Parkland Press

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP: Various events offered at Parkland Community Library

Friday, February 1, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Avenue, South Whitehall, will be offering baby story time with picture books, rhymes and songs at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 and 11 for children ages birth to 2 years old. A caregiver must attend with each child.

Preschool story time for children ages 3 to 5 is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Feb. 6, 7 and 13. A caregiver must remain in the library.

Toddler story time with stories, songs and rhymes for toddlers from 18 months to age 3 will be offered 10:30 a.m. Feb. 5, 6, 12 and 13.

Derbe Eckhart pleads guilty to cruelty to animal charges

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Lehigh County man who has faced numerous charges of abuse of animals over the years, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge James T. Anthony in Lehigh County Court to 94 counts of cruelty to animals stemming from four separate search warrants served in May 2017 as well as January and June 2018.

Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, 51, who has lived in Heidelberg Township and the Emmaus area, has been in jail since August.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Story times, games and more offered by Parkland Library

Friday, January 18, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township, will be offering baby story time with picture books, rhymes and songs for children age birth to 2 years old 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 and 28.

A caregiver must attend with each child.

Preschool story time for children ages 3-5 is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Jan. 23, 24, 30 and 31.

A caregiver must remain in the library.

Toddler story time with stories, songs and rhymes for kids 18 months to 3 years old will be presented 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22, 23, 29 and 30.

BREAKING NEWS: Suspicious package found at Lehigh County courthouse

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The City of Allentown police and fire department, and the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a suspicious package found at the Lehigh County Courthouse, Police Chief Tony Alsleben said in a 9:31 a.m. Jan. 16 email to The Press.

Roads around the courthouse are blocked off.

It is not known if the courthouse was evacuated.

South Whitehall police seek help to identify pickup truck

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police are seeking the public’s help to identify the owner or business that owns a truck involved in an incident that occurred around 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2018, in the 2500 block of Highland St., South Whitehall.

This case is under active investigation and no other details can be released at this time, police say.

Anyone who may be able to identify the business or owner of the pickup truck or has information regarding this investigation, is asked to contact South Whitehall Detective Timothy Shoudt at 610-398-0337.

’Tis the season for cops and kids

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Target, police, Dorney create special day for youngsters

Christmas 2018 was special for more than 30 Parkland students thanks to the efforts of Target store employees, Pennsylvania state troopers, South Whitehall, Upper Macungie and Allentown police officers, Lehigh County Sheriff’s deputies, and Dorney Park security officers.

The 33 youngsters who took part in the annual Heroes and Helpers program were treated to lunch at Chickie and Pete’s at Dorney Park, and a shopping spree at Target.

Students adapt toys for peers with disabilities

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh Carbon Career and Technical Institute and Jim Thorpe High School students recently participated in a Toy Adaptation Day to help make Christmas 2018 a little brighter for students with disabilities.

The Toy Adaptation Day took place at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, Independence Drive, Schnecksville.

Danielle Argot, M.Ed., CBIS, assistive technology consultant and BrainSTEPS team leader at CLIU 21, was instrumental in organizing the special day on Dec. 6, 2018.

NWL graduate joins S. Whitehall police

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Ryan King, a 2009 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, recently joined the South Whitehall Township Police Department.

King received a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bloomsburg University in 2013.

He is also a 2015 graduate of Philadelphia Police Academy class 371.

King served in the 24th district of the Philadelphia Police Department until 2017. He was then was sworn in as a police officer with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.

Lions host Christmas party

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Allentown Kuhnsville Area Lions Club hosted its annual Christmas party for hearing and visually impaired children and adults Dec. 8 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fogelsville.

David Daniel with the Lions Club spoke with The Press before the party began.

This is the eighth year the Lions Club has hosted this party for local residents who are hearing or visually impaired, Daniel said.

“The Western Lehigh Lions Club originally started hosting these parties years ago but when they disbanded, we took over hosting the party,” Daniel said.

NWL graduate joins South Whitehall police

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Ryan King, a 2009 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, recently joined the South Whitehall Township Police Department.

King received a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bloomsburg University in 2013.

He is also a 2015 graduate of the Philadelphia Police Academy class No. 371.

King served in the 24th district of the Philadelphia Police Department until 2017, when he was sworn in as a police officer with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.