Northwestern Press

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Voters seem to favor Democrats for Lehigh County board

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters on Tuesday appear to have lost favor with two incumbent Republicans and instead picked four Democrats to serve on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

According to unofficial results from the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, Democrat Dan Hartzell garnered an unofficial 29,747 votes, 14.77 percent of the total votes cast. If the vote is certified, he will return for a second, four-year term in office.

Hartzell, of South Whitehall Township, is a Whitehall High School and Kutztown University graduate.

Pinsley appears to have unseated two-term Lehigh County controller

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, having garnered an unofficial 28,463 votes, 51.04 percent of the total 55,763 votes cast in Tuesday’s General Election, Democrat Mark Pinsley seems to have unseated two-term incumbent Lehigh County Controller Republican Glenn Eckhart for a four-year term in office. Eckhart received an unofficial 27,300 votes, 48.96 percent of the vote.

Jakum returning to Heidelberg supervisor’s seat

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Heidelberg Township voters went to the polls on Tuesday and returned incumbent Supervisor Jonathan Jakum, a Republican, to office for another six-year term.

Jakum received 385 of the total 598 votes cast to garner 64.38 percent of the vote, according to Lehigh County Voter Registration Office.

Democrat challenger Luke Savage, a member of the township planning commission, received 213 votes, 35.62 percent of the vote.

Jakum has been a resident of the township for 11 years.

Unchallenged county candidate results are reported

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

The following candidates for Lehigh County row offices were unchallenged in the Nov. 5 General Election.

Incumbent District Attorney Jim Martin, a Republican, received an unofficial 36,805 votes for another four-year term in office.

Incumbent Sheriff Joe Hanna, running as a Democrat/Republican, garnered an unofficial 52,066 votes for another four-year term in office. Incumbent Clerk of Judicial Records Andrea Naugle, a Democrat, received an unofficial 38,693 votes to return for another four-year term in office.

Only one contested race in Northwestern Lehigh

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters will go to the polls Nov. 5 to cast their votes in the 2019 Municipal Election.

In Heidelberg Township, incumbent Supervisor Jonathan Jakum, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Luke Savage, a member of the township planning commission, for a six-year term in office.

Jakum has been a resident of the township for 11 years.

“Over that time, my appreciation for the open space and rural character of this area has only grown.

“Throughout my previous term as supervisor, unprecedented development continued to encroach upon areas near our municipality.

Nine candidates seek one of four seats on county board

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

There are nine candidates seeking election to four open seats on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners. Those elected on the Nov. 5 Municipal Election will serve a four-year term in office.

Candidates for Lehigh County commissioner were asked the following question: How do you plan on advocating for the senior citizen population if you are elected to the board of commissioners?

Democrats

Search warrants served

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

Applications for warrants reveal Albany Twp children found hanging from beam in basement

Pennsylvania State Police search warrant applications obtained from the office of District Judge Kim Bagenstoes, Hamburg, indicate the mother, identified as Lisa R. Snyder, 36, of the two Albany Township children who died Sept. 26 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, reportedly found her 8-year-old son and his 4-year-old sister hanging by a plastic-coated dog line in the basement of their home in the 2400 block of Route 143.

BREAKING NEWS: Two Albany Twp. children die in hospital

Friday, September 27, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Youngsters found unconscious at home on Monday

The two children who were found unconscious Monday afternoon in Albany Township, Berks County, have died.

The office of Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich says Brinley L. Snyder, 4, was pronounced dead 4:26 p.m. Sept. 26 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Conner Snyder, 8, was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, also in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death for both children, the coroner says.

Cause of Billig farm fire listed as ‘undetermined’ at this time

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to Troop M, Bethlehem, Public Information Officer Trooper Nathan T. Branosky the cause of the fire which killed some 4,000 hogs and destroyed two barns at the Timothy Billig farm in Lynn Township on Sept. 21 will be “listed as undetermined at this time.”

“Unfortunately, due to largely the amount of structure loss and the collapsing of both barn buildings on the property, the ability to generate a cause is greatly hindered,” Branosky wrote in an email sent to The Press on Sept. 24. “At this time, we are not looking at any criminal involvement in this case.”

Court upholds Lehigh County’s right to display seal with Latin cross

Friday, August 16, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County’s official seal, which features a Latin cross and other symbols relating to the county’s history may continue to be displayed in public.

According to information provided by Becket Law, which represented the county in the lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Third Circuit of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled 3-0 on Aug. 8 that the county can maintain the Latin cross in the seal.