Northwestern Press

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Trial date set for South Whitehall police officer in fatal shooting

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

A Lehigh County judge has set a trial date for a former police officer who is facing criminal charges for a fatal on-duty shooting last year near Dorney Park.

Jonathan Roselle, 33, of Parryville, a former officer with South Whitehall Police Department, will go to trial Sept. 24.

Roselle was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the July 28, 2018, death of Joseph Santos, 44, of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

Roselle was in court on Friday with his attorney to discuss a motion to dismiss the charges against him.

Plan to shrink Pa. House advances

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

Proposal would reduce representatives from 203 to 151

A local legislator’s proposal to give voters a chance to reduce the number of state representatives is moving forward in Harrisburg.

The Pennsylvania House State Government Committee recently voted in favor of HB 153, which was introduced by state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124th.

Knowles’ proposal is to reduce the number of state representatives to 151 from 203.

The approval, which passed with a vote of 14-10, saw the Republican majority supporting the bill and the Democratic minority opposing it.

BREAKING NEWS: Ex-kennel owner’s neglect charges head to trial

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

A former kennel owner was in court Jan. 18 facing charges relating to 38 animals SPCA animal control officers removed from his Heidelberg Township property last May.

Derbe Eckhart, 50, of Central Road, Germansville, was set to appear for a preliminary hearing yesterday but showed up more than a half-hour after it was scheduled to begin.

District Judge Tom Creighton held the hearing in absentia, and carried over all charges against Eckhart for trial.

Creighton said Eckhart had car trouble not far from the district court office in Slatington.

Police find bones, other evidence at Horvath home

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by CHRIS REBER in Police Log

Pa. State Troopers investigating the November 2013 disappearance of Holly Grim of Lower MAcungie Township interviewed hundreds of people in connection with the case, ruling out potential suspects one-by-one.

But they were never able to rule out one co-worker, Michael Gene Horvath, 49, of Saylorsburg, Monroe County.

On Oct. 13, nearly three years after Grim vanished from her home, police charged Horvath with criminal homicide in connection with her death.

High school student wins first in American Legion contest

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by CHRIS REBER in School

Aryaman Khandelwal is not old enough to vote in this year’s presidential election.

But the Parkland High School sophomore is probably more informed than many adults who will cast ballots this fall.

Khandelwal, 15, won this year’s American Legion Oratorical Contest for the Eastern section of Pennsylvania.

The contest took place Feb. 13 at Jim Thorpe High School.

Marc Grammes dropped from ballot for state representative

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

A local candidate for state representative has been knocked off the ballot for April’s primary election after a successful legal challenge. And another candidate is still awaiting the outcome of a suit to decide his fate in the election.

A petition was upheld in Commonwealth Court last week to exclude the nominating petitions of Marc Grammes, a former Lehigh County commissioner, in his bid for the 183rd Legislative District.

The petition was filed by Northampton County residents Alice J. Walls, Mark A. Cuth and Adam J. Swift III.