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  • Try a tropical taste of summer in Lehigh Valley: exotic fruit bowls to fish tacosTry a tropical taste of summer in Lehigh Valley: exotic fruit bowls to fish tacos

    We typically turn to hearty soups, stews and steaming hot chocolate when it's frigid like this. But what if we went a different direction? What if we tried a taste of the tropics? Just because it's freezing outside doesn't mean you can't eat or drink like you're on a tropical vacation.

    Allentown News / 6 h. 25 min. ago
  • Cops: Drunk mom left kids to fend for themselvesCops: Drunk mom left kids to fend for themselves

    A Tamaqua woman has been arrested after one of her children reported she'd been drinking for three days straight and police found her passed out on the couch, with her four kids left to fend for themselves. Thirty-five-year-old Audrey Warner is charged with endangering the welfare of children. ...

    The Morning Call / 8 h. 8 min. ago
  • Former county exec. nominated for Allentown managing director - WFMZ AllentownFormer county exec. nominated for Allentown managing director - WFMZ Allentown

    WFMZ AllentownFormer county exec. nominated for Allentown managing directorWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has nominated a former county executive as his next managing director. Pawlowski announced Tuesday that he is nominating Tom Muller for the vacant post. Muller is currently serving as Lehigh County's acting ...and more »

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  • Pedestrian struck Monday in Monroe CountyPedestrian struck Monday in Monroe County

    State police said that about 5:40 p.m. Monday a pedestrian ran into the intersection of Milford Road and Edward Smith Boulevard in Middle Smithfield Township, leading to a crash. The pedestrian was hit by a car, which then drove into a ditch on the side of the road, according to state police. The...

    The Morning Call / 11 h. 58 min. ago
  • Trump Visit Reflects High Stakes In Special Election To Replace Murphy - 90.5 WESATrump Visit Reflects High Stakes In Special Election To Replace Murphy - 90.5 WESA

    90.5 WESATrump Visit Reflects High Stakes In Special Election To Replace Murphy90.5 WESA“It's one of those races that has enormous implications nationally, in the sense that there's a feeling of a possible Democratic wave building in 2018,” said Christopher Borick, who directs the Institute of Public Opinion at Muhlenberg College in ...

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  • Allentown group uses MLK Day to focus on students in district - WFMZ AllentownAllentown group uses MLK Day to focus on students in district - WFMZ Allentown

    WFMZ AllentownAllentown group uses MLK Day to focus on students in districtWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - A gathering in Allentown encouraged community members to celebrate the life of Dr. King and to find a way to help the area's young people realize his dream. Organizers say the Dubbs Memorial Community Center is a room that Martin ...and more »

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  • Man charged with fighting with Allentown officers outside convenience storeMan charged with fighting with Allentown officers outside convenience store

    A 46-year-old man was charged Saturday with fighting with two Allentown police officers outside a Seventh Street convenience store, according to court records. Leonard Small Mathis, with a last known address of Allentown, was intoxicated when he attempted to steal a pack of cigarettes at 2:30 a.m. Saturday from the Pace Mart, 640 N. Seventh St., court records show.

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  • Allentown residents in Fairview area experience gas outages - WFMZ AllentownAllentown residents in Fairview area experience gas outages - WFMZ Allentown

    WFMZ AllentownAllentown residents in Fairview area experience gas outagesWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - Hundreds of customers in the Fairview area of Allentown experienced natural gas outages Sunday, according to UGI. An equipment issue caused around 400 customers in the approximate area, which includes the blocks north and south of ...and more »

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  • Allentown gunman in jail after being shot in PhillyAllentown gunman in jail after being shot in Philly

    A man accused of opening fire on a car in Allentown, shooting the driver multiple times, is in Lehigh County Jail after he was shot in Philadelphia, police said. Julian Colbert, 23, of the 1000 block of South Sixth Street, was wanted by police for allegedly trying to kill a man in the early morning of July 21. Assistant Allentown police Chief Bill Reinik said Colbert fled the city after the shooting and was shot three times in Philadelphia.

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  • Dent's departure makes Allentown vulnerable to DemocratsDent's departure makes Allentown vulnerable to Democrats

    It is almost a law of our political physics: Those who choose to leave Congress thereby demonstrate qualities that make one wish they would linger here longer.

