easton police name suspect in South Side shooting; 2nd man also soughtThe Morning Call / 2 d. 5 h. 26 min. ago more|
Easton police said Friday they are looking for a 21-year-old man and an unidentified second man in the shooting a night earlier of a man on the city’s South Side. Adam Leiman of Easton, who was described as armed and dangerous, is wanted on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and...
|Man arrested in Valley on NYC attempted homicide chargeAllentown News / 2 d. 7 h. 22 min. ago more|
A 56-year-old man was arrested Thursday in Allentown on an attempted homicide warrant out of New York City, the Northampton County Sheriff's Department reports. Larry Stewart at 11 p.m. Sept.
|New rape charges filed against alleged 'serial predator,' Bethlehem police sayThe Morning Call / 2 d. 8 h. 1 min. ago more|
In the latest charges against a man labeled a “serial predator” by authorities, Bethlehem police say a woman told them Seth R. Mull held her over several days in hotels, raped her and let two unknown men rape her, according to court records. The charges, filed Thursday, are the third local rape...
|Man sought in New York attempted homicide arrested in AllentownThe Morning Call / 2 d. 14 h. 16 min. ago more|
A 56-year-old Allentown man was arrested Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and Allentown police. Task force supervisor Rob Clark said Larry Stewart was arrested about 8 a.m. Thursday at a family member’s home on the 700 block of North Eighth Street. Clark said Stewart...
|Easton man shot several times on city's South Side, goes to hospitalThe Morning Call / 2 d. 20 h. 21 min. ago more|
A 29-year-old Easton man was shot several times Thursday afternoon on a street in the city’s South Side before his assailants ran from the scene, police said. The shooting victim, whose name was not released, remains hospitalized with serious injuries, but he is expected to survive. Police said...
|Car crashes into tree in Upper Macungie, pinning passenger insideThe Morning Call / 3 d. 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
A car crashed into a tree early Friday in Upper Macungie Township, pinning a passenger inside until rescuers arrived, according to emergency radio reports. The accident happened 12:10 a.m. at Snowdrift Road and Stonegate Drive, in a business park just northeast of Fogelsville. The driver and passenger...
|Bethlehem Twp. police plan Shop-Cop evening with local youthsThe Morning Call / 3 d. 5 h. 21 min. ago more|
Bethlehem Township police will team up with local children Monday for a Shop-with-a-Cop evening at the township Walmart and a pizza shop. Police say the officers will meet the children at their homes and, with a small amount of cash for each youngster, they’ll shop together at the Walmart on Linden...
|Adoptive, biological families battle for control of Grace Packer's estateThe Morning Call / 3 d. 5 h. 36 min. ago more|
Grace Packer’s biological parents believe her adoptive grandparents knew the child was being beaten and verbally abused in the years before she was raped and killed last year. Warren and Evelyn Packer, the adoptive grandparents, say the few times they saw their son, David Packer, and daughter-in-law,...
|Pennsylvania Legislature OKs sale of Allentown State Hospital - Allentown Morning CallGoogle News / 3 d. 18 h. 36 min. ago more|
Allentown Morning CallPennsylvania Legislature OKs sale of Allentown State HospitalAllentown Morning CallAdded Schlossberg: “Since before I took office, the status and future of the Allentown State Hospital has been a concern for residents as vacant buildings and neglected property stand to attract unwanted activity and result in blight. I look forward to ...Allentown State Hospital closer to sale of its groundsWFMZ Allentownall 3 news articles »
|El Buen Gusto Peruvian Cuisine opens in downtown AllentownAllentown News / 4 d. 13 h. 31 min. ago more|
Can't afford a trip to Cusco or Lima? That's OK - me neither. Fortunately, the newly-opened El Buen Gusto is serving authentic Peruvian cuisine closer to home at the former Cebiche House restaurant, 442 N. Eighth St. in Allentown.
