The Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike reopened ahead of schedule to traffic between the Lehigh Valley Exit (No. 56) and the Mahoning Valley Exit (No. 74) after a bridge replacement.
Crews worked very diligently between Oct. 13 and 16 to reopen the roadway ahead of schedule, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Oct. 16.
The southbound lanes opened at 1 a.m. The northbound lanes opened at 2 a.m. Oct. 16.
Every construction task involved in the process was accomplished smoothly and ahead of time.
A 48-year-old West Virginia man died from injuries received in a crash around 9:59 p.m. Oct. 4 on I-78, Upper Macungie Township.
Rockwell L. Beam of Great Cacapon, West Va., was pronounced dead at 6:44 p.m. Oct. 5 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, according to the office of Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.
Beam’s death, attributed to injuries he received in the crash, was ruled an accident, Grim said.
Melinda “Lyndi” Mullner, an instructional aide for Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, who works at Parkland High School, was injured on Oct. 4 when John Michael Hann, 61, a cousin of her husband, Joseph F. Mullner, 64, allegedly killed him and shot her.
According to information provided by Parkland’s Director of Community Development and Relations Nicole McGalla, CLIU 21 sent the Flight Team to the high school on Oct. 5 to provide counseling and to handle any grief needs of students and staff.
High School Principal Jim Moniz emailed staff the following statement:
Pennsylvania’s Turnpike Commission is warning motorists to change travel plans for a long detour from 9 p.m. Oct. 13, through 4 a.m. Oct. 16. of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as a 60-year-old bridge is replaced.
Detour exits are Lehigh Valley Interchange No. 56 for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange No. 95 for southbound traffic.
The authorized detour route directs motorists to Routes 22 and 33 and I-80.
State Reps. Gary Day, R-187th, and Zachary Mako, R-183rd, sponsored a “Live Wires” training Sept. 7 at the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.
Special trainers from PPL Electric Utilities brought mock-ups of poles, transformers, fuse boxes and miscellaneous materials in order to introduce firefighters to the dangers of working around electrical emergencies.
South Whitehall Township police are advising residents about a recent scam.
A package from Best Buy was purchased with a couple’s credit card and delivered using their information.
The resident contacted Best Buy about the purchase and obtained a return label from them directly and returned the item using UPS.
The resident also closed the credit card which was used to make the purchase.
The next day a FedEx truck arrived with a return label, which was addressed to an individual in New York with the words Best Buy on the label.
Upper Macungie Township Police responded to a report of a theft just after 3:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Kia Motors, 6575 Snowdrift Road, Upper Macungie.
Police say the business reported a Fluke 1507 electronic testing device was taken sometime between 10 a.m. Aug. 1 and Aug. 4.
Police responded on July 25 to a report of a theft at Air Products and Chemical, 7201 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville.
Volunteer firefighters from Woodlawn, Greenawalds, Cetronia, Fogelsville, Whitehall and Catasauqua fire department along with South Whitehall Police responded 10:12 a.m. for a house fire at 1724 Glacier Court, South Whitehall Township.
Woodlawn Fire Chief Rusty Held spoke with The Press at the scene about the fire.
“PPL Electric Utilities had been here doing some work and after they left, a breaker tripped and the homeowner smelled something burning,” Held said, adding the homeowner called 911.
There were no injuries, he noted.
Colonial Regional police say a 14-year-old girl from New York, who was in town to perform at Musikfest, was allegedly assaulted by a North Whitehall man.
Police were dispatched 11:05 p.m. Aug. 7 to Holiday Inn Express, 3375 High Point Boulevard, Hanover Township, for the alleged incident.
The girl and a 15-year-old male told police that a man later identified as Gerald A. Benbow, 48, of Anthony Drive, North Whitehall Township, allegedly approached them on the third floor of the hotel and was talking nonsense, police say.
The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office says a 63-year-old Neffs, North Whitehall Township man took his own life Aug. 5 at the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Lane, South Whitehall Township.
Grim said Galen G. Adams was pronounced dead 1:43 p.m. that day by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Pender at the motel. Grim ruled the manner of Adams’ death a suicide.
According to his obituary, Adams was employed at The Neffs Hotel for many years. Before that, he was a welder.