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Man in group breaking into cars in Bethlehem chucks gun, cops say

Police were called to the 700 and 800 blocks of Dellwood Street around 3:52 a.m. Aug. 15 after a report a group of men was trying car door handles.

A 19-year-old Palmerton man to…

Check out what Straub Auto looks like now (PHOTOS)

A gym has opened in the lower level of the West Broad Street former auto dealer.

Kyle Shannon started his fitness business in the basement of his brother’s West Bethlehem ho…

Lehigh Valley Olympian joins race to succeed Charlie Dent in Congress

“Washington is a mess,” says gold-medalist Marty Nothstein.

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An Olympic champion cyclist has joined the race to Washington, hoping a conservative message will win him Rep. Charlie Dent’s seat in Congress.

“Washington is a mess,” Marty Nothstein said in a news release Thursday announcing his candidacy on the Republican ticket, and in a video on his campaign website. “Too many people in Congress think ‘good enough’ will do. Well, ‘good enough’ is not good enough for me.”

Nothstein is a Lehigh Valley native and resident of the Orefield area in Lehigh County. In 1996, he won a silver medal for cycling in the Atlanta Olympic Games and won gold in Sydney, Australia, four years later.

He now serves as chairman of the county commissioners, and runs a small business and non-profit that promotes bicycling programs for youths.

Nothstein is at least the third candidate to announce a run for Dent’s seat representing Pennsylvania’s 15th District, which includes all of Lehigh, and parts of Northampton, Berks, Dauphin and Lebanon counties.

Dent, a Republican centrist, has represented the district since 2004 but announced last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

Pennsylvania state Reps. Justin Simmons and Ryan MacKenzie have already announced their intentions to seek Dent’s seat.

The 2018 primary is May 15.

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Take a look inside Freedom High School’s time capsule (PHOTOS)

The school discovered a time capsule while preparing for the anniversary celebration.

Freedom High School Principal Michael LaPorta was deep in preparations for the 50th annivers…

Plato’s Closet’s older sister store coming to the Lehigh Valley

Style Encore will buy and sell women’s business and casual clothing and accessories. Plato’s Closet is the teen resale version of the stores.

Plato’s Closet‘s sister store geared toward women is coming to the Lehigh Valley.

Style Encore buys and sells women’s business and casual clothing and accessories, including shoes, jewelry and handbags.

Plato’s Closet, a teen and young adult resale store, has been in the Valley Plaza shopping center off Catasauqua Road, next to Yocco’s, since 2013.

Style Encore is moving in a few doors down from Plato’s Closet, to a vacant storefront between Massage Envy and Oreck.

The two franchise brands are part of the Winmark Corporation, which also owns Once Upon a Child, Play It Again Sports and Music Go Round.

Plato’s looks to buy brands including American Eagle, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch, while Style Encore will be interested in Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Cole Haan, Lululemon and Michael Kors.

The Allentown location is posting about its progression on its Facebook page here.

The store hopes to begin buying items in November, and open in either November or December.

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LANTA drivers: Not enough being done about bus assaults

Officials said they are working on some solutions, including possibly screens for drivers, but that

The recent attack on a LANTA bus driver that left the man seriously inju…

Drunk Sands patron kicks cop, threatens to kill ‘every officer,’ police say

The 30-year-old was with two others being asked to leave the casino after they’d “apparently had too much to drink.”

A 30-year-old woman asked to leave Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem became combative with Bethlehem police, kicking one officer and threatening to kill others, according to court records.

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Kara M. McCabe, no current address, was locked up on $100,000 bail in the Sunday evening incident.

Police responded about 6:25 p.m. to the casino on the city’s South Side for three people described as “highly intoxicated and refusing to leave,” records say.

McCabe was being held up by the others as Sands security were escorting them to the parking garage but “threw herself to the ground in the middle of the roadway,” according to police.

Asked for identification, McCabe was abusive toward police and warned “to calm down or she will be arrested,” records say. “She continued her behavior and she was placed in custody.”

The two with her were described as cooperative with and respectful toward police. Neither was charged with any crime in the incident. One explained they’d been in a high-roller area “and apparently had too much to drink,” court records say.

McCabe screamed and kicked inside the back of a patrol vehicle and refused orders to take her feet of the partition behind the front seats, police said.

