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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Teens face hearing after possible threats made at Parkland High School

Monday, December 11, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Two 15-year-old boys are being detained in a juvenile facility after the Parkland School District received information Dec. 4 of possible threatening action to be initiated by two students at the high school before the Christmas break.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and South Whitehall Township Chief John Christman announced the investigation regarding the threat via email on Dec. 11.

According to Martin’s office, information concerning this threat was given to South Whitehall police Dec. 4, and an immediate investigation was begun.

Dougherty returns to District 2 seat

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Incumbent Lehigh County Commissioner Percy H. Dougherty, a Republican, will be returning to his seat representing residents in District 2.

According to Lehigh County Voter Registration, Dougherty garnered an unofficial 6,211 votes in Tuesday’s Municipal Election to the unofficial 5,080 votes received by Shoaib Chaudhary, a Democrat.

With 100 percent of the districts reporting, Dougherty took 54.87 percent of the vote to Chaudhary’s 44.88 percent of the votes cast.

During the campaign, Dougherty told The Press he understands the problems seniors face.

Voters choose Armstrong as next Lehigh County executive

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Results of Tuesday’s Municipal Election from Lehigh County Voter Registration show Democrat Phillips Armstrong with an unofficial 24,675 votes to Republican Brad Osborne’s unofficial 22,116 votes to take home the win for Lehigh County Executive.

With 100 percent of the ditricts reporting, Armstrong garnered an unofficial 52.69 percent of the vote to Osborne’s 47.23 percent.

During the campaign, Armstrong told The Press his first priority if elected would be to develop open communications with the board and all departments.

Creighton to serve as magisterial district judge in District 31-3-01

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Tom Creighton, a Republican, and current Lehigh County commissioner, will soon be presiding as magisterial judge in District 31-3-01, Slatington.

The seat is now held by Rod Beck, who previously announced he would not seek reelection.

According to Lehigh County Voter Registration, Creighton garnered an unofficial 2,457 votes in Tuesday’s Municipal Election taking 55.78 percent of the vote.

Angelique Bailey, a Democrat, received an unofficial 1,937 votes, 43.97 percent of the total votes cast.

Creighton emailed The Press Wednesday morning:

Grammes wins seat in Lehigh County District 1

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters in Lehigh County have chosen Republican Marc Grammes to serve a four-year term as District 1 commissioner.

According to Lehigh County Voter Registration, Grammes garnered an unofficial 6,125 votes to Democrat Bob Elbich’s unofficial 4,523 votes.

With 100 percent of the 32 districts reporting, Grammes took 57.48 percent of the total 10,655 votes cast. Elbich received 42.45 percent of the total.

Grammes, who had served previously as a county commissioner, emailed The Press Wendesday morning following the election.

No challengers in supervisor races

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh voters should not have too difficult of a time when they go to the polls Nov. 7 to cast votes for their municipality’s supervisors.

In Heidelberg Township, incumbent Supervisor Steve Bachman, who has cross-filed, is running unopposed for another six-year term in office.

Incumbent Supervisor Jonathan Jakum is also unopposed on both the Democrat and Republican sides of the ballot for a two-year term in office.

Supervisor Richard Hughes, a Republican, is running unopposed to return for another six years on the Lowhill Township board.

Derbe Eckhart again charged with animal cruelty

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced Derbe Eckhart of Heidelberg Township has been charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals.

Eckhart, 49, of 6587 Central Road, Heidelberg Township, was charged with 58 counts of cruelty to animals, six of which are graded as misdemeanors of the third degree and 52 as summary offenses.

The six counts are charged as misdemeanors as a result of factors which include Eckhart’s prior convictions of cruelty to animals.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces PSSA testing reduction

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a reduction in standardized testing for students in the commonwealth.

According to an Aug. 14 news release from the governor’s office, “the change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades three through eight.”

Wolf commented on the change during a “Schools That Teach” visit to Susquehanna Middle School, Dauphin County, with state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

Upper Macungie police seek public’s help to find missing man

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Upper Macungie police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing person.

Police say Philip Depinto, 86, a white male, standing 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 150 lbs. was last seen 2:30 p.m. July 19 at Strohl Chevrolet, 7831 Main St., Fogelsville.

Depinto is bald with gray hair on the sides and has green eyes,

He was driving a 1992 dark blue Subaru sedan with Pennsylvania registration “PHILD.”

Anyone with information to help find Depinto is asked to call 911 or use the non-emergency line 610-437-5252.

BREAKING NEWS: Thomas More Society cites First Amendment violation in lawsuit against the Parkland School District

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to information received from a Chicago public relations firm on July 11, the Thomas More Society has filed a lawsuit against the Parkland School District regarding the administration’s decision on a proposed pro-life club.

Tom Ciesielka of TC Public Relations emailed The Press the following statement:

“Today, attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Parkland High School and Parkland School District on behalf of students Elizabeth Castro and Grace Schairer.