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

Lehigh County investigating water odor at Cedarbrook nursing home — Cedarbrook nursing home in South Whitehall has temporarily halted the use of tap water at the facility after a staff employee reported a foul odor coming from a hot water faucet Sunday.

PA issues radon alert in Center Valley — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Nov 25, 2014

RT @mcall: Allentown woman admits that she stabbed her grandfather after he touched himself while watching her girlfriend.…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @kracze: Anything special bout playing on Thanksgiving, Chip? "It’s not like we’re going to have a cornucopia and a turkey on the sideline." #Eagles

Nov 23, 2014

RT @Coughlinreports: Police and a deputy coroner are at the scene of a reported motorcycle crash on Rockhill Road in East Rockhill #buckscounty

Nov 23, 2014

RT @DVNJr: The @washingtonpost assigned 13 reporters to Bill Cosby's secret history. The result is a detailed, devastating read:

Nov 21, 2014

Bethlehem Township homes evacuated after PPL truck falls into sinkhole over gas line; water main break blamed

Nov 21, 2014

Upper Macungie Township supervisor Samir Ashmar dies

Nov 21, 2014

Center Valley homes found with high concentration of deadly radon gas

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.

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