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Lehigh football player Dominic Bragalone

After rushing for 136 yards and three Touchdowns against Bucknell, Lehigh Junior Running Back Dominic Bragalone now has 999 yards rushing this season. Bragalone, with one more yard, will become the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 yard…

1 serious injury in 2 Rt. 33 crashes following 1st wreck

Two drivers are cited with following too closely.

There were at least three crashes Monday morning on Route 33 North in Bushkill Township, authorities say.
The first wreck w…

WATCH: This Lehigh Valley city is a pioneer in police body cameras

Allentown is Pennsylvania’s largest city to outfit every patrol officer with body-worn cameras, a tool but no cure-all.

Bring on the brrrr? Experts give Lehigh Valley’s winter weather forecast

There’s some dispute over whether it’s going to be a warmer winter season.

Man accused of stealing car, trees from Lehigh County property

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

A Delaware County man is accused of stealing a vehicle and several trees on a Lehigh County property before se…

Coroner IDs pedestrian who died after being struck by vehicle

The 47-year-old Bethlehem man died at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township.

A 47-year-old Bethlehem man has been identified as the pedestrian who w…

Authorities trying to ID pedestrian who died after crash

Police are releasing few details prior to the identity being known.

Authorities have yet to identify the man who died Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle in the 1900 b…

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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Hearst buying Emmaus-based Rodale publishing company

Back in June, Rodale’s board of directors said they were considering a sale, either of the company or select properties.

Media giant Hearst Corp. is buying Lehigh Valley-based publishing company Rodale, the companies announced on Wednesday.

“Maria Rodale has grown her family’s business into a peerless authority that reaches an enormous audience. Hearst and Rodale are already publishing partners around the world, including the U.K., the Netherlands and Japan, and we’ve seen first-hand how the content resonates,” Hearst Magazines President David Carey said in a news release.

Hearst owns almost 300 magazines, 30 television stations, newspapers including the Houston and San Francisco chronicles, and ownership in television networks A&E, History, Lifetime and ESPN.

The privately-held Rodale includes magazines such as, Runner’s World, Prevention and Men’s Health, as well as a book publishing arm and online offerings. The headquarters are located in Emmaus.

Hearst’s winning bid was roughly $225 million, according to the New York Post. The deal is expected to close early next year.

Back in June, Rodale announced its board of directors was considering a sale, either of the entire company or select properties within the company.

The company’s roots in the Lehigh Valley date back to 1930 when Rodale Manufacturing, a maker of electrical wiring devices, moved from New York City to a former silk mill in Emmaus; there, J.I. Rodale established a publishing business, according to Rodale’s corporate website.

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We torched rival Lehigh Valley gold business, pair admits in court

Prosecutors said they learned one of the man gave the names of two people who could do some ‘damage.’

Two men charged with arson in connection with a fire at a rival precious metals buying business in Lehigh County reached plea deals in their cases this week.

Stefan Skweir, 43, of Northampton Borough, and John Stettner, 55, of Slatington, each pleaded guilty to reckless burning or exploding in connection with a 2011 fire at AD Gold Exchange.

At the time of the fire, AD Gold Exchange was located off Route 309 in North Whitehall Township. The business moved to Hamilton Boulevard in Lower Macungie Township, and also has a location on Airport Road.

Pair accused of arson at rival business now facing trial

Their sentencings are set for Dec. 5. Skweir is free on $100,000 bail, and Stettner is free on 10 percent of $50,000 bail. They face up to seven years in prison. 

Skweir owns ANS Coins, which was up the road from AD Gold Exchange, and Stettner worked “on and off” at Skweir’s shop, witnesses previously testified.

Bonnie Jurta, an AD Gold Exchange employee, testified at a hearing in February that Skweir harassed her and owner Alan Dennis before the North Whitehall location opened up.

Skweir emailed the pair that they “better not open up there,” Jurta testified, and their landlord caught Skweir on the property.

What followed were harassing phone calls, both to the pair and calls to law enforcement complaining about the business, Jurta said. It escalated to Skweir driving slowly past the business and calling Jurta expletives, she testified.

Jurta said in the early morning of Sept. 14, 2011, Dennis got a call from the business’ alarm company. The pair thought it could be burglars, and told the alarm company to call the police.

Dennis went to the shop, and called Jurta to say the business was in flames, she testified. Fire crews were able to put the fire out, but the business sustained fire and smoke damage.

Pennsylvania State Police found a smashed front window and a large rock inside the business, as well as a gas can. Troopers also found a shoe print and a handprint on a window, but were unable to match that to a possible suspect.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Craig Scheetz said prosecutors learned Stettner gave Skweir the names of two people who could do some “damage” at AD Gold Exchange, and Skweir paid someone to set the blaze.

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