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2 Slate Belt towns considering new regional police force

Portland and Upper Mount Bethel Township are studying how feasible it would be.

Two Slate Belt municipalities would like to determine the feasibility of creating a new regio…

Slate Belt communities celebrate 1st-ever Independence Day parade (PHOTOS)

At 11 a.m. July 4, Upper Mount Bethel Township and Portland worked together to hold their first-ever Independence Day parade.

In 1945, Barrett Transue watched as his community r…

Love a parade? These Slate Belt communities will be marching

Two towns have joined forces to organize a Fourth of July parade.

For many, watching flags, firetrucks and Little League baseball players marching down the street is a grand way …

Eventually, We All Get Off in Portland

Bangor School Director Bob Cartwright calls Portland the Cancun of the Lehigh Valley, and reminds me the rest of us need to be nice to Northampton County’s most northern community because we’re all downstream. It’s where Ron Angle grew up. A bus used …

Slate Belt businesses commit $750K to revitalize boroughs

Four boroughs will get a financial boost for community revitalization through a Neighborhood Partnership Program.

Four businesses are stepping to the plate to pledge a whopping $…

2 women held at gunpoint, beaten with hockey stick in Slate Belt

The victim’s mother also had her tooth knocked out during the attack, state police said.

A Monroe County man with a previous criminal history is accused of holding his ex-girlfriend and her mother at gunpoint following a love triangle dispute.

Charged is Rafael Antonio Dinarte Jr., 29, of Mount Pocono.

Troopers with Pennsylvania State Police at Belfast at 10:27 p.m. Tuesday were dispatched to the 700 block of Delaware Avenue in Portland Borough for a report of a man tearing up an apartment and beating two women.

The female victim, Dinarte’s ex-girlfriend, told police Dinarte held a handgun to her head and her mother’s head before fleeing in a vehicle toward Route 611 north.

Prior to the attack, police said the ex-girlfriend was in a car with two male acquaintances in the area of Pizza Hut in the Fountain Hill Court Plaza, Route 611, Bartonsville, Pa. The driver was known to the ex-girlfriend by the nickname, “Bam.”

Dinarte pulled up and got out of his car with two females. He then allegedly began pepper-spraying Bam’s vehicle and displayed a .45-caliber handgun, according to police.

Dinarte was targeting Bam because he thought Bam was seeing his ex-girlfriend, police said. Bam allegedly told the ex-girlfriend not to call police and drove her home.

A short while later, Dinarte was knocking at victim’s door and when no one answered, he kicked the door down, police said. Dinarte appeared holding a hockey stick and allegedly began swinging at the victim’s mother.

The mother tried to defend herself with a sword-type weapon, but was knocked in the mouth by Dinarte, causing a tooth to fall out, police said. The struggle continued outdoors, with the ex-girlfriend allegedly struck three to four times by the hockey stick.

Dinarte then grabbed the ex-girlfriend by the throat and smacked her head against a concrete wall, according to police. The ex-girlfriend was able to break free, grab the hockey stick and start choking Dinarte with it in self defense, police said.

That was when Dinarte allegedly broke free from the victim and grabbed his pistol. He cocked the handgun and placed it at the victim’s head, according to police.

The victim’s mother at one point tried to protect her daughter and stood in front of her, police said.

“I want my money. I’m going to (expletive) kill you,” Dinarte allegedly said. “You’re not going to be with anyone else.”

The mother pleaded for help and eventually, a neighbor arrived. Dinarte then took off as 911 calls were placed. Both victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries.

Pennsylvania State Police at Swiftwater at 6:13 a.m. Wednesday found Dinarte on a passenger bus in Monroe County and arrested him. Troopers were familiar with Dinarte’s morning routine and knew he took the bus to work in New York.

Dinarte in April 2007 was arrested on drug-related charges, which makes it illegal for him to carry a firearm as a convicted felon.

Dinarte is charged with two counts aggravated assault, two counts simple assault, one count criminal trespass, one count persons not to possess firearms, two counts weapons possession, one count criminal mischief, two counts making terroristic threats, two counts reckless endangerment and two counts harassment.

He was arraigned before District Judge Alicia Zito, who set bail at 10 percent of $20,000. In lieu of bail, Dinarte was sent to Northampton County Prison.

Dinarte is tentatively due back in court Oct. 17 for a preliminary hearing before Zito.

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Past floods stoke fears about Slate Belt bridge removal plan

The State Street bridge that spans Jacoby Creek has long been structurally deficient and PennDOT is considering removal.

It’s been almost a decade since Portland’s seen the…

Plea deal for man accused of Bethlehem robbery

Almeen Jamal Jenkins, 24, of Bethlehem, was sentenced to one to two years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery.

A Bethlehem man who admitted he participated in a…

Fire extinguisher scammer hits Slate Belt, police say

Charged in similar scams in Bucks and Monroe counties, the 51-year-old allegedly took money to pretend to inspect fire extinguishers.

Edwin J. Wolfe’s reputation may not have pre…

Slate Belt officials consider multi-municipality planning

Pennsylvania law requires every municipality to have a comprehensive plan addressing short- and long-term objectives for future development.

Some officials in the Slate Belt…