Monday, January 21, 2013
Dozens of counter-protesters showed up at four Lehigh Valley churches Sunday where the controversial Westboro Baptist Church said it would protest.
Westboro Baptist Church's threat to protest at four Lehigh Valley churches on Sunday was, in the end, an idle one. The controversial church known for its extreme views on homosexuality and protests at military funerals, was a no-show. But the Kansas-based church rallied a diverse crowd that included a Sunday school teacher, a cigar afficionado club, motorcyclists in chaps and college students, to get up early on a frigid Sunday morning to publicly and peacefully take a stand against Westboro's message of hate and intolerance. Westboro's potential presence here was enough to get Ryan Bitler, 22, of Bethlehem, out of bed and attend his first protest. Bitler is a Pennsylvania National Guardsman who served a year in Afghanistan as a machine …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Watch out if you're planning to steal an IPhone because there's an app that can find you.
South Whitehall Police were called to LA Fitness on Dec. 17 by David Orinski, who said his iPhone had been stolen. After using the Find my iPhone app, Orinski said it led him to a home at 1160 Overlook Rd. The phone was then shut down remotely. Police report Danielle Gehringer, 31, lives at 1160 Overlook Rd., is a member of LA Fitness and was present at the gym when the phone was taken on Dec. 16 between 2:20 and 2:45 p.m. Police said Gehringer admitted to taking possession of the phone and had it in her bedroom. The phone was recovered and returned to Orinski. A summons was sent for her to appear before Magisterial District Judge Jacob Hammond. A summons does not indicate a conviction.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
A Lehigh County man is dead and his half brother jailed on criminal homicide charges following an alcohol-fueled fight early Saturday, police say
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday's lockdown and manhunt at Parkland High School came after a teacher saw a student who appeared suspicious.
A high school student trying to get in shape for military boot camp inadvertently triggered a massive emergency response Friday at Parkland High School, law enforcement and school officials said. The student's behavior appeared suspicious to a Parkland teacher, who saw him sweating, in a flak jacket, making a salute and saying a prayer at the flag pole about 4:45 p.m. before he ran off, officials said. She called the Lehigh County Communications Center to report it. But the student's behavior turned out to be innocent, said Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin at a 10 p.m. press conference held with South Whitehall officials and the Parkland School District superintendent. Officers had responded to the school after the call came in…
Police from throughout Lehigh County responded to an emergency report at Parkland High School Friday evening.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 15: The manhunt for an intruder at Parkland High School turned out to be a false alarm. Law enforcement and school officials said a high school student trying to get in shape for military boot camp inadvertently triggered the massive emergency response Friday. His behavior had appeared suspicious to a Parkland teacher, but it was innocent, officials said. Updated 8 p.m, Friday, Sept. 14: Police are searching for an intruder - preliminary reports say a white man wearing camouflage pants - who fled when approached at Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., before 6 p.m. Friday. Traffic in that area of Cedar Crest is being diverted. All students are out of the high school and the building was locked down as …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Macungie police say assisting department used spike strip to puncture tire, stop fleeing thieves.
A resident's tip, police teamwork and a sharp device combined early Wednesday to deflate the plans of a pair who were stealing valuables from vehicles in Macungie, according to police. The drama began when borough police received a call from a resident about 4:45 a.m. that someone was looking inside of cars at the Brookfield Apartments in the area of Brookfield Drive and Brookfield Circle, borough police said. A Macungie officer was nearby and saw a man duck behind a parked car. Emmaus police were called to help search. When the Emmaus officers arrived, a vehicle with two men was seen fleeing, police said. Officers from both departments took up the chase. Officers sought assistance from South Whitehall Township police as the chase headed …