District Attorney Jim Martin and Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, announced April 5 a Lower Macungie man has been charged in relation to the 2016 homicide of Stephanie Roof, 46, of 6409 Pinecrest Lane, Lower Macungie Township.
Josef Charles Raszler, 35, of 6412 Pinecrest Lane, Lower Macungie Township, has been charged with criminal homicide. Raszler will be arraigned through Central Booking and committed to Lehigh County Jail. There is no bail on this charge.
I have proudly served the borough as a councilperson for the past 18 years. In January 2010, I had the honor of being elected the first female council president in the history of the borough, a position I held for six years. I also served as vice president. During my tenure on council, I have developed an excellent working relationship with the mayor, borough manager, police chief and all department heads. As council president, I have assumed the duties of the mayor when he was unavailable.
Nathan Brown filed his nominating petitions, submitting nearly 300 signatures, triple the amount required to appear on the ballot.
Brown is a candidate for Lehigh County Commissioner District 5, which is comprised of the boroughs of Macungie, Emmaus and Coopersburg, the townships of Upper Milford, Lower Milford, Upper Saucon, and Salisbury and Allentown’s 12th and 13th ward.
“I’ve really enjoyed meeting so many new friends and neighbors these past three weeks,” Brown said. “They are the backbone of the community and I appreciate the trust they put in me to represent them.”
The Emmaus Police Department said at 9:20 a.m. Feb. 15, a male entered the KeyBank, 731 Chestnut St. and demanded money while displaying a handgun. The male left with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a vehicle which was spotted by Emmaus Police on Lehigh Street near 33rd Street, SW.
When police attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled north on Lehigh Street then onto Interstate 78 eastbound and Route 309 southbound.
The pursuit ended in Upper Saucon Township after a State Police Trooper used an intervention technique with his State Police vehicle.
Over 400 students from Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, Colonial Academy, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Monroe Career and Technical Institute and Upper Bucks County Technical School competed in 54 hands-on skill and leadership competitions at the Agri-Plex in Allentown Feb. 1.
An awards program was held Feb. 1 at Parkland High School to present medals to the winners. The gold medal winners will represent District 11 at the state competition in Hershey in April.
Ron W. Beitler, 38, a small business owner, life-long resident of Lower Macungie Township and an advocate for farmland preservation, has announced his intention to run for re-election for Lower Macungie Township Commissioner.
“I ran for commissioner four years ago to pursue a better and more balanced way for Lower Macungie to grow and move forward. Over the last few years, we’ve made great strides. I am seeking re-election based on those results and my record of accomplishments.”
District Attorney Jim Martin announced Feb. 7 a teacher at Emmaus High School has been charged in relation to her inappropriate sexual contact with a student.
Heather Montero, 36, of 4298 South Dr., Allentown, has been charged with one count each of Unlawful Contact with Minors and Corruption of Minors, both felonies of the third degree.
The case was investigated by Trooper Steven Furlong of the Pennsylvania State Police and Lehigh County’s Eighth Investigating Grand Jury.
Emmaus Police Department’s K-9 Ronny has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
K-9 Ronny’s vest is sponsored by The Landis Family Foundation and embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted with gratitude - The Landis Family Foundation.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.
Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards Jan. 10 announced 51 projects to improve transportation alternatives are in line for $33 million in federal funds.
Boroughs and townships in Lehigh County who will receive funds include:
• Macungie Borough - $542,288 for traffic calming and safety improvements to Macungie’s downtown gateway - encompassing one block of pedestrian lighting, trees and pavers (both sides) and one median island centered on Route 100.
State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-135th, is joining the Second Harvest Food Bank to launch a Lehigh Valley diaper drive to help area families afford disposable diapers.
“Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments,” Samuelson said. “I’m excited to work with the food bank to improve access to a reliable supply of diapers, which is a necessity for the health and well-being of families young and old.”