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.
Lehigh County Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks has announced she will run for Court of Common Pleas judge.
“I have been blessed to have spent a large portion of my career being the voice for child victims,” Morffi Marks said in a news release.
“Now, I want to take my courtroom experience as a prosecutor in handling the toughest cases while staying fair and impartial, and provide a court where justice is both served and the rights of all are protected.
South Whitehall commissioners have approved purchase of a third dog for the police K-9 program at a cost of $20,000.
This is the price of the canine, one year of training and outfitting the officer’s vehicle.
Ranger, a 12-month-old female Dutch Shepherd, will begin training this month.
Chief Glen Dorney reports Ranger is certified in narcotics detection and patrol work.
Her handler is Officer Matthew Carney.
She joins Kyra and Drax who came from Holland to the South Whitehall police department in September 2018.
Joe Hanna, a Republican, has announced his bid for re-election for Lehigh County sheriff.
Elected to office in 2015 after a 34-year career with the Allentown Police Department, he retired as chief of police, and was a former Lehigh County detective.
Hanna says he is proud of the innovations he has brought to the sheriff’s office, including creation of new policy and procedures consistent with best practices in law enforcement.
He anticipates the office will be accredited later this year by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.
In recognition of the service and sacrifice of volunteer firefighters throughout Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration announced $646,891 in new funding to help rural communities guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas.
Recently approved grants include: Community Fire Company No. 1 of North Whitehall Township, Schnecksville, $5,274.
Lehigh County commissioners have appointed Dennis Nemes to serve on the county board of elections.
Nemes, a former principal at Northwestern Lehigh High School, was later principal at Allentown Central Catholic High School.
He replaces Gail Coffin on the election board.
Commissioner Percy Dougherty was back in his seat after a hospital stay resulting from a fall at his home.
He had missed at least two meetings due to his accident and subsequent recovery time.
A change brought on by the recent adoption of the 2015 edition of the International Building Code caused several plumbers to speak out against a portion of it at the Jan. 2 commissioners’ meeting.
The code, which is updated periodically, replaces the 2012 edition previously in use at South Whitehall.
Attorney Joseph Zator explained it is a three-year process for the code to be updated, accepted by the state, and made available to municipalities.
Plumbers objected to the section stating a permit may be issued to someone who does not have a license to do plumbing work.