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Have you seen newspaper carrier who allegedly stole checks?

The 35-year-old also took and used credit card numbers from bills, police say.

Forks Township police are looking for the public’s help in locating a newspaper carrier they s…

‘Payback’ killing witness: Gunman walked in bar doorway and shot

A co-defendant told police he and Jacob Holmes Jr. fled after the shooting and went to have a drink.

An Easton bar owner testified Thursday that one night in 2009 he heard a knoc…

Groin-shooting dad surrenders, report says

The 40-year-old is charged with shooting his 20-year-old daughter’s 29-year-old boyfriend, a newspaper says.

A 40-year-old Schuylkill County man, charged with shooting his daughter’s boyfriend in the groin, surrendered Wednesday to face attempted homicide and related counts, according to a published report.

Donald Jenkins Jr.Donald Jenkins Jr. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) 

Donald Jenkins Jr., of Shenandoah, was transferred from Pottsville police to Pennsylvania State Police and was arraigned Wednesday afternoon before District Judge Christina E. Hale, the Republican Herald newspaper in Pottsville and records show.

Jenkins is charged with shooing Emmanuel Cancel, 29, on Sunday afternoon in a room at a Motel 6, in West Mahanoy Township in the county, the newspaper said.

Jenkins’ daughter Jasmine Marie Jenkins, 20, rented the room and was there at the time of the argument and subsequent shooting, the newspaper said.

Jasmine Marie Jenkins told authorities that her father was upset because she was going out with Cancel, the newspaper said, citing court papers.

Man shoots daughter’s boyfriend, police say

Donald Jenkins Jr. was sent to county prison in lieu of $250,000 bail, records show. He tentatively faces a preliminary hearing 10:10 a.m. Nov. 6 in Hale’s court.

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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-…

Carjacker who dragged veteran gets dragged to prison for a long time

The New Jersey man will spend many years in state prison, the district attorney’s office says.

A 32-year-old Irvington, New Jersey, man, who carjacked a 67-year-old military veteran in 2015 in Monroe County, was found guilty and sentenced this week to 26 to 52 years in state prison, authorities say.

Eddie QuickEddie Quick, 32, of Irvington, New Jersey. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) 

Eddie Quick the morning of Oct. 26, 2015, pulled the victim from a vehicle along Route 196 in Mount Pocono, and, displaying a Ka-BAR military-style knife, threatened to kill him several times, the county district attorney’s office said.

As Quick drove off, he dragged the victim 30 feet before the man freed himself, the district attorney’s office said.

Pocono Mountain Regional police arrived soon after and put out an alert on the vehicle, the district attorney’s office said.

It was spotted by Pocono Township police but Quick refused to stop, leading the officer, Pennsylvania State Police and Stroud Area Regional police on an 11-mile pursuit that hit speeds above 100 mph at 9 a.m. as Quick weaved in and out of traffic on Interstate 80, the district attorney’s office said.

State police put out Stop Sticks, which flattened one of the tires on the vehicle, but Quick continued for another mile before striking a tractor-trailer and then a light pole off Exit 308, the district attorney’s office said.

He then ran off before he was Tased and tackled by the Pocono Township officer, the district attorney’s office said.

A search of the vehicle turned up a bag belonging to Quick that contained the knife, the district attorney’s office said.

He was charged with robbery of a motor vehicle, robbery by threat and several related offenses, authorities said.

Quick was found guilty on Tuesday after a two-day jury trial in Monroe County Court, the district attorney’s office said.

He also faces a burglary case in the county on charges from two weeks prior to the chase, records show. A pretrial conference was scheduled Wednesday in that case.

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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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Cops: Driver runs victim off the road, attacks him in front of kid

The alleged attacker is facing simple assault and related charges.

A driver is accused of hitting another car multiple times and running it off the road in Lehigh County, then as…

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…

Car crashes off road, rolls into creek bed (PHOTOS)

The driver wasn’t badly hurt.

A man wasn’t badly hurt Tuesday night when the two-door blue car he was driving went into a creek bed and ended up on its side next to a tree, according to a report from the scene.

The driver was checked out by township EMS personnel but wasn’t taken to the hospital.

The crash happened about 10:15 p.m. on Willow Grove Road just north of Good Springs Road in Franklin Township, Warren County.

The car appeared to be southbound before it left the opposite side of the road.

New Jersey State Police at Washington are investigating but couldn’t immediately provide information on Wednesday morning. The township fire department also responded to assist.

Freelance photographer Rich Maxwell provided information for this report.

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Why it’s costing 129 percent more to hunt pheasants in Pennsylvania

A new $26.90 permit is needed to hunt ring-necked pheasants, on top of the base license.

Saturday marks the start of Pennsylvania’s ring-necked pheasant season, and hunters just …