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County council OKs 2019 budget with no tax hike

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County Council has unanimously approved Executive Lamont McClure’s $455 million spending plan for next year. It holds the line on taxes, keeping the tax rate at 11.8 mills. There has been no increase in county taxes since 2015, when a half-mill tax hike was approved by a previous council under former Executive John Brown.

Lawsuit filed against NASD, IU-20

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Court documents claim aide had back turned during alleged 2017 assault

Northampton Area School District and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 face a federal lawsuit based on the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old female student with special needs.

The complaint, filed Sept. 11 by Philadelphia Attorney Michael D. Shaffer, is based on incidents that allegedly occurred in December of 2017.

The student is identified in the complaint only by her initials. She and her parents, also identified only by their initials, are seeking more than $150,000 in damages.

County adds first-ever K-9 to corrections staff

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Dog’s skills are expected to reduce man-hours, cost of drug testing

How much is that doggie in the window? If you’re Northampton County, the answer is nothing.

Thanks to a generous and anonymous donation, the county is acquiring a drug-sniffing Belgian Malinois to add to its corrections staff. The donation will cover both the purchase and training. It will be the first K-9 ever used in the county.

Nothstein cleared of alleged misconduct

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein announced during an Aug. 24 news conference that he has been cleared of undefined sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the year 2000. He said he has been exonerated by SafeSport, an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sports.

SafeSport generally only reports on its investigations when disciplinary action has been taken.

Nothstein denies sexual misconduct allegations

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Campaign manager says daily newspaper rejected evidence clearing his name

It’s that bittersweet time of year when many parents see their college-bound children leave home for the first time. That includes Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein and his wife, Christi. Their daughter left for Penn State Aug. 17.

Before that happened, the family awoke to a Morning Call story placing Nothstein at the center of a supposed sexual misconduct investigation.

“It was a tough day to send my daughter to school,” Nothstein would say later that day as he took his case to the public.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey makes visit to Gracedale Nursing Home

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Nazareth’s Gracedale Nursing Home, often referred to as the jewel of Northampton County, is home to about 670 senior citizens. They had a special visitor July 20, when U.S. Sen. Bob Casey stopped by to meet with them and speak with workers. One of them gave him a box filled with tiny Moravian stars, and another provided a Nazareth baseball cap. Casey made sure he greeted every resident he could and then spoke to the staff from a pavilion on the campus.

He described a strong America in which people help each other.

Police seeking assault victims

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Police Log

A physical therapist employed by St. Luke’s Visiting Nurse Association was charged June 6 with sexually assaulting a 97-year-old Hanover Township man.

Arnee Rubi, 42, of McNair Circle in Northampton, was charged last week with two counts of indecent assault after having been caught in the act by the victim’s granddaughter during a home visit May 21.

Rubi had previously visited the victim on at least three occasions for home treatment of a hip injury, according to the report.

Race is on: Voters will pick executive, council

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

The following candidates are running for office in Northampton County. The Press asked all of the candidates the following question: What is the most important issue in this election?

Two candidates are running for county executive in the Nov. 7 municipal election. This role has a four-year term of office and serves as the chief executive officer and administrative official who executes and enforces all county ordinances and presents the financial plan and budget to county council. Their responses to our question follow.


Bushkill Twp. man charged in Cherryville homicide

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Investigators believe financial dispute between family members led to shooting

John Michael Hann, 61, of Bushkill Township, was taken into custody Oct. 5 on charges of homicide and attempted homicide filed in connection with a shooting Oct. 4 in Lehigh Township.

Hann is accused of shooting and killing his cousin, Joseph F. Mullner, 64.

Mullner’s wife, Melinda, who called police 6:26 p.m. Oct. 4 to report what happened, was also shot.

She is currently hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Lehigh Township police found her husband’s body in the driveway of their Longacre Drive home.

Legislator says he will continue to be voice for ‘sensible center’

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sept. 10, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted what was supposed to be a “formal announcement” concerning his intentions next year. But news of his retirement leaked out Sept. 7. Dent revealed his intentions to a few of his congressional colleagues, and they spilled the beans.

“They’re wonderful friends, but they have big mouths,” Dent joked Sunday at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Allentown.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody in this room,” said Dent, who apologized for interrupting one of the biggest sports weekends of the year.