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  • Call Board: Auditions for 'No Sex Please' at Pennsylvania PlayhouseCall Board: Auditions for 'No Sex Please' at Pennsylvania Playhouse

    Pennsylvania Playhouse will hold auditions for the first show of the 2018 season, "No Sex Please, We're British," 4-7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 7-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at the theater on Illick's Mill Road in Bethlehem. Auditioners can present a 30-60 second monologue, but sides will be provided.

    Allentown News / 12 h. 54 min. ago
  • Five members of 'Wolfpack' gang arrested after Allentown drug raid Friday - Allentown Morning CallFive members of 'Wolfpack' gang arrested after Allentown drug raid Friday - Allentown Morning Call

    Allentown Morning CallFive members of 'Wolfpack' gang arrested after Allentown drug raid FridayAllentown Morning CallAn ongoing drug investigation into a local gang known as the Wolfpack led to the arrest of five members in Allentown on Friday, along with the discovery of hundreds of narcotic pills and multiple guns, at least one of which was identified as being ...

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  • Villanova Tallies 62-42 Win Over Lehigh - Villanova University Official Athletic SiteVillanova Tallies 62-42 Win Over Lehigh - Villanova University Official Athletic Site

    Charlotte ObserverVillanova Tallies 62-42 Win Over LehighVillanova University Official Athletic SiteALLENTOWN, Pa. - In women's basketball action on Friday evening, the Villanova Wildcats registered a 62-42 win over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in a game played at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. With the victory, Villanova improves to 2-0 on the ...Bridges perfect from 3, No. 5 Villanova blows out LafayetteVirginian-PilotGedaka shines in 62-42 victory over LehighVU Hoopsall 14 news articles »

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  • Brewers profile: HiJinx Brewing Co. of AllentownBrewers profile: HiJinx Brewing Co. of Allentown

    Six years ago, HiJinx Brewing Co. was born and nurtured in Curt Keck's 400-square-foot Allentown garage.

    Allentown News / 22 h. 25 min. ago
  • Faith and Values: Desperately seeking unconditional loveFaith and Values: Desperately seeking unconditional love

    The Rev. Elizabeth Goudy is pastor of the Metropolitan Church of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown.

    Allentown News / 22 h. 25 min. ago
  • MUGSHOTS: Lehigh Valley suspectsMUGSHOTS: Lehigh Valley suspects

    PHOTO GALLERY: Mugshots of suspects accused of crimes around the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.

    The Morning Call / 1 d. 12 h. 24 min. ago
  • Man faces kidnapping charges after incident that ends on remote road, Allentown police sayMan faces kidnapping charges after incident that ends on remote road, Allentown police say

    Allentown police say a man is being charged with kidnapping and related counts after he allegedly held a woman at gunpoint while taking her from the city to a remote road outside Slatington. Jonathan Colon-Perez, 34, of Allentown, will be charged with kidnapping, having a firearm without a license,...

    The Morning Call / 1 d. 17 h. 9 min. ago
  • At slain Allentown teen's memorial, reverend urges community to 'leave no child behind'At slain Allentown teen's memorial, reverend urges community to 'leave no child behind'

    As hundreds of mourners packed St. James AME Zion Church in downtown Allentown to pay respects to Parris J. Lane, the city teenager gunned down last week, two city pastors asked for the community to come together and pray for peace and guidance for the youth of the city. “Parris is not unlike countless...

    The Morning Call / 1 d. 19 h. 24 min. ago
  • George B. Lawson IIGeorge B. Lawson II

    George B. Lawson M.D., 89, formerly of Philadelphia, Nahant, Mass., and Camden, passed away peacefully Nov. 11, 2017, at home surrounded by family . Born in Allentown, Pa., Oct. 12, 1928, he was the son of George Benedict and Margaret Lawson of Lewisburg, Pa.

    Allentown News / 1 d. 22 h. 32 min. ago
  • Top 5 Concerts of the Coming WeekTop 5 Concerts of the Coming Week

    Who would have thought when John Mayer joined Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann back in 2015 that the Dead & Company configuration would continue? Yet here it is, more than two years later, and Dead & Company not only has become the top Grateful Dead-related act, but also has been Mayer's primary touring vehicle. And no wonder.

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  • Bertoia sound sculptures reverberate in AllentownBertoia sound sculptures reverberate in Allentown

    Sonambient by Harry Bertoia, 1970s, beryllium copper, bronze, brass, silver. Courtesy of the Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College.

    Allentown News / 2 d. 15 h. 8 min. ago
  • Classical: Pennsylvania Sinfonia features Latin beatClassical: Pennsylvania Sinfonia features Latin beat

    Guitar soloist Jordan Dodson performs Joaquin Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' for guitar and orchestra with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra Nov. 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Allentown. Guitar soloist Jordan Dodson performs Joaquin Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' for guitar and orchestra with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra Nov. 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Allentown.

