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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Allentown man dies in truck crash on I-78, Weisenberg Twp

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 32-year-old Allentown man was killed when the Freightliner he was operating veered off the roadway, went down an embankment and rolled over around 3:24 a.m. June 30 on I-78, Weisenberg Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Eddy Joel Surinach was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Cassandra Schiffner 4:21 a.m. the same day at the scene.

Minnich said the cause of Surinach’s death is multiple blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle accident.

He ruled the manner of his death an accident.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Lehigh Valley Zoo reopens

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, has reopened.

Admission tickets must be purchased in advance at lvzoo.org/reopen.

Timed reservations are being used to limit capacity and to allow plenty of room for guests and groups to enjoy the zoo at their leisure while adhering to social distancing protocols.

Print tickets if possible. If you cannot print the tickets, make sure the ticket file is downloaded and open on the cellphone when you are lined up for check-in, and make sure your screen is as bright as possible.

Revolutionary War prison receives new look

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A building at 347 Gordon St., Allentown, once used as a prison during the Revolutionary War has received a new look.

Developer Nat L. Hyman, CEO of The Hyman Group, who owns the building, commissioned a painter from The Studio 33 in Baltimore, Md., to paint a mural on one of the walls.

Hyman, who earned a Master’s degree in architecture and preservation from Columbia University, designed the artwork.

State police investigating homicide in N. Whitehall

Friday, June 12, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, is investigating a homicide that occurred during the overnight hours of June 7 at Route 145 and Clearview Road, North Whitehall Township.

According to police, Maurice Dennis, 45, of Easton, who had a gunshot wound, was found by a passing motorist.

He was transported by Northern Valley EMS to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Dennis was pronounced dead at the hospital at approximately 4 a.m., police say.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, an autopsy was completed on June 8.

Prep work begins to demolish former Allentown State Hospital

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

It is just a matter of weeks or mere months before a piece of historical architecture, Allentown State Hospital, off Hanover Avenue in east Allentown, becomes a memory.

Neuber Demolition and Environmental Services Inc., Gilbertsville, which was awarded a $12.7-million contract in February to demolish the former psychiatric hospital, officially started the process with a job conference May 13 with members of the state Department of General Services Construction team, said Troy Thompson, General Services press secretary.

Motorcyclist dies after bike hits house

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 36-year-old Washington Township man died after the motorcycle he was operating struck a house around 9 p.m. May 7 in the 3700 block of Park Avenue, North Whitehall Township.

Jesse Jones was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, the cause of Jones’ death was multiple blunt force injuries due to a motorcycle accident.

He said the manner of Jones’ death was ruled an accident.

Police investigate two thefts from vehicles

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie police have issued a theft advisory for area residents.

According to Crime and Community Services Division Commander Lt. Peter Nickischer, two residents reported April 28 that their vehicles were broken into at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, 1151 Mosser Road, Trexlertown.

According to Nickischer, the windows on two vehicles were broken sometime between 3:05-4:05 p.m. and personal items belonging to two individuals were taken.

Residents are reminded to place valuables out of sight when their vehicles are unoccupied.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Zoo offering virtual programs for families

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, will be holding its first ever virtual 1K-9 Dog Walk on May 9.

They are asking members of the community to bring their dogs and leashes for an enjoyable morning of exercise around their neighborhood, while they support the zoo.

By purchasing a per-person ticket for this event, participants will be directly supporting the conservation efforts at the zoo.

Ticket holders will also be able to pick up a goodie bag containing an adult zoo ticket and lots of doggy themed goodies upon re-opening of the zoo.

Palmerton woman killed in single-vehicle crash

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 64-year-old Palmerton woman was killed when the 2006 Kia Sedona she was driving struck a tree 3:39 p.m. March 22 on Mountain Road, Washington Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Ginger L. Rodgers was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Andrew Kehm, at 4:53 p.m. at the scene.

The cause of her death was multiple blunt force injuries, due to a motor vehicle accident, Minnich said.

He said the manner of her death was ruled an accident.

State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, were dispatched just before 4 p.m.

Hyman apologizes for letter sent to tenants

Friday, March 27, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh Valley developer Nat Hyman has apologized for a letter sent March 23 threatening his tenants with eviction if they do not pay their rent.

According to an anonymous email sent to The Press Monday evening, the letter to tenants reads, in part, as follows:

“We understand that these are difficult times and some of you may have lost your jobs and/or be on unemployment. Despite these circumstances, you are required to pay your rent on time.