Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced Derbe Eckhart, of Heidelberg Township, has been charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals.
Eckhart, 49, of 6587 Central Road, was charged with 58 counts of cruelty to animals, six of which are graded as misdemeanors of the third degree and 52 as summary offenses.
The six counts are charged as misdemeanors as a result of factors which include Eckhart’s prior convictions of cruelty to animals.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN AND DEBBIE GALBRAITH DGALBRAITH@TNONLINE.COM in Local News
Nearly one month after a woman was reported missing from a home for senior citizens in Salisbury Township, the search is over.
Audrey Penn, 78, was pronounced dead 3:44 p.m. Sept. 17 by Deputy Coroner Jack Fliter after her body was found in a drainage ditch in the area of Hamilton Boulevard and Kressler Road, Lower Macungie Township.
Initially identified as Jane Doe by Fliter, she was positively identified as Penn in a news release to the media 9 p.m. Sept. 18 following testing earlier in the day.
An autopsy was performed Sept. 19 to determine the cause of death.
Salisbury Township School District Board President Frank Frankenfield opened the Sept. 13 meeting with a moment of silence to recognize the passing of State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd, Sept. 8. Frankenfield noted the support McNeill showed to the district which was very much appreciated.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss provided an update on the opening of school, current and upcoming events in the district.
Administrators planto schedule meetings with state and federal policymakers and to create a student social media advisory council.
A 144-unit apartment complex of six four-story buildings is proposed for the 18-acre site of the former South Mountain Grove on the northern face of South Mountain, 400 E. Mountain Road, off East Emmaus Avenue and South Fourth Street, in Salisbury Township.
A sketch plan for the development, proposed by Joseph J. ElChaar, president and CEO, ElChaar Group, Inc., was presented to the Salisbury Township Planning Commission Sept. 12.
Installation of new water meters at some residences in Salisbury Township was to have begun Sept. 18.
Salisbury Township Director of Public Works John Andreas said about 1,200 letters of meter installation notification have been sent to residents.
InLine Services, inc., Flemington, N.J., is handling appointments and doing the work for the estimated three-month project.
Andreas also reported the water main replacement project in the Meadowbrook section of the township is continuing.
Homer Royer, senior pastor at the historic Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, along Devonshire Road, in the western portion of Salisbury Township, preached his last sermon and said goodbye to his congregation Aug. 13.
Titling his message “Benediction,” Royer spoke of where he’s been on his life’s journey and where he is headed.
By Aug. 15, he and his wife, Susan, were winging their way to western Germany where their youngest daughter is married to a German national who is studying to be a preacher.
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress (PA-15) Sept. 8.
“With the support of my community, family and friends, I am running for Congress to be our voice in Washington.
“Our nation works best when Americans are in the driver’s seat. Our government has grown so big, unwieldy and directionless that it is holding us back from achieving the prosperity we all know is within our reach.
“As our congressman, I will focus on commonsense solutions that put our priorities first.