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  • Allentown hazmat call linked to chemical reactionAllentown hazmat call linked to chemical reaction

    High levels of carbon monoxide that prompted the evacuation Tuesday of an Allentown business resulted from a chemical reaction, a city fire official said Wednesday. The incident was reported about 3:15 p.m. at 460 Business Park Lane, home to PPT Research Inc.'s laboratory and production facility.

    Allentown News / 2 d. 17 h. 33 min. ago
  • NOVA Restaurant & Lounge opens at former OKIS spot in south AllentownNOVA Restaurant & Lounge opens at former OKIS spot in south Allentown

    NOVA Restaurant & Lounge held a grand opening Nov. 2 at 1869 S. Fourth St. in Allentown. The building previously housed OKIS Grill & Hookah Lounge and before that it was home to Oliver Shakewell's restaurant.

    Allentown News / 2 d. 19 h. 50 min. ago
  • Northampton County DA to hold news conference in state trooper shootingNorthampton County DA to hold news conference in state trooper shooting

    The Northampton County District Attorney will hold a news conference Thursday to "discuss the use of deadly force” by two Pennsylvania state troopers involved in a gun battle in Plainfield Township. The news conference will be held at 10 a.m., said District Attorney John Morganelli. Cpl. Seth Kelly...

    The Morning Call / 2 d. 20 h. 14 min. ago
  • North Carolina man charged with smuggling 870 cartons of cigarettes on I-78 in Upper SauconNorth Carolina man charged with smuggling 870 cartons of cigarettes on I-78 in Upper Saucon

    A North Carolina man is facing cigarette smuggling charges after he was stopped early Friday on Interstate 78 in Upper Saucon Township and a state police trooper found 870 cartons of cigarettes in his car headed for New York City, according to court records. Abd Alkarim Alodat, 42, of Winston,...

    The Morning Call / 2 d. 22 h. 49 min. ago
  • Police: Students threatened school shootingPolice: Students threatened school shooting

    Two 17-year-old students at Notre Dame High School threatened to pull a fire alarm and shoot evacuating classmates from a rooftop, Bethlehem Township police said in a news release. The unidentified students were referred to juvenile court on charges of terroristic threats, criminal conspiracy to...

    The Morning Call / 2 d. 23 h. 44 min. ago
  • Review Roundup: 42ND STREET at North Shore Music Theatre - What Did The Critics Think?Review Roundup: 42ND STREET at North Shore Music Theatre - What Did The Critics Think?

    It has original direction and dances by Gower Champion . The stakes are high when a young chorus girl fresh from Allentown, PA, is given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become a star in musical that recalls both the classic days of Broadway and the golden age of movie musicals.

    Allentown News / 3 d. 15 h. 3 min. ago
  • Allentown police charge man in killing of teen at Hamilton TowerAllentown police charge man in killing of teen at Hamilton Tower

    A few days before 19-year-old Parris J. Lane was gunned down in a car parked at a Hamilton Street apartment complex, his friend Joshwynn A. Garcia stayed overnight at the teen’s house and everything seemed fine between the two, Lane’s parents recalled last week. “He was in our house four days ago,”...

    The Morning Call / 3 d. 17 h. 59 min. ago
  • Woman demands prescription drugs from Rite Aid in Easton, police sayWoman demands prescription drugs from Rite Aid in Easton, police say

    A Phillipsburg woman on Tuesday passed a threatening note to a Rite Aid pharmacy employee demanding prescription drugs, Easton police say. Cynthia Lentz, 35, entered the Rite Aid at 901 Northampton St. at about 3:45 p.m., police said. In her note, she warned employees not to call the police or...

    The Morning Call / 3 d. 18 h. 4 min. ago
  • REPLAY: Lehigh County DA announces charges in Allentown homicideREPLAY: Lehigh County DA announces charges in Allentown homicide

    Live updates: Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin is holding a 3 p.m. news conference Tuesday to announce charges in an Allentown homicide case.

    The Morning Call / 3 d. 21 h. 2 min. ago
  • Lehigh County district attorney to announce homicide chargesLehigh County district attorney to announce homicide charges

    Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin is holding a news conference Tuesday to announce charges in a county homicide. Martin did not provide further details or say which homicide he would be discussing at the 3 p.m. news conference. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available....

    The Morning Call / 3 d. 21 h. 49 min. ago
  • Man charged again with exposing himself; 1st time at job interview, 2nd at restaurantMan charged again with exposing himself; 1st time at job interview, 2nd at restaurant

    A month after he was charged with masturbating during a job interview, a 31-year-old man did the same thing Saturday in an Allentown restaurant, according to court records. Naji Harris of Allentown was charged with indecent exposure and public drunkenness for the incident Saturday at the Las Palmas...

    The Morning Call / 3 d. 22 h. 44 min. ago
  • In fight over police-involved shootings, media companies seek public court hearingsIn fight over police-involved shootings, media companies seek public court hearings

    Pennsylvania State Police say the public should be excluded from an upcoming court hearing in which the agency is seeking to suppress a Northampton County grand jury report on how police investigate troopers who fatally shoot suspects. A coalition of media companies disagrees. On Tuesday, The Morning...

