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

PA issues radon alert in Center Valley

mcall.com — The state Department of Environmental Protection is urging residents in the Center Valley area to have radon tests done in their homes after recent testing revealed "record high" levels. The environmental agency says that several homes had radon levels of over 1,000 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).

Lower Macungie's $3.3 million turf plan moves forward

mcall.com — Lower Macungie commissioners have decided to keep a controversial $3.3 million Quarry Park artificial turf project in their 2015 spending plan despite calls from two board members and others from the public to eliminate it.

Sides square off in Costco tax financing dispute

mcall.com — The battle over a controversial tax financing plan that helped land the Lehigh Valley its first Costco waged on Thursday in Lehigh County Court with one attorney reiterating his claim that the tax benefits were unfair and unneeded, and another lawyer calling for an end to a court case he says has no merit.

Commissioner defends involvement in controversial park vote

mcall.com — Amid the debate over a Lower Macungie park improvement proposal that could carry a price tag of up to $3.3 million, perhaps no one has been more vocal in support of the project than commissioner Brian Higgins. The longtime youth sports volunteer, who heads up a football and cheerleading organization, doesn't hide from the fact that he has championed the plan.

Police: Woman at Upper Macungie trailer park had meth

mcall.com — A 48-year-old woman accused of trespassing at an Upper Macungie mobile home park had 11 grams of methamphetamine with her when police came to escort her off the property, court records say.

Police: Palmerton man leads officers on high-speed chase

mcall.com — A Carbon County man led police on a high-speed vehicle chase in Towamensing Township Sunday night before he crashed his vehicle and was arrested for several crimes, state police at Lehighton said. Jason A. Hersh, 40, of Palmerton, was charged with drunken driving, fleeing from police, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person and various summary offenses, police said.

Teens hurt in Poconos dirt bike accident

mcall.com — Two teenagers were hurt when the dirt bikes they were riding collided in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Saturday afternoon, state police at Swiftwater said. Aldin Dizdarevic, 16, of East Stroudsburg, was flown by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest for treatment following the crash, which happened at about 3:30 p.m.

Lower Macungie commissioner: Let's decide on land preservation

mcall.com — Lower Macungie Commissioner Ron Beitler told his board Thursday night that it's time decide whether it wants to invest in future land preservation in a municipality where intense housing growth has made it the third-most populated in the Lehigh Valley. "Either we need to fund a program or not," Beitler said.

Cartwright wins second term

mcall.com — Congressman Matt Cartwright was well on his way Tuesday night to winning a second term over Republican Dr. David "Doc" Moylan for the 17 t h Congressional District, which meanders from the banks of the Delaware River to the Anthracite Region.

Northampton County man accused of illegally dumping piles of construction debris

mcall.com — A Northampton County man, who is accused of illegally dumped demolition and construction debris in three counties earlier this year, has been ordered to remove the materials and stop transporting trash, the state Department of Environmental Protection said.
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Nov 21, 2014

Bethlehem Township homes evacuated after PPL truck falls into sinkhole over gas line; water main break blamed fw.to/23IcHSZ

Nov 21, 2014

Upper Macungie Township supervisor Samir Ashmar dies fw.to/QY8rjRl

Nov 21, 2014

Center Valley homes found with high concentration of deadly radon gas fw.to/oYIAJ6L

Nov 21, 2014

RT @FOS_Mackaravitz: Sam is off the charts at school. reading and doing math on a 3rd grader entry level. Imagine where he will be at the end of 2nd grade.

Nov 20, 2014

Lower Macungie commissioners will put the budget to a final vote on Dec. 18.

Nov 20, 2014

Lower Mac commissioners effectively voted 3-2 to keep the $3.3 million turf project in the budget. Beitler and Brown cast dissenting votes.

Nov 20, 2014

Lower Macungie commissioners will include controversial $3.3 million artificial turf project in its 2015 budget. @mcall

Nov 20, 2014

Lower Macungie Garden Club wins award from Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for its butterfly garden on the municipal campus.

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