|Review: 5 amazing beers at Fegley's Craft Beer FestivalAllentown News / 4 d. 13 h. 31 min. ago more|
I learned something about human nature at Fegley's Craft Beer Festival in Allentown on Dec. 2: While Santa sightings may draw attention a the sight of Santa tapping a keg guarantees a blowout! The attraction of a jolly Chris Kringle, pouring tasty beers to over 700 good boys and girls , was almost unfair to the other brewers/vendors in the building. I managed to work my way through the mixer and to the front of the Cave Brewing line to say hello to Santa.
|MUGSHOTS: Lehigh Valley suspectsThe Morning Call / 5 d. 3 h. 56 min. ago more|
PHOTO GALLERY: Mugshots of suspects accused of crimes around the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.
|YMC America, Inc. Provides a Multitude of Preparative Chromatography ToolsAllentown News / 6 d. 0 h. 8 min. ago more|
YMC America, Inc., a premier name when it comes to the production and sale of high-quality liquid chromatography products and other separation solutions, also provides separation products and services for purification of pharmaceutical compounds and other drug products. Located in Allentown, PA, they are a full-service liquid chromatography company that offers service, technical product support, applications assistance, method development, and purification expertise.
|Bethlehem man sent nude photos online to teen; solicited her for sexAllentown News / 6 d. 4 h. 26 min. ago more|
Bethlehem police say a man is charged after he sent several nude photos online to a teen girl and solicited her for sex, according to Northampton County Court records. Victor J. Cueto, 24, who lives in the 1100 block of Hanover Avenue in Allentown, is charged with attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a cellphone.
|Recipe Box: Recipes for easy holiday appetizersAllentown News / 6 d. 6 h. 31 min. ago more|
Does that sound a little dangerous? Maybe. But with all the holiday parties, gatherings, pot-lucks, etc.
|Allentown police seize more than $20000 in cocaine, heroin - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 6 d. 10 h. 35 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownAllentown police seize more than $20000 in cocaine, heroinWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - After arresting the target of their drug investigation, Allentown police said they found more than $20,000 worth of cocaine and heroin inside his North Fifth Street apartment. Police arrested Alexander Perez Friday evening following a ...
|2 Teens Face Juvenile Charges in Alleged School ThreatAllentown News / 6 d. 10 h. 59 min. ago more|
Authorities say two teenagers face a hearing in juvenile court following an alleged threat to an eastern Pennsylvania high school. The Lehigh County prosecutor's office and South Whitehall Township police said Parkland High School "received information of possible threatening action" by two students sometime before the Christmas break.
|2 teens accused of threatening high school in Allentown, Pa. - 6abc.comGoogle News / 6 d. 13 h. 52 min. ago more|
6abc.com2 teens accused of threatening high school in Allentown, Pa.6abc.comTwo teenagers are behind bars after authorities say they made a threat involving a high school near Allentown. Prosecutors say on December 4, officials received "information of possible threatening action to be initiated by two students at Parkland ...'Rumors' of threats against Parkland High School caused anxiety for ...Allentown Morning Callall 10 news articles »
|PBS39 adds programming with donation of WYBE licenseAllentown News / 6 d. 15 h. 21 min. ago more|
WYBE in Philadelphia, which relinquished its spectrum during this year's FCC auction, is donating its broadcast license to PBS39 in Allentown, Pa. Starting Jan. 5, the stations will share PBS39's spectrum until the FCC approves the transfer, said Tim Fallon, PBS39 CEO.
|Allentown garage turns into city Preservation Board issueAllentown News / 6 d. 19 h. 48 min. ago more|
DeRutte Alley is hidden in the center of Allentown, little known to many, even perhaps in that neighborhood. However, a worn garage on DeRutte has turned into a city Preservation Board issue.
|Allentown family searching for answers after pet dog shot, killed - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 7 d. 9 h. 38 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownAllentown family searching for answers after pet dog shot, killedWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - Three candles now sit on the step where an Allentown family found its beloved dog shot to death Friday morning. "We lost a part of our family," Rachel Cruz said. Cruz was upstairs in her room when the gun shots rang out. "I heard my ...