    The Morning Call / 3 d. 23 h. 4 min. ago
  • Allentown police charge man in killing of teen at Hamilton Tower - Allentown Morning CallAllentown police charge man in killing of teen at Hamilton Tower - Allentown Morning Call

    Allentown Morning CallAllentown police charge man in killing of teen at Hamilton TowerAllentown Morning CallAt the news conference, Allentown police Chief Glen Dorney credited city and county detectives with making a quick arrest, aided by two witnesses who came forward with tips on Lane's killing. If we are going to stop the violence in the city of ...DA: Criminal homicide charges filed in death of Parris LaneWFMZ AllentownAllentown man charged in killing of teen at Hamilton Towerlehighvalleylive.comall 4 news articles »

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  • Allentown man charged with 'knocking out' 5-week-old babyAllentown man charged with 'knocking out' 5-week-old baby

    A 29-year-old man was charged Friday with "knocking out" a 5-week-old baby boy by twice throwing him onto an ottoman in his south Allentown home, according to court records. Orlando F. Durazo of the 1800 block of South Delaware Street was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

    Allentown News / 4 d. 12 h. 25 min. ago
  • Bath man dies weeks after Moore Township car crashBath man dies weeks after Moore Township car crash

    A Bath man died Saturday, 2½ weeks after the car he was driving veered off Route 987 in Moore Township and hit a tree, according to the Lehigh County Coroner’s office. Naylor Stanley, 44, died at St. Luke’s Hospital from injuries he suffered in a crash Oct. 25, according to a news release. Stanley...

    The Morning Call / 4 d. 15 h. 19 min. ago
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    TaQuan Bradley-Chambers scored three touchdowns and rushed for 207 yards to lead Lehighton to a 36-14 victory over Jim Thorpe in a District 11 Class 3A semifinal game Saturday night. It's been just under 10 months since the first participant went before Judge Joseph J. Matika as part of Carbon... Schuylkill County coroner David G. Moylan III said Saturday that an autopsy of the body of former Mt.

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    A former Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board employee claims in a federal whistleblower lawsuit that he was fired in retaliation for reporting what he believed were violations of the Gaming Act by a commissioner and the board’s executive director. Carl Dixson of Northumberland County worked as director...

    The Morning Call / 4 d. 19 h. 19 min. ago
  • Valley View: How we covered the 2017 electionValley View: How we covered the 2017 election

    Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is surrounded by supporters as he is given a victory cake after declaring victory in Saado's Mediterranean Restaurant to supporters on election night, Tuesday, November 6, 2017. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is surrounded by supporters as he is given a victory cake after declaring victory in Saado's Mediterranean Restaurant to supporters on election night, Tuesday, November 6, 2017.

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  • Allentown man arrested again for allegedly exposing himself - WFMZ AllentownAllentown man arrested again for allegedly exposing himself - WFMZ Allentown

    Allentown man arrested again for allegedly exposing himselfWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man out on bail for allegedly exposing himself during a job interview is facing new charges for exposing himself in a restaurant. Allentown police charged Naji Harris, of North 10th Street, with indecent exposure and ...and more »

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  • Turkey Hill launches beer, wine sales at Allentown store, its first in Pa. to offer alcohol - Allentown Morning CallTurkey Hill launches beer, wine sales at Allentown store, its first in Pa. to offer alcohol - Allentown Morning Call

    Allentown Morning CallTurkey Hill launches beer, wine sales at Allentown store, its first in Pa. to offer alcoholAllentown Morning CallYou can now fill up on beer and wine at a Turkey Hill Minit Markets store in Allentown. Turkey Hill on Friday announced that sales of wine and cold beer have debuted at its store at 726 N. 15th St., a location that opened earlier this year. It is the ...Allentown Turkey Hill debuts sales of wine and beerWFMZ Allentownall 3 news articles »

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  • Police identify 19-year-old shot and killed in Allentown, Pa. - 6abc.comPolice identify 19-year-old shot and killed in Allentown, Pa. - 6abc.com

    WFMZ AllentownPolice identify 19-year-old shot and killed in Allentown, Pa.6abc.comMan shot and killed in Allentown: Matt O'Donnell reports during Action News at 6 a.m. on November 9, 2017. (WPVI). WPVI. Thursday, November 09, 2017. ALLENTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) --. Police have identified the 19-year-old man shot and killed just steps away ...Man Killed in Shooting Near Allentown City HallU.S. News & World ReportAllentown reports 17th homicide, most in a decadeLancasterOnlineMan shot, killed in Allentown parking lotWFMZ Allentownall 12 news articles »

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  • Double shooting in Allentown found to be gang-related homicides - WFMZ AllentownDouble shooting in Allentown found to be gang-related homicides - WFMZ Allentown

    WFMZ AllentownDouble shooting in Allentown found to be gang-related homicidesWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - The investigation into the double shooting that left two men dead in Allentown was found to be a gang-related dispute. The Oct. 3 incident left Keith Minick, 24, and Richard Vera, 28, suffering from gunshot wounds in the 700 block of ...Dispute between Bloods led to double killing in Allentown, DA saysAllentown Morning CallDA: Men Who Died in Allentown Shooting Shot Each Other ...U.S. News & World ReportBloods' feud led to deadly Allentown shootout, DA says ...lehighvalleylive.comall 4 news articles »

