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3 incumbents, 1 newcomer on ballot for school board

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Three incumbents Robert Cohen, Mark Hanichak and Barry Long, and David Hein, seeking his first term in office, were on the May 21 ballot for four-year terms on the Parkland School Board.

All cross-filed on the Democratic and Republican tickets.

According to Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers, Cohen received an unofficial 1,680 Republican votes and 837 votes from Democrats.

Hanichak received an unofficial 1,679 Republican votes and 799 votes from Democrats.

Scott Ott vs. Tom Muller in November election

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

This coming November, Lehigh County voters will need to choose between Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott, a Republican, and acting County Executive Tom Muller, a Democrat, to serve a four-year term as county executive.

Ott garnered 56 percent of the Republican votes cast, with an unofficial tally of 6,861 on Tuesday, beating challenger Dean Browning's 5,455 votes, according to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers.

Muller, received an unofficial 8,550 votes.

During the campaign, both Ott and Browning advocated for less taxes.

Creighton, Leiner to face off in general election, Nov. 5

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Incumbent Republican Commissioner Tom Creighton of Lynn Township will face Democrat Bill Leiner Jr. of Coplay for the District 1 seat on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in the November general election.

Creighton garnered an unofficial 2,277 votes on Tuesday, according to Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers.

Leiner received an unofficial 1,916 votes on the Democratic side of the ballot.

Johns, Morgan on ballot in November general election

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

South Whitehall Commissioners Thomas Johns and Christina Tori Morgan, both incumbent Republicans, were on Tuesday's ballot for re-election to the two open seats on the township board.

According to Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers, Johns received an unofficial 601 votes. Morgan garnered an unofficial 629 votes.

There were no Democratic candidates.

Johns owns Phoenix Construction Inc., which he founded 22 years ago.

A graduate of Penn State with a degree in business and finance, Johns has experience working in logistics, auditing and sales.

Dougherty, Wild on ballot in county District 2 race

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers show incumbent Lehigh County Commissioner Percy H. Dougherty, a Republican, garnering 2,012 votes, giving him 56 percent of the vote to challenger Scott Aquila's unofficial 1,572 votes in Tuesday's primary election.

Dougherty will face Democrat Susan Ellis Wild in the November election for the District 2 seat on the county board of commissioners.

Wild garnered an unofficial 1,343 votes in the primary.

Aquila emailed The Press the morning after the primary:

District 2 county commissioner candidates

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Republicans Percy H. Dougherty and Scott Aquila, and Democrat Susan Ellis Wild are candidates for the District 2 seat on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

The District 2 commissioner represents voters in the borough of Alburtis, and Lower Macungie, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships. The candidates explained what they believe is the most important issue in this election and why?

Percy Dougherty

Dougherty, a resident of Shepherd Hills, Lower Macungie Township, is a retired Kutztown University professor.

Contractor charged with fraud

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

Home improvement contractor Kevin W. Drake, 55, of 3048 Sequoia Drive, Macungie, has been charged with six counts of theft by deception and six counts of home improvement fraud after he was arrested by Upper Macungie police April 5, for allegedly not doing work for which he was paid.

According to police, they received a complaint from a township resident regarding Drake, whom he hired to finish his basement.

The homeowner said he provided advanced payment to Drake, and the work allegedly was never completed.

Student with Taser no threat to school safety, Sniscak says

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

According to Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak, there was no threat to the health, safety or welfare of the school community when a student was discovered March 18 with a Taser at the high school.

That, Sniscak told The Press March 26, was the reason an email was sent to parents six days later, rather than immediately.

Sniscak referred to the incident last fall when emergency responders were called out and searched the high school following a report of a suspicous person, dressed in camouflage, saluting the flag outside the building before going inside.

Orefield woman's death ruled a homicide

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

Linda Knauss shot 30 years ago

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office has ruled the Feb. 18 death of an Orefield woman, who was shot almost 31 years ago, is a homicide.

Coroner Scott Grim says Linda J. Knauss, 65, Orefield, was pronounced dead at 2:10 a.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Grim states her death was not initially reported to his office, as her family decided to have her cremated.

The funeral home, however, following established procedure, asked the coroner's office for permission to perform the cremation.

Editor's View

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Administration's encroachment on the Second Amendment is unacceptable

U.S. Constitution Amendment II: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

The Founding Fathers of this country lived under the tyranny of the monarchy of King George III of England.

The social and political changes in the 13 colonies leading to the American War of Independence, (1775-1782) put an end to that autocratic rule.