|Cause of death unknown for woman missing from nursing homeAllentown News / 8 d. 14 h. 23 min. ago more|
A coroner says he was unable to determine the cause of death of an elderly woman whose body was found about two miles away from the Pennsylvania nursing home where she was reported missing nearly a month earlier. The body of 77-year-old Audrey Penn was found Sept.
|MCR Purchases Allentown, Pennsylvania Hilton Garden Inn - Business Wire (press release)Google News / 19 d. 14 h. 26 min. ago more|
MCR Purchases Allentown, Pennsylvania Hilton Garden InnBusiness Wire (press release)NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MCR, the seventh largest hotel owner-operator in the United States, today announced that it has acquired the 111-room Hilton Garden Inn Allentown West located in Allentown, PA, for $15.0 million. The property is located at ...and more »
|Hyman draws, City Center wins with Allentown zoners - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 20 d. 3 h. 55 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownHyman draws, City Center wins with Allentown zonersWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Allentown Zoning Hearing Board reviewed cases involving two of the city's most prominent developers Monday night. In the first case, the three-member board requested a continuance for further discussion involving a variance request ...and more »
|WATCH: This Lehigh Valley city is a pioneer in police body camerasLehighValleyLive.com / 55 d. 21 h. 55 min. ago more|
Allentown is Pennsylvania's largest city to outfit every patrol officer with body-worn cameras, a tool but no cure-all.
|Federal tax money goes toward Da Vinci in EastonLehighValleyLive.com / 57 d. 14 h. 23 min. ago more|
A $100,000 grant is going toward a feasibility and attendance study on the proposed attraction. The ongoing feasibility and attendance study for Da Vinci Science City has gotten a $100,000 federal boost. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat whose 17th Congressional District covers parts of Northampton County, announced the grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The Allentown-based Da Vinci Science Center has said it hopes to complete the study by June 2018 on whether the new attraction makes sense in Easton. Easton has committed $30 million to the project, to be repaid over 20 years through new parking revenue and amusement and payroll taxes -- based on projections of 600,000 people visiting the center annually. The first $6 million is going toward purchasing the property for the facility, now home to Days Inn at South Third Street and Larry Holmes Drive in Downtown Easton. Featuring saltwater and freshwater aquariums, the anticipated 170,000-square-foot facility is estimated to cost about $130 million. Da Vinci has brought on San Francisco-based architectural firm EHDD to design the project. The firm's portfolio includes Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and Mississippi River Discovery Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Opening of the Da Vinci Science City is anticipated for 2021. But first, the study aims to assess the potential of the project, define market areas, perform market research and develop a business plan, Cartwright's office announced Friday; completion of the project would help the area develop a more diverse community, create jobs and strengthen the all-around local economy. Bethlehem 5K, 10K kick off Runner's World Half road-racing Da Vinci Executive Director and CEO Lin Erickson has put the entire cost of the study at $1.2 million. "I want cities with unlimited potential like Easton to have the opportunity to fully realize their vision and nurture the elements that make them wonderful places to live and work," he said in a statement. "I applaud the Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology on receiving this competitively awarded funding and will continue to be an advocate for investments in Northampton County." The Economic Development Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and awarded 17 grants totaling $6.8 million in Pennsylvania during Fiscal Year 2016. Kurt Bresswein may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Coroner IDs pedestrian who died after being struck by vehicle LehighValleyLive.com / 58 d. 8 h. 37 min. ago more|
The 47-year-old Bethlehem man died at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township. A 47-year-old Bethlehem man has been identified as the pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in Allentown and later died at the hospital, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said Friday night. Carlos Moreno-Cosmo was pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m. Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township, the coroner's office said in a news release. He died of multiple blunt force injuries; the manner of death is still pending the outcome of an investigation, according to the release. The incident was reported at 7:47 p.m. Thursday in the 1900 block of West Hamilton Street, authorities previously said. The driver of the car was male and didn't appear hurt, an Allentown police captain said earlier Thursday. Police haven't released the identity of the driver and the vehicle he was driving. Police are assisting the coroner's office in the investigation. Nick Falsone may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickfalsone. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Authorities trying to ID pedestrian who died after crashLehighValleyLive.com / 58 d. 20 h. ago more|