She continued to be “very abusive” toward police and said “she was going to get everyone,” records say.

At police headquarters, McCabe cursed at police and refused to sit in a chair, so one officer “grabbed her and placed her in the chair to a seated position,” according to police. McCabe allegedly kicked the officer three times in the legs before he and a second officer got her “to the ground and under control.”

Secured then with leg shackles, McCabe said she “would kill every officer” and continued to try to kick police, court records say.

One-time Lehigh Valley strip club is no more

McCabe was arraigned Sunday night before District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez on a felony count of aggravated assault in addition to misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

She was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Matos Gonzalez agreed to 10 percent bail if approved by Northampton County Pretrial Services. If released, McCabe would need to remain drug- and alcohol-free and undergo weekly urine screens, undergo a drug-and-alcohol evaluation, provide an address and stay off Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem property, pending disposition of the case.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled Oct. 26 before District Judge Joseph Barner.

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This controversial Lehigh Valley strip club is no more (PHOTOS)

Developer Abe Atiyeh has approval from the city of Allentown to tear down Scoobies Gentlemens Club and put up a digital billboard.

Scoobies Gentlemens Club, a controversial strip…

Free St. Luke’s forum to discuss children’s mental health

The presentation followed by a question-and-answer session is slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s University Hospital.

Every year, St. Luke’s University Hospital’s behavioral department brings in a speaker to discuss timely mental health topics with the public.

Two years ago, it was the stigma surrounding mental health.

Last year, the forum touched on connections between mental health and drug and alcohol use, said Amie Allanson-Dundon, a clinical supervisor of three different programs within St. Luke’s behavioral health department.

There were requests from attendees to have a talk focusing on mental health in children and adolescents, she said, and that’s what led to the topic for the free forum for the public Tuesday night at the hospital in Fountain Hill.

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The forum will feature “Just Talk About It,” a 90-minute presentation on early detection of child and adolescent mental health and behavioral issues.

The presenter is Sheila Gillin, a licensed social worker and a certified child and adolescent psychotherapist who works as the clinical director for Minding Your Mind.

“They really want you to be able to identify what are the most common causes and effects of stress in kids. What is considered a crisis for a kid? What are the warning signs with self-harm and suicide?” Allanson-Dundon asked.

Allanson-Dundon, who has worked in the hospital’s behavioral health department for 20 years, said worldwide 10 to 20 percent of children and adolescents have mental or behavioral disorders.

That includes anxiety or depression brought on by daily events and stressors.

“Every other day we’re seeing trauma. Kids are seeing all of this. Not talking about it,” Allanson-Dundon said. “These kids are soaking in everything we’re soaking as adults. And what are they doing with it? They’ve got to put it somewhere.”

The New York Times magazine had an in-depth report publish Wednesday on the rise of anxiety and stress disorders in American children, specifically teenagers.

The article touches on a number of anxiety-inducing issues for teens, including social media, and links between anxiety, teens and use of smartphones.

“Anxious teenagers from all backgrounds are relentlessly comparing themselves with their peers and the results are almost uniformly distressing,” Stephanie Eken, a psychiatrist and the regional medical director for Rogers Behavioral Health, says in the article.

Tuesday’s talk at St. Luke’s is designed to train families and friends, including kids, on how to recognize stress, anxiety and depression, Allanson-Dundon said. The goal is to prevent incidents and episodes from reaching crisis levels.

“No one talks about it,” she said.

In May, researchers presented a study that found the number of children and adolescents admitted to children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts more than doubled from 2008 to 2015.

The study found children from ages five to 17 that identified as having thoughts of suicide or self harm increased from 0.67 percent in 2008 to 1.79 percent in 2015.

If you can’t make it to the forum, Allanson-Dundon recommended contacting insurance companies to find in-network mental health providers, or call St. Luke’s behavioral health department at 484-526-2400.

St. Luke’s forum

What: A 90-minute presentation on early detection of child and adolescent mental health and behavioral issues, followed by a 30-minute expert panel Q&A.

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17

Where: Laros Auditorium, St. Luke’s University Hospital, 801 Ostrum St., Bethlehem.

Register here.

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Check out the $1.3M skatepark planned for Allentown (VIDEO)

Plans are being finalized for the all-concrete facility at Jordan Park, with construction expected to begin in 2018.