    Allentown News / 3 d. 0 h. 29 min. ago
  • Weeks into 4th term, Allentown mayor faces corruption trial - ABC27Weeks into 4th term, Allentown mayor faces corruption trial - ABC27

    ABC27Weeks into 4th term, Allentown mayor faces corruption trialABC27ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Two months after persuading voters to give him a fourth term, Allentown's indicted mayor is taking his case to a jury. Democrat Ed Pawlowski stands trial this week on federal corruption charges, with jury selection beginning ...and more »

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  • Man kills 16-year-old girl, then himself in Monroe County, police sayMan kills 16-year-old girl, then himself in Monroe County, police say

    A man killed a 16-year-old girl on Friday night and then turned the gun on himself in Monroe County, police said. Freddie Simmons allegedly left a note saying he was going to kill himself and take the girl with him, Pocono Mountain Regional police said. They did not release the girl’s name. Pocono...

    The Morning Call / 3 d. 9 h. 23 min. ago
  • Man charged with promoting prostitution at Stroudsburg hotelMan charged with promoting prostitution at Stroudsburg hotel

    Monroe County detectives arrested a 37-year-old New York man Thursday for posting online classified ads advertising sex with a woman at a Stroudsburg hotel. Joseph R. Payne of Brooklyn was charged with promoting prostitution, false identification to law enforcement and possession of an instrument...

    The Morning Call / 3 d. 10 h. 38 min. ago
  • Allen Twp. driver is rescued after car plunges into Indian CreekAllen Twp. driver is rescued after car plunges into Indian Creek

    A car crashed into Indian Creek and trapped its driver inside the vehicle Friday night in Allen Township about two miles north of Northampton, according to emergency radio reports. The accident was reported 10 p.m. in the 5400 block of Indian Creek Road, just south of Granger Road. The driver was...

    The Morning Call / 3 d. 21 h. 48 min. ago
  • Lehigh Valley art, classical and theater highlights: Henrietta Wyeth, ...Lehigh Valley art, classical and theater highlights: Henrietta Wyeth, ...

    Andrew's sister Henriette was a noted artist as well, known for her portraits and still life paintings. And when she married artist Peter Hurd, an artistic power couple was created.

    Allentown News / 3 d. 22 h. 44 min. ago
  • Democrats rally behind 'Dreamers' in Allentown - Allentown Morning CallDemocrats rally behind 'Dreamers' in Allentown - Allentown Morning Call

    Allentown Morning CallDemocrats rally behind 'Dreamers' in AllentownAllentown Morning CallThe two-hour forum, organized by Make the Road Action advocacy group, was intended to drawattention to what's at stake for Pennsylvania's 6,000 “Dreamers” unless Congress or the courts step in to preserve the program, organizers said. The standing-room ...and more »

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  • The wonderful world of 'Frozen': Disney on Ice's Elsa...The wonderful world of 'Frozen': Disney on Ice's Elsa...

    Julianne DiMura plays Elsa in the 'Disney on Ice: Frozen,' at the PPL Center in Allentown Jan. 17-21. To see the Disney tale "Frozen" on the screen or on stage is certainly a moving experience, but imagine how it would feel to see the story set, literally, in a "frozen" world.

    Allentown News / 4 d. 1 h. 1 min. ago
  • I-78 trucker 'critical' day after tractor-trailer crash on Berks County shoulderI-78 trucker 'critical' day after tractor-trailer crash on Berks County shoulder

    Moving at “an excessive speed,” a tractor-trailer crashed along Interstate 78 in eastern Berks County on Thursday afternoon, badly injuring the trucker, police said. Harjinder Singh, 23, was driving east on I-78 in Greenwich Township at 3:13 p.m. when traffic slowed in front of him and he swerved...

    The Morning Call / 4 d. 1 h. 3 min. ago
  • Slatington driver crossed into oncoming lane in Airport Road crash that injured 3, state police saySlatington driver crossed into oncoming lane in Airport Road crash that injured 3, state police say

    The crash that seriously injured three people Monday morning on Airport Road, East Allen Township, was the result of a Slatington man’s vehicle crossing into oncoming traffic, police said Thursday. Austin L. Hess, 25, of Slatington was northbound at 4:46 a.m. when, at a slight curve to the left,...

