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Good Samaritan killed in Upper Macungie Twp.

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Ohio man was killed when he was struck by a motor vehicle at 9:44 p.m. Dec. 26, 2012, on I-78, Upper Macungie Township when he went to assist the driver of a vehicle that was disabled from a previous crash.

Richard Helms, 60, of 2065 W. Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, was pronounced dead at 10:31 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said.

Grim said Helms death is attributed to multiple blunt force injuries.

He ruled the death an accident.

Police departments investigate abduction, jewelry store robbery

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall and Bethlehem Police are conducting a joint investigation into the Dec. 28, 2012, abduction of a Bixler's store employee from his Bethlehem home and the armed robbery of the jewelry store at 3900 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

Police say at approximately 7 p.m., the employee was forced by three armed men to open a safe at the store and to remove Rolex watches and jewelry.

The amount of merchandise taken has not been determined, South Whitehall police say.

Action artist donates paintings to help non-profits

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Artist Pam Dent has found a unique way to help the less fortunate in the Lehigh Valley.

Dent, who has been painting since 2009, donates her paintings to non-profit agencies to auction off as fundraisers.

She also gives some of her pieces to family and friends as gifts.

"My first painting that sold was of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter," Dent said. "It sold at an art auction at The Baum School of Art in the spring."

Upper Macungie

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Library movie night on Jan. 9, 2013

Come and spend a fun afternoon swapping knitting tips and tricks with the Knitting Circle from 1:30-4 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave, South Whitehall.

Bring knitting materials and enthusiasm.

The Knitting Circle is for knitters of all ages and skill levels.

Family storytimes begin 10:30-11 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2013, for children 18 months to 3 years.

There will be stories, songs and games for the whole family to share.

Younger and older siblings may attend.

S.W. police make arrest in burglaries

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall Police Officer Mark Keeler alleges in an affidavit of probable cause Joseph Anthony Carazo, of 1020 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, repeatedly broke into the Paragon Building, 1611 Pond Road, South Whitehall Township, in an attempt to obtain the cleaning contract for himself.

According to police, Carazo entered the building between Sept. 23 and Nov. 25, when it was closed for business.

Carazo allegedly admitted to being in the building from late at night to the early morning hours to sabotage the cleaning company.

Upper Macungie

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Christmas Eve services offered

Zion's Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, is offering a family service 5 p.m. and candlelight service at 9 p.m. Dec. 24.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services.

For more information, call the church office at 610-683-7485.


St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8227 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown, is having a family service at 4 p.m. and festival service at 9 p.m. on Dec. 24.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services.

For more information, call the church at 610-398-7000.


Driver leads police on chase through six municipalities

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 23-year-old Allentown man was arrested two days after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through six municipalities.

According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Judge Rod Beck's office, Slatington, Brady Wyatt Gruver, of 120 N. 11th St., was driving a 1997 Volks-wagen Jetta eastbound on Route 22 at Route 309, South Whitehall Township, at 12:50 a.m. Dec. 5 when Pa. State Police Troopers Nicholas Goldsmith and Matthew Lowe attempted to stop him on Route 22 at Route 309, South Whitehall Township.

Florida man arrested in shooting incident

Thursday, December 6, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 34-year-old Florida man has been arrested and charged with attempted homicide following a shooting incident Dec. 4 in South Whitehall Township.

According to a statement issued Dec. 5 by South Whitehall Township police, they were dispatched at 10:28 a.m. the day before to the 2000 block of Focht Avenue for reports of shots being fired in the street.

South Whitehall police say they received a description of a black male with long braids chasing and shooting at another male.

Players of the Stage presenting 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a one-act show, is being presented by local Christian theater group, Players of the Stage.

Based on Barbara Robinson's work of the same name, the play tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after being told there will be snacks served.

Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday School's Christmas play.

Laurel Strickland portrays Beth Bradley. Natalie Sampsell plays Grace Bradley.

Another View

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Opinion

Make the holidays memorable for family members with dementia or Alzheimer's

Hanukkah and Christmas are times of the year when family and friends come together to share memories, laugh, sing, decorate and exchange presents.

For people living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time.

I have found with my mother, who was diagnosed several years ago with dementia, this is the time of year when she becomes more depressed.