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Allen board OKs two warehouses

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Road, stormwater improvements are part of township’s list of conditions

Allen Township Board of Supervisors gave its stamp of approval Nov. 28 to allow the construction of two warehouses that will be built next to the FedEx Ground hub on 80 acres near Willowbrook Road.

According to Johanna Chervak, real estate development director for Rockefeller Group, improvements being sought include left turn lanes onto Race Street, Airport Road and the Race Street intersection as well as stormwater improvements.

Lot No. 5 was unanimously approved by the board.

Whitehall police investigate multiple stabbings on Alta Dr.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police officers responded to a report of a fight Sept. 25.

According to a news release from Police Chief Michael Marks, officers were dispatched approximately 6 p.m. to the rear of 22 Alta Drive in response to a fight in progress.

Police said four individuals sustained slash and stab wounds. Officers provided emergency medical care to help control the bleeding.

Two individuals were transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are reported to not be life threatening, Marks said.

Range Road to close Sept. 7 for accident reconstruction

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police will close Range Road between Eberhart Road and the rear entrance to Whitehall Commons (Walmart) at 7 a.m. Sept. 7 so officers can follow up with accident reconstruction for the fatal vehicle crash that occurred Sept. 1. The closure is expected to last less than three hours.

Township officers will be assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police, who will be bringing a laser mapping system to speed the process.

Guest view

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Opinion

The final bell rings

Although the radiation doctor said the side effects would ramp up as treatments progressed, I raised my head and shoulders and pushed forward to the finish line.

My final radiation treatment was Aug. 15 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. After six weeks of receiving treatments, Monday through Friday, I can officially say I am finished with this stage of cancer treatment.

My final day consisted of a tradition shared by all who complete their course of cancer treatment: I rang a bell signifying the end of radiation.

Township man is arrested on child pornography charges

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

A Whitehall Township man has been charged with possession of child pornography and dissemination of photographs, both of which are felonies.

According to a criminal complaint, Fathallah Smaki, of Crest Drive, Fullerton, a former security guard at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 1627 Chew St., Allentown, showed another employee a movie containing child pornography while at work Dec. 24, 2015.

The employee told Allentown Police Sgt. Thomas Anderson the video, which contained images of sexual acts between an adult African-American woman and an African-American boy.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Columns

Unknowns of radiation made easier by local therapy dog

I wasn’t sure what to think or ultimately expect, despite the radiation oncologist doctor and other medical professionals explaining the process to me.

My first radiation appointment two weeks ago at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest consisted of meeting with the doctor and going over the goals of treatment and its side effects.

DA rules police shooting of Coplay man is justified

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin ruled July 7 the shooting of a man May 21 by four Allentown City Police Department Officers was “entirely justified.”

The officer-involved shooting of Joseph M. Hodgin, of Coplay, North Whitehall, occurred near North 19th and Green streets, Allentown, resulting in Hodgin’s death.

According to a July 7 report released by Martin, the officers’ use of deadly force was justified on the basis of a reasonable belief Hodgin posed an imminent risk to the officers and others.

NAMS holds science fair

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Last year’s North- ampton Area Middle School science fair was such a success, the school decided to hold the fair again this year.

The fair, held March 25 in the school cafeteria, included a total of 34 student entries, which included both individual and group projects. A total of 51 students participated in this year’s fair, compared to 27 last year.

NAMS science teacher and fair committee member Scott Oste told The Press the fair is not a curriculum-required event. Rather, the decision to participate in the fair rests entirely with the student.

Whitehall Township police apprehend wanted man

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police on April 13 responded to a report of a wanted man in the 1200 block of North Lehigh Avenue.

According to a news release provided by township Chief of Police Michael J. Marks, police received a call around noon regarding the unwanted man. Upon arrival, police determined Angel Leon Jr. was inside a residence on North Lehigh Avenue, the release said.

The release also said Leon was taken into custody 4 p.m. without incident and was transported to Lehigh County Central Booking.

Leon is wanted on multiple warrants in Berks County, the release noted.