|Celebrating science: How the Lehigh Valley watched the solar eclipseLehighValleyLive.com / 42 min. ago more|
A few centuries ago, a solar eclipse would have been a terrifying omen of doom that incited panic and dread. In 2017, it inspired celebration.
|Man pleads guilty in deadly hit-and-run - LancasterOnlineGoogle News / 4 h. 31 min. ago more|
Man pleads guilty in deadly hit-and-runLancasterOnlineALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman earlier this year. ... Stockman's lawyer says he has apologized to the family of 32-year-old Ruby Marrero of Allentown. Police say ...and more »
|Fleetwood area man accused of strangling, hitting his wifeThe Morning Call / 7 h. 55 min. ago more|
A Fleetwood area man has been charged with non-lethal strangulation for choking his wife early Saturday during an assault in which he also hit her, police said. The 39-year-old man, whose name has not been released, attacked his 37-year-old wife 2 a.m. in their home on Forgedale Road in Rockland...
|Man pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-runThe Morning Call / 8 h. 36 min. ago more|
A South Whitehall man will serve at least three years in a state prison after pleading guilty Monday in Lehigh County Court to killing an Allentown woman with his car then leaving the scene of the crash. Joshua Stockman, 35, apologized to Ruby Marrero’s family, his lawyer said. “He is very remorseful...
|Norco drug forfeiture program netted $132K last yearThe Morning Call / 9 h. 33 min. ago more|
Northampton County’s drug forfeiture program seized more than $132,000 in the past year, on par with other years despite heightened scrutiny of the practice nationwide. In the fiscal year ending June 30, the program brought in $122,000 in cash, plus $9,900 from the sale of forfeited vehicles, District...
|Police: 2 dead after ATVs collideThe Morning Call / 9 h. 44 min. ago more|
Police in Pennsylvania say two people have died after two ATVs collided with each other. Authorities say the crash happened late Sunday in Chester in Delaware County. Officials say both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released. Police continue to investigate....
|Man damaged headstone, mausoleum at Fairview Cemetery for scrap metal, police sayThe Morning Call / 11 h. 20 min. ago more|
A 50-year-old man allegedly removed brass letters from a headstone at the Fairview Cemetery in south Allentown on Sunday and attempted to remove the copper doors of a mausoleum, according to court records. Robert C. Stout, of the 100 block of South Eighth Street, denied vandalizing the cemetery,...
|Jury picked in Allentown 'street singer' excessive force trialThe Morning Call / 11 h. 29 min. ago more|
An eight-person jury has been selected to hear self-described wandering minstrel James W. Ochse’s claims that an Allentown police officer used excessive force while arresting him two years ago in front of diners in downtown Allentown. Lawyers for Ochse and officer Robert Busch took about two hours...
|Gold Star mom, Marine on what they want Trump to say about Afghanistan - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 12 h. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownGold Star mom, Marine on what they want Trump to say about AfghanistanWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - "When I was in Afghanistan I was there for the first presidential election," recalled Allentown's' Bob Toth. "He died. It was election day over there," said mother Ruth Harton of Bethlehem. Bob Toth and Ruth Harton may not know each ...
|'Great Allentown Memorial Day Celebration' planned for 2018 - WFMZ - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 12 h. 26 min. ago more|
WFMZ Allentown'Great Allentown Memorial Day Celebration' planned for 2018 - WFMZWFMZ AllentownLabor Day is just around the corner. but Allentown is already looking ahead to next year's Memorial Day.and more »
|On drive home, siblings saw Scott Becker get run over on Weisenberg roadThe Morning Call / 12 h. 30 min. ago more|
When his three children got to their Emmaus home early in the morning two Sundays ago, they were shaken up by what they had witnessed on their drive home, Brent Labenberg recalled.He said his children were heading home early Aug. 13 on a foggy, rural road in Weisenberg Township when they witnessed...
|Allentown Memorial Day Celebration wants to be authentic Pennsylvania Dutch festivalAllentown News / 13 h. 33 min. ago more|
Polka player Alex Meixner plays Monday at a press conference for The Great Allentown Memorial Day Celebration. Organizers may be a bit short on details about The Great Allentown Memorial Day Celebration but they have a clear vision for the 2018 event.
|Allentown man sentenced in drug...Allentown News / 13 h. 33 min. ago more|
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Robert Estes, 41, of Allentown, was sentenced on Aug. 11, to 20 years imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for his role in a heroin and methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy that operated in Carbon County and elsewhere in 2016. According to U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Estes previously pleaded guilty and admitted to being a manager and supervisor of the conspiracy that was responsible for distributing between one and three kilograms of heroin, which is equivalent to between 40,000 and 120,000 retail bags of heroin, and between 350 and 500 grams of methamphetamine, in the Carbon County area during early 2016 through June 2016.
