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BREAKING NEWS: South Whitehall police seek info on gunshots at motel

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police responded around 3:22 p.m. July 18 for reports of multiple gunshots and an aggravated assault at the Econolodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive, South Whitehall.

Police were told the suspect had fired several shots from a handgun with the rounds striking several vehicles and a nearby building.

One man received multiple lacerations on his head and scalp from being “pistol-whipped” by the suspect, police say.

The man was treated by Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel and transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Butterflies released at Luther Crest in memory of friends, loved ones

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Luther Crest retirement community staff and residents recently had their first butterfly release ceremony July 9 in memory of residents, friends and loved ones who recently died.

Jen Laury, community life director of Luther Crest, said they purchased 50 butterflies from Folk’s Butterfly Farm, Nescopeck, Luzerne County, for the ceremony.

“We do fundraising for our benevolent care endowment fund and I was looking for something a little different and thought this would be kind of cool,” Laury said.

Canines to have new home at Breinigsville sanctuary

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Animal advocate Liz Jones and the volunteers with The Sanctuary at Haafsville are realizing their dream of building a safe haven for lost, abused and homeless dogs.

The Sanctuary at Haafsville, 901 Nestle Way, Breinigsville, recently had a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Mutt Hut, which will provide quality housing for dogs.

“Katie Terach and her family have made this possible,” Jones said. “They donated the land to build on.”

Jackknifed big rig closes I-78 in Berks County for five hours

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 57-year-old Newark, N.J., man had to be extricated from his 2016 Volvo VNL tractor after it jackknifed 2:20 a.m. July 7 on I-78, Greenwich Township, Berks County.

State Police Troop L Hamburg say Byung D. An’s tractor trailer traveled off the roadway before striking the guard rail along the right side.

According to police, weather conditions were poor due to rain, and the road surface was wet.

Following the initial impact, the tractor struck a tree on the right side of the road, causing it to jackknife.


Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Events offered for kids, adults

Upper Macungie Township will be showing the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” July 7 at Earl Adams Memorial Park, 8935 Breinigsville Road, Breinigsville. Activities start at 7 p.m.

The township is offering its junior golf by The First Tee of Lehigh Valley for children from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays July 17 to Aug. 9 at Independent Park, 150 Independent Road, Breinigsville.

Social hall roof collapses at Schnecksville Fire Co.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The roof covering the main social hall of the Schnecksville Fire Company collapsed 2:05 p.m. July 2.

Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley, who spoke with The Press July 3, said the building was constructed in 1987.

“It would be premature at this point to speculate on the cause,” Stahley said. “We will bring in whatever professionals we have to.”

Stahley said there were a couple of volunteers in the kitchen but they were not affected and were able to leave the building safely.

Shriners Hospital benefits from ‘contact’ car racing

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Parkland grad, husband form Bahia Crash Team to help kids

Christine Herb White, a 1991 Parkland High School graduate, and her husband, Shawn, of Winter Park, Fla., have combined their passion for car racing and for the Shriners organization to help make the lives of kids receiving care at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Fla., a little brighter.

Shawn, who was raised in Orlando and Mexico, was a patient in a Shriners Hospital as a child.

The couple soon became involved in doing charity work for the Shriners Hospital and they formed their Bahia Shriners Crash Team by fate.

Lehigh County Jail prisoner dies in Sacred Heart Hospital

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 21-year-old Allentown man was found unresponsive 9:34 p.m. on June 24 in his cell at Lehigh County Jail, 38th N. 4th St., Allentown.

According to a Lehigh County Office of Public Information release, Trevor Vaden, 1650 W. Turner St., who did not have a cell mate and was not under any special monitoring precautions, was discovered by a Lehigh County corrections officer performing routine rounds.

The officer declared a medical emergency and began administering CPR.

Germansville wife, mom knew value of education

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Scholarship established in memory of Imogene Dietrich

Do angels walk among us on earth? If you ask Bill Dietrich, he will tell you his wife, Imogene, was truly an angel.

Dietrich and their daughter, Stacey Scanlon of New Tripoli recently spoke with The Press about Imogene, who passed away unexpectedly on March 16.

“She had one of the largest showings at her viewing and funeral at Keller Funeral Home and so many people had their own stories of how much she touched their lives,” Scanlon said. “She was truly an angel.”

Imogene, a 1975 graduate from Northwestern Lehigh High School, married Dietrich in 1973.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union Lutheran Church VBS to begin June 25

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will offer “Maker Fun Factory” for Vacation Bible School 6-8 p.m. June 25-30 for children ages 3 through fifth grade.

The evening begins with a free meal 5:45 p.m. for participants, their families and any interested adults.

While the children are attending their fun and learning sessions, adults are invited to a Bible study at the same time.

In order to have sufficient materials, preregister by June 19.

Call 610-767-6884 for more information.