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  • Indicted Pennsylvania Mayor Elected to Fourth Term - U.S. News & World ReportIndicted Pennsylvania Mayor Elected to Fourth Term - U.S. News & World Report

    U.S. News & World ReportIndicted Pennsylvania Mayor Elected to Fourth TermU.S. News & World ReportIn this March 22, 2017, photo, Mayor Ed Pawlowski speaks at the Democratic Mayoral Forum during the taping of Business Matters television show at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, Pa. Pawlowski is set to find out if his indictment on federal ...5 candidates vying for Allentown mayorWFMZ AllentownElection Day: Allentown voters look for trust, integrity in their candidateAllentown Morning Callall 5 news articles »

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  • Allentown man fatally shoots woman, injures teen, police say; second homicide in city in five days - Allentown Morning CallAllentown man fatally shoots woman, injures teen, police say; second homicide in city in five days - Allentown Morning Call

    Allentown Morning CallAllentown man fatally shoots woman, injures teen, police say; second homicide in city in five daysAllentown Morning CallOn May 12, Maria Santos, 18, was shot and killed by her father, 60-year-old Jose Santos before he killed himself in their home at 616 N. Jefferson St. in Allentown. Joseph M. Hodgin, was shot to death by city police on May 21 after authorities said he ...21-year-old woman dies in Allentown crashWFMZ Allentownall 8 news articles »

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  • Police: Road Rage Led to Fatal Shooting in Allentown - U.S. News & World ReportPolice: Road Rage Led to Fatal Shooting in Allentown - U.S. News & World Report

    WFMZ AllentownPolice: Road Rage Led to Fatal Shooting in AllentownU.S. News & World ReportALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say one man is dead and another is in custody following a shooting believed to be the result of road rage. Witnesses say the two men were involved in a minor collision in Allentown around noon Wednesday. Police say the ...Suspect arrested in Allentown road rage murderWFMZ AllentownAuthorities ID Victim Killed In Allentown Road Rage ShootingCBS PhillyAllentown homicide leads to quick arrest; victim ID'edlehighvalleylive.comall 13 news articles »

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  • WATCH: This Lehigh Valley city is a pioneer in police body camerasWATCH: This Lehigh Valley city is a pioneer in police body cameras

    Allentown is Pennsylvania's largest city to outfit every patrol officer with body-worn cameras, a tool but no cure-all.

    LehighValleyLive.com / 26 d. 6 h. 23 min. ago
  • Federal tax money goes toward Da Vinci in EastonFederal tax money goes toward Da Vinci in Easton

    A $100,000 grant is going toward a feasibility and attendance study on the proposed attraction. The ongoing feasibility and attendance study for Da Vinci Science City has gotten a $100,000 federal boost. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat whose 17th Congressional District covers parts of Northampton County, announced the grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The Allentown-based Da Vinci Science Center has said it hopes to complete the study by June 2018 on whether the new attraction makes sense in Easton. Easton has committed $30 million to the project, to be repaid over 20 years through new parking revenue and amusement and payroll taxes -- based on projections of 600,000 people visiting the center annually. The first $6 million is going toward purchasing the property for the facility, now home to Days Inn at South Third Street and Larry Holmes Drive in Downtown Easton. Featuring saltwater and freshwater aquariums, the anticipated 170,000-square-foot facility is estimated to cost about $130 million. Da Vinci has brought on San Francisco-based architectural firm EHDD to design the project. The firm's portfolio includes Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and Mississippi River Discovery Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Opening of the Da Vinci Science City is anticipated for 2021. But first, the study aims to assess the potential of the project, define market areas, perform market research and develop a business plan, Cartwright's office announced Friday; completion of the project would help the area develop a more diverse community, create jobs and strengthen the all-around local economy. Bethlehem 5K, 10K kick off Runner's World Half road-racing Da Vinci Executive Director and CEO Lin Erickson has put the entire cost of the study at $1.2 million. "I want cities with unlimited potential like Easton to have the opportunity to fully realize their vision and nurture the elements that make them wonderful places to live and work," he said in a statement. "I applaud the Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology on receiving this competitively awarded funding and will continue to be an advocate for investments in Northampton County." The Economic Development Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and awarded 17 grants totaling $6.8 million in Pennsylvania during Fiscal Year 2016. Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Coroner IDs pedestrian who died after being struck by vehicle Coroner IDs pedestrian who died after being struck by vehicle

    The 47-year-old Bethlehem man died at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township. A 47-year-old Bethlehem man has been identified as the pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in Allentown and later died at the hospital, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said Friday night.  Carlos Moreno-Cosmo was pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m. Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township, the coroner's office said in a news release. He died of multiple blunt force injuries; the manner of death is still pending the outcome of an investigation, according to the release.  The incident was reported at 7:47 p.m. Thursday in the 1900 block of West Hamilton Street, authorities previously said. The driver of the car was male and didn't appear hurt, an Allentown police captain said earlier Thursday.  Police haven't released the identity of the driver and the vehicle he was driving. Police are assisting the coroner's office in the investigation.  Nick Falsone may be reached at nfalsone@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickfalsone. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Authorities trying to ID pedestrian who died after crashAuthorities trying to ID pedestrian who died after crash

