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Whitehall couple found dead in their home; police investigate

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 22:45

Whitehall Township police were dispatched Wednesday afternoon to a township home where a man and a woman were found dead, officials said.

Brian Thomson, 41, and his wife, Kelsy (Pierson) Thomson, 35, were pronounced dead 3:20 p.m. in the single-story house in the 1900 block of Belleview Drive, the...

Woman accused of encouraging boyfriend's suicide texted friend later: 'It's my fault'

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 22:26

A young woman charged with using text messages to encourage her boyfriend to kill himself when they were teenagers sent a text to a friend from high school about two months after the death, saying, "It's my fault," according to testimony at her trial on Wednesday.

Michelle Carter, then 17, cajoled...

New trial requested in 'Making a Murderer' case

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 21:00

A lawyer on Wednesday asked for a new trial for a Wisconsin man convicted in a case profiled in the "Making a Murderer" Netflix series. Steven Avery's conviction was based on planted evidence and false testimony, attorney Kathleen Zellner says in a 1,272-page document she filed. She contends Avery...

If he only had a driver: Tin Man actor charged with DWI

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 20:47

A man hired to portray the Tin Man in "Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum's upstate New York hometown was still in his character's makeup when his mug shot was taken after a drunken driving arrest. State police say troopers responded Sunday to a report of an intoxicated man on private property...

Remains of former slave eyed for sainthood moved to Denver Catholic church

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 20:42

In a step toward possible sainthood, the remains of a former slave have been moved to a Catholic cathedral in Denver, where people lined up Wednesday to honor her and pray for her help.

Many touched the glass covering of a wooden chest holding the exhumed skull and other bones of Julia Greeley,...

North Korea fires several projectiles believed to be surface-to-ship missiles, South Korea says

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 20:04

North Korea fired several projectiles believed to be short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's military said, a continuation of weapons tests that have rattled Washington and the North's neighbors as Pyongyang seeks to build a nuclear missile capable...

Palmer looks to restart police chaplaincy program

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 19:24

Palmer Township police may soon be receiving emotional support while on the beat from clergy.

The department is pursuing a chaplaincy program that could result in up to half a dozen pastors who would accompany officers in their patrol cars and offer spiritual aid in times of crisis.

The department...

Bonuses make ANIZDA director Allentown's highest paid public worker

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 19:07

Legend has it that when a reporter scoffed in 1930 that Babe Ruth's $80,000 salary to play baseball was more than President Herbert Hoover was being paid, Ruth quickly justified his new contract.

"I had a better year than he did," Ruth shot back.

The members of the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement...

Lehigh Valley mayors discuss issues affecting seniors at AARP event near Bethlehem

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 19:02

Federal budget cuts to community development funding proposed by President Donald Trump would have a devastating effect on senior citizens in the Lehigh Valley, the mayors of the region's three cities said Wednesday.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez and Easton Mayor Sal...

Jury watches police interview with man charged in gruesome stabbing

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 18:59

In a video-taped interview with Bethlehem police, Demetrius Davis painted the woman he is accused of stabbing as the aggressor.

He told Bethlehem police she kept coming at him, and he hit her a couple of times but initially denied he stabbed her in the abdomen and the eye. At one point, he indicated...

A British election campaign that few expected ends in a way that no one could have predicted

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 18:57

Britain's seven-week sprint to an election that few expected began in April with forecasts of a landslide victory for the Conservatives, and a Margaret Thatcher-esque grip on power as far as the political eye could see for Prime Minister Theresa May.

It ended Wednesday in a way that no one could...

Ex-energy executive, Trump critic seeks GOP nomination in U.S. Senate race

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 18:43

A former energy executive who did not vote for Donald Trump is the latest Pennsylvania Republican to announce his intention to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

Paul Addis, 63, of Haverford, Delaware County, announced his campaign Wednesday, joining a wide field of little-known candidates...

Poll: Majority of Americans say Trump is interfering with Russia investigations

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 18:15

A majority of Americans report grave suspicions about President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and his conduct during investigations of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

A 56 percent majority of U.S. adults say Trump...

Olympus settles four claims over surgical devices

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 18:07

UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP — Olympus Corp. of the Americas has settled four lawsuits alleging the company's subsidiaries failed to warn patients that its gynecological surgery devices could increase their risk of cancer.

The undisclosed settlements end lawsuits against Olympus and its Gyrus divisions...

Trump's intelligence officials did not exactly deny that Trump asked them to weigh in on Russia

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 17:50

Top intelligence officials testified Wednesday to the Senate that they never felt pressured to intervene in an ongoing investigation, despite Washington Post reporting that they told associates that President Donald Trump asked them to either weigh in on the FBI Russia probe or to get the FBI to...

Trump divorced from the executive branch he oversees

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 17:45

Donald Trump is president of the United States, duly elected last November and sworn into office in January. But he appears oddly and remarkably disconnected from the executive branch over which he exercises power. There is the president, and then there is the rest of the government.

A table of...

House push for statewide betting machines again threatens lucrative gambling expansion effort

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 17:19

The state House and Senate are waging another high-stakes battle over how to expand gambling options to generate desperately needed state tax revenue and fix a constitutionally flawed casino law municipalities rely on for extra cash.

And, if the battle turns out like last year, everyone could go...

Whitehall police investigate death on Belleview Drive

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:58

Whitehall Township police and the Lehigh County coroner's office were dispatched Wednesday afternoon to Belleview Drive in the township on a death investigation.

Officials have not yet commented on who has died. A single-story house has been sealed off with police tape for the investigation.

According...

At Lehigh Valley Women's Summit, a day to 'climb together'

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:23

ALLENTOWN — Perception matters in business.

That's one message Carla Harris, vice chair and managing director at Morgan Stanley, delivered Wednesday to about 500 people at the Lehigh Valley Women's Summit.

Her energetic 25-minute speech at Cedar Crest College's Alumnae Hall brought rounds of applause,...

County announces plans for Whitehall district court

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:16

With the sudden passing of District Judge Robert Halal earlier this week, the county court administrator announced Wednesday future plans for his Whitehall Township courthouse.

Starting on Monday, senior District Judge Patricia Warmkessel will preside over court matters at District Court 31-1-07...

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