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See why the Easton district is tacking $3.5M onto its $120M capital plan

Easton Area School District administrators say the high school needs more work.

Easton Area School District administrators say the high school needs $3.5M to replace aging a…

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…

2 stabbed in Bethlehem in possible gang dispute, police say

Police continue to investigate the incident, which involved a third person, but said they were getting “no cooperation.”

Bethlehem police were investigating a double-stabbing that occurred Friday afternoon on the South Side, Chief Mark DiLuzio said Saturday.

“No witnesses and no cooperation at this time from anyone involved,” he said by email.

It was reported about 3:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Broadway.

Both male victims went to St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, according to police; one had multiple stab wounds and the other had a stab wound to the arm.

Both were expected to survive their wounds, police said.

Bicyclist hit by bus in Bethlehem Twp. (PHOTOS)

“Stabbing was over some type of prior beef involving the gang they claim to be in,” DiLuzio wrote. “That is under investigation.”

A third person was also involved, but police had no description to release.

Police ask anyone with information to call detectives at 610-865-7187 or the department’s tip line at 610-691-6660.

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Bicyclist hit by LANTA bus in Bethlehem Township (PHOTOS)

The rider and a passenger on the bus were taken by ambulance to an area hospital, and Easton Avenue was temporarily shut down.

A male bicyclist was taken by ambulance to an area …

At least 1 student responsible for Easton Area school threat

Easton Area Middle School went into a lockdown until the threat was found be to a “prank,” an official said.

Easton Area School District officials were continuing to investigate a threat found Friday in a boys’ lavatory, district police Chief John Remaley said Saturday.

The discovery led to a modified lockdown until a determination could be made on the viability of the threat. 

“It became very obvious early on that there was no viable threat, that it was probably student-based,” said Remaley, who is also director of safe schools for the district. 

A review of security cameras isolated at least one student responsible, but the investigation was ongoing to see if anyone else was involved in what Remaley labeled a prank.

The student identified was not immediately charged with any crime. 

“There’s a potential for it,” Remaley said. “It’s a serious matter.”

Students remained in their classrooms during the initial investigation that showed an evacuation of the Forks Township building was unwarranted, said Remaley, who credited Principal Charlene Symia and staff for being “right on top of it.”

“Our administrators and our school police took the threat very seriously and quickly worked to thoroughly investigate the situation,” Symia said in a phone message to parents Friday evening. “We have identified the student who wrote the note and the threat has been determined to have been false.

“Please be assured that at no time were our students and staff members in any danger because it was quickly determined to be a non-credible threat.”

A plan to keep Easton Area toddlers safe

The incident follows back-to-back Friday threats at Bethlehem Area high schools that led to evacuations each time. Liberty High School was cleared Oct. 6, in an incident that led to charges against a sophomore and junior. Freedom High School was evacuated Oct. 13. Each involved a bomb threat found written in a restroom.

Remaley said going into a lockdown for the initial phase of an investigation can be safer for students and sow less panic among the school community, such as that caused by students texting or phoning parents to say they’re evacuating.

“Certainly if it was determined that there was any kind of potential for this thing being genuine, there are procedures in place to immediately evacuate the building,” Remaley said.

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Another top 10 fugitive nabbed; her daughter is busted too

The Northampton County Sheriff’s Department, working alone and with partners, picked up 9 fugitives in recent days.

How you can fight back against Easton’s opioid epidemic

Civic leaders will host a forum they hope to develop into a long term campaign of opioid awareness.

Pennsylvanians are dying at a rate of about 13 a day due to drug addiction.

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…

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…

Newspaper carrier arraigned on stolen check charges

She is free on bail in two cases, records show.

Krystal Ogilvie, 35. (Courtesy photo | For 
A woman accused of stealing checks and credit card bil…