Police are releasing few details prior to the identity being known. Authorities have yet to identify the man who died Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle in the 1900 block of West Hamilton Street in Allentown. The man, believed to be 40 to 50 years old, died from blunt force injuries received in the crash, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said. The incident was reported at 7:47 p.m. and the man was pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, the coroner's office said. Until the coroner's office confirms the identification, Allentown police are releasing few details, Capt. Glenn Granitz Jr. said Friday morning. The driver of the car was male and didn't appear hurt, Granitz confirmed. Other than that, he answered questions about specifics by saying the crash was still under investigation. He wouldn't say which way the car was going or exactly where on the block the crash happened. Granitz initially said 19th and Hamilton, but the coroner's office showed it west of the intersection. Granitz wouldn't confirm that or say if the man crossed in the middle of the block. The captain also wouldn't say if the driver was cooperative with investigators. Police on Thursday night told the Morning Call that the driver reported the crash and cooperated. The newspaper also reported the car was eastbound going up the hill east of 20th Street. Tony Rhodin may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Lehigh Valley Olympian joins race to succeed Charlie Dent in CongressLehighValleyLive.com / 59 d. 18 h. 38 min. ago more|
"Washington is a mess," says gold-medalist Marty Nothstein. Watch video An Olympic champion cyclist has joined the race to Washington, hoping a conservative message will win him Rep. Charlie Dent's seat in Congress. "Washington is a mess," Marty Nothstein said in a news release Thursday announcing his candidacy on the Republican ticket, and in a video on his campaign website. "Too many people in Congress think 'good enough' will do. Well, 'good enough' is not good enough for me." Nothstein is a Lehigh Valley native and resident of the Orefield area in Lehigh County. In 1996, he won a silver medal for cycling in the Atlanta Olympic Games and won gold in Sydney, Australia, four years later. He now serves as chairman of the county commissioners, and runs a small business and non-profit that promotes bicycling programs for youths. Nothstein is at least the third candidate to announce a run for Dent's seat representing Pennsylvania's 15th District, which includes all of Lehigh, and parts of Northampton, Berks, Dauphin and Lebanon counties. Dent, a Republican centrist, has represented the district since 2004 but announced last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018. Pennsylvania state Reps. Justin Simmons and Ryan MacKenzie have already announced their intentions to seek Dent's seat. The 2018 primary is May 15. Steve Novak may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @type2supernovak and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Plato's Closet's older sister store coming to the Lehigh ValleyLehighValleyLive.com / 59 d. 20 h. 38 min. ago more|
Style Encore will buy and sell women's business and casual clothing and accessories. Plato's Closet is the teen resale version of the stores. Plato's Closet's sister store geared toward women is coming to the Lehigh Valley. Style Encore buys and sells women's business and casual clothing and accessories, including shoes, jewelry and handbags. Plato's Closet, a teen and young adult resale store, has been in the Valley Plaza shopping center off Catasauqua Road, next to Yocco's, since 2013. Style Encore is moving in a few doors down from Plato's Closet, to a vacant storefront between Massage Envy and Oreck. The two franchise brands are part of the Winmark Corporation, which also owns Once Upon a Child, Play It Again Sports and Music Go Round. Plato's looks to buy brands including American Eagle, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch, while Style Encore will be interested in Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Cole Haan, Lululemon and Michael Kors. The Allentown location is posting about its progression on its Facebook page here. The store hopes to begin buying items in November, and open in either November or December. Sarah Cassi may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Bloods member charged in July 4 killing, police sayLehighValleyLive.com / 59 d. 22 h. 33 min. ago more|
A 19-year-old died and his brother was wounded, police report. A 25-year-old Allentown gang member was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges that he shot and killed a 19-year-old from an opposing gang and wounded the man's brother after a dispute on July 4 in the city, authorities say. Shadre Quamire Leach, 25, of Allentown. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) Shadre Quamire Leach, 25, a member of the Bloods, appeared before District Judge Karen C. Devine on charges of homicide and aggravated assault, police and court records said. Leach was arrested in New Jersey and held there until he was extradited Wednesday to Allentown, city police Capt. Tony Alsleben said. Javard Lane, from the 600 block of Cleveland Street in the city, and Leach, of the 300 block of Law Street, fought after Lane and his brother confronted Leach on Oak Street about punching Lane's girlfriend, Alsleben said. As Lane, a member of the Crips street gang, left, Leach shot Lane in the back and Lane's brother Jamil Howard in the leg, Alsleben said. Teen wounded in shooting dies Lane was pronounced dead at 3:59 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said at the time. Howard suffered two gunshot wounds and was treated at St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill, Alsleben