|Great American Eclipse awes Lehigh Valley viewers (PHOTOS)LehighValleyLive.com / 14 h. 56 min. ago more|
"It's kind of bringing us all together," said one visitor among hundreds at Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown. Their safely shaded faces were fixed on the sun, or what was left of it. Like so many others across on Monday, they witnessed a marvel of nature -- one that is often difficult to witness in person. The shadow cast by a solar eclipse moved across the country, completely obscuring the sun in a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina and brushing the Lehigh Valley with a slight feeling of dusk. (NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio | For lehighvalleylive.com) Children and adults alike gathered outside the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown to gaze in wonder as, from their perspective, three-quarters of the sun's face was obscured by the moon as it peeked through breaks in periodic clouds. As the eclipse progressed over Monday afternoon, hitting its maximum around 2:45 p.m. and ending at 4, science center staff explained the eclipse and provided safe viewing options. Hundreds of people watched with special eclipse glasses that blocked potentially harmful rays from reaching their eyes, through telescopes fitted with special filters, or other options like projecting the sunlight through a pinhole. Similar events were held across the Valley and beyond. The science center carried a live feed from NASA of the eclipse and other celebrations around the nation. Tyler Groft, the science center's museum education manager, said the facility's staff was excited about the event, but until recently had not been sure how the general public would receive it, especially in an area outside the eclipse's totality. The concerns were unwarranted. The science center had prepared for 1,000 visitors, Groft said. While it was impossible to count during the event, that number easily could have been surpassed. "People are passionate about science," he said, "which always makes us feel good." There were not enough eclipse glasses for everyone, so families interacted as they shared. "It's kind of bringing us all together," remarked Simone Nelson, of Allentown. Eclipse-viewers both young and old at Da Vinci said the chance to see even a partial eclipse this close to home was too good to pass up. Some brought homemade viewing devices made of cereal or shoe boxes. Jim Gedney, of Allentown, brought a welding mask so he could gaze skyward. "I figured it would be a cool place to catch the eclipse," he said as he waited on the long line for the telescope. Wesley Heiss, also of Allentown, brought his family and set up a small camera with a special filter. Asked why he was giving astrophotography a try Monday, he replied simply: "Why wouldn't you?" Penny and Paul Abeln, of Whitehall Township, brought their grandson and his friend out to watch the celestial show. "We thought the more they can learn, the better for them," Penny said, adding that it is better to be around the crowds and excitement. "It teaches them how really special this is." Steve Novak may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @type2supernovak and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|College nods: Lehigh Valley students receive various recognitionsLehighValleyLive.com / 15 h. 31 min. ago more|
Several scholars were recognized for achievements during this past spring semester. Several Lehigh Valley scholars have been recognized in recent weeks for achievements during the spring semester at their colleges and universities. Students named to the dean's list include the following: Klaudia Sarwinski of Belvidere, attending Binghamton University, State University of New York. Rebecca L. Cuntala of Blairstown, attending Binghamton University, State University of New York. Kylie Brady of Nazareth, attending Georgia Southern University. Resident Rita Henriquez of Bethlehem, attending Monroe College in New York. Alyssa Quaresima of Hackettstown, who attends Becker College in Worcester, Mass. Anthony Popp of Nazareth, who attends Becker College in Worcester, Mass. Gregory Schettini of Allentown, who attends the University of Dallas. Kaitlyn Rodriguez of Bath, who attends Colgate University in New York. Meredith Dowling, of Oxford, who attends Colgate University in New York. Also recognized are the following students who graduated this past spring: Missy Miller of Belvidere, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Wesley Wigham of Belvidere, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in software engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Andrew Derhammer of Allentown, who graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Robert Gordon of Bethlehem, who graduated with a master's degree in imaging arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Peter Steinberg of Easton, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in networking and systems administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Tuheen Sukhrani of Bethlehem, who graduated with a master's degree in human-computer interaction from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Lauren Bruns of Lower Macungie Township, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Stephanie Sass of Hackettstown, who graduated with a degree in speech language pathology and audiology from Ithaca College in New York. Gina Echevarria of Allentown, who graduated with a bachelor's degrees in psychology and emerging media from Ithaca College in New York. Adriana Fernandez of Easton, who graduated with a bachelor's in integrated marketing communications from Ithaca College in New York. Molly Donovan of Hackettstown,who graduated with a bachelor's degree in culture and communication from Ithaca College in New York.. Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. also announced three students were inducted into fraternities: Morgan Dartnell, of Independence Township, was one of more than 30 students to be inducted into the Susquehanna University chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-educational service fraternity. Dartnell is majoring in psychology and a 2016 graduate of Hackettstown High School. Julie Benco, of Allentown, was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta first-year honor society. Benco is majoring in earth and environmental sciences and is a 2016 graduate of Emmaus High School. Alexa Iannitelli of Asbury, was inducted into the Psi Chi honor society, a national honor society in psychology. Iannitelli is majoring in psychology and neuroscience and is a 2014 graduate of North Hunterdon High School. State University of New York (SUNY) College Oswego announced plans by Peter C. Moukoulis of Bethlehem to join more than 1,400 freshmen at the college. He is a Liberty High School graduate and has an undecided major. Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Allentown man tried stealing doors of mausoleum, cops sayLehighValleyLive.com / 17 h. 12 min. ago more|
The 50-year-old reported to police denied any involvement, despite being caught with tools, an officer said. An Allentown man is charged with felony vandalism of a cemetery for allegedly trying to steal the doors of a mausoleum in the city. Robert Carl Stout, 50, was found about 7:10 p.m. Sunday in Fairview Cemetery at 855 Lehigh St., according to city police. An officer was responding to a call about man with a backpack trying to remove items. Stout had a backpack full of tools and a can of WD-40 lubricant spray, police said. Nearby, police said, was a headstone with some of its brass letters freshly removed and two mausoleum doors sprayed down with WD-40 but still attached. Court records list the doors as made of both copper and brass. Stout denied any involvement and refused to say where the letters that were removed could be found, police said. How much D.A. seized from drug dealers in 1 year Stout was arraigned Monday morning before District Judge Rod Beck on the felony in addition to a misdemeanor charge relating to historic lots and burial places and summary criminal trespass. He was sent to the Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $20,000 and faces a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled Aug. 29 before District Judge David Howells Jr. Kurt Bresswein may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Residents prepare to watch eclipse - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 18 h. 33 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownResidents prepare to watch eclipseWFMZ AllentownFor the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast. Residents can go to the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown to see the eclipse and learn more about it. The center has solar glasses to share, and a ...and more »
|Allentown man charged with vandalizing cemetery - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 18 h. 46 min. ago more|
Allentown man charged with vandalizing cemeteryWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man is facing charges for allegedly trying to steal brass and copper from a Lehigh Street cemetery. Allentown police charged Robert C. Stout with institutional vandalism, desecration of a cemetery and criminal trespass ...and more »
|Police: teens jumped 16-year-old at Lower Saucon parkThe Morning Call / 20 h. 55 min. ago more|
A 16-year-old boy told officers that a group of teens attacked him Saturday night near Lower Saucon’s South Mountain Park, according to police.The boy told police that he was walking about 9:20 p.m. toward the park when three people he knew attacked him. According to police, a 17-year-old boy put...
|Report grades Pa. schools: Here's every Lehigh Valley high school's marksLehighValleyLive.com / 21 h. 39 min. ago more|
Niche.com's rankings relied on U.S. Department of Education data and reviews from parents and students.
|Trial set to begin in Allentown 'street singer' excessive force suitThe Morning Call / 23 h. 40 min. ago more|
James Ochse walked up North Seventh Street on a summer evening two years ago “in the vein of a strolling minstrel,” the Allentown man contends in a federal lawsuit set to go to trial Monday.His troubadour act by then had received mixed reviews in Allentown’s newly revived City Center district,...
|A 2nd chance for this long-shuttered, historic Lehigh Valley building to shineLehighValleyLive.com / 1 d. 0 h. 25 min. ago more|
Developers plan to unveil renderings and plans of what the future site will look like.
|Allentown businesses snap up city grants for surveillance camerasThe Morning Call / 1 d. 7 h. 10 min. ago more|
A year ago, a burglar broke into a work van at Shafnisky Electric in east Allentown, taking about $7,000 in equipment and other items, some of them a technician’s personal belongings. If that happened now, business owner Tom Shafnisky would have crystal clear video from his new surveillance system...
|Police: 26 taken to hospitals after bus interstate crashAllentown News / 1 d. 16 h. 17 min. ago more|
Authorities say a bus flipped over after colliding with a tractor-trailer on a Pennsylvania interstate, sending more than two dozen people to hospitals. State police say the rig's front end collided with the rear of the bus around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 78 in Williams Township.
