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Upper Macungie police offer tips on living alongside black bears

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie Township police are advising residents there has recently been some reports of bear activity in Upper Macungie Township, as well as in other areas in the Lehigh Valley.

Police are sharing some insight directly from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website on living with black bears.

If You Live in Bear Country

· If you live in bear country, you may need to make some accommodations to coexist peacefully with these large animals. Make sure you don’t...

Leaser Lake Foundation plans improvements

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jaimie Townsend, co-chair of the Leaser Lake Foundation, said major projects at the dam are finished.

During the foundation’s July 27 meeting, members discussed remaining smaller items.

Townsend said they do not want a Disney World, but rather little attractions at the lake.

Mike McCartney said although there are 120 birdhouses for bluebirds, kestrels, wood ducks and one for purple martins, more are on the way.

He said it takes a couple years for purple martins to...


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

I wasn’t sure what to think or ultimately expect, despite the radiation oncologist and other medical professionals explaining the process to me.

My first radiation appointment two weeks ago at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, included meeting with the doctor and reviewing the goals of treatment and its side effects.

The doctor then escorted me into the radiation room.

As with most rooms reserved for running tests and conducting treatments on patients, this...

Editor’s View

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Canines have had a special bond with humans since the first wolf pup found its way from the garbage dump into the heart of early man more than 15,000 years ago.

According to documented studies, the first domesticated species appeared by the end of the Late Pleistocene era, scavenging on animal remains left behind by early hunters.

These less aggressive wolves, attracted to the campsites by the smell of the hunters’ cooking meat, soon included these areas within their...

Movie to be shown in park

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Allentown’s Department of Parks and Recreation’s Movies in the Park series continues Aug. 4 at Roosevelt Park with a concert and movie screening of “Zootopia.”

The approximately 108-minute show will begin around 8:30 p.m.

The movie will be preceded by an installment of the Parks and Recreation Department Summer Concert Series featuring the Municipal Band of Allentown performing at 6:30 p.m. Rain date is Aug. 5.

In case of inclement weather, call the...

Hanna warns of phone scam

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hanna says residents have reported receiving telephone calls from a man professing to be Sgt. Todd Sullivan of the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller admonishes the resident for failure to appear for jury duty or respond to a warrant and then advises him or her failure to pay the fine will result in apprehension and incarceration.

He then directs the person to purchase a disposable debit card and call him with the access and pin...

Orefield man charged after road rage incident

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

An 18-year-old Orefield man was charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats after he was allegedly involved in a road rage incident just before 8 p.m. July 29 on I-78 East, Greenwich Township, Berks County.

State Police Troop L, Hamburg, say troopers were dispatched to the area after a 67-year-old Whitehall man reported a passenger in another vehicle, later identified as Frank John Clark V, 18, allegedly showed a handgun during the incident.

Police say the...

S. Whitehall Police Department earns PLEAC accreditation

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police Chief John Christman and Capt. Jason Negron have announced the department has received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

PLEAC’s evaluation of the South Whitehall Township Police Department included a thorough review of the physical facility and an examination of proofs of compliance with 132 standards.

“PLEAC interviewed our officers and staff and conducted a review of organizational documents,...

Coroner seeks family of woman killed in Upper Macungie motorcycle crash

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim is seeking the next of kin of Yvonne Suzette Rohrbach, a 51-year-old Hamburg, Berks County woman killed after she was thrown from the 1992 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on which she was a passenger around 11:30 p.m. on July 30 at the intersection of Route 222, North, at Mill Creek Road, Upper Macungie.

Grim said the woman was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. July 31 by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Gabrielle Riley.

Grim told The Press on Aug. 1 her...