Tom Capehart, a partner in a prominent Allentown law firm, announced his candidacy for Judge of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas. A respected attorney who has practiced law for almost 30 years, Capehart would bring to the bench extensive experience and a broad breadth of legal knowledge to serve Lehigh County.
Capehart, a registered Republican, said he is running as a further extension of his long time commitment to community service.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Jan. 4 that a Coopersburg man has been charged in a bank robbery committed Dec. 19, 2018.
Richard Simmers, 54, of the 100 block of East Station Avenue, has been charged with one count of robbery, a felony of the first degree, according to a media release from the district attorney’s office.
Simmers was taken into custody at his residence without incident and was arraigned through central booking.
The Recreation Advisory Committee met Nov. 19, 2018 in the municipal building.
Committee members in attendance included Frank McCullough, Mark Wilson, Patrick Jacoby and Kim Ringhoffer as well as Recreation Director Genny Baillie.
McCullough discussed the ongoing construction at Lindberg Park. He also noted his concern about a tree at Louise Lane Park that is on the verge of falling over and very dangerous.
In December 2018, Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart, was officially appointed to serve on the executive board of the Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials.
PSAECO is a critical statewide organization helping to shape the legislative agenda in Harrisburg as it pertains to counties throughout the commonwealth.
State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, took the oath of office Jan. 1 to begin her first full term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where she will continue to represent the 133rd Legislative District.
“I am excited to get back to Harrisburg and continue representing the great communities that make up the 133rd Legislative District,” McNeill said. “My team and I are dedicated to helping constituents access state programs and advocating for legislation that benefits families living both in Lehigh County and across the state.”
Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved four major grants for Lehigh County.
These grants, totaling $469,900, will provide additional resources to countywide efforts to improve quality of life and enhance outdoor recreational experiences.
Salisbury Township Police Department Chief Allen W. Stiles has provided tips to prevent package theft as we enter the biggest shopping season of the year.
“Unfortunately, this is also prime season for package thieves,” Stiles said.
“As you are making online purchases over the next few weeks, follow these tips to avoid becoming the victim of package theft,” Stiles said.
•Sign up for delivery alerts so you know when your delivery is scheduled and when the package has been delivered.
Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, announced recently that $250,000 in school safety and security grants were awarded to school districts in the 18th District through the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Lehigh County residents disposed of 500.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 16th National Take Back Day Oct. 27. The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 12,943.5 pounds.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Nov. 2 two persons have been charged with animal cruelty and neglect.
Melanie Rehrig, 33 and Jason Wieder, 39, both of the 900 block of Hillcrest Drive South, Macungie, are both charged with five counts of alleged aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony of the third degree; six counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor of the second degree; six counts of neglect of animals, a misdemeanor of the third degree and 86 counts of neglect of animals, a summary offense, according to a media release from the district attorney’s office.