|Secret Service: No Trump bump for Braden AirparkLehighValleyLive.com / 2 d. 0 h. 10 min. ago more|
The Forks Township airpark's owner hoped for a special exception from flight restrictions in place for the president. Braden Airpark won't be seeing a boost in business, after the Secret Service denied an exemption from airspace restrictions around President Donald Trump's New Jersey golf club. Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, Somerset County, is at the center of a 30-nautical-mile-radius Temporary Flight Restrictions, or TFR, zone. It's enforced by the Secret Service as a means of protecting the commander in chief. The current TFR expires at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, once Trump returns to the White House following a 17-day stay at his club. Within the first 10 nautical miles, all aircraft operations are prohibited except approved law enforcement, military, med-evac and commercial passenger and cargo flights, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The restrictions ease up a bit on the so-called outer ring, an area that encompasses Braden in Forks Township. But even there, activities from flight training to glider operations to banner-towing and flying drones are prohibited. Braden pilots can still fly, provided they file a flight plan, remain in contact with air traffic control and are "squawking the discrete code prior to departure and at all times while in the TFR," according to the FAA. "If they're following those three points, they're good to go," said Thomas Stoudt, interim executive director at the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority that owns Braden. Authority spokesman Colin Riccobon added: "Braden pilots can still fly. No one is grounded." But because Braden is toward the edge of the TFR, about 5 or some nautical miles within the 30-nautical-mile radius, the airport authority applied to the Secret Service to have the airpark cut out of the TFR entirely. The idea was that it could pick up business from fuel sales and fees from general aviation pilots and flight schools that are grounded closer to Bedminster. The Secret Service said no, authority officials said Friday. "It effectively just doesn't provide Secret Service the reaction time they needed," Stoudt said of the cutout. "It would significantly reduce the reaction time that they would need just to ensure that the president would be protected from airborne threats." This Federal Aviation Administration map shows the Temporary Flight Restrictions zone in place until 8:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, around Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (Courtesy image | For lehighvalleylive.com) The temporary closure rules are not unique to Trump's vacations, The Associated Press reports. Similar flight restrictions for presidential visits have been in place for decades, and were expanded after the 9/11 attacks, affecting local airports during visits from Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority's other facilities, Queen City Airport in Allentown and Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, are both outside the TFR. That opens up possibilities for Braden-based pilots in training to get their air work in over those airports without violating the TFR -- even without the cutout. Other small airports in the area have been more significantly affected. Even the Warren County Farmers' Fair and QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning had to get the Secret Service's OK for hot air balloon launches earlier in August during Trump's visit. Solberg-Hunterdon Airport in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, is within that 10-nautical-mile radius, meaning it's essentially closed down when Trump is in Bedminster, according to the AP. Blairstown Airport is also affected. This is high season for small airports that cater to amateur fliers and business clients. But at Solberg-Hunterdon Airport, which averages about 100 combined takeoffs and landings per day, a handful of planes sat idle on a Monday earlier this month. Normally 70 to 80 planes would be paying to be housed there and paying for fuel and flight training time, owner Thor Solberg said. "Twenty percent of our annual business is affected by the president's visits in the summertime because that's how much of our business takes place on the weekends in the summertime," he said. $2.8M in federal grants OK'd for Valley airports Small airports and aviation-related businesses near Trump's properties in Florida and New Jersey have lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in business already this year. And they have no recourse other than to appeal to the Secret Service, which oversees presidential security. Several members of New Jersey's congressional delegation sent a letter to the Secret Service in June urging it to consider allowing the airports near Trump's residence to use a system similar to one in place near Washington, D.C., that allows properly screened pilots to fly to and from airports in a security-sensitive area. So far there's been no response, the offices of U.S. Reps. Leonard Lance and Josh Gottheimer said Friday. Lance is a Republican whose 7th Congressional District covers Hunterdon and southern Warren counties. Gottheimer is a Democrat whose 5th District covers the rest of Warren. "We want New Jersey to be treated as, apparently, Maryland is treated," Lance told the AP earlier this month. "I'm hopeful the Secret Service will examine the situation based on past precedents." It's not an issue that's going to go away while Trump's president, Braden pilot Bob Kutzler told the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Board of Governors earlier this month. "He's coming up like every second weekend, so every second weekend these airports are going to be grounded," Kutzler said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Kurt Bresswein may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Missed chance to save Grace Packer? 2008 abuse complaint surfacesThe Morning Call / 2 d. 7 h. 10 min. ago more|
In May 2008, a formal child abuse complaint was lodged with the state alleging that David Packer was hurting his then-6-year-old adopted daughter, Grace. The child had been living with David Packer and his wife, Sara, in Allentown for four years when the state informed him that the case would be...