    Police are releasing few details prior to the identity being known. Authorities have yet to identify the man who died Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle in the 1900 block of West Hamilton Street in Allentown. The man, believed to be 40 to 50 years old, died from blunt force injuries received in the crash, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said. The incident was reported at 7:47 p.m. and the man was pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, the coroner's office said. Until the coroner's office confirms the identification, Allentown police are releasing few details, Capt. Glenn Granitz Jr. said Friday morning. The driver of the car was male and didn't appear hurt, Granitz confirmed. Other than that, he answered questions about specifics by saying the crash was still under investigation. He wouldn't say which way the car was going or exactly where on the block the crash happened. Granitz initially said 19th and Hamilton, but the coroner's office showed it west of the intersection. Granitz wouldn't confirm that or say if the man crossed in the middle of the block. The captain also wouldn't say if the driver was cooperative with investigators. Police on Thursday night told the Morning Call that the driver reported the crash and cooperated. The newspaper also reported the car was eastbound going up the hill east of 20th Street. Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Lehigh Valley Olympian joins race to succeed Charlie Dent in CongressLehigh Valley Olympian joins race to succeed Charlie Dent in Congress

    "Washington is a mess," says gold-medalist Marty Nothstein. Watch video An Olympic champion cyclist has joined the race to Washington, hoping a conservative message will win him Rep. Charlie Dent's seat in Congress. "Washington is a mess," Marty Nothstein said in a news release Thursday announcing his candidacy on the Republican ticket, and in a video on his campaign website. "Too many people in Congress think 'good enough' will do. Well, 'good enough' is not good enough for me." Nothstein is a Lehigh Valley native and resident of the Orefield area in Lehigh County. In 1996, he won a silver medal for cycling in the Atlanta Olympic Games and won gold in Sydney, Australia, four years later. He now serves as chairman of the county commissioners, and runs a small business and non-profit that promotes bicycling programs for youths. Nothstein is at least the third candidate to announce a run for Dent's seat representing Pennsylvania's 15th District, which includes all of Lehigh, and parts of Northampton, Berks, Dauphin and Lebanon counties. Dent, a Republican centrist, has represented the district since 2004 but announced last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018. Pennsylvania state Reps. Justin Simmons and Ryan MacKenzie have already announced their intentions to seek Dent's seat. The 2018 primary is May 15. Steve Novak may be reached at snovak@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @type2supernovak and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Plato's Closet's older sister store coming to the Lehigh ValleyPlato's Closet's older sister store coming to the Lehigh Valley

    Style Encore will buy and sell women's business and casual clothing and accessories. Plato's Closet is the teen resale version of the stores. Plato's Closet's sister store geared toward women is coming to the Lehigh Valley. Style Encore buys and sells women's business and casual clothing and accessories, including shoes, jewelry and handbags. Plato's Closet, a teen and young adult resale store, has been in the Valley Plaza shopping center off Catasauqua Road, next to Yocco's, since 2013. Style Encore is moving in a few doors down from Plato's Closet, to a vacant storefront between Massage Envy and Oreck. The two franchise brands are part of the Winmark Corporation, which also owns Once Upon a Child, Play It Again Sports and Music Go Round. Plato's looks to buy brands including American Eagle, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch, while Style Encore will be interested in Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Cole Haan, Lululemon and Michael Kors. The Allentown location is posting about its progression on its Facebook page here. The store hopes to begin buying items in November, and open in either November or December. Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.  

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  • Bloods member charged in July 4 killing, police sayBloods member charged in July 4 killing, police say

    A 19-year-old died and his brother was wounded, police report. A 25-year-old Allentown gang member was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges that he shot and killed a 19-year-old from an opposing gang and wounded the man's brother after a dispute on July 4 in the city, authorities say. Shadre Quamire Leach, 25, of Allentown. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com)  Shadre Quamire Leach, 25, a member of the Bloods, appeared before District Judge Karen C. Devine on charges of homicide and aggravated assault, police and court records said. Leach was arrested in New Jersey and held there until he was extradited Wednesday to Allentown, city police Capt. Tony Alsleben said. Javard Lane, from the 600 block of Cleveland Street in the city, and Leach, of the 300 block of Law Street, fought after Lane and his brother confronted Leach on Oak Street about punching Lane's girlfriend, Alsleben said. As Lane, a member of the Crips street gang, left, Leach shot Lane in the back and Lane's brother Jamil Howard in the leg, Alsleben said. Teen wounded in shooting dies Lane was pronounced dead at 3:59 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said at the time. Howard suffered two gunshot wounds and was treated at St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill, Alsleben said. Due to the nature of the homicide charge, Leach was held without bail in Lehigh County Jail, records show. His preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Court papers describing the shooting were sealed for 60 days to protect witnesses, Alsleben said. It wasn't immediately clear how quickly Leach was developed as a suspect or arrested. Leach pleaded guilty in March 2013 to a July 2012 possession of heroin charge in Passaic County, New Jersey, records show. He was sentenced to three years behind bars but was released on bail. On July 28 of this year, he was jailed at East Jersey State Prison on the charge, the New Jersey Department of Corrections reports. His release date was Sept. 27, 2019, and he wasn't to be eligible for parole until March 20 of next year, records show. He was released to Allentown authorities to face the more serious charge, Alsleben said. Police, the coroner's office and the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office investigated the homicide case. Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Hundreds mark centennial of United Way of Greater Lehigh ValleyHundreds mark centennial of United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley

    The 100th anniversary gala was held last month at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem. Hundreds attended a gala last month marking a century of community service by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. The 100th anniversary gala was held at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem. Attending included more than 500 guests, including board and leadership members of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, as well as family members, friends and members of the community. The gala's presenting sponsor was the PPL Corporation and the exclusive gold sponsor was Dual Temp Company, Inc. Ashley Russo, executive producer and president of ASR Media@PBS39 and host of The PEAK TV, served as event emcee. Grammy Award-winning country music musician Vince Gill performed. He assisted with the auction of a one-of-a-kind custom guitar donated by C.F. Martin & Co. before performing an intimate solo acoustic performance, including such hits as "When I Call Your Name," "Look at Us" and "Whenever You Come Around."  David Lewis, president of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, stated not only was the anniversary celebration a way to mark an "incredible milestone" of community service, it also was a time to recommit to the organization's next 100 years.  Lewis also thanked donors, volunteers and staff members for decades of effort, calling them "stewards of their generous gifts and time." "I thank them for their continued trust and faith in our mission," he said. "To me, the only way to truly capture the essence of United Way is through the sparkle in the eye of a child who has learned a new skill, or the contented smile of a senior citizen who can continue to live independently," said Bill Spence, chairman, president and chief executive officer of PPL.  "Words can fail us, but they are unnecessary when you see United Way agencies in action." The United Way began in 1918 as a way to support home-front and wartime social services agencies during World War I. Since its inception, the organization has generated more than $310 million in charitable gifts and reinvested them in programs that benefit the community, impacting more than 60,000 lives annually.  From downtown Allentown to Easton's Centre Square to the many thriving suburban and rural areas in between, the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley has turned challenges into opportunities for everyone living, learning and working in area communities, representatives said. Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at pholzmann@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Disney on Ice brings 'Frozen' to Lehigh Valley for 7 showsDisney on Ice brings 'Frozen' to Lehigh Valley for 7 shows

    "Disney on Ice Presents Frozen" is stopping into the PPL Center in Allentown. The biggest animated movie of all time is gliding into Allentown.  "Disney on Ice Presents Frozen," a live adaptation of the smash hit film "Frozen," will stop into the PPL Center for seven performances from Jan. 17 to Jan 21, 2018, the live entertainment company Feld Entertainment announced Wednesday.  Tickets are on sale now and cost $15 to $90.  The show, which kicks off a national tour this month, marks the first time the full "Frozen" story will be presented live. Released in 2013, "Frozen" became the highest grossing animated picture ever, grossing more than $1.2 billion worldwide. It earned Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, for the omnipresent ear-worm "Let It Go."  "Disney on Ice Presents Frozen" gives audiences a chance to belt out favorite songs like "Let It Go," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Fixer Upper" with an arena full of other devoted fans. Attendees can expect an immersive set recreating Anna and Elsa's winter world, eye-popping special effects and expert skating. While the show focuses on "Frozen," a release about the event promises appearances from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Disney princesses and characters from "Lion King" and Pixar favorites "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo."  For more information and tickets, head to pplcenter.com or call 610-347-TIXX. For the full list of tour dates, check out www.disneyonice.com. "Disney on Ice" has been a fixture at the PPL Center for the last few years, with shows like "Let's Celebrate!," "Worlds of Fantasy" and "Dream Big" proving big draws to the Downtown Allentown arena.  Andrew Doerfler may be reached at adoerfler@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @adoerfler or on Facebook.

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  • LANTA collecting supplies for hurricane-ravaged Puerto RicoLANTA collecting supplies for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

