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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…

$2M grant brings relief to flood-prone Bangor homes

A slate culvert that runs beneath Messinger Street has become a problem.

A failing slate culvert in Bangor left Messinger Street neighbors vulnerable to waterlogged basement…

Army vet suffering from PTSD admits killing father in Northampton

He was sentenced soon after the plea.

A U.S. Army reservist who served in Iraq and said he was suffering from PTSD pleaded guilty Friday to killing his father on Aug. 9, 2016, in…

Voters to decide if county government structure should be studied

In November 2018, Northampton County voters will decide if they want a commission to study if there should be changes to the county government.

Should there be a commission forme…

Mayor’s aide gets 18% raise, becomes target in campaign

The aide is also a vice chairwoman for the town Democrats.

Phillipsburg last weekend hosted a festival dedicated to pork roll, but campaign ads were focused on a different kind of pork.

“An 18% pay raise for the Mayor’s personal asst. & made up jobs for their friends = higher taxes for everyone else,” Warren County Republican Chairman Douglas Steinhardt tweeted Oct. 13, with the hashtag #pburgpork. He included a photo of a large advertisement that ran in The Express-Times and a variation of which appeared on

What debate? An 18% pay raise for the Mayor’s personal asst. & made up jobs for their friends = higher taxes for everyone else. #pburgpork

— Douglas Steinhardt (@DSteinhardtEsq) October 13, 2017

The mayor’s aide, Sherry Corcoran, did have an 18 percent raise approved this month by the town council, by far the largest of more than a dozen pay increases up for a vote.

Corcoran is also listed as the vice chairwoman of the town Democrats, the party to which Mayor Stephen Ellis also belongs.

Corcoran did not return messages seeking comment.

Ellis last month said salary ranges for the job titles in question — including his aide’s — were established by ordinance early this year, but the individual increases had to be done by resolution. He said that the jobs were compared with towns of similar size and the salaries adjusted accordingly.

The salaries were controversial when introduced at a meeting last month. Council President Todd Tersigni said he had reservations, including with the amount the mayor’s aide was getting. That meeting turned into a shouting match and abruptly adjourned when he tried to skip that resolution.

Most of the salaries were approved at a meeting Oct. 3 with little debate, though residents voiced displeasure, WFMZ reports

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School district has a plan to keep Easton Area toddlers safe

Project Save Move is ready to help move children in care centers in the event of an emergency.

If an emergency strikes an Easton area child care center, the Easton Area School Di…

Have you seen this pair who police say stole lobster, meds?

The thefts totaled more than $1,500, police say.

Slate Belt Regional police are trying to identify a man and woman who they say stole medications, meats, lobster and shrimp …

Spider spooks young driver, who shears pole in Tatamy

Main Street was closed for nine hours in the small borough.

A 16-year-old girl frightened by a spider drove her Jeep into a pole Thursday, shearing it and shutting down Main…