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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Explosion takes one life

One person died and at least one other person was injured in an explosion at a structure on a property in the 8400 block of Orchard Road, Lower Milford Township, June 9.

Brian Ehret, 50, was pronounced dead in the backyard of his residence by Deputy Coroner Rachel Tallarico 4:47 p.m. June 9, according to a media release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center.

According to a media release from Pennsylvania State Police Troop M Trooper Nathan T. Branosky, state troopers were dispatched to 8439 Orchard Road 3:06 p.m. for an explosion.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in School

Students earn journalism honors

Emmaus High School students Rylan Bassett, Kathleen Taranto and Stefania Schoen recently were recognized by school faculty for their work in journalism and the community.

“I am very excited and honored to have received this award,” Schoen replied in an email interview June 5.

Schoen received the Richard F. Gaal Memorial scholarship, an award honoring a longtime photographer for the East Penn Press, now one of the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and formerly the Emmaus Free Press. Gaal died in 1995.

Gaal also was active in the Emmaus community.


Thursday, May 21, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Postponing the walk down the aisle

As we’ve all learned in recent weeks, COVID-19 has found its way into every aspect of life; work and school, sports and play, municipal government operations, food shopping, going to the movies or parks, dining out with family and friends, getting a haircut and celebrating birthdays.

COVID-19 also is making it tough to celebrate weddings.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘It’s a little thing to do but it’s important’

Author and activist Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

And a group of area sewers is living up to Keller’s words.

The combined talents of members of the Stitch and Chat outreach ministry at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, the church’s congregation and members of The Crazy Quilters’ Quilt Guild along with neighbors and friends produced more than 3,000 masks, according to Linda Letts, a member of the church and an organizer of the mask drive.


Thursday, April 23, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘We’ve put guard rails on the process’

In a media conference call April 15, Department of Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel addressed topics concerning COVID-19 in the state’s prison system.

Increased mental health services, coronavirus testing at prison and halfway house facilities, staff protocols and inmate release guidelines received attention.

“Our staff is all essential,” Wetzel said, referring to department of corrections employees.

Crazy Quilters’ Quilt Guild

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Answering the call with needle and thread

Members of the Crazy Quilters’ Quilt Guild have joined the fight to protect and serve health care workers in the Lehigh Valley.

Starting March 21 members began cutting, sewing and finishing pleated cloth mask covers to fit N95 masks, described by manufacturer Honeywell as “filtering facepiece respirators” on the corporation’s website.

A physician friend of Bethanne Nemesh, a quilting teacher and quilt book author who is a member of Crazy Quilters, responded positively when Nemesh asked if mask covers were need.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘They’ve been very impressive and risen to the challenge’

Political theorist and philosopher Thomas Paine famously wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls” in the opening moments of his political pamphlet “The American Crisis.”

Local grocers may see fit to add “and store shelves.”

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has wrought changes on how many local food store chains operate.


Thursday, January 16, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Man allegedly stabs wife

An 58-year-old man was taken into custody for attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and terroristic threats after he allegedly stabbed a woman in the abdomen with a knife after hours at a shopping complex in Lower Macungie Township Jan. 8.

Jonathan Rompilla, of Emmaus, was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville troopers. According to court records, bail for Rompilla was denied Jan. 8.


Thursday, January 16, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Local restaurateur enters guilty pleas to tax charges

An Emmaus man has pleaded guilty to failing to make required disposition of funds received at a well-known area restaurant for more than two years, according to court documents.

Louis T. Belletieri, now 73, was charged with not paying a total of $89,340.87 in sales tax between Sept. 20, 2014 and April 20, 2017, for Louie’s Restaurant, 2071 31st. SW, Salisbury Township, according to court documents.

Belletieri faced 32 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Shots fired at a residence in Lower Macungie Township

Pennsylvania State Police continue to seek help from the public in an investigation of shots fired, striking a residence, in Lower Macungie Township overnight Dec. 28, 2019.

In a brief phone interview Jan. 2, Trooper Nathan T. Branosky, community service officer, public information officer, Pennsylvania State Police Bethlehem, said the incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville barracks at 610-395-1438.

Investigators outlined what happened in a media release: