Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, of Albany Township, was charged Dec. 2 with first- and third-degree murder for the deaths of her two children in September.
Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich announced just before noon Dec. 2 the cause of death for Brinley L. Snyder, 4, and Conner Snyder, 8, of the 2400 block of Route 143, Albany Township, was hanging.
The following candidates for Lehigh County row offices were unchallenged in the Nov. 5 General Election.
Incumbent District Attorney Jim Martin, a Republican, received an unofficial 36,805 votes for another four-year term in office.
Incumbent Sheriff Joe Hanna, running as a Democrat/Republican, garnered an unofficial 52,066 votes for another four-year term in office. Incumbent Clerk of Judicial Records Andrea Naugle, a Democrat, received an unofficial 38,693 votes to return for another four-year term in office.
Voters on Tuesday appear to have lost favor with two incumbent Republicans and instead picked four Democrats to serve on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.
According to unofficial results from the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, Democrat Dan Hartzell garnered an unofficial 29,747 votes, 14.77 percent of the total votes cast. If the vote is certified, he will return for a second, four-year term in office.
Hartzell, of South Whitehall Township, is a Whitehall High School and Kutztown University graduate.
According to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, having garnered an unofficial 28,463 votes, 51.04 percent of the total 55,763 votes cast in Tuesday’s General Election, Democrat Mark Pinsley seems to have unseated two-term incumbent Lehigh County Controller Republican Glenn Eckhart for a four-year term in office. Eckhart received an unofficial 27,300 votes, 48.96 percent of the vote.
There are six candidates seeking election to five open seats on the Parkland School Board in the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.
Those chosen will serve a four-year term.
Voters include those from North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships, along with parts of Allentown, including 17th Ward, 4th District and 18th Ward, 2nd District.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: “What is your position on property tax reform on the state level as it relates to school districts?”
There are nine candidates seeking election to four open seats on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners. Those elected on the Nov. 5 Municipal Election will serve a four-year term in office.
Candidates for Lehigh County commissioner were asked the following question: How do you plan on advocating for the senior citizen population if you are elected to the board of commissioners?
Democrat Donald Peters is challenging incumbent Supervisor Ronald J. Heintzelman, a Republican, for a six-year term on the North Whitehall Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.
Peters provided The Press with the following information: “As a lifelong resident of North Whitehall Township, I have seen the changes that have occurred here in the township throughout my lifetime.
“While change is unavoidable, I feel some changes have occurred without consideration of the overall impact they may have on the township as a whole.
Three Democrats and three Republicans are seeking one of the three open seats for South Whitehall Township commissioner in the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.
The winners will serve a four-year term in office.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: What qualities do you think voters are looking for in a South Whitehall commissioner?
Lehigh County’s official seal, which features a Latin cross and other symbols relating to the county’s history may continue to be displayed in public.
According to information provided by Becket Law, which represented the county in the lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Third Circuit of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled 3-0 on Aug. 8 that the county can maintain the Latin cross in the seal.
Route 309 in Schnecksville was closed for approximately eight hours on July 6 following an alleged domestic incident at 4123 Route 309.
According to State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, officers responded to that address around 2:30 a.m. that day and subsequently took Jeffrey Crossley, 46, into custody with the assistance of the state police Special Emergency Response Team.
Crossley was taken to the Lehigh County Booking Center for arraignment.
Police say the Schnecksville Fire Department and PennDOT assisted at the scene.