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State Police seek help to solve cold case

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, are seeking the public’s help in solving a pedestrian hit and run, which occurred Nov. 29, 2013, on southbound Route 222, north of the Kressler Road intersection, Lower Macungie Township.

According to police, Michael Mason, who was 36 at the time of the crash, was walking along the west berm, when a southbound vehicle on Route 222 struck him.

Police say the vehicle’s bumper, which was approximately 17 inches from the ground, struck Mason on his left calf.

Mason was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver left before police arrived.

Jordan Lutheran celebrates 285 years serving the community

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, kicked off its year-long 285th anniversary celebration with a luncheon following the March 3 worship service.

Luncheon guests dined on glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, beverages and apple crumb pie for dessert.

After the luncheon, church members Elwood Laudenslager and Ted DuBois, both of South Whitehall, and Ruth Kemp of The Lutheran Home at Topton shared the church’s history.

Pedestrian hit by car in Upper Macungie Township

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 37-year-old Michigan man was struck by a 2017 Toyota Corolla driven by Andrew Pollock, 28, of Allentown 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the 5600 block of Tilghman St., Upper Macungie Township.

According to Upper Macungie Township police, Brandon Rambus of Detroit, Mich., was attempting to walk cross Tilghman Street when he was struck by Pollock’s car that was westbound on Tilghman Street near Blue Barn Road.

Rambus was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township for serious injuries, police say.

Pollock was uninjured.

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP: Area churches preparing for Lenten season

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Ziegels Church, 9990 Church Road, Breinigsville, will offer a soup meal after the noon Ash Wednesday service on March 6.

There will also be a soup meal at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. service the same day.

For more information, call the church office at 610-285-6157.


St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8227 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown, will have Ash Wednesday services at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 6.

For more information, call the church office at 610-398-1000.


Police investigate homicide at Upper Macungie warehouse

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township police, the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office and Lehigh County Homicide Task Force are investigating the homicide of a 44-year-old Allentown man which occurred 11 p.m. Feb. 24 at Customized Distribution Services Inc., 8400 Industrial Blvd., Upper Macungie.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, Nester Ortiz Deleon was pronounced dead 11:53 p.m. that day at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

An autopsy was performed Feb. 26 and the cause of death is attributed to a gunshot wound to the body.

Media invited to tour Allentown State Hospital

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

On a tree-lined circular driveway off Hanover Avenue in a section of east Allentown, formerly called Rittersville, sits the closed Allentown State Hospital.

Members of the media were invited to tour the interior areas of the abandon psychiatric hospital on Jan. 24.

While a warm rainy day outside, it was a cold 37 degrees inside the hospital.

Students compete at Cedar Crest for full-tuition scholarship

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A four-year full tuition scholarship was up for grabs Feb. 2 when Cedar Crest College hosted its 10th annual Scholarship Competition Day.

Students from 15 states and Puerto Rico participated in the contest, which included three sections of true and false and multiple choice questions on: history, art, humanities, social science, biology, chemistry, mathematics and logic.

The 143 high schoolers also completed a written essay.

The top five finalists then continued to the interview portion of the competition.

Two men charged in connection with Upper Macungie Twp. fire

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Two Berks County men and one juvenile have been charged in connection with a mobile home fire which occurred shortly after midnight Oct. 27, 2018, at 1036 Cherry Tree Crossing in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park, Upper Macungie.

According to Upper Macungie Township police, Joseph Newman-Bey, 61, of Maxatawny Township, and Marcanthony Gonzalez, 18, of Mohnton, both in Berks County, along with the juvenile, were charged and arraigned Dec. 27, 2018, regarding their alleged involvement in the fire.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Library offering Valentine’s Day programs for kids, adults

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Avenue, South Whitehall Township, will be offering a restorative yoga class with Karen Klubertanz from Five Paths at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19.

The library is hosting an Anti-Valentine’s Day party for kids in grades six through 12 at 1 p.m. Feb. 16.

Create a rude heart craft and take a swing at a piñata while munching on plenty of snacks.

Everyone is invited to play bridge, pinochle, canasta or chess at the library’s Games We Love program 1 p.m. Feb. 15.

Library staff will provide the games.