    The Morning Call / 4 d. 14 h. 46 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 / 4 d. 20 h. 8 min. ago
  • Breinigsville man posts intimate photos of woman online, police say; he’s arrestedBreinigsville man posts intimate photos of woman online, police say; he’s arrested

    An Upper Macungie Township man was arrested Thursday on charges he posted online sexual advertisements with unauthorized “intimate and nude” photos of his ex-girlfriend in Slatedale, police said. Peter J. Snyder II, 39, of Breinigsville used the 35-year-old woman’s name with the sexual photos,...

    The Morning Call / 4 d. 21 h. 28 min. ago
  • Police say Lower Saucon grocery store employee stole $8,000 over a year-long periodPolice say Lower Saucon grocery store employee stole $8,000 over a year-long period

    A 42-year-old Hellertown woman is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and drug possession after a nearly year-long series of thefts at the Lower Saucon Giant store where she worked, according to police. Toska Slotter was arraigned on the charges and released on unsecured bail. Police...

    The Morning Call / 4 d. 21 h. 29 min. ago
  • Man hurt seriously in Heidelberg Twp. as car crashes into tree at curveMan hurt seriously in Heidelberg Twp. as car crashes into tree at curve

    A man was injured seriously Thursday night in northern Lehigh County when his car went off a road at a curve and crashed into a pine tree. He was flown to a hospital. The man was bleeding from his head and an arm after the 6:55 p.m. accident in the 6900 block of Saegersville Road, in the Germansville...

    The Morning Call / 4 d. 23 h. 28 min. ago
  • Valley Medical Group Welcomes New Medical Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive ...Valley Medical Group Welcomes New Medical Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive ...

    Valley Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of Cristina Saiz, M.D., as Medical Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Valley Medical Group. Her appointment became effective on January 8. Dr. Saiz holds dual board certification in obstetrics and gynecology and in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

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  • Fire badly damages Palmer Township rooming houseFire badly damages Palmer Township rooming house

    A Palmer Township rooming house was damaged severely Thursday afternoon by a smoky blaze that brought at least four fire companies to the scene. The fire at the three-story house at 2710 Freemansburg Ave., just west of West Easton, was reported 4:40 p.m. No serious injuries were reported as firetrucks...

    The Morning Call / 5 d. 0 h. 13 min. ago
  • Easton man accused of Lopatcong sex assaults of a minor in his careEaston man accused of Lopatcong sex assaults of a minor in his care

    An Easton man has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage child in his care, over a period of years, at his workplace east of Phillipsburg. Orbin Gomez-Morales, 31, of the 1400 block of Northampton Street, was arrested Wednesday on charges filed by the Warren County prosecutor’s office...

    The Morning Call / 5 d. 0 h. 33 min. ago
  • Doylestown becomes first Bucks County municipality to ban conversion therapyDoylestown becomes first Bucks County municipality to ban conversion therapy

    The borough is trekking alongside other municipalities in the state that pushed for the ban, including Reading, Pittsburgh, Allentown and Philadelphia. Doylestown Council passed the ordinance, which rules the controversial practice banning conversion therapy for minors as a form of discrimination on Dec. 18. Borough officials also say the practice of conversion therapy - therapeutic approaches to alter sexual orientation, gender identity or expression - is threatening to the health, safety and welfare of minors on the LGBT spectrum.

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  • Pennsylvania State Police confiscate $15 million in prohibited drugs in three-month spanPennsylvania State Police confiscate $15 million in prohibited drugs in three-month span

    State police confiscated nearly $15 million worth of prohibited drugs in the last three months of 2017. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, troopers across the state seized more than 18 pounds of heroin and more than 111 pounds of fentanyl, according to a news release. Those two drug confiscation had...

    The Morning Call / 5 d. 8 h. 58 min. ago
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    Galen Glen Winery, 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, will host its fifth annual chili cook-off from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 20. An Allentown-based child-care business hopes to find space to allow it to run its programs for students from the Tamaqua... Rain is anticipated to change to a period of freezing rain and/or sleet later Friday night and Saturday morning before... Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joined LCCC President Ann Bieber and board of trustees Chairwoman Roberta Marcus on Tuesday for a... Northern Lehigh School Board Directors Mathias J. Green Jr., left, and Gary S. Fedorcha, right, are joined by new district... A vehicle stop in the Schuylkill County borough of Saint Clair led to drugs and firearms being found and the... Alexander J. Alsberge, 24, of Saylorsburg, was injured in a one-vehicle crash at 7:06 p.m. Jan. 1 on Greenhill Road... State police at the Lehighton barracks made ... (more)