said. Due to the nature of the homicide charge, Leach was held without bail in Lehigh County Jail, records show. His preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Court papers describing the shooting were sealed for 60 days to protect witnesses, Alsleben said. It wasn't immediately clear how quickly Leach was developed as a suspect or arrested. Leach pleaded guilty in March 2013 to a July 2012 possession of heroin charge in Passaic County, New Jersey, records show. He was sentenced to three years behind bars but was released on bail. On July 28 of this year, he was jailed at East Jersey State Prison on the charge, the New Jersey Department of Corrections reports. His release date was Sept. 27, 2019, and he wasn't to be eligible for parole until March 20 of next year, records show. He was released to Allentown authorities to face the more serious charge, Alsleben said. Police, the coroner's office and the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office investigated the homicide case. Tony Rhodin may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Hundreds mark centennial of United Way of Greater Lehigh ValleyLehighValleyLive.com / 60 d. 11 h. 5 min. ago more|
The 100th anniversary gala was held last month at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem. Hundreds attended a gala last month marking a century of community service by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. The 100th anniversary gala was held at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem. Attending included more than 500 guests, including board and leadership members of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, as well as family members, friends and members of the community. The gala's presenting sponsor was the PPL Corporation and the exclusive gold sponsor was Dual Temp Company, Inc. Ashley Russo, executive producer and president of ASR Media@PBS39 and host of The PEAK TV, served as event emcee. Grammy Award-winning country music musician Vince Gill performed. He assisted with the auction of a one-of-a-kind custom guitar donated by C.F. Martin & Co. before performing an intimate solo acoustic performance, including such hits as "When I Call Your Name," "Look at Us" and "Whenever You Come Around." David Lewis, president of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, stated not only was the anniversary celebration a way to mark an "incredible milestone" of community service, it also was a time to recommit to the organization's next 100 years. Lewis also thanked donors, volunteers and staff members for decades of effort, calling them "stewards of their generous gifts and time." "I thank them for their continued trust and faith in our mission," he said. "To me, the only way to truly capture the essence of United Way is through the sparkle in the eye of a child who has learned a new skill, or the contented smile of a senior citizen who can continue to live independently," said Bill Spence, chairman, president and chief executive officer of PPL. "Words can fail us, but they are unnecessary when you see United Way agencies in action." The United Way began in 1918 as a way to support home-front and wartime social services agencies during World War I. Since its inception, the organization has generated more than $310 million in charitable gifts and reinvested them in programs that benefit the community, impacting more than 60,000 lives annually. From downtown Allentown to Easton's Centre Square to the many thriving suburban and rural areas in between, the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley has turned challenges into opportunities for everyone living, learning and working in area communities, representatives said. Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Disney on Ice brings 'Frozen' to Lehigh Valley for 7 showsLehighValleyLive.com / 60 d. 11 h. 32 min. ago more|
"Disney on Ice Presents Frozen" is stopping into the PPL Center in Allentown. The biggest animated movie of all time is gliding into Allentown. "Disney on Ice Presents Frozen," a live adaptation of the smash hit film "Frozen," will stop into the PPL Center for seven performances from Jan. 17 to Jan 21, 2018, the live entertainment company Feld Entertainment announced Wednesday. Tickets are on sale now and cost $15 to $90. The show, which kicks off a national tour this month, marks the first time the full "Frozen" story will be presented live. Released in 2013, "Frozen" became the highest grossing animated picture ever, grossing more than $1.2 billion worldwide. It earned Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, for the omnipresent ear-worm "Let It Go." "Disney on Ice Presents Frozen" gives audiences a chance to belt out favorite songs like "Let It Go," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Fixer Upper" with an arena full of other devoted fans. Attendees can expect an immersive set recreating Anna and Elsa's winter world, eye-popping special effects and expert skating. While the show focuses on "Frozen," a release about the event promises appearances from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Disney princesses and characters from "Lion King" and Pixar favorites "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo." For more information and tickets, head to pplcenter.com or call 610-347-TIXX. For the full list of tour dates, check out www.disneyonice.com. "Disney on Ice" has been a fixture at the PPL Center for the last few years, with shows like "Let's Celebrate!," "Worlds of Fantasy" and "Dream Big" proving big draws to the Downtown Allentown arena. Andrew Doerfler may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @adoerfler or on Facebook.
