Sunday, May 19, 2013
Police arrested a Lower Macungie Township woman after she allegedly put medication into burritos and fed them to her husband and daughter.
EASTERN PA -- A Lower Macungie woman, angry because her husband and daughter didn't invite her to go car shopping with them, allegedly poisoned burritos with some sort of medication and fed them to her family, according to a WFMZ report. Ann Marie Haines, 42, of Yorkshire Drive in Lower Macungie Township, was arrested last week and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail. According to online court records, Haines was charged with: Haines' husband and daughter felt dizzy and tired after eating the burritos, according to a Lehigh Valley Live report. Haines has been assigned a public defender to represent her.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The East Penn Board of School Directors Monday night approved a tax increment financing plan that could bring the Lehigh Valley its first Costco in 2014 and eventually bring East Penn $1.5 million a year in tax revenue.
After a lengthy discussion and two failed attempts to table the decision, the East Penn Board of School Directors Monday night approved a financing plan that could bring the Lehigh Valley its first Costco as soon as fall of 2014 and ultimately put an estimated $1.5 million per year into the school district's bank account. The plan approved by the board to help fund the proposed $140 million Hamilton Crossings shopping mall in Lower Macungie Township is what is known as Tax Increment Financing or TIF. Basically, a TIF is an economic tool to help develop a site that requires a large amount of money to pay up-front costs. In this case, the land – 63 acres off of Krocks Road between Hamilton Boulevard and the Route 222 bypass – needs …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Get personal documents shredded at no cost to help prevent identity theft.
To help prevent identity theft, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-134) will host a free document shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lower Macungie Municipal Building parking lot, 3400 Brookside Road. “Identity theft is one the fastest growing crimes in America, and it can have devastating financial consequences for its victims,” said Mackenzie. “One of the greatest precautions we can take to protect our identity is to properly dispose of documents containing sensitive and personal information, such as Social Security numbers and credit card statements.” Documents that should be shredded include those with credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, medical information and bank account information. In order to ensure that …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
What's happening with the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center that will feature the Lehigh Valley's first Costco store?
The $140 million Hamilton Crossings shopping center in Lower Macungie—set to feature the area's first Costco—will be up for an important vote at next week's East Penn School Board meeting, according to a WFMZ report. The school board will be the first of three government bodies asked to approve a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan to help pay for the project. A TIF is an economic tool to help develop a site that requires a large amount of money to pay up-front costs. In this case, the costs involve removing waste from iron mining and addressing stormwater issues before the land can be developed. Ideally, the school district, Lower Macungie Township and Lehigh County will each approve their portion of the TIF. The school board meets Monday …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Two unidentified men walk out of Lower Macungie store with 18 iPhones in their cart, troopers report.
Two men literally carted away 18 iPhones worth $10,000 recently for free -- at least for now -- from a Lower Macungie Township department store, according to police. The unidentified men walked into Walmart at 3 p.m. March 30 and loaded 18 of the phones into their cart, according to state police at Fogelsville. The problem was they pushed the cart out of the store at 1091 Mill Creek Road without paying for the estimated $10,000 in merchandise. State police have recently reported the theft of 10 laptop computers March 17 from the same store. No value was given in that theft. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-395-1438.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The six member communities of the Southwestern Lehigh County Comprehensive Development Plan meet for the first time since the plan was signed eight years ago.
The six members of the Southwestern Lehigh County Comprehensive Plan met Wednesday for the first time since the document was signed eight years ago. The plan, signed by the boroughs of Emmaus, Alburtis and Macungie and Lower Macungie, Upper Milford and Lower Milford townships, was designed to control development and preserve open space throughout the region. It mandates that those who signed the agreement send to the other partners notice of any potential zoning changes for review and comment. Upper Milford Supervisor Rob Sentner first mentioned calling all the municipalities together about three months ago. He opened the meeting with a statement calling for “no finger-pointing,” and for the most part, there was none. Times have changed …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Pickup truck ran red light at Brookside Road and Sauerkraut Lane, pushing car onto its side, troopers say.
Three Emmaus youths were injured -- the driver moderately -- on March 17 in a two-vehicle traffic accident in Lower Macungie Township in which their car rolled onto its side, police said. The other vehicle, a pickup truck, ran a red light, according to state police at Fogelsville. The Kia Soul driven by Thomas R. Ninesling, 16, was turning from Sauerkraut Lane onto Brookside Road about 1:22 p.m., police said. As Ninesling was in the intersection, William D. Capwell, 43, of Macungie did not stop at a red light while he was traveling south on Brookside Road. The front of Capwell's Toyota Tundra struck the driver's side door of Ninesling's car, police said. Ninesling's car rolled over and landed on the passenger's side. Ninesling was …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Lower Macungie burglar enters shed, finds adult magazines and views them in victim's garage about 1:30 a.m., troopers report.
There's probably only one person who really knows what was going on here. According to a police report, that person is a 5-foot-9 man who was wearing gray sweatpants, black sneakers and a black-hooded sweatshirt. For the rest of us, there's a lot of head scratching to be done. The man wearing the sweatshirt about 1:30 a.m. Thursday entered an unattached shed belonging to Joseph Woomer of 7582 Quarry Road, Lower Macungie, according to state police at Fogelsville. There, the prowler found a box of adult magazines. He took that box to the victim's attached garage and placed the container inside on the floor, leaving one magazine open, police said. The man in the sweatshirt fled on foot, last seen headed west toward Sauerkraut Lane. It wasn't …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Protected birds migrating from Arctic Circle to Virginia and Maryland beaches mistake wet asphalt for water. Look for them for the next two weeks.
Two Arctic Loons trying to migrate from the Arctic Circle to the beaches of Virginia and Maryland became stranded this week when they landed on wet asphalt in Lower Macungie Township. Thinking the shiny surface was water and expecting a nice, soft landing and fish to eat, the first crash landed at the intersection of Willow and Sauerkraut lanes, and the second bird became stranded in the parking lot of Allen Distribution on Schoeneck Road. Related story: Rare Pink-Footed Goose Seen in Upper Macungie It's a problem that may happen again over the next two weeks, says Barbara Miller, a capture/transport permittee certified by the state Game Commission, as the birds try to make their way from the frozen waters of the North Pole. The problem is…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The objective is a 'safe and successful walking program,' township engineer says.
It's time to move on. Moreover, the most important thing right now is to move forward. And, according to all involved, that would mean making the area around Willow Lane Elementary School safe for the students who will be crossing streets to walk to school in the fall. Indeed, the two statements have been repeated over and over as parents and school and township officials try to downplay the question of whether Willow Lane was designed as a school for walking students while they try to hash out the details of what's needed to make the intersection at Willow and Sauerkraut lanes -- and several surrounding intersections -- the safest they can be for the young students. But some officials are stuck in what Lower Macungie Township Commissioner…