    The effort was announced this week by LANTA and the Amalgamated Transit Union. LANTA and its Amalgamated Transit Union Saturday will be collecting supplies at Lehigh Valley shopping centers to help hurricane-ravaged areas in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria ravaged across Puerto Rico last month, forcing more than 5,000 people who lost their homes into temporary shelters across the U.S. territory in areas still mostly without electricity or water three weeks after the storm. LANTA plans to have buses stationed at the shopping centers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Locations for the effort will be outside Wal-Mart stores in Trexlertown, Whitehall Township, Northampton Crossings in Lower Nazareth Township, and the Bethlehem Square Shopping Center in Bethlehem. The effort was announced this week by LANTA Executive Director Owen O'Neil and Amalgamated Transit Union President Ricky Vega. Donors are encouraged to bring new household goods and toys, as well as non-perishable food items. Members of the union have volunteered their time in bringing the buses to the sites, manning and unloading them for shipment to Puerto Rico, O'Neil said. "Our union membership is fully engaged in this effort which will benefit the people of Puerto Rico," Vega said. "Many of our members have family on the island, as do many LANTA riders." People in shelters mostly lost their homes to floodwaters, which were particularly bad in communities such as Toa Baja, west of San Juan. Murky water surged through houses and apartments, carrying away appliances and destroying everything inside, according to the Associated Press. Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at pholzmann@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Another local Kmart to close as Sears Holdings realigns, looks onlineAnother local Kmart to close as Sears Holdings realigns, looks online

    The region will lose two stores by the end of November. Within weeks, the Allentown area will go from three Kmarts to one, the discount store's parent company said. In late August, Sears Holdings Corp. announced the mid-November closing of the Kmart at 4701 W. Tilghman St. in South Whitehall Township. On Tuesday, the corporation confirmed in late November it will shut the store at 2520 MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township. The store at 1502 S. Fourth St. in Allentown will remain open, as will the stores at 320 S. 25th St. in Wilson Borough and 803 Male Road in Wind Gap. The number of employees at the Whitehall store "is not publicly available," Sears Holdings spokesman Howard Riefs said in a email. Those workers who are eligible will receive severance and can apply for openings at another area Kmart or Sears store, he added. While the store is in the MacArthur Towne Center, the property is owned by Kmart, the township said on Facebook. "While unfortunate that our Kmart store is closing, the silver lining is that we have been informed that an upstart retailer has an agreement of sale on the entire Kmart property," the township said on its Facebook page. "We are hopeful that the new retailer will be able to hire many of the former Kmart employees." The shopping center, which was bought in February, "has been undergoing a redevelopment" as well, the township said. The township, which has a significant retail corridor, is confident of success despite very real concerns in the sector. "While many feel that bricks and mortar retail is dying due to Amazon and other online shopping options, our Whitehall Township/Lehigh Valley retailers continue to provide immediate product availability, quality, free parking and value to every retail shopper," the township said. Sears will continue to operate at the Phillipsburg Mall, the Whitehall Mall, 1820 E. Race Street in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, and 400 N. Best Ave. in Lehigh Township, a company map shows. Kmart bought Sears in early 2005 but the holding company is named after Sears. A liquidation sale begins Thursday at the Whitehall Kmart, Riefs said. The red pins are Kmarts, the blue are Sears facilities. Two of the three Kmarts in the Allentown are slated to close. (Sears Holdings)  He called it a "difficult but necessary decision" as Sears has been "strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and ha(s) accelerated the closing of our unprofitable stories." The effort isn't just aimed at saving money, but because "many of our larger stores are too big for our needs," he said. In a "changing retail world," the corporation seeks to have fewer stores but with the right format to get to the "size and place" necessary to compete, Riefs said. Kmart's Shop Your Way online platform of websites and mobile apps allows "us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its door," Rief said. With the online presence, "We hope to retain a portion of the sales previously associated with this store," he added. This post was updated to show Kmart bought Sears, not the other way around. Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Allentown house fire quickly controlled but owner collapsesAllentown house fire quickly controlled but owner collapses

    The woman arrived home just as the fire was being put out, an official says. A house fire was controlled within 15 minutes early Tuesday afternoon in Allentown but an owner was overcome when she arrived home, a city fire official said. Flames shot from the first floor as city firefighters arrived soon after 12:45 p.m. to 872 Lacrosse St., Capt. John Christopher said. They forced their way in and contained most of the fire damage to the living room on the first floor, he added. There was heat and smoke damage through the first floor, smoke damage on the second floor and water damage on the first floor and in the basement, Christopher said. The home is owned by Georges D. Arab, and as he arrived home with his wife about 1:10 p.m. she collapsed in the front yard, apparently overcome by the situation, Christopher said. She was immediately treated by EMS and taken to a local hospital, he added. Firefighters had much of the fire out by the time the couple came home. MORE: Wells Fargo closing call center No firefighters were injured fighting the fire, Christopher said. The city fire marshal was investigating the cause about 1:15 p.m., Christopher said. The couple have a place to stay, Christopher said. It is believed a neighbor reported the fire, Christopher added. Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Wells Fargo closing Bethlehem call centerWells Fargo closing Bethlehem call center