|Allentown turns over 1 of its public pools to the dogs (PHOTOS)LehighValleyLive.com / 2 d. 15 h. 45 min. ago more|
The city's Department of Parks and Recreation held its first Doggie Dip session Saturday afternoon at Mack Pool. In what has become a late-summer tradition, one of Allentown's public pools went to the dogs on Saturday. The city's Department of Parks and Recreation held its first Doggie Dip session from 12 to 4 p.m. at Mack Pool. A second session is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The sessions are billed as "an opportunity to bring man's best friend to the pool to cool off during the dog days of summer," a news release says. For those looking to participate in Sunday's session, the release notes the following: The cost per dog is $4 for city residents and $6 for non residents. Proof of residency is required to receive the reduced rate. All dogs must have a valid 2017 license and be up to date on all vaccinations. One handler in the pool per dog is recommended and any aggressive animals will be asked to exit the event. Monetary or dry pet food donations on behalf of the Lehigh County Humane Society will be accepted and appreciated. In case of inclement weather on Sunday, call the Recreation Inclement Weather Hotline at 610-437-7750 after office hours, or visit us on Facebook for postponement information at www.facebook.com/allentownparkandrec. Nick Falsone may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @nickfalsone. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Mural of Philadelphia ex-mayor, police commissioner defacedThe Morning Call / 2 d. 15 h. 50 min. ago more|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A day after the arrest of a man accused of defacing a statue of a former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner, a mural of the same figure was defaced with paint. Police said officers saw a group spray-paint “Kill killer cops” on the large south Philadelphia mural of Frank...
|Man suffers life-threatening injuries in shooting, police sayLehighValleyLive.com / 2 d. 21 h. 12 min. ago more|
Allentown police said the victim was shot at 4 a.m. Saturday on the city's east side. A 24-year-old man is fighting life-threatening injuries after being shot early Saturday morning in Allentown. The man was shot at about 4 a.m. in the 400 block of East Clair Street, a block off of Hanover Avenue on the city's east side, said police Capt. Tony Alsleben. The injured man was located by police at Sacred Heart Hospital, but he was uncooperative with investigators and would not provide information about himself or the shooting, Alsleben said. MORE: 2 PA State Police troopers shot in deadly night for law enforcement The man was in serious condition, the captain said. Police believe the incident is drug related. The department has no information on a suspect or suspects, and asks anyone with information to call the detective bureau at 610-437-7721 or use the department's free app to submit a tip. Sarah Cassi may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Man injured in early morning shooting in Allentown - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 2 d. 22 h. 26 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownMan injured in early morning shooting in AllentownWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police are investigating a shooting that left a man with life-threatening injuries. It happened in the 400 block of East Clair Street around 4 a.m. Saturday. A 24-year-old man was shot outside, according to Allentown Police Capt.
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|He calls himself a 'fugitive recovery agent.' Here's how he does the jobLehighValleyLive.com / 2 d. 23 h. 41 min. ago more|
What happens when someone skips out on bail? A call might go out to Eugene Pozen. There are a lot of people looking for fugitives on any given day in Northampton County. The county sheriff's department, either on its own or in concert with the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitives Task Force, state constables and local and state police are often serving warrants on people who don't show up for court dates. The county actually has and regularly updates its list of Top 10 Fugitives. Eugene Pozen goes to work when someone skips out on bail posted by a private company and a county court revokes and forfeits the bail. The 36-year-old Allentown man calls himself a "fugitive recovery agent." While he's not employed by Lehigh Valley Bail -- a firm based not far from the courthouses in Lehigh and Northampton counties -- when someone skips, company owner John Robinson reaches out to Pozen. Alleged wallet thief hits hair salon Lehigh Valley Bail posted $5,000 bond twice in late May for Christina Ott in two different theft-related cases out of Palmer Township, records show. When she didn't show up for her June 27 preliminary hearing in both cases, Northampton Count Court within a couple of weeks issued a bench warrant and eventually revoked and forfeited her bail, records show. The bail company had 90 days to get Ott to court or risk losing the $10,000 from an escrow account set up with the county, Robinson explained. The bond is like an IOU based on that account, Robinson said, adding his company had to register with the county to perform this role. Only when the