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Bloods member charged in July 4 killing, police say

A 19-year-old died and his brother was wounded, police report.

A 25-year-old Allentown gang member was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges that he shot and killed a 19-…

Man charged in killing of 19-year-old Lehigh Valley man

The 25-year-old was awaiting extradition proceedings in New Jersey.

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A 25-year-old man jailed Thursday in C…

Sentenced to life at 17, killer now has a chance at parole

Henry Robinson shot a woman during a 1981 robbery in Allentown.

The man convicted of a 1981 homicide in Allentown and sentenced to life in prison at age 17 now has a chance …

Police try to detemine if fatal stabbing was justified

A 37-year-old woman is dead and a 65-year-old man is suspected of stabbing her, police say.

Allentown police are trying to determine if a 65-year-old man was justified in fatally…

Man charged in killing of 18-year-old in Allentown

The 20-year-old is also charged with robbery, police say.

A 20-year-old Allentown man was charged Friday night with the killing of an 18-year-old city man earlier this month…

Allentown man stabbed to death, 2nd man wounded

The killing happened early Monday morning after a dispute involving several people, authorities said.

UPDATE: Allentown fatal stabbing victim identified, coroner says
A 27-year-o…

DVDs on hunting humans, sexual deviance found in Holly Grim suspect’s home

A co-worker is charged with the woman’s 2013 abduction and death.

Michael Horvath was long suspected in the 2013 disappearance of Holly Grim.

Authorities questioned why he was late to work the day that November when his 42-year-old co-worker from Lower Macungie Township went missing. When investigators searched his Monroe County home last month, they found shackles; stun guns; notes that suggested he was stalking; and “numerous” DVDs related to murder, sexual deviance and “hunting humans,” according to an affidavit of probable cause. 

Two bones were also found buried on Horvath’s Ross Township property — they were determined to be pieces of Grim’s ribs, the affidavit said.

Authorities on Thursday arrested and charged 49-year-old Horvath with kidnapping and homicide, the culmination of a three-year investigation.

“I know this is not the result (Grim’s mother) was hoping for,” Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Joseph Sokolofski said during a press conference with authorities from Lehigh and Monroe counties. “However, I hope she finds some solace in the relief from the daily anguish that I’m sure she suffered from the unknown, and she can grieve properly.”

Horvath is being held without bail in Monroe County. But the investigation is not complete.

Co-worker charged with Holly Grim’s death

Grim was reported missing Nov. 22, 2013, when she didn’t show up for work at Allen Organ Co. in Macungie. Police found Grim’s car in her driveway and a spilled coffee mug and overturned ashtray in her residence. 

Investigators interviewed her co-worker Horvath because he was late for work on the day of Grim’s disappearance. They met with him more over three years, and he allowed them to take a DNA sample — one that matched a blood stain at Grim’s home.

Authorities spent nine days recently combing Horvath’s property, ending the search Oct. 5.

“There wasn’t one ‘ah-ha’ moment,” Sokolofski said when asked what drew investigators to Horvath’s yard. “It was a natural progression, it was the tenacity of the investigators and it was the cooperation of the district attorney’s office.”

Human bones found in Holly Grim investigation

How Grim died, and how long after her abduction that happened, has not been disclosed. Multiple bones were found buried under no more than 18 inches of dirt in an approximately 4-by-4-square-foot area down an embankment behind Horvath’s yard, Sokolofski said.

There also is no indication so far that Horvath and Grim had a relationship outside of work, authorities said, though the affidavit reveals Horvath’s wife thought he was being unfaithful and provided investigators with cellphone records.

During the news conference, Sokolofski said Horvath at this point is not implicated in any other missing persons cases, but “it’s always a possibility.”

Horvath is charged with two counts of kidnapping in Lehigh County, and in Monroe County with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, tampering with or fabricating evidence and obstructing the administration of law. 

The case will be tried in Monroe County because that is where Grim’s remains were found. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 24.

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Police probe death of 1-year-old in Lehigh County

Allentown police and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office are cooperating in the investigation.

Authorities are investigating the death of a 1-year-old child in Allentown.

The baby was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital on 17th Street in Allentown.

She was identified as Nazalya Dennis, of the 400 block of North Fulton Street, according to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy is set for Monday to determine the cause and manner of death, the coroner’s office said.

Besides the coroner’s office, Allentown police and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office are participating in the investigation.

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Lehigh Valley man charged with bigamy after 2nd marriage

The man was married in 2004 in New York City and 2015 in Lehigh County, the county district attorney’s office said.

A 65-year-old man who has addresses in Allentown and Brooklyn is married to women in both places, the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office charges.

A Brooklyn resident the district attorney’s office is calling A.R. contacted the office on June 13 to report that her husband, Arturo Roberto Reid, had married a woman in Lehigh County, according to a news release.

A.R. found a receipt dated February 2015 from the Lehigh County Marriage License Bureau, the district attorney’s office said. Reid was listed as the “payor” on an application to marry someone the district attorney’s office is calling I. R-T.

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After an investigation by county detective Andrew Canepa, the county charges Reid, while married to A.R., was married March 13, 2105, to I. R.-T. by District Judge Karen C. Devine, the district attorney’s office said. A.R. and Reid were married Nov. 26, 2004, in New York City and never divorced, the district attorney’s office said.

Reid, of the 200 block of Lenox Road in Brooklyn and the 1100 block of North 19th Street in Allentown, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon before Devine on a charge of bigamy, the district attorney’s office and court papers say.

Bail was set at $2,500 unsecured and Reid was released, according to court records. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled 10:45 a.m. Oct. 10 in Devine’s court.

The charge is a second degree misdemeanor and punishable by up to two years in prison and no more than a $5,000 fine.

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Public not at risk after 2 found dead, officials say

The investigation continues into the Salisbury Township deaths.

The Lehigh County district attorney and Salisbury Township police say the public is not at risk after tw…