Nineteen Lehigh Valley residents have been arrested and charged with drug offenses after a 15-month investigation by state narcotics agents.
According to State Attorney General Kathleen Kane, narcotics agents arrested a total of 23 people and broke up a $7 million crystal methamphetamine ring stretching from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley.
Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged drug trafficking was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended criminal charges be filed.
South Whitehall police are investigating two suspicious overnight fires that occurred March 10 and 18 at the Orloski Law Office, 111 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall Township.
According to South Whitehall Investigator Jerome Cramer, both fires were incendiary in nature.
Cramer told The Press on April 26, he could not confirm what type of incendiary devices were used.
Several people reported becoming ill after a package was discovered around 9:30 a.m. April 26 at a medical office building at 3080 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.
According to South Whitehall Township Police Sgt. Michael A. Sorrentino, the initial report was the package emitted an odor and may have caused a non-specific medical irritation to several office personnel.
Sorrentino said the package was removed from the office by staff prior to arrival of emergency service providers.
A Whitehall man died April 18 following a two-vehicle crash along Route 145, North Whitehall
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says Ronald J. Toribio, 24, of Whitehall, died of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred around 10:22 p.m. in front of 5416 Route 145.
Grim said Toribio, of 1951 Schadt Ave, was pronounced dead 1:36 a.m. April 19 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
"I ruled the manner of death an accident," Grim said.
What began as a typical day for Northern Valley EMS Paramedic Jonathan Pfleegor and EMT Bill Edinger ended with the exciting birth of Camille Rose Gelinas Williams.
A month after delivering the baby girl inside their ambulance 4:20 p.m. March 10, the team was formally introduced to Camille Rose April 10 at their Ormrod headquarters.
Pfleegor, who at the time of the delivery was a paramedic for 15 months, and Edinger, who has been an EMT for 20 years, both said this was their first delivery.
Stephen Ott, an Orefield Middle School teacher and assistant track coach, had just finished running his second Boston Marathon when bombs exploded at the finish line April 15.
Ott finished the marathon around 1:30 p.m. but ran another two-and-a-half to three blocks after the finish line to the station where he received his medal.
"The last six miles of the marathon were hard because I pulled a hamstring," he said.
Ott said after 20 to 30 minutes and picking up his gear, he planned to return to the finish line.
The young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing diligently to present the two-act play "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."
The story is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Twain.
Set in the 1800s, the play tells the story of 14-year-old Tom Sawyer, who is raised along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri.
As the play unfolds, Sawyer matches wits with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Becky Thatcher, and goes on adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn.
Rabbi Seth Phillips of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, was running his second Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded near the finish line.
"I had just finished, and was collecting my medal when I heard a boom behind me," Phillips told The Press the day after the April 15 tragedy. "I turned around and saw a huge amount of smoke, then the second explosion.
"I was too far away to hear the screams or crowd sounds."
As the last group of runners were approaching the finish line around 2:50 p.m., a bomb exploded near Boylston and Exeter streets.
Of the four seasons, spring is my favorite with everything beginning to awaken and renew after a long winter.
Trees and flowers are blooming; the birds are chirping and wild animals are awaking from hibernation.
Spring is also the time when Americans begin to spend more time outdoors exercising, playing sports, swimming, bicycle riding, camping, grilling and having picnics.
Even though spring brings warmer weather, it also brings with it many dangers.
Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall. will be hosting musicians Tom and Betty Druckenmiller, for some old-time music and storyteller Charles Kiernan for Lost Dollar stories 7 p.m. April 4.
This event is for adults and children of all ages.
Family storytimes will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. April 4, 10, 11 and 17 for children ages 18 months to 3 years.
There will be stories, songs and games for the entire family to share.
Younger and older siblings may also attend. An adult must stay with each child.