accused doesn't turn up does Robinson have to reach out to someone such as Pozen, who has done work for the firm for more than 10 years. Christina Marie Ott, 49, of Easton was arrested on Easton's South Side after jumping bail, records show. (Courtesy photo | Eugene Pozen) It's up to Pozen to use his own sources and methods to find a fugitive such as Ott, Robinson said. Pozen said he "worked closely with" Slate Belt Regional, Colonial Regional and Palmer police -- all of whom had new charges against Ott since she was out on bail -- in his investigation. The 49-year-old Ott was supposed to be living on Lehigh Street just inside the Wilson Borough border, he said. "She had disappeared," Pozen said. But a "confidential source" told him she was hanging out on South Side Easton, he said. Ott was wearing wigs to disguise her identity, Pozen said. Christina Marie Ott, 49. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) "It took some effort," he said. "She was slick." He found Ott, who he described as a "smart little criminal," about 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Centre and Line streets. She was drunk and high, Pozen said. She told him she'd been staying with a friend. He took her into custody and delivered her to Central Booking at Northampton County Prison. "We ended sitting at NCP for a couple hours collecting all the other warrants to get her arraigned," he said. She has faced three court actions since Pozen took her into custody. "The point is to get the bail," he said. "... We're on the hook." Robinson, who opened the company in 2002, said he has considerable confidence in Pozen. Ott was arraigned in recent days on theft charges from June 15 in Lower Nazareth Township ($5,000 bail), theft charges from June 16 out of Wind Gap ($10,000 bail) and theft charges from June 20 out of Palmer ($10,000 bail), records show. And her two $5,000 bails from the earlier Palmer cases were reset by a county judge at $15,000, records show. Robinson will turn to the county solicitor and a motion will be filed in court to get his company's responsibility for the bail resolved, he said. It's not immediately refunded to the escrow account and not a simple process, he said. Robinson pays Pozen through the 7 percent fee a family would put up to get the bail company to secure bond, he said. There aren't that many bail jumpers in either county, so Robinson doesn't need to employ Pozen full time. "We stay busy, though," Pozen said. Sometimes there are 10 fugitives he's looking for; other times there are none. "People go to court, people don't go to court," he said. "... It takes a lot of my work." Tony Rhodin may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Driver knocked out, passengers scream after Salisbury crashThe Morning Call / 3 d. 9 h. 20 min. ago more|
A man was knocked out Friday night in Salisbury Township when his car smashed into a tree, police said. The driver, who had five passengers, was going east on Susquehanna, just past Ueberroth Avenue, at 8:40 p.m. when the car hit a tree in front of 1230 E. Susquehanna St. “There was a huge bang...
|Reports: Man falls 50 feet from railroad trestle over the Lehigh in WeissportThe Morning Call / 3 d. 10 h. 15 min. ago more|
A man fell 50 feet from a railroad trestle to rocks Friday night along the Lehigh River at Weissport, according to emergency radio reports. The fall was reported at 8:35 p.m. at the trestle between Lehighton and Weissport. Early reports indicated it happened on the Weissport side of the river,...
|Dishing with Allentown's own diner expertAllentown News / 3 d. 17 h. 12 min. ago more|
Growing up in the '50s and '60s, Richard Gutman could walk from his home in West End Allentown to four different diners - Hook's, Thomas', Tab's and the Plain and Fancy. Those diners are either gone or go by different names now.
|2 more suspects arrested in case of man killed in front of his daughterLehighValleyLive.com / 3 d. 17 h. 21 min. ago more|
Police have now caught four of the five people accused of robbing Jermaine Taylor, who was shot dead during the crime. Police have now caught four of the five people involved in a fatal armed home invasion where an Allentown man was shot dead in front of his daughter. On Thursday, police filed charges Sasha Marie Vargas, 23, and Brandon Lee Eanes in connection with the killing of Jermaine Taylor on Sunday in his Allentown home. Vargas and Eanes were arrested Friday afternoon in Harrisburg. The pair are facing the same charges as two other co-defendants, Isaac Navarro and Waldemar Rivera, including homicide, robbery and conspiracy. Navarro was arrested on Sunday and Rivera was arraigned Wednesday night. Both Navarro and Rivera are being held without bail. Rivera reportedly told investigators that Eanes was the gunman who fatally shot Taylor. Armed robbers looking for drugs fatally shot man, cops say Prosecutors said Vargas, Eanes, Navarro and Rivera were armed when they went into Taylor's apartment at 1351 W. Linden St. to steal drugs and money. Taylor's daughter was with him at the house, and told police people armed with guns "rushed" into the apartment -- three men and one woman all with masks covering the lower part of their faces. A fifth man, who has not been identified, helped plan the robbery. The group led Taylor to a safe in an upstairs bedroom; Vargas