Morning Call reporter who tweets the news and sports of the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

Roundabouts on the rise in Pennsylvania. — It's a trend likely to evoke images of Chevy Chase clumsily driving his "European Vacation" family around a seemingly endless London roundabout for hours. Those intimidating traffic-light-free circular intersections will multiply across Pennsylvania if transportation officials have their way, so much so that you could find one on your regular route in the not-too-distant future.

Lehigh commissioners want to wrest control of contract talks — Lehigh County commissioners, wanting more control over contract talks with the county's various bargaining units, plan to repeal a three-decade-old ordinance that gives the county executive much of the oversight of negotiations. Seven of nine commissioners have sponsored a bill repealing a 1984 ordinance that made the executive or his designee the commissioners' designated agent for negotiations.

Emmaus man admits to animal cruelty, hit with $9,000 in costs and fines — An Emmaus man who kept six dead snakes and dozens of live exotic birds in a home previously condemned by the borough has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges stemming from a September 2014 raid by the Pennsylvania Society of for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Lehigh Valley could get walloped by more than a foot of snow — Forecasters are predicting a potentially historic nor'easter could dump as much as 16 inches of snow on the Lehigh Valley, an amount that would nearly match the total that has fallen to date this winter. A significant snowfall is a certainty, but the storm's proximity to the coast will determine just how much.

Man injured in Schuylkill County crash — A 47-year-old Tamaqua man was injured in a one-car crash in Rush Township, Schuylkill County, early Sunday morning. Investigators say Thomas Nunemacher was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale for treatment. Police did not have any information on the extent of his injuries.

Two hurt in Airport Road collision in Hanover — Two people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash on Airport Road in Hanover Township Friday evening, state police at Bethlehem said. Shirley A. Peddigree, 42, and Daniel Peterson, 68, both of Northampton and both passengers in one of the vehicles, were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest for evaluation frollowing the crash, which happened shortly after 6 p.m., police said.

Allentown woman charged with selling heroin — A 31-year-old Allentown woman has been charged with selling heroin out of her North Front Street apartment. Investigators say they seized bags of suspected heroin, a digital scale, $400 cash and other paraphernalia when they served a search warrant at Sara M. Santiago's home at 202 N. Front St. Friday afternoon.

Two charged with dealing drugs in Slatington — Two people have been charged with selling heroin out of their Slatington apartment to support their own drug habits, according to the Lehigh County Drug Task Force. Charged with multiple drug crimes Friday were Tayler Ann Rhoades, 20, and Jonathan M. Schick, 26, who live at an apartment at 121 East Hillcrest Lane, according to court papers.

Police: Allentown men threatened to 'chop' woman to pieces — A 47-year-old Allentown man threatened to "chop" a woman "to pieces" while holding a knife to her inside a bathroom in a Vine Street apartment early Saturday morning, police said. Investigators say Jose Manuel Morales-Pagan locked himself and Anadyr Perez in a bathroom at about 1:30 a.m., threatening to kill Perez and burn the apartment down.

Police: Man punches officer at police headquarters — An Allentown police officer was injured when he was punched in the face by an allegedly drunk man who was taken into custody early Saturday morning.. After officers took David D. Owens, 44, to police headquarters at around 1 a.m., he was being placed in a holding cell when he began charging and swinging at officers, according to court papers.
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Feb 01, 2015

RT @EricStangel: BREAKING: Roger Goodell fines Roger Goodell for refusing to speak with Bob Costas for #SuperBowl pregane

Feb 01, 2015

@Seth_Everett So much for, "I'm available to the media almost every day...."

Feb 01, 2015

@UDPolice Are toilet taters considered some kind of delicacy?

Feb 01, 2015

RT @matthewassad21: Fire damages Lower Macungie home; neighbor rescues dogs

Feb 01, 2015

More roundabouts could be coming to PA roadways @meal

Feb 01, 2015

RT @UDPolice: Male summons apt maintenance by pulling fire alarm when they wouldn't respond to requests to unclog his toilet that was loaded with potatoes

Jan 31, 2015

Like Roundabouts? You could be driving through more on PA roadways. @mcall

Jan 30, 2015

RT @sesack: In video to media, PA Treasurer Rob McCord apologizes for trying to extort campaign contributors. Here's video:…

Jan 30, 2015

L.V. school district bars unvaccinated students over chickenpox outbreak

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