A local politician will soon trade in his office suit for combat boots.
State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, announced recently he will deploy to the Middle East this fall to help fight terrorism and secure international peace.
“I’m going to pick up the call to duty,” said Mako, 30, of Lehigh Township.
A Northampton woman and a former junior firefighter already charged with setting multiple barn fires in the area have now been charged with causing several vehicle fires.
Samantha Keeney, 24, and Justin Emmons, 19, both of Northampton, waived their preliminary hearings May 22 on charges related to two fires in Lehigh Township and one in Allen Township.
Both face three counts each of arson; causing a catastrophe; reckless burning; criminal mischief; and criminal trespass for those incidents.
A Northampton woman and a former junior firefighter have been charged with setting multiple barn fires in the area.
Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, said Samantha Keeney, 24, of Northampton, was charged April 4 in connection with the barn fires at 3646 Cedar Drive and 786 Fir Drive in Lehigh Township and 4413 Cherryville Road, Allen Township.
Keeney has been charged with causing or risking catastrophe; arson and related offenses; agricultural vandalism; criminal mischief; criminal trespass; and recklessly endangering another person.
Recent fires in the Lehigh Valley — including one in the early-morning of March 29 — are under investigation by a state fire marshal.
That fire, a fully involved barn blaze at 4413 Cherryville Road, Allen Township, came on the heels of several other barn fires, including two in Lehigh Township.
In Lehigh Township, a barn fire broke out March 15 along Cedar Drive. The second was March 23 along Fir Drive.
Possible remains were recovered last week from the debris left over from a house fire in Lehigh Township, where a man and his 10-year-old son were killed Jan. 21.
Township Police Chief Scott Fogel said all that was confirmed is there were “possible remains recovered from the debris that we are going through and the (Northampton County) coroner’s office will be examining further.
“We cannot confirm the type of remains at this time,” Fogel said. “The recovery team is searching the remaining debris.”
A mansion-style home in Lehigh Township was damaged by a fire Feb. 6.
Township Fire Chief Richard Hildebrand said the fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. at the 311 Mulberry Drive home.
When firefighters arrived, Hildebrand said they encountered a fire inside the home that was through the roof and in the walls and the attic of the fireplace area.
He said the homeowners were home at the time, and there were no known injuries at this time.
One person has died, and another remains unaccounted for, after a house fire Jan. 21 in Lehigh Township.
Township police Chief Scott Fogel said township police and fire departments were dispatched 12:47 a.m. to a reported explosion and fire that occurred at 1132 Blue Mountain Drive, Danielsville.
The residents of that home have been identified as Bruce “Buddy” Miller Jr., 36, and his 10-year-old son, Bruce Allan Miller, Fogel said.
Equipment and personnel have been at the scene, searching the building remains.
A Northampton County man has been identified as the victim in a fatal crash Nov. 2 in Lehigh Township.
Richard Bowman, 76, of Pen Argyl, was killed in a collision just after 5 a.m. on Route 248 at the Route 873 intersection.
Lehigh Township Police Department said a Kenworth tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on Route 248 when a gray Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Bowman, attempted to turn onto Route 873 from Route 248 westbound. The caravan drove into the path of the truck.
Bowman was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Bushkill Township man suspected of a double shooting in Lehigh Township Wednesday night is in custody.
According to a source at the scene and scanner reports, John Hann, 61, of Cherry Court, was found by officers on Clearfield Road in Bethlehem around 8 a.m.
One of his victims had allegedly identified him to police, and they had watched his home overnight.
Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township and state police were at the scene.
When found, Hann allegedly had his sister, a woman with special needs, with him while he had a handgun.