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Allentown police to have news conference today

Friday, March 16, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Mexico issues Amber Alert for Allentown teen

Allentown police have announced they will have a news conference later today regarding the missing persons case involving Amy Yu, 16, of Allentown, and Kevin Michael Esterly, 45, of Lowhill Township.

Yesterday, Alerta Amber Mexico issued an Amber Alert for the pair who have been missing since March 5.

The alert was posted 11:20 p.m. March 15 on Twitter.

Yu, an Asian female, standing 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 90 pounds, is a student at Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School, Bethlehem.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Easter Egg Hunts being offered

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., and St. John’s UCC, 1027 Church St., both in Fogelsville, will have their annual community Easter Egg Hunt March 24 at Upper Macungie Park (Falcon Pavilion), Route 100 N., Fogelsville. Rain date is March 31.

Registration begins 9:15 a.m. with the event starting at 10 a.m.

Children from infant up to and including sixth grade are invited to participate.

Goody bags for all participants.

For more information, call 610-395-5535.


VFW Post 8282 donates to police program for kids

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Robert M. Fegley VFW Post 8282, Breinigsville, recently donated $2,000 to the Upper Macungie Township Police Department to help fund the department’s fingerprinting and DNA testing program for children.

“We started with a community donation and we looked for areas where we could be helpful in the community,” VFW Post 8282 Commander William Richards said, at the post’s Feb. 19 meeting. “It was brought to our attention the Upper Macungie Police Department could use a little help.”

Bonnie Reppert, bar steward with the VFW, presented the $2,000 donation.

Homeland Security, ICE join search for missing teen

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed to The Press that, according to ICE officials, the Philadelphia HSI office is involved in the case of missing 16-year-old Allentown teen, Amy Yu, but would not comment further on the investigation.

Allentown Police are attempting to locate Yu and Kevin Michael Esterly, 45, who remain missing since March 5.

According to the Allentown Police Department Facebook page, Yu and Kevin Michael Esterly could have traveled together in a 1999 two-door red Honda Accord with Pennsylvania license plate KLT 0529.

‘High School Musical’ onstage at Springhouse

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Springhouse Middle School thespians will perform “High School Musical” March 8-10.

This musical is about two high school juniors Troy Bolton, captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez, a shy transfer student, who try out for the lead roles in the school’s musical despite their classmates’ attempts to thwart their dreams of singing onstage at East High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The musical is based on the original Disney Channel movie “High School Musical” written by Peter Barsocchini with music by David Lawrence.

‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ to go swimmingly at OMS

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Orefield Middle School Drama Club students have been rehearsing diligently for the past three months to present “The Little Mermaid Jr.” for the community March 8-10.

This two-act musical tells the story of Ariel, a 16-year-old mermaid who longs to become human and leave the ocean.

The musical is based on Disney’s 1989 animated feature film and Hans Christian Andersen’s Danish fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.”

Emily Bachl, who portrays Ariel, and Jacob Greening, who plays Sebastian, commented on their roles.

The Neffs National Bank makes several donations

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Neffs National Bank presented checks Feb. 21 in the amount of $20,000 each to the Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh school district education foundations, and Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation.

They also presented checks in the amount of $10,000 each to the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society and Wildlands Conservancy Inc., Emmaus.

“The donations were made in part through the bank’s participation in the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program,” Kevin Schmidt, president and CEO of The Neffs National Bank, said.

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP: Relay for Life team cooking pork and sauerkraut dinner

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Team members of Cedar Believers Relay for Life are having a pork and sauerkraut supper fundraiser 4-7 p.m. March 3 in the social hall of Cedar Church, 3419 Broadway, Cetronia.

Proceeds from the supper will go to the American Cancer Society.


Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, will be hosting Miller-Keystone bloodmobile for a blood drive 3:30-7 p.m. Feb. 27.

To sign up go to and enter Group No. 3303.


Schuylkill County man dies eight days after Weisenberg Twp crash

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 41-year-old Schuylkill County man has died eight days after his vehicle struck a tree and went down an embankment around 2 p.m. Feb. 7 in front of 1608 Independent Road, Weisenberg Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, Christopher Angelo of Schuylkill Haven, was pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m. Feb. 15 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

An autopsy was performed Feb. 16, Grim said, adding the cause of Angelo’s death was attributed to multiple blunt force injuries.

He ruled the manner of his death an accident.

Police are investigating domestic homicide in Hamburg, Berks Co.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop L, Hamburg, and Hamburg Borough Police, Berks County, are investigating the death of a 58-year-old woman which occurred 5:24 p.m. Feb. 17 at 402 N. 5th St., in the borough.

State police say borough police responded for a report of a domestic incident. Upon arrival, they discovered Suzanne Lenkiewicz, who was deceased, and her husband Gary, 56, on the floor.

Police say emergency medical services were dispatched to the home.