Two people have died in a reported murder-suicide Tuesday night in the Borough of Northampton.
According to Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek, Matthew Eberhardt, 45, shot his wife, Kristin Eberhardt, 42, then turned the gun on himself inside the couple’s home, in the 300 block of West 27th Street.
Police responded to a report of gunshots about 9:45 p.m. The coroner’s office was called.
Lysek said Matthew and Kristin Eberhardt died of gunshot wounds. Kristin Eberhardt’s death was ruled a homicide, Lysek said, while Matthew’s was ruled a suicide.
A Danielsville man was killed May 26 in a two-vehicle crash on Cherryville Road in Allen Township.
According to the Northampton County Coroner’s Office, Justin Gnas, 24, died at the scene from wounds sustained in the accident. The manner of death was ruled accidental.
The crash occurred just after 7 a.m. in the 4000 block of Cherryville Road.
Longtime Northampton Mayor Thomas D. Reenock will be challenged in the May 16 primary election by John “Jake” Yurish, who is also no stranger to public service in the borough. Both are Democrats. Voters will choose just one candidate.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why should residents vote for you?
Their responses follow.
Thomas D. Reenock
Last week’s Q&A with Rick Molchany, Lehigh County’s director of general services, who offered some insight into the upcoming closing of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, drew a huge response from readers.
Many took to social media, posting angry-faced emojis and comments of exasperation. Some sent emails, filled with examples of other projects done in a more timely manner.
Most asked that one more question be asked:
Why in the world was this new bridge going to take three years to complete?
According to Molchany, there are many reasons for this time projection.
Replacement of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge is expected to begin this month.
Work on the span, built in the 1930s, is part of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s $458 million project to upgrade the area’s transportation system.
The cost of the new bridge is estimated at $33.5 million. Eighty percent will come from federal funding. Fifteen percent will come from the state, while the remaining 5 percent will come from Lehigh County.
Motorists will need to take alternate routes while the bridge is closed — a three-year projection.
A Northampton man died Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle accident in the borough.
According to Northampton Borough Police Chief Ron Morey, a resident in the area of the 2300 block of Northampton Avenue called 911 to report hearing a crash at approximately 2:30 a.m.
Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek identified the man as Jennings Baumer, 41. He resided near the scene of the accident.
Republican incumbent Marcia Hahn will be challenged in the general election by Libertarian Daniel Richardson for the 138th Legislative District seat.
The 138th Legislative District includes, in Northampton County, the Townships of Bethlehem (wards 1, 3-division 4 and 4), Bushkill, East Allen, Hanover, Lower Nazareth, Moore (Eastern and Point Phillips districts) and Plainfield and the Boroughs of Bath, Chapman, Pen Argyl and Wind Gap.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why are you the best candidate for this office?
Their responses follow.
Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate a crash Monday afternoon on Cherryville Road, Allen Township, that claimed the life of one driver and seriously injured another.
According to the police report, Debra Jean Stettler, 60, of Whitehall, died at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest about an hour after the 12:12 p.m. accident.
Brianna Patricia Butto, 18, of Walnutport, sustained serious injuries. At press time, she remained at Lehigh Valley Hospital.