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Distracted Driver Blamed for Easton Middle School Student’s Death

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Know this woman? Purse theft from Hobby Lobby break room probed

Investigators released surveillance photos in the hopes someone would recognize the alleged perpetrator.

Colonial Regional police asked Monday for help in identifying a woman ac…

Drunk man waved knife, threatened to kill Pen Argyl bar bouncer, cops say

The 42-year-old suspect says he was the one who was injured after he “had been out all night drinking,’ police said.

A Pike County man who “had been out all night drinking” waved a knife at a Pen Argyl bar bouncer, threatening to kill him, after being told to leave, according to Slate Belt Regional police.

Thomas S. OntekThomas S. Ontek (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) 

Thomas S. Ontek, 42, of Greentown, Pennsylvania, was charged with felony assault and related charges in the alleged incident early Saturday at Slate Pub, 50 E. Main St.

The bouncer was not reportedly injured by Ontek, who allegedly had brandished and swung a box-cutter-style knife.

Ontek told police he was injured in the incident about 2 a.m. and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital to be evaluated, court records say.

He was arraigned about 10:30 Saturday morning on the felony count of aggravated assault in addition to misdemeanor terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and a weapons offense and summary public drunkenness.

Drunk man in Pen Argyl spit in face of EMS worker, cops say

He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled Nov. 1 before District Judge Alicia Rose Zito.

Washington Township police assisted at the scene.

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Belligerent, drunk man in Pen Argyl spit in face of EMS worker, cops say

The 40-year-old suspect allegedly later revealed he has Hepatitis C, a potentially deadly disease spread through blood.

A Florida man kicked out of a Pen Argyl home was arre…

‘Gun just went off,’ suspect tells cops after allegedly killing stepson

The men were drinking, then arguing, then fighting in a trailer before the shooting, police say.

Dennis Long, 52, his wife Lori, and his stepson Ryan Boomer, 26, were drinking Sa…

Shots reported fired again in Easton but no evidence found

It is at least the fourth time city police have investigated such a report in the past month.

Easton police on Sunday night investigated another report of shots fired in the…

Despite mom’s plea, judge jails Forks man who sold lethal dose of heroin

Thomas O’Brien was found unconscious Aug. 20, 2015 at his job. He died four days later due to acute heroin intoxication.

Daniel FisherDaniel Fisher Courtesy photo

Two mothers of addicts were in a Northampton County courtroom Monday morning.

One asked for justice for her son, who fatally overdosed on heroin.

The other asked for mercy for her once “very sick addict” son so could stay sober.

Senior Judge John Braxton opted for state prison for Daniel Fisher — three to six years — for drug delivery resulting in death related to the fatal overdose of 26-year-old Thomas O’Brien.

Braxton said said he believed in the forgiveness of sins, noting that Fisher admitted his guilt “in the face of overwhelming evidence.”

Forks man admits he provided fatal dose of heroin

Fisher, who lives in Forks Township, said the two men were friends, and Braxton said he was struck at how Fisher picked up O’Brien from work, took O’Brien to the bank and then sold him heroin.

“The priority was the greenbacks, the Benjamins,” Braxton said. “It was not helping a friend…when you took the money first, that made it just another drug deal, in the mind of the court.”

O’Brien was found unconscious Aug. 20, 2015 at his job. He died four days later due to acute heroin intoxication.

Facing Fisher in court, O’Brien’s mother, Shirley, sobbed as she described meeting Fisher for the first time months before her son died. Shirley O’Brien said she knew her son was using drugs, but that he didn’t want to go to rehab for fear of losing his job.

“I told (Fisher) to stay away from my son,” she said, adding she works at the courthouse and lied about having “connections.” “I thought I would scare him and make him stay away.”

After her son’s death, Shirley O’Brien said she went to the detective investigating his death and told him Fisher was responsible.

“I was out to get you, Dan,” she said. “You didn’t stay away. You should have known that I would.”

Fisher reportedly told the detectives he was expecting them because of the “O’Brien situation,” Shirley O’Brien said.

“I know people should be forgiving. But can I forgive the defendant? No. Never,” she said.

Fisher apologized in court, first to the crowd of friends and family in the courtroom to support him, and then to the O’Brien family.

“If I could change places with him, I would,” Fisher told the judge. “I never meant for anybody to get hurt in this. The only person I wanted to hurt was myself.”

Fisher said he has been sober for two years, and has worked through a 12-step program to help other addicts. He asked to avoid state prison in order to continue his work.

His mother, Joan Fisher, also asked for her son to avoid state prison. She described his dedication to staying sober and his work with other addicts. She also described drugs being available in state prison.

“I wish you would give him a chance to stay sober,” Joan Fisher said.

Firsher served house arrest for a possession with intent to deliver heroin charge. Defense attorney Phil Lauer asked the judge to give Fisher credit for that time, for his work related to drug addiction.

“I think he’s earned it,” Lauer said.

Braxton denied the request.

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Neighbors stunned in shooting death by family member in Slate Belt

A 52-year-old man is accused of shooting a 26-year-old male family member in an argument, authorities said.

Neighbors in a Slate Belt rural community where police say a man …

Man accused of stealing car, trees from Lehigh County property

State police said the man then sold the trees to a logging company.

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Ex-tenant barricades self in apartment with kids, cops say

The 27-year-old woman broken in through a window and put a couch against the front door in Bath, according to police.

A former tenant of a Bath apartment broke into the home…