stole drugs and money out of the safe, according to police. One of the men told the girl to turn around, which she did, and she then heard five shots and saw Taylor was wounded, police said. Navarro reportedly told police he was downstairs when the shots were fired,. Rivera reportedly said he, Eanes and Vargas took Taylor upstairs, and forced Taylor to open the safe, when there was a struggle. Eanes shot and killed Taylor, according to Rivera. Taylor, 39, was discovered by two friends early Sunday morning, who saw the door open to Taylor's third-floor apartment and found him facedown in his bedroom with his distraught daughter in the room. Police were called soon after 3 a.m. Vargas and Eanes were arrested in Harrisburg and are slated to be arraigned later Friday in their cases. Because it is a homicide, they will not be granted bail. Records show Eanes was wanted for an alleged probation violation in Lehigh County. He was sentenced to one year of probation last August in the case. Sarah Cassi may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Man accused of shooting man in the back pleads no contestLehighValleyLive.com / 3 d. 17 h. 56 min. ago more|
Under a no contest plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction. More than two years after a man was shot in the back in Allentown, the alleged gunman pleaded no contest in the case. Gregory McKelvey, 38, was awaiting trial on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault in the July 20, 2015, shooting of Ulises Nieves. On Friday, McKelvey pleaded no contest to aggravated assault, and the remaining charges were withdrawn. Under a no contest plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction. It is treated the same as a guilty plea for sentencing purposes. McKelvey, who lived in Allentown and has been in jail since July 24, 2015, was sentenced to 18 months to three years in state prison, records show. Allentown gunman who shot victim in back caught, cops say Police said they were called about 9:20 p.m. July 20, 2015, for a report of shots fired at Russell and Grant streets, and then called by Sacred Heart Hospital about a shooting victim seeking treatment. Nieves had a gunshot wound to his back, police said, and told officers he was shot in the 100 block of Russell Street. Nieves and witnesses identified McKelvey as the gunman from photo lineups, police said. Sarah Cassi may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Jury convicts Catty man of sexually assaulting 9-year-old girlLehighValleyLive.com / 3 d. 18 h. 56 min. ago more|
The girl testified she woke up to the man molesting her. A Lehigh County jury found a Catasauqua man guilty of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl while she slept in the fall of 2015. Arnaldo "Leo" Garcia Sr., 34, was on trial this week on charges of aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault and corruption of minors. After deliberating for less than an hour, a jury on Thursday found him guilty of all the charges. Garcia is set to be sentenced at a later date. He remains in Lehigh County Jail in the meantime. Trial begins for man accused of sexually assaulting girl, 9 The girl, who is 10 now, testified she fell asleep on the night of Nov. 16, 2015 and woke up to Garcia molesting her. The girl reported the assault to a family member the next day, and police were immediately called. When a Lehigh County detective interviewed Garcia, "he claimed it must just have been a nightmare," Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Morfi Marks previously said. Garcia testified the girl was "poisoned" by adults in her life into making the claims against Garcia. Garcia remains in Lehigh County Jail. Sarah Cassi may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|3 ways to prevent being scammed when buying eclipse glasses - Allentown Morning CallGoogle News / 3 d. 19 h. 7 min. ago more|
Allentown Morning Call3 ways to prevent being scammed when buying eclipse glassesAllentown Morning CallIf you still haven't bought the special glasses you'll need to safely watch Monday's solar eclipse, watch for counterfeits and scams. (AMY HERZOG / THE MORNING CALL). Paul MuschickContact ReporterThe Watchdog. You're running out of time to buy the ...and more »
|Standoff ensues as Allentown police serve drug warrant - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 3 d. 19 h. 9 min. ago more|
Standoff ensues as Allentown police serve drug warrantWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - A man barricaded himself inside of a home Friday morning in Allentown, as police were serving a drug warrant. It happened at 10th and Liberty streets, and police say that area was shut down. Police say they were engaged in a standoff ...and more »
|Campouts and human chains: Activists continue to press Frelinghuysen...Allentown News / 3 d. 19 h. 30 min. ago more|
As slumber parties go, this one lacked for creature comforts: A concrete sidewalk outside of Rep. Rodney Felinghuysen's Morristown office was about it. That's where a handful of activists from New Jersey and Pennsylvania camped out early Friday, as part of a week-long series of demonstrations against $6 billion in President Trump's budget that would help erect a wall on the Mexican border, expand the border patrol and add beds in private detention centers.
