Parkland Press

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Derbe Eckhart again charged with animal cruelty

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced Derbe Eckhart of Heidelberg Township has been charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals.

Eckhart, 49, of 6587 Central Road, Heidelberg Township, was charged with 58 counts of cruelty to animals, six of which are graded as misdemeanors of the third degree and 52 as summary offenses.

The six counts are charged as misdemeanors as a result of factors which include Eckhart’s prior convictions of cruelty to animals.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces PSSA testing reduction

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a reduction in standardized testing for students in the commonwealth.

According to an Aug. 14 news release from the governor’s office, “the change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades three through eight.”

Wolf commented on the change during a “Schools That Teach” visit to Susquehanna Middle School, Dauphin County, with state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

Upper Macungie police seek public’s help to find missing man

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Upper Macungie police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing person.

Police say Philip Depinto, 86, a white male, standing 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 150 lbs. was last seen 2:30 p.m. July 19 at Strohl Chevrolet, 7831 Main St., Fogelsville.

Depinto is bald with gray hair on the sides and has green eyes,

He was driving a 1992 dark blue Subaru sedan with Pennsylvania registration “PHILD.”

Anyone with information to help find Depinto is asked to call 911 or use the non-emergency line 610-437-5252.

BREAKING NEWS: Thomas More Society cites First Amendment violation in lawsuit against the Parkland School District

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to information received from a Chicago public relations firm on July 11, the Thomas More Society has filed a lawsuit against the Parkland School District regarding the administration’s decision on a proposed pro-life club.

Tom Ciesielka of TC Public Relations emailed The Press the following statement:

“Today, attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Parkland High School and Parkland School District on behalf of students Elizabeth Castro and Grace Schairer.

Asbury Church issues statement on bomb squad response

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

No information available from South Whitehall police

Asbury Methodist Church, South Whitehall, has issued a statement to the June 16 incident in which South Whitehall Township police and the Allentown Bomb Squad responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a suspicious package.

“Asbury Church is open. There were news reports today (Friday, June 16, 2017) about a suspicious item identified inside the building,” Asbury Church Director of Communications Cristina Lenner emailed The Press. “Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat.

UPDATE: Asbury Church issues statement on bomb squad response

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Asbury Methodist Church, South Whitehall, has issued a statement to the June 16 incident in which South Whitehall Township police and the Allentown Bomb Squad responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a suspicious package.

“Asbury Church is open. There were news reports today (Friday, June 16, 2017) about a suspicious item identified inside the building,” Asbury Church Diretor of Communications Cristina Lenner emailed The Press. “Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat.

Pro-life group puts Parkland School District on notice regarding student club

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to information provided by the Thomas More Society, Chicago, Ill., Parkland High School Superintendent Richard Sniscak was sent a demand letter May 17 from attorneys at that organization.

The letter charges the high school’s denial of a request by some students to form a pro-life student group is unconstitutional and must be reversed.

According to the email from the public relations firm representing the Thomas More Society, last fall, two students tried to start a Students for Life group at Parkland.

Tori Morgan to face Mark Pinsley for South Whitehall Board seat

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

South Whitehall Commissioner Christina “Tori” Morgan, a Republican, garnered an unofficial 622 votes to fellow Commissioner and Republican Thomas Johns’ unofficial 538 votes in Tuesday’s Municipal Primary to face Democrat Mark Pinsley in the November General Election.

Morgan, who has been board president for five years, became a commissioner in 2008.

She emailed The Press Wednesday morning following the primary election.

Osborne heads toward November election in bid for executive seat

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Former South Whitehall Township and Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne, a Republican, garnered an unofficial 56 percent of the vote to Glenn Eckhart’s unofficial 44 percent of the vote to face Democrat Phillips Armstrong in the November General Election for Lehigh County executive.

According to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers, Osborne received 6,326 votes to Eckhart’s 4,940 votes.

Armstrong, who ran unchallenged, received an unofficial 11,479 votes on the Democratic side of the ballot.