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Dougherty returns to District 2 seat

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

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.

Morgan, Pinsley picked for South Whitehall board

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

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.

Voters choose Armstrong as next Lehigh County executive

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

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.

Grammes wins seat in Lehigh County District 1

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

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.

Klusaritz, Pany on ballot for N. Whitehall supervisor

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

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.

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.