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

Lehigh commissioners shoot down Cedarbrook renovation proposal

mcall.com — Lehigh County commissioners have once again balked at an estimated $1.5 million administration-backed renovation project at Cedarbrook nursing home, calling instead for an in-depth study of the financially struggling facility's future and a clearer picture of its finances.

Emmaus Borough proposes slight property tax hike for 2015

mcall.com — Emmaus property owners will see a slight tax hike and a decrease in their trash bills under a proposed $13.9 million budget that council will put to a final vote on Dec. 15. Council, as part of its 2015 spending plan, has proposed increasing the overall tax rate by 1.6 percent to generate more revenue for fire department-related expenses.

Lehigh Valley artificial turf debate: Is it safe for children?

mcall.com — On weekday evenings and weekend afternoons each fall, hundreds of high school athletes can be seen kicking up dust, dragging opponents to the ground and otherwise rolling around on athletic fields across the Lehigh Valley.

Police: Husband, wife stole from Coopersburg fire company

mcall.com — A husband and wife are accused of stealing from the Coopersburg Fire Company where they previously served as members in 2011, court records say. Edward F. Daniel, 37, and Sonya S. Daniel, 32, whose address is listed as 321 N.

Longtime Lehigh Valley educator tapped as Salisbury's new superintendent

mcall.com — A lifelong Lehigh Valley resident and longtime local educator has been tapped as Salisbury Township School District's next top administrator. Randy M. Ziegenfuss, in his ninth year at Salisbury, has been appointed to replace outgoing Superintendent Michael Roth, who announced earlier this year that he is leaving the district Jan.

Longtime federal judge Arnold Rapoport dies

mcall.com — Longtime U.S. Magistrate Arnold C. Rapoport died Saturday, according to Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown. An Allentown native, attorney and former solicitor for Lehigh County, Rapoport received his appointment as a part-time magistrate in May 1975. He continued to handle dual roles of judge and private attorney until 1992, when the Edward N.

Bethlehem man dies in Whitehall crash

mcall.com — A 49-year-old Bethlehem man was killed following a vehicle collision in Whitehall Township early Sunday morning, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. Luis R. Navarro-Natal of 330 Monroe St., was pronounced dead at 2:55 a.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest shortly after the crash, which occurred at 2:10 a.m.

Bethlehem man dies in Whitehall crash

mcall.com — A 49-year-old Bethlehem man was killed following a vehicle collision in Whitehall Township early Sunday morning, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. Luis R. Navarro-Natal of 330 Monroe St., was pronounced dead at 2:55 a.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest shortly after the crash, which occurred at 2:10 a.m.

Bushkill traffic stop leads to gun charges

mcall.com — Two people are facing gun charges following a traffic stop along Route 33 in Bushkill Township Saturday night, state police at Belfast said. Michael L. Kratz, 31, and Robin M. Bernhardt, 22, both of Pen Argyl, had guns without a license to carry them, police said.

Water service returned for some Cedarbrook residents

mcall.com — Roughly half the residents at Lehigh County-owned Cedarbrook nursing home are now allowed to use their water after the latest round of testing prompted by foul-smelling tap water. Rick Molchany, Lehigh County's general services director, said water service was restored Friday to residents in the Brookview apartments, Wings B and C after tests showed "no trace of anything in the water."
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Dec 17, 2014

Fund set up for children orphaned by Bradley Stone Montco murders fw.to/UQ3cFWj

Dec 17, 2014

RT @gweckselblatt: really thorough RT @JonathanTamari Seth Williams attack on PA AG Kathleen Kane just so devastating: philly.com/philly/news/po… via @AngelasInk

Dec 17, 2014

Why did Bradley Stone kill six? Motive will remain a mystery. fw.to/wOnRJ8B

Dec 16, 2014

Mass killer Bradley Stone shot, stabbed victims before stabbing himself in stomach fw.to/o6hAmzF

Dec 16, 2014

Coroner identifies three men killed in Northampton County crash fw.to/e5tBqsc

Dec 16, 2014

RT @MannyPantalones: Former Kutztown football player sentenced in beating of Bloomsburg student fw.to/4IAupgm

Dec 16, 2014

@jordanyeager @jptrident @LehighCourts Sorry, not really focused on that at this point since they apparently found Stone's body.

Dec 16, 2014

@jptrident @jordanyeager @LehighCourts Police say it does not appear Stone was involved in an attempted carjacking in Doylestown Township.

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