Two 15-year-old boys are being detained in a juvenile facility after the Parkland School District received information Dec. 4 of possible threatening action to be initiated by two students at the high school before the Christmas break.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and South Whitehall Township Chief John Christman announced the investigation regarding the threat via email on Dec. 11.
According to Martin’s office, information concerning this threat was given to South Whitehall police Dec. 4, and an immediate investigation was begun.
Dennis E. Klusaritz, a Democrat, will be serving a six-year term as North Whitehall Township supervisor, according to unofficial results from Lehigh County Voter Registration.
Klusaritz received an unofficial 1,262 votes, 50.20 percent of the total votes cast, to Republican incumbent Steve Pany’s 1,247 votes, 49.60 percent.
There were five no party write-in votes cast for an unofficial 2,514 votes.
Incumbent Lehigh County Commissioner Percy H. Dougherty, a Republican, will be returning to his seat representing residents in District 2.
According to Lehigh County Voter Registration, Dougherty garnered an unofficial 6,211 votes in Tuesday’s Municipal Election to the unofficial 5,080 votes received by Shoaib Chaudhary, a Democrat.
With 100 percent of the districts reporting, Dougherty took 54.87 percent of the vote to Chaudhary’s 44.88 percent of the votes cast.
During the campaign, Dougherty told The Press he understands the problems seniors face.
Incumbent Christina “Tori” Morgan and Mark Pinsley have been named to the two open four-year seats on the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, according to unofficial results from Lehigh County Voter Registration
Morgan garnered an unofficial 685 votes on the Democrat side of the ticket in Tuesday’s Municipal Election, 1,486 unofficial votes from voters listed as no party and 479 unofficial votes from Republicans.
She garnered 43.10 percent of the total 6,147 votes cast.
Pinsley, a Democrat, received an unofficial 1,766 votes, 28.73 percent of the total.
Results of Tuesday’s Municipal Election from Lehigh County Voter Registration show Democrat Phillips Armstrong with an unofficial 24,675 votes to Republican Brad Osborne’s unofficial 22,116 votes to take home the win for Lehigh County Executive.
With 100 percent of the ditricts reporting, Armstrong garnered an unofficial 52.69 percent of the vote to Osborne’s 47.23 percent.
During the campaign, Armstrong told The Press his first priority if elected would be to develop open communications with the board and all departments.
Voters in Lehigh County have chosen Republican Marc Grammes to serve a four-year term as District 1 commissioner.
According to Lehigh County Voter Registration, Grammes garnered an unofficial 6,125 votes to Democrat Bob Elbich’s unofficial 4,523 votes.
With 100 percent of the 32 districts reporting, Grammes took 57.48 percent of the total 10,655 votes cast. Elbich received 42.45 percent of the total.
Grammes, who had served previously as a county commissioner, emailed The Press Wendesday morning following the election.
The Press asked the two candidates running for a six-year term as supervisor the following question: What is the major issue in North Whitehall Township and how will you deal with it?
Dennis E. Klusaritz
Klusaritz, a lifelong resident of the township, is a 1977 graduate of Parkland High School. He has been operating and managing the family hay and grain farming operation along Rising Sun Road since 1978.
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.
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 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.