|LANTA collecting supplies for hurricane-ravaged Puerto RicoLehighValleyLive.com / 60 d. 16 h. 35 min. ago more|
The effort was announced this week by LANTA and the Amalgamated Transit Union. LANTA and its Amalgamated Transit Union Saturday will be collecting supplies at Lehigh Valley shopping centers to help hurricane-ravaged areas in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria ravaged across Puerto Rico last month, forcing more than 5,000 people who lost their homes into temporary shelters across the U.S. territory in areas still mostly without electricity or water three weeks after the storm. LANTA plans to have buses stationed at the shopping centers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Locations for the effort will be outside Wal-Mart stores in Trexlertown, Whitehall Township, Northampton Crossings in Lower Nazareth Township, and the Bethlehem Square Shopping Center in Bethlehem. The effort was announced this week by LANTA Executive Director Owen O'Neil and Amalgamated Transit Union President Ricky Vega. Donors are encouraged to bring new household goods and toys, as well as non-perishable food items. Members of the union have volunteered their time in bringing the buses to the sites, manning and unloading them for shipment to Puerto Rico, O'Neil said. "Our union membership is fully engaged in this effort which will benefit the people of Puerto Rico," Vega said. "Many of our members have family on the island, as do many LANTA riders." People in shelters mostly lost their homes to floodwaters, which were particularly bad in communities such as Toa Baja, west of San Juan. Murky water surged through houses and apartments, carrying away appliances and destroying everything inside, according to the Associated Press. Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Another local Kmart to close as Sears Holdings realigns, looks onlineLehighValleyLive.com / 61 d. 15 h. 10 min. ago more|
The region will lose two stores by the end of November. Within weeks, the Allentown area will go from three Kmarts to one, the discount store's parent company said. In late August, Sears Holdings Corp. announced the mid-November closing of the Kmart at 4701 W. Tilghman St. in South Whitehall Township. On Tuesday, the corporation confirmed in late November it will shut the store at 2520 MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township. The store at 1502 S. Fourth St. in Allentown will remain open, as will the stores at 320 S. 25th St. in Wilson Borough and 803 Male Road in Wind Gap. The number of employees at the Whitehall store "is not publicly available," Sears Holdings spokesman Howard Riefs said in a email. Those workers who are eligible will receive severance and can apply for openings at another area Kmart or Sears store, he added. While the store is in the MacArthur Towne Center, the property is owned by Kmart, the township said on Facebook. "While unfortunate that our Kmart store is closing, the silver lining is that we have been informed that an upstart retailer has an agreement of sale on the entire Kmart property," the township said on its Facebook page. "We are hopeful that the new retailer will be able to hire many of the former Kmart employees." The shopping center, which was bought in February, "has been undergoing a redevelopment" as well, the township said. The township, which has a significant retail corridor, is confident of success despite very real concerns in the sector. "While many feel that bricks and mortar retail is dying due to Amazon and other online shopping options, our Whitehall Township/Lehigh Valley retailers continue to provide immediate product availability, quality, free parking and value to every retail shopper," the township said. Sears will continue to operate at the Phillipsburg Mall, the Whitehall Mall, 1820 E. Race Street in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, and 400 N. Best Ave. in Lehigh Township, a company map shows. Kmart bought Sears in early 2005 but the holding company is named after Sears. A liquidation sale begins Thursday at the Whitehall Kmart, Riefs said. The red pins are Kmarts, the blue are Sears facilities. Two of the three Kmarts in the Allentown are slated to close. (Sears Holdings) He called it a "difficult but necessary decision" as Sears has been "strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and ha(s) accelerated the closing of our unprofitable stories." The effort isn't just aimed at saving money, but because "many of our larger stores are too big for our needs," he said. In a "changing retail world," the corporation seeks to have fewer stores but with the right format to get to the "size and place" necessary to compete, Riefs said. Kmart's Shop Your Way online platform of websites and mobile apps allows "us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its door," Rief said. With the online presence, "We hope to retain a portion of the sales previously associated with this store," he added. This post was updated to show Kmart bought Sears, not the other way around. Tony Rhodin may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Allentown house fire quickly controlled but owner collapsesLehighValleyLive.com / 61 d. 15 h. 16 min. ago more|