|McCartney tribute coming to Allen High for benefit; students to be part of showAllentown News / 4 d. 2 h. 22 min. ago more|
A concert by a Paul McCartney tribute act is coming to Allentown's Allen High School, and the student Canary Caviliers Jazz Band and Allen High School Chorale will take part in the show. The McCartney Years, a Canadian tribute act that plays the music of Paul McCartney from his time in The Beatles and Wings, will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in McHugh Auditorium at Allen High School, 106 N. 17th St., Allentown.
|Two Philly teachers: If we are overpaid and underworked, why is there a teacher shortage?Allentown News / 4 d. 13 h. 52 min. ago more|
Aura Townsend, an English Teacher from from George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, protests in front of City Hall, as teachers called out of work as part of a citywide action to protest four years without a contract in May 2017. In a recent op-ed, " The myths of the underpaid and overworked teachers in Pa ," the authors argue that because teachers make more than some workers in Pennsylvania, we should be prepared to take cuts.
|Grammy-nominated polka player to play at new Allentown Memorial Day eventAllentown News / 4 d. 18 h. 27 min. ago more|
Grammy-nominated polka player Alex Meixner will serve as master of ceremonies for a new Memorial Day weekend event in Allentown next year, it was announced this morning. The Great Allentown Memorial Day Celebration will be held May 27 and 28, 2018 at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
|Friday's the last day to cheer on two area home-brewers in Sam Adams contestAllentown News / 4 d. 18 h. 27 min. ago more|
You have till Friday, Aug. 18 to vote for two area homebrewers who are out to prove they are the most passionate about craft beer and should earn the chance to brew with craft beer giant Samuel Adams. Joshua Divers of Allentown and Mark Witzel of Douglassville, Berks County, are among 10 people in the running to win Samuel Adams' "Longshot American Homebrew Competition."
|Hagerty Has A Brilliant Plan To Get People Interested In Vintage Cars: Let Them Drive ThemAllentown News / 4 d. 23 h. 2 min. ago more|
Of all the insurance companies I can think of-the one with the lizard or that girl or that talking box, or whatever-there's really only one that seems to give a damn about people's interest in vintage cars. The company is Hagerty, and, let's be clear, their interest is in making money by insuring classic cars.
|Second arrest made in Allentown homicide - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 5 d. 1 h. 25 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownSecond arrest made in Allentown homicideWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown Police have made a second arrest in a home invasion and homicide. 20-year-old Waldemar Rivera of Allentown was arrested and charged Wednesday night. He's facing criminal homicide, robbery, conspiracy and other charges ...and more »
|Restaurant review: Hometown Heroes Stars & Bars Cafe in BethlehemAllentown News / 5 d. 3 h. 22 min. ago more|
It's not often that a bar retires the beer taps and transforms into a neighborhood breakfast and lunch joint, but that's exactly what happened at local watering hole Hometown Heroes in North Bethlehem. Owner Paul Schirripa told The Morning Call's Ryan Kneller last month that the bar business had fallen off due to all the new bar and entertainment options in north and south Bethlehem, so he decided to go a different route.
|Roasting Ears of Corn Festival: Learn about Native American cultureAllentown News / 5 d. 7 h. 46 min. ago more|
Hundreds experience Native American performers and craftsmen during the annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival at Museum of Indian Culture in Salisbury Township. Hundreds experience Native American performers and craftsmen during the annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival at Museum of Indian Culture in Salisbury Township.
|Anime fans: Get dressed and ready for SaikouCon in AllentownAllentown News / 5 d. 12 h. 6 min. ago more|
If you are in downtown Allentown this weekend and see people walking around who appear to be from another planet, have no fear. They are, in fact, from an alternate universe, but they come in peace.
|Celebrate with Allentown's Pride in the Park FestivalAllentown News / 5 d. 12 h. 6 min. ago more|
Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley was started in 1993 by a group of Valley activists who, after attending a civil rights march in Washington D.C., recognized "the need to provide a much needed-positive and welcoming atmosphere for the Lehigh Valley gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex community," according to the mission statement on Pride's website. Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley was started in 1993 by a group of Valley activists who, after attending a civil rights march in Washington D.C., recognized "the need to provide a much needed-positive and welcoming atmosphere for the Lehigh Valley gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex community," according to the mission statement on Pride's website.
|Allentown police charge man with homicide in robbery - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 7 d. 20 h. 48 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownAllentown police charge man with homicide in robberyWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police said a child was in a Linden Street apartment early Sunday morning, when the child's father was shot and killed in an apparent drug robbery. Authorities charged Isaac J. Navarro, of the 300 block of North 13th Street ...and more »