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Police investigating robberies

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Police in South Whitehall Township and Allentown are investigating whether three armed robberies on Feb. 12 may be connected.

South Whitehall police say at approximately 4:38 a.m. Feb. 12, several individuals entered the 15th St., A Plus Minimart, 1501 Mauch Chunk Road, South Whitehall, displaying a handgun and demanding cash. Police say during the robbery, the clerk was pushed to the floor by one of the individuals, who then removed cash from the register.

The suspects then left the store and entered a dark color SUV last seen turning northbound on Mauch Chunk Road.

S. Whitehall veterinarian publishes her first poetry book

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A South Whitehall Township veterinarian has published her first book of poetry.

Dr. Debby Cougar, a small animal veterinarian since 1996, said she accidentally wrote “14 Cats,” a 34-page book of personal loves, losses and heartaches.

“I don’t read poetry,” Cougar said. “If you told me I would write this five years ago, I would have laughed at you.”

The first poem, “Colors,” just came to her one fall day.

She shared it with her family and they liked it.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP Zoo offering guests a meal with giraffes Murphy and Tatu

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, is offering a unique giraffe experience for two at various times during February.

Guests will get to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner inside the St. Luke’s Giraffe Barn with the zoo’s very own Murphy and Tatu at select times Feb. 1-28.

They will have a private setting with just the giraffes and a member of the zoo keeper team.

Breakfast will include a yogurt parfait, bagels, muffins and fresh cut fruit.

Suspected Allen Twp bank robber taken into custody

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, took a 19-year-old man into custody Jan. 29 in connection with the Jan. 26 bank robbery in Allen Township, Northampton County.

Police allege Dylan James Karba, last known address in Philadelphia, was the man who entered the First Northern Bank and Trust, 1449 Nor-Bath Boulevard, Allen Township, at 1:35 p.m. on that day.

According to police, Karba allegedly fled the bank with money after passing a note to a bank teller. He then fled the area to the west of the bank toward Northampton Borough on foot.

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP Good Will Fire Co. accepting fastnacht orders

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, 7723 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville is accepting orders for its fastnacht sale.

There are limited quantities, so order early.

Fastnacht pickup will be after 8 a.m. Feb. 10; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 11; and from 6 6 p.m. on Feb. 12.

To order, call 610-398-3152.


Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township, will host baby story time with picture books, rhymes and songs for children ages birth to 2 years old at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29.

A caregiver must attend with each child.

Reading man charged with defrauding Giant stores

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say a 38-year-old Reading man allegedly committed 35 fraudulent transactions between May 19, 2017, and July 10, 2017, at various Giant grocery stores throughout Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Police allege Nicholas Lon Pavlov entered various Giant grocery stores throughout three counties and presented a fictitious Bonus Card in order to return merchandise he had not purchased.

The fraudulent transactions and the amount he obtained by allegedly committing these crimes was $646.76.

State police seek information on Lowhill Township burglary

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, are investigating a reported residential burglary in progress which occurred 11:34 a.m. Jan. 19 in the 2200 block of Beechwood St., Lowhill Township.

Police say Troopers saw a side garage entry door was kicked in.

Further investigation revealed the suspect was in the neighborhood knocking on doors before the burglary of the unoccupied home.

Once inside, the suspect went directly to the upstairs bedrooms, where he stole a firearm, cash and jewelry.

He then fled when the audible alarm activated, police say.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Blessing Shop at food pantry needs new children’s socks

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, is looking for volunteers Feb. 3.

The food pantry serves residents of Northwestern Lehigh School District and is staffed entirely by a volunteer workforce.

Volunteers are needed to help with stocking shelves, serving clients and other activities.

Youth volunteers, ages 13 to 18, may help on stocking days the last Saturday of the month.

To see additional dates needing volunteers, view the calendar tab at

Driver killed in I-78 crash

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 68-year-old Delaware County man was killed when his Ford Flex SUV struck aN International tractor with Hyundai trailer at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 7 on I-78 Eastbound between Routes 863 and 100, Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Fredrick Evans of Norwood, Delaware County, was pronounced dead 1:17 p.m. that day by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Gabrielle Riley.

Grim said the cause of Evans’ death is attributed to multiple blunt force injuries.

He ruled the manner of his death an accident.

Struck by vehicle, man dies in Washington Township

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 54-year-old Washington Township man was killed when he was struck by a motor vehicle in the 7900 Block of Route 873, Washington Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Ibrahim Azar, a pedestrian, was pronounced dead at 8:11 p.m. Jan. 5 at the scene by Deputy Coroner Jackie Seidman.

An autopsy was performed Jan. 6. Azar died from multiple blunt forces injuries, Grim said, adding the manner of his death is pending completion of the investigation.