The woman arrived home just as the fire was being put out, an official says. A house fire was controlled within 15 minutes early Tuesday afternoon in Allentown but an owner was overcome when she arrived home, a city fire official said. Flames shot from the first floor as city firefighters arrived soon after 12:45 p.m. to 872 Lacrosse St., Capt. John Christopher said. They forced their way in and contained most of the fire damage to the living room on the first floor, he added. There was heat and smoke damage through the first floor, smoke damage on the second floor and water damage on the first floor and in the basement, Christopher said. The home is owned by Georges D. Arab, and as he arrived home with his wife about 1:10 p.m. she collapsed in the front yard, apparently overcome by the situation, Christopher said. She was immediately treated by EMS and taken to a local hospital, he added. Firefighters had much of the fire out by the time the couple came home. MORE: Wells Fargo closing call center No firefighters were injured fighting the fire, Christopher said. The city fire marshal was investigating the cause about 1:15 p.m., Christopher said. The couple have a place to stay, Christopher said. It is believed a neighbor reported the fire, Christopher added. Tony Rhodin may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Wells Fargo closing Bethlehem call centerLehighValleyLive.com / 61 d. 16 h. 29 min. ago more|
The center off Club Avenue is the last of the bank's call centers in the Lehigh Valley. The Wells Fargo call center in the Lehigh Shopping Center off Club Avenue near West Union Boulevard.lehighvalleylive.com file photo Wells Fargo announced it is closing its call center in Bethlehem, the last of the bank's call centers in the Lehigh Valley. Employees were told the news Tuesday morning at the call center at 1015 Club Ave., Wells Fargo spokesman James Baum said. The move affects about 460 employees, although the exact number will be filed Wednesday in the company's official Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice to the state. The WARN notice is the beginning of the 60-day closure period, Baum said. Hopefully employees will be able to stay with Wells Fargo "in some capacity," Baum said. Meetings are planned for each employee with the human resources department. The bank will offer severance packages based on an employee's time with the company as well as career track assistance and resources, Baum added. The call center is part of the Lehigh Shopping Center near the border between Bethlehem and Allentown. In 2007, Wells Fargo moved 375 employees from Whitehall Township to the Lehigh Shopping Center location. Five years later, the company announced it was closing its Lehigh Street call center in Allentown and moving those 450 jobs to Wells Fargo's Lehigh Shopping Center facility. It also cut 190 positions at the Bethlehem center in the auto finance section, but that part of the business was later moved out of the call center. The Bethlehem center currently handles customer service and sales calls. Baum said the company began looking at call volume and saw calls were declining to the center. That's due in part to people using self-serve options, and mobile and online banking, he said. Baum said he was not aware of any other closures. Sarah Cassi may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Lehigh Valley readies for influx of displaced Puerto Rican residentsLehighValleyLive.com / 61 d. 21 h. 25 min. ago more|
