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Thursday, December 21, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Motorist killed when his vehicle is struck by a train

A motorist died Dec. 14 when his vehicle collided with a train in Alburtis.

Marc Tobash, 28, of Lowhill Township, was pronounced dead at 6:40 a.m. by Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas at the West Penn Avenue railroad crossing, according to a media release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center.

Authorities determined the cause of death to be multiple traumatic injuries due to an accident. The manner of death is ruled an accident.

Tobash was described as the operator of a motor vehicle involved in a collision with a train.


Friday, November 17, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Newest officers talk about policing as a profession

Sometimes the right job finds you.

Emmaus Police Officer Melanie Sayres joined the department soon after completing the Reading Police Academy and knew she was in the right place.

“It feels right. I can’t describe it,” she said of her job with the Emmaus Police Department in an interview recently.

“I just see it as a challenging career. I can’t see myself doing anything else,” Sayres said.

So far, Officer Sayres is enjoying being “on the job” to borrow a pop culture description of work as a police officer.

Upper Milford Township man sentenced in Holland Tunnel stop

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

An Upper Milford Township man, who was arrested in 2016 at the Holland Tunnel after law enforcement officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey found weapons and other gear during a traffic stop of his vehicle, will serve time.

John F. Cramsey was sentenced Oct. 27 to five years in prison with a minimum of one year behind bars before being eligible for parole, according to a spokesman in the office of the Hudson County Office of the Prosecutor in New Jersey.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ arrives in Emmaus

William Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, revenge and murder comes to Emmaus High School when students present “Hamlet” Nov. 2. 3 and 4 in the high school auditorium.

All performances are 7 p.m.

The story is a familiar one for those who completed required reading lists for high school English classes. Prince Hamlet returns to Denmark for his father’s funeral to find his uncle Claudius on his father’s throne and his mother remarried to none other than his uncle. Hamlet’s father, now a ghost, urges his son to avenge his murder by killing Claudius.


Thursday, October 12, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Company gives away trees in new program

PPL Electric Utilities is giving away trees.

The utility company is donating trees to local and municipal governments, schools and organizations with an environmental focus through its new Community Roots program.

On Sept. 13 representatives from the company along with staff members of the Wildlands Conservancy planted trees at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus, one of the Wildlands Conservancy sites, to open the program.


Thursday, October 12, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Borough of Emmaus petition for appeal denied

The Borough of Emmaus firefighters are employees of the borough.

In a decision dated Sept. 26, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Middle District denied an appeal brought by the Borough of Emmaus, effectively supporting a final order issued by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board dated Sept. 16, 2014.

In a final order issued by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board the decision reads as follows:


Thursday, September 14, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, tours animal shelter in support of Libre’s Law

In June, Pennsylvania became safer for animals, especially pets, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed Libre’s Law.

On Aug. 30, Lois Gadek, Ph.D., president of the board of trustees of Animals in Distress, a no-kill shelter in Upper Saucon Township, gave State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st and Kristen Tullo, Humane Society of the United States - Pennsylvania state director, a tour of the shelter to illustrate the constituents whom the law protects – animals, including pets and future pets.

The sun, the moon and a solar eclipse

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Mark Twain fans may recall how a total eclipse helps protagonist Hank Morgan escape death and impress royalty and the magician Merlin when Morgan time travels to sixth century England after a blow to the head in Twain’s novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King’s Arthur’s Court.”

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse, visible to the continental United States, inspired scientists, baffled wildlife and dazzled star gazers with its celestial show.

‘Where coyotes howl and the wind blows free’ may be your backyard

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

The closest many of us have come to a coyote may be cartoon character Wile E. Coyote, best known for chasing Road Runner, his arch nemesis, through desert scenes of Warner Bros cartoons.

But that may soon change.

The eastern coyote has been spotted by many residents in Lehigh County, including sightings in Lower Macungie Township documented in a photograph accompanying this article and contributed by readers.

The sightings, which some may find and describe as unnerving or disturbing, are not out of the ordinary.