Northwestern Press

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Silver and Nothstein battle arson, together

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

The dog and the detective. Or in this case, Silver and Doug Nothstein.

Silver is a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever arson dog. Nothstein is a detective with the Bethlehem Police Department.

Together, they’ve forged quite the successful alliance since Silver became a member of the police department.

Nothstein from Lehighton said the process for Silver to become a member of the Bethlehem Police Department has been a project two and a half years in the making.

Northern Lehigh Comprehensive Plan to be updated

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Intermunicipal cooperation formed more than a decade ago

Work more efficiently, save money and better manage the growth in their communities, all while they save for the future.

That’s essentially the plan for six Northern Lehigh County communities who came together for an afternoon news conference May 29 at Olde Homestead Golf Club, New Tripoli.

The purpose was to kick off an 18-month effort to draft a new Northern Lehigh MultiMunicipal Comprehensive Plan to update the 2004 Northern Region of Lehigh County Comprehensive Plan.

Hiker rescued from 80-foot fall

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Police Log

Crews respond to Blue Mountain near Lehigh Gap Nature Center

A male hiker was injured May 15 after falling about 80 feet off a cliff on the Blue Mountain at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Washington Township.

State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, say troopers were dispatched around 6:40 p.m. to the area of Mountain Road and Route 873 for a report of an individual who fell into a heavily wooded area.

Upon arrival, they determined an 18-year-old male was hiking and climbing with friends, a 17-year-old from Allentown and a 17-year-old from Schnecksville, in the area known as “Devin’s Point.”

Two charged with setting barn fires

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

A Northampton woman and a former junior firefighter have been charged with setting multiple barn fires in Northampton County.

Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say Samantha Rose Keeney, 24, was charged April 4 in connection with the fires.

The first fire was at 3646 Cedar Drive; the second at 786 Fir Drive, both in Lehigh Township, and on March 29 there was another at 4413 Cherryville Road, Allen Township.

Officials investigating rash of fires

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Recent fires in the Lehigh Valley — including one in the early-morning of March 29 — are under investigation by a state fire marshal.

That fire, a fully involved barn blaze at 4413 Cherryville Road, Allen Township, came on the heels of several other barn fires, including two in Lehigh Township.

In Lehigh Township, a barn fire broke out March 15 along Cedar Drive. The second was March 23 along Fir Drive.

NWL student donates her time to earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by TERRY AHNER in School

For Madison Kocher, the conclusion of the Weekend Food Pack program at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Slatington, meant one day closer to the successful completion of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Madison spoke during the Breakfast Bunch program, where kids and their parents enjoy a free breakfast Monday through Friday in the summer.

“I saw the need and thought, ‘What are they going to do for food?’ ” she said. “After the first week, I saw how the parents and kids showed their appreciation.

“It made me feel like I was making a difference in their lives.”

HVAC unit failure leads to N. Lehigh school evacuation

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

A failure in an HVAC unit on the roof caused Northern Lehigh High School to be evacuated Monday morning.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. April 16, according to Superintendent Matthew Link, who said students and staff exited the building, and a short time later, entered the middle school auditorium.

“The cause of the fire alarm was due to a failure in an HVAC unit on the roof that sent smoke and an odor into sections of the building,” Link said. “The evacuation went as planned, and at no time was anyone in danger.”

New Jersey trucker killed by tunnel debris

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Southbound lanes closed at Mahoning for 13 hours

A New Jersey man is dead after a piece of electrical conduit crashed through his truck windshield and struck him in the head Feb. 21 inside the Lehigh Tunnel, Washington Township.

State Police at Pocono said the incident occurred 6:03 p.m. along Route 476 near mile marker 71.4 inside the tunnel.

Police said the tractor-trailer, operated by Howard Sexton III, 70, of Mickleton, N.J., was traveling south in the Lehigh Tunnel when the piece broke off from the ceiling, passed through its windshield and hit him.

Trucker killed by tunnel debris

Friday, February 23, 2018 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Southbound lanes closed at Mahoning for 13 hours

A New Jersey man is dead after a piece of electrical conduit crashed through his truck windshield and struck him in the head inside the Lehigh Tunnel, Washington Township.

State Police at Pocono said the incident occurred 6:03 p.m. along Route 476 near mile marker 71.4 inside the tunnel.

Police said the tractor-trailer, operated by Howard Sexton III, 70, of Mickleton, N.J., was traveling south in the Lehigh Tunnel when the piece broke off from the ceiling, passed through its windshield and hit him.

Veterans honor ‘lives lost,’ remember ‘days of infamy’

Thursday, December 15, 2016 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Looking back on this country’s history, there are many parallels that can be drawn between the Pearl Harbor Day attack and the 9/11 attacks.

So said Keith “Jake” Boyer, a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired school superintendent, who spoke during a recent Pearl Harbor Day program at the World War II Memorial on Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard, Lehighton.