There are 18,000 Puerto Rican households in the region and many expect to be welcoming friends and family. Lehigh Valley school districts are already enrolling students from Puerto Rico, who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria, but they anticipate this is just the beginning. Nearly a month after Maria ravaged the U.S. territory, daily life is a struggle for many residents, who still have no power or easy access to drinking water. Local educators predict the region will see an influx of displaced Puerto Ricans in the coming months. On Friday, a large group of leaders from Lehigh Valley education, housing and social services agencies convened at Northampton Community College to discuss preparations for the arrival of the displaced, Easton Area School District Superintendent John Reinhart said. Headed by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and the Northampton and Lehigh county executives, the initiative has been nicknamed Estamos Listo or we are ready. CACLV Executive Director Alan Jennings said every Puerto Rican he has spoken with in recent weeks expects friends or family to come stay with them at least temporarily. "There are 18,000 Puerto Rican households in the Lehigh Valley," Jennings said Monday. "If every one of those households brings just one person, we are talking about a massive impact on the region." The Lehigh Valley's largest school districts are already enrolling some students and they say they're capable of educating many more. As of Friday, the Allentown School District has 37 displaced students enrolled, Jennings said. District officials did not respond to a request for comment Monday. The Easton school district has enrolled five students thus far, Reinhart said. "We anticipate more families seeking shelter with families and friends in the Easton area (in) the months ahead," he said in an email message. Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy said that many of his employees with family in Puerto Rico are still struggling to get in touch with relatives. Roy's been told it is still quite difficult to even get on a commercial flight leaving the island. "We are hearing more about planned arrivals at the end of October and beginning of November when we expect the pace to pick up," Roy said. As of Monday, Bethlehem had enrolled 20 displaced students in district schools, a number that's well within normal enrollment fluctuations. "If we have a lot of students come in from Puerto Rico we are ready and able to integrate them into our schools, " Roy said. Rededication ceremony marks 50th anniversary at Freedom High School (PHOTOS) The Bethlehem superintendent does worry if many students arriving from Puerto Rico enroll in charter schools it could blow the district's budget. Bethlehem Area expects to spend almost $27 million this year on students who opt to enroll in charter schools, which are privately-operated schools funded by tax dollars funneled away from a student's home district. Bethlehem's regular education charter school tuition payment is about $11,000 per student, Roy said. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and lawmakers may need to step up to make more resources available if that happens, Roy said. Reinhart attended the Estamos Listo meeting Friday and plans to convene his own district meeting this week. "We are going to be looking at available classroom space, class sizes, our registration process and medical requirements," he said. "We need to construct a resource guide for people who are new to the Easton area and may not be fully familiar with English. We will be fully prepared to welcome any new families to our schools." That's the kind of thinking that Jennings was hoping the Valley-wide Estamos Listo gathering might spur. He wants the region's leaders to be thinking about systemic changes that need to be made, like lessening paperwork requirements and easing rules. "It is a pretty monumental undertaking," Jennings said. "The thing about Friday that was so cool was everybody was there and everybody was on board. It was classic Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley at its best." Jenning has applied to several foundations for funding to hire relocation advocates to help citizens arriving find shelter, work and navigate the maze of red tape that natural disasters often bring. "Those relocation advocates would basically be trouble shooters," Jennings said. Jennings strongly believes the Lehigh Valley needs to show its humanity to those displaced by Hurricane Maria, but be realistic and prepared for the problems such a large influx of people may bring, like a housing shortage driving up rents. "They have just as much a right to come here as we do to go to Washinton, D.C., or anywhere else," Jennings said. Jennings wanted those gathered Friday to start thinking about ways to ease bureaucratic rules and that's already happening. The Allentown Housing Authority has agreed to relax its guest policy, so a guest could stay for up to 90 days with a possible extension if they can demonstrate they are looking for work, Jennings, who sits on the authority board, noted. He's hopeful other housing authorities follow suit. Sara K. Satullo may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.