    The center off Club Avenue is the last of the bank's call centers in the Lehigh Valley. The Wells Fargo call center in the Lehigh Shopping Center off Club Avenue near West Union Boulevard.lehighvalleylive.com file photo  Wells Fargo announced it is closing its call center in Bethlehem, the last of the bank's call centers in the Lehigh Valley. Employees were told the news Tuesday morning at the call center at 1015 Club Ave., Wells Fargo spokesman James Baum said. The move affects about 460 employees, although the exact number will be filed Wednesday in the company's official Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice to the state. The WARN notice is the beginning of the 60-day closure period, Baum said. Hopefully employees will be able to stay with Wells Fargo "in some capacity," Baum said. Meetings are planned for each employee with the human resources department. The bank will offer severance packages based on an employee's time with the company as well as career track assistance and resources, Baum added. The call center is part of the Lehigh Shopping Center near the border between Bethlehem and Allentown. In 2007, Wells Fargo moved 375 employees from Whitehall Township to the Lehigh Shopping Center location. Five years later, the company announced it was closing its Lehigh Street call center in Allentown and moving those 450 jobs to Wells Fargo's Lehigh Shopping Center facility. It also cut 190 positions at the Bethlehem center in the auto finance section, but that part of the business was later moved out of the call center. The Bethlehem center currently handles customer service and sales calls. Baum said the company began looking at call volume and saw calls were declining to the center. That's due in part to people using self-serve options, and mobile and online banking, he said. Baum said he was not aware of any other closures. Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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  • Lehigh Valley readies for influx of displaced Puerto Rican residentsLehigh Valley readies for influx of displaced Puerto Rican residents

    There are 18,000 Puerto Rican households in the region and many expect to be welcoming friends and family. Lehigh Valley school districts are already enrolling students from Puerto Rico, who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria, but they anticipate this is just the beginning. Nearly a month after Maria ravaged the U.S. territory, daily life is a struggle for many residents, who still have no power or easy access to drinking water.  Local educators predict the region will see an influx of displaced Puerto Ricans in the coming months. On Friday, a large group of leaders from Lehigh Valley education, housing and social services agencies convened at Northampton Community College to discuss preparations for the arrival of the displaced, Easton Area School District Superintendent John Reinhart said. Headed by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and the Northampton and Lehigh county executives, the initiative has been nicknamed Estamos Listo or we are ready.  CACLV Executive Director Alan Jennings said every Puerto Rican he has spoken with in recent weeks expects friends or family to come stay with them at least temporarily. "There are 18,000 Puerto Rican households in the Lehigh Valley," Jennings said Monday. "If every one of those households brings just one person, we are talking about a massive impact on the region." The Lehigh Valley's largest school districts are already enrolling some students and they say they're capable of educating many more. As of Friday, the Allentown School District has 37 displaced students enrolled, Jennings said. District officials did not respond to a request for comment Monday. The Easton school district has enrolled five students thus far, Reinhart said. "We anticipate more families seeking shelter with families and friends in the Easton area (in) the months ahead," he said in an email message. Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy said that many of his employees with family in Puerto Rico are still struggling to get in touch with relatives. Roy's been told it is still quite difficult to even get on a commercial flight leaving the island. "We are hearing more about planned arrivals at the end of October and beginning of November when we expect the pace to pick up," Roy said. As of Monday, Bethlehem had enrolled 20 displaced students in district schools, a number that's well within normal enrollment fluctuations.  "If we have a lot of students come in from Puerto Rico we are ready and able to integrate them into our schools, " Roy said. Rededication ceremony marks 50th anniversary at Freedom High School (PHOTOS) The Bethlehem superintendent does worry if many students arriving from Puerto Rico enroll in charter schools it could blow the district's budget. Bethlehem Area expects to spend almost $27 million this year on students who opt to enroll in charter schools, which are privately-operated schools funded by tax dollars funneled away from a student's home district. Bethlehem's regular education charter school tuition payment is about $11,000 per student, Roy said. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and lawmakers may need to step up to make more resources available if that happens, Roy said. Reinhart attended the Estamos Listo meeting Friday and plans to convene his own district meeting this week. "We are going to be looking at available classroom space, class sizes, our registration process and medical requirements," he said. "We need to construct a resource guide for people who are new to the Easton area and may not be fully familiar with English. We will be fully prepared to welcome any new families to our schools."  That's the kind of thinking that Jennings was hoping the Valley-wide Estamos Listo gathering might spur. He wants the region's leaders to be thinking about systemic changes that need to be made, like lessening paperwork requirements and easing rules. "It is a pretty monumental undertaking," Jennings said. "The thing about Friday that was so cool was everybody was there and everybody was on board. It was classic Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley at its best." Jenning has applied to several foundations for funding to hire relocation advocates to help citizens arriving find shelter, work and navigate the maze of red tape that natural disasters often bring. "Those relocation advocates would basically be trouble shooters," Jennings said. Jennings strongly believes the Lehigh Valley needs to show its humanity to those displaced by Hurricane Maria, but be realistic and prepared for the problems such a large influx of people may bring, like a housing shortage driving up rents. "They have just as much a right to come here as we do to go to Washinton, D.C., or anywhere else," Jennings said. Jennings wanted those gathered Friday to start thinking about ways to ease bureaucratic rules and that's already happening. The Allentown Housing Authority has agreed to relax its guest policy, so a guest could stay for up to 90 days with a possible extension if they can demonstrate they are looking for work, Jennings, who sits on the authority board, noted. He's hopeful other housing authorities follow suit. Sara K. Satullo may be reached at ssatullo@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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