Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced during a news conference in Lehigh County Courthouse Aug. 21 criminal charges were filed against a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Allentown.
Kevin Lonergan, 30, of 130 S. 25th St., Pottsville, was charged with one count each of corruption of minors, a felony of the third degree, and indecent assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree.
Lonergan was prohibited from the exercise of public ministry June 7 by a decree of the Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, D.D., bishop of Allentown.
Movie lovers can now make their trip to the movies a step above the traditional popcorn and a beverage experience at the new Movie Tavern which opened recently at 6150 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.
At the push of a call button, patrons may order everything from gourmet burgers to full multi-entrée meals while seated in plush reclining seats in the facility’s 11 auditoriums.
Premium alcohol beverages are offered, as well as, traditional popcorn, candy and soda staples.
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, met July 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, with Dr. Amanda Flicker, chief of the Division of Obstetrics and OB-GYN residency program director, to discuss his recently enacted law creating a maternal mortality review committee and how the new committee can help save lives of expectant mother and babies.
Mackenzie said 32 states have maternal mortality review committees either in operation or in development.
Top city, borough, township and Pennsylvania State Police traffic safety officers were recognized with awards at a ceremony July 2 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.
The awards recognized the officers who made the largest number of driving under the influence arrests and issued the greatest number of traffic citations in police jurisdictions in the area.
The ceremony is held annually under the auspices of the DUI Highway Safety Task Force.
Sixteen area volunteer fire departments added 26 firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received certificates of completion June 19 during a ceremony at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the ninth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held January to May at the Allentown Fire Department’s Mack Station, 1902 Lehigh St., near Queen City Airport.
New Tripoli Fire Company Capt. Ryan Williams, Chief Peter Christ and Lt. Kyle Watson attended the graduation for Phillip Hobel and Josh Dietrich.
The tones activated during the morning of April 24 on the pagers of four area fire companies were both ominous and reassuring at the same time.
While preceded by the announcement, “This is a drill,” the next message stated the training exercise involved a simulated “aircraft crash,” an alert for an emergency first responders dread.
Simulations provide a practiced response, so if a real emergency should occur, there would be a professional and effective rescue effort.
Large tents have been set up outside the emergency rooms at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Salisbury Township, and at the network’s Muhlenberg Campus, Bethlehem, to handle the large surge of patients visiting the hospitals with flu-related symptoms.
LVHN Spokesman Brian Downs comented on the tents.
“We set up a surge hospital outside the ER at our LVH-Cedar Crest site on Jan. 15 due to high patient volume,” Downs said.
“The last time we did that was January, five years ago.
Hundreds of calls every day are made to 911 in the Lehigh Valley from people needing help from police, fire or EMS agencies.
Sometimes animals, too, need help from a first responder. That’s when authorities ask the 911 center to dispatch first responders from CART — the County Animal Response Team — which has special equipment and training to assist animals in emergencies.
Site preparation work is underway for a new warehouse complex to be constructed on 25.5 acres of land at 7175 Tilghman St., west of the street’s intersection with Mill Road, Upper Macungie Township.
To ease congestion along already busy Tilghman Street, plans call for expanding the Mill and Windsor roads intersection at Tilghman Street, and widening Tilghman Street east of the site, which developers say will include 336,000 square feet for warehouse space.
Fourteen area volunteer fire departments added 31 new firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion on June 8 at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the seventh annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week from January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, at the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station at 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.