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1 hr ago | WFMZ-TV Allentown

Mass murderer to accept fate at hearing?

Is he ready to die or will Michael Ballard try to have his death sentenced overturned? The admitted mass murderer will be back in court Friday to tell a judge if he wants to appeal or accept his fate.


Related Topix: US News, US Supreme Court, Death Penalty

2 hrs ago | The Morning Call

Suspect in Shenandoah homicide is extradited from New York

A state trooper stationed at the Belfast barracks deployed an electronic weapon on a Williams Township man who allegedly slapped him in the face and ignored repeated commands to stop Wednesday night.


Related Topix: Shenandoah, PA, Belfast, PA, Schuylkill County, PA

6 hrs ago |

Trial of two men charged in fatal South Side Bethlehem gunbattle delayed again

Javier Rivera-Alvarado, left, and Rene Figueroa arrive in wheelchairs for district court last year in Bethlehem.


Related Topix: Allentown, PA, Violent Crime

8 hrs ago |

Route 22 East multivehicle crash temporarily closes highway in Bethlehem Township

A wreck on Route 22 East shuttered the highway for a time this morning in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania , according to authorities.


18 hrs ago |

Woman forges signatures of Lehigh Valley residents on state tax documents, court records say

A Pennsylvania Department of Revenue worker blamed her troubled personal life and hard-to-attain quotas for forging Lehigh Valley residents' signatures on tax documents, according to court records.


Related Topix: Boyertown, PA, Bethlehem, PA, Lehigh County, PA, Allentown, PA

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Northampton County judge defends life sentence for teenage murder

Northampton County Judge Michael Koury argued in a 127-page document that his life sentence of murderer Qu'eed Batts should stand.


Related Topix: Easton, PA, US News, US Supreme Court, Criminal Defense Law, Law


Police: Contractor agrees to build patio, instead cashes check and skips town

State Police are investigating a theft by deception incident involving a contractor paid to build a patio at a Northampton County home.


The Morning Call

Will proposed natural gas pipeline lower natural gas prices in the Valley?

Public Utility Commission records show Lehigh Valley customers of UGI Gas have seen their gas bills decline in recent years as Marcellus Shale production has increased.


Related Topix: Tulane University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Bethlehem, PA

The York Daily Record

Think Loud brings energy to York city

The northeast neighborhood of York city, where Think Loud Development has set up shop in the former Bi-Comp building, has traditionally been one of the poorest sections of the city, but many homeowners are proud of what they've put into their neighborhood.


Related Topix: York, PA, Pop/Rock, Live, Industry, PA, US Governors, Tom Corbett, Opinion

Felon sold gun, meth to informant in Wind Gap, according to court records

Authorities with the Northampton County Drug Task Force arranged the purchase for Feb. 18 in the first block of South Broadway in the borough, court papers say.


Related Topix: Wind Gap, PA, Drugs

Bushkill Township residents look to block private helipad proposal

Bushkill Township residents Bill Sprague, Larry Rohn and Rich Steiner are seeking to block plans for a private heliport at 1143 Keller Road.


Nicole DiCello wins 1989 Northampton County Junior Miss title - Almanac Aug. 27, 2014

In 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, was found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills; he was 32. Actress Tuesday Weld is 71. Actor Paul Reubens is 62. Country singer Colt Ford is 45. Actress Chandra Wilson is 45. Actress Alexa Vega is 26. The moon sets 8:31 p.m. today, rises 9:15 a.m. Thursday.


Related Topix: Brian Epstein, Wilson, PA, Easton, PA

Tue Aug 26, 2014

Lehigh University to pay for $150,000 of additional surveillance cameras off campus

Bethlehem police Chief Mark DiLuzio, center, speaks at an announcement today on Lehigh University buying $150,000 worth of new surveillance cameras for off-campus neighborhoods.


Related Topix: Lehigh University

Aggressive driving crackdown planned along William Penn Highway corridor in Bethlehem Township, Pa.

Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, police are cracking down on aggressive driving next week and warn those motoring through the Northampton County township to be aware.


Northampton County executive vetoes requirement that Cabinet members live in county

Northampton County Executive John Brown vetoed an ordinance that would have required most cabinet members live within the county.


Wilson Borough contractor sentenced to state prison for home improvement fraud

Northampton County Judge Jennifer Sletvold today sentenced Jerry Allen Jr. to one to two years in a Pennsylvania state prison followed by five years of probation.


Related Topix: Home, State Prisons, Home Improvement, Prison, Berks County, PA, Freemansburg, PA

Mon Aug 25, 2014

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Three suspected child predators arrested over past week

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of two Pennsylvania men and a New Jersey man on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing and distribution of child pornography.


Related Topix: Dauphin, PA, Fayette County, PA, Dauphin County, PA, Harrisburg, PA

Sat Aug 23, 2014

Northampton County seeks new name for Easton area senior center

Two seniors dance in 2013 at the South Side Senior Center in Easton. The two Easton centers have merged and will move to Forks Township.


Substance abuse programs, under fire at Northampton County Prison, to be reviewed

Northampton County officials said they will continue to offer substance abuse treatment at the Northampton County Prison, but the Community Education Center's future is less secure.


Bethlehem man who robbed hotel, stole engagement rings gets up to 14-year prison sentence

A 27-year-old Bethlehem man who robbed a hotel, stole two engagement rings from a jewelry store and tried to fraudulently obtain prescription medicine was sentenced today to up to 14 years in state prison.


Related Topix: State Prisons, Prison, Criminal Defense Law, Law