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Robert Durst's dismemberment and disposal of Texas body will be admitted at Calif. murder trial set for Sept. 3, judge rules

27 min 14 sec ago

Robert Durst suffered a major blow Tuesday involving his dismemberment and disposal of Morris Black’s body in Texas 18 years ago.

A Los Angeles judge ruled evidence involving the circumstances of Black’s 2001 death can be admitted at Durst’s upcoming trial on charges he murdered friend Susan Berman...

Ambulance driver gets 6 to 23 months in Pennsylvania crash that killed 2

1 hour 6 min ago

An ambulance driver wept as he was sentenced to six to 23 month in prison in a crash that killed his passenger and another driver.

LNP newspaper reports that 22-year-old Jeffrey Gable told a Lancaster County judge Monday that he never intended to hurt anyone in the 2016 crash. He said "My life...

Boy seriously injured after hit-and-run in Allentown

2 hours 1 min ago

A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured Tuesday night when he was struck by a vehicle at 10th and Harrison streets, Allentown Police said.

The incident was reported around 6 p.m. and the boy was taken to a local hospital, said Allentown Assistant Police Chief Steve Vangelo.

As of Tuesday night,...

Tamaqua puts gun policy on hold

2 hours 11 min ago

As the Tamaqua Area School District voted to suspend its controversial policy to allow school district staff to carry guns, parents noted a shift in tone toward the Second Amendment rather than school safety.

Nick Boyle, the school board member who helped craft what’s known as Policy 705, provided...

Jayme Closs kidnapping: Complaint that avoided captivity details could offer road map for prosecution

3 hours 35 min ago

The criminal complaint charging a Wisconsin man with abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents laid out the case in detail and offered a possible road map for how prosecutors will seek a conviction in the girl's 88-day ordeal.

The 12-page complaint against Jake Thomas Patterson...

House guest charged with stealing woman's car, shotgun and other items, police say

3 hours 41 min ago

A 27-year-old man who had been staying at a woman's home in Bethlehem allegedly stole her car, her shotgun and other items from other house guests on Sunday, according to court records.

Richard C. Shunk, of Allentown, was charged Monday with four counts of theft, two counts of receiving stolen...

Washington Township man could face life in prison for supplying drug that led to fatal overdose

3 hours 51 min ago

A Warren County jury on Tuesday convicted a Washington Township, N.J. man who sold fentanyl that resulted in a deadly overdose last year.

Matthew Evans, 40, could face life in prison, said a press release from the Warren County Prosecutor’s office Tuesday evening.

Charges against Evans include...

Trial begins for man accused of seeking sex with 13-year-old on Craigslist

3 hours 56 min ago

Swinging his arm and flicking his wrist in the motion of a fisherman casting a lure, attorney Brian J. Collins told a Lehigh County jury Tuesday that an agent from the state Attorney General’s Office went too far when he answered his client’s Craigslist sex ad and posed as a 13-year-old girl.

“You...

Toe-licking. Forced drinking. Ice baths: All that and more in hazing reports now required of Pennsylvania colleges

4 hours 1 min ago

Pennsylvania colleges and universities began posting online reports Tuesday on documented cases of hazing over the past five years, from forced drinking and toe-licking to the dunking of students in ice water, as required by a law passed as a result of the 2017 death of a Penn State fraternity...

No, that's not Bigfoot: 8-foot statue causes sighting calls

4 hours 9 min ago

People have been calling animal control in a North Carolina county to report sighting Bigfoot in a wooded area, but local officials assure them that what they're seeing isn't real.

The Davie County Animal Shelter posted to its Facebook page last week that callers were actually seeing an 8-foot-tall...

Philadelphia woman who threw big prom send-off pleads guilty to fraud

4 hours 11 min ago

A Philadelphia woman who made headlines for an elaborate prom send-off has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 44-year-old Saudia Shuler acknowledged Tuesday that she collected Social Security disability payments for years while failing to report income...

Dig into Northern Lehigh area eats at new restaurant week

4 hours 16 min ago

Treat your taste buds to tantalizing new dishes at the inaugural Greater Northern Lehigh Restaurant Week, Sunday through Jan. 26.

The event, presented by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, features multi-course, fixed-price menus and other dining deals at eight Northern Lehigh area...

Opinion: The House has only ever censured 23 of its members. Steve King should be the 24th.

4 hours 39 min ago

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a man already known for racist and xenophobic rhetoric, has once again used his platform as an elected official to dismiss efforts to combat white supremacy.

In an interview with The New York Times, he said: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization —...

William Barr, Trump's attorney general nominee, vows he will 'not be bullied'

5 hours 25 min ago

Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House on Tuesday, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch...

'We'll be out for a long time,' Trump says of shutdown as bid to bypass Pelosi fails

5 hours 40 min ago

Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers, the White House shifted tactics Tuesday, trying to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate with rank-and-file lawmakers even as President Donald Trump dug in for a prolonged shutdown.

The House and Senate announced they would stay in...

Maxx Fitness readying to open fifth Lehigh Valley area gym

6 hours 1 min ago

A popular fitness chain is readying to open in Trexlertown.

The Maxx Fitness Clubzz, with eight locations in three states, plans to open its fifth area gym early next week at 6900 Hamilton Blvd., according to the business’ Facebook page.

The gym, which was originally scheduled to open in late 2018,...

Key moments from William Barr's confirmation hearing

6 hours 10 min ago

William Barr's nomination as President Donald Trump's attorney general was in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Barr's past commentary on special counsel Robert Mueller 's investigation was front and center.

Here are some key moments from the hearing.

Won't commit to recuse if ethics...

After 40 years of directing fun in Bethlehem, Jane Persa is retiring as city recreation leader

6 hours 56 min ago

Bethlehem recreation director Jane Persa will retire this spring after working 40 years for the city.

After graduating Penn State University, she was hired in 1975 as the city’s recreation supervisor and ultimately ran the department that oversees the city’s parks and recreation programs.

During...

Theresa May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan crushed

6 hours 59 min ago

British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union on Tuesday, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and triggering a no-confidence vote that could topple her government.

The defeat was widely expected, but the scale of the House of Commons'...

Six takeaways from the Wolf-Fetterman inaugurations

7 hours 1 min ago

Gov. Tom Wolf took the oath of office for a second term Tuesday, and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman was sworn in for his first term.

Here are six observations from the day’s events at the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

1. Wolf’s shout out to sports as he rattled off his first-term accomplishments: “Heck,...

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