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Twp. police respond to assault

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

Whitehall Township police responded to a report of assault April 3 at 980 Fairmont Ave.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Magistrate Robert Halal’s office, police received a call 11:45 p.m. of a man in the south parking lot at 980 Fairmont Ave. causing a disturbance. When police arrived, they found Jean Pierre D’ Meza Nunez, 22, with blood on both hands.

N.Y. man charged with rape of young girl in Hanover Twp.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

A 33-year-old man has been accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in hotels in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

According to a Pennsylvania State Police report, Sandro Gustavo Zhinin, of Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., has been charged with five felony offenses: the rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contract with a minor, corruption of minors and criminal use of a communication facility.

The report said Zhinin and the minor met through the Internet. Zhinin then traveled from New York to Pennsylvania to meet the girl.

Police take woman with handgun into custody

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

A report of an intoxicated woman brandishing a handgun brought Whitehall Township police March 4 to the 300 block of Calvert Street.

According to a press release, police officers were called to the scene 10:43 a.m.

The release said the woman, who remains unidentified, walked away from a residence in that area. Officers spotted the her at the intersection of Fairmont and Fullerton avenues.

At that time, they noticed the woman was in a possession of a handgun.

The officers then formed a perimeter and properly contained her, the release said.

Mako plans strategies for first term

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Pennsylvania State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, has been serving the constituents of Northampton and Lehigh counties for nearly two months.

Mako, who was sworn in Jan. 3, said he initially decided to run for the open legislative seat due to the current condition of state, national and international politics.

“I was concerned and wanted to give back,” Mako told The Press.

Intruder enters Catty charter school

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Catasauqua Borough Police were called to the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, 330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, early Tuesday morning in response to a report of a man, brandishing a screwdriver, who entered the facility without authorization.

According to a borough police news release, the incident occurred around 8 a.m.

Police say before entering the building, Rafael J. Maldonado, 37, of 212 Second St., Catasauqua, ran up the street to the entrance of the school gym. Although school security restrained him, Maldonado eventually broke free and entered the gym.

Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka dies just 12 days after dismissal of case

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Lehigh Co. judge declared former pro wrestler incompetent to stand trial for 1983 murder

Various local and national media outlets have reported former professional wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka died Sunday in Florida. He was 73.

Snuka was reportedly battling both stomach cancer and dementia.

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly Banach Jan. 3 dismissed a case against Snuka, declaring him incompetent to stand trial in the May 1983 death of his then-23-year-old girlfriend Nancy Argentino, of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a Whitehall Township motel.

Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka dies just 12 days after dismissal of case

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Lehigh Co. judge declared former pro wrestler incompetent to stand trial for 1983 murder

Various local and national media outlets have reported former professional wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka died Sunday in Florida. He was 73.

Snuka was reportedly battling both stomach cancer and dementia.

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly Banach Jan. 3 dismissed a case against Snuka, declaring him incompetent to stand trial in the May 1983 death of his then-23-year-old girlfriend Nancy Argentino, of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a Whitehall Township motel.

Intruder enters Catty charter school

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Catasauqua Borough Police were called to the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, 330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, early Tuesday morning in response to a report of a man, brandishing a screwdriver, who entered the facility without authorization.

According to a borough police news release, the incident occurred around 8 a.m.

Police say before entering the building, Rafael J. Maldonado, 37, of 212 Second St., Catasauqua, ran up the street to the entrance of the school gym. Although school security restrained him, Maldonado eventually broke free and entered the gym.

Harhart retires from state House of Representatives

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Longtime legislator first ran for office 20 years ago ‘to make a difference’

After 22 years of serving in the Pennsylvania State House and constituents in Lehigh and Northampton counties, state Rep. Julie Harhart, R-183rd, has decided it’s time to retire.

Harhart, who officially retired yesterday, Nov. 30, recently told The Press her first exposure to local politics involved seeking an appointment to serve as North Catasauqua Borough tax collector.

After serving nine years as a tax collector, Harhart then participated in an election campaign and later served as a legislative assistant for a state representative.

Campers give to ‘community zoo’

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

East Allen group presents check for giraffe project

East Allen Township’s summer camp program recently presented a check to the Lehigh Valley Zoo for its giraffe project.

The $1,019.59 check was presented to the zoo at the board of supervisors’ Sept. 22 meeting.

“I’d like to thank all of the campers who participated in the campaign,” township Recreation Director Chuck Frantz said.

Doreen Carl, development manager for the zoo, provided the board with an update on the giraffe project.

According to Carl, construction on the giraffe exhibit is underway.

“We will have the giraffes here in April,” she said.