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  • Bon Jovi to play Allentown's PPL Center - WFMZ AllentownBon Jovi to play Allentown's PPL Center - WFMZ Allentown

    WFMZ AllentownBon Jovi to play Allentown's PPL CenterWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - The PPL Center announced Thursday that Bon Jovi's "This House Is Not for Sale" Tour will stop in Allentown. The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will play the PPL Center 7:30 p.m. May 2. The tour begins in Denver in March and ...Bon Jovi is coming to Allentown's PPL Center for intimate, pricey showAllentown Morning CallBon Jovi: This House Is Not For Sale Tour | Altitude TicketsAltitude TicketsBon Jovi Announces 2018 This House Is Not For Sale Tour – BonJovi.comBonJovi.comExclaim!all 104 news articles »

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  • Restaurant Review: Vivo Italian Kitchen in South WhitehallRestaurant Review: Vivo Italian Kitchen in South Whitehall

    Vivo Italian Kitchen opened in late October, taking over a South Whitehall Township spot that had been vacant since Chianti closed in 2015. The restaurant is the newest offering from the Grisafi family, which oversees several popular restaurants in the Lehigh Valley.

    Allentown News / 5 d. 19 h. 21 min. ago
  • Classical: 'Opera House' documentary on the Met to screen in Lehigh ValleyClassical: 'Opera House' documentary on the Met to screen in Lehigh Valley

    The Opera House screens at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown and at 12:55 p.m. Jan. 13 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the AMC Center Valley 16 at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. The Opera House screens at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown and at 12:55 p.m. Jan. 13 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the AMC Center Valley 16 at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.

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  • Family: Get a free kids ticket for Mutts Gone Nuts in EastonFamily: Get a free kids ticket for Mutts Gone Nuts in Easton

    Mutts Gone Nuts comes to the State Theatre in Easton for two shows Jan. 13. Kids get a free ticket with a donation of pet food. Mutts Gone Nuts comes to the State Theatre in Easton for two shows Jan. 13. Kids get a free ticket with a donation of pet food.

    Allentown News / 6 d. 4 h. 35 min. ago
  • 1 in custody in connection with Allentown domestic incident - WFMZ Allentown1 in custody in connection with Allentown domestic incident - WFMZ Allentown

    WFMZ Allentown1 in custody in connection with Allentown domestic incidentWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - A man was found in the area of N. 4th and Liberty streets in Allentown after he evaded police and allegedly made threats to officials Wednesday. Captain Steve Vangelo of the Allentown Police Department says Xavier Rodriguez is the man ...and more »

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  • Businesses Can Find Lehigh Valley Web Design in AllentownBusinesses Can Find Lehigh Valley Web Design in Allentown

    ALLENTOWN , PA , UNITED STATES , January 10, 2018 / EINPresswire.com / -- For businesses looking to attract more customers, nonprofits looking to garner more awareness, and schools looking to engage more alumni, KDG's Lehigh Valley web design team can help. For over 16 years, the Allentown web design team has helped companies and organizations in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and beyond create an engaging online presence.

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  • Police arrest knife-wielding man in robbery of Allentown 7-Eleven - Allentown Morning CallPolice arrest knife-wielding man in robbery of Allentown 7-Eleven - Allentown Morning Call

    Allentown Morning CallPolice arrest knife-wielding man in robbery of Allentown 7-ElevenAllentown Morning CallAllentown police arrested a man fleeing a robbery early Tuesday morning at the 7-Eleven store in the city. (FILE PHOTO / THE MORNING CALL). Matt CoughlinContact ReporterOf The Morning Call. Allentown police arrested a knife-wielding man early Tuesday ...Man charged in armed robbery of 7-Eleven in AllentownWFMZ Allentownall 2 news articles »

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  • Allentown standoff comes to end, man taken into custody - WFMZ AllentownAllentown standoff comes to end, man taken into custody - WFMZ Allentown

    WFMZ AllentownAllentown standoff comes to end, man taken into custodyWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - Police responded to a scene at N. 4th and Washington Streets in Allentown Monday afternoon, which turned into a minor standoff. Captain Steve Vangelo with the Allentown Police Department said a man was wanted on a bench warrant and was ...and more »

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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 / 85 d. 14 h. 7 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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