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Tractor-trailer jackknifes, strikes barrier along I-78

An “unknown vehicle allegedly cut in front” of the Volvo truck, police say.

A tractor-trailer jackknifed about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 78 West in Lower Saucon Township but neither the driver nor his passenger was hurt, police report.

Driver Gustavo Acostaarias, 27, of New York City, hit the brakes near mile marker 69.5 after “an unknown vehicle allegedly cut in front” of the 1999 Volvo truck in a center lane, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The truck went off the highway and struck a concrete barrier, with the vehicle initially was blocking some lanes, police said. Acostaarias as able to get the truck fully onto the shoulder, freeing up traffic, police said.

There were residual traffic delays for more than an hour, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said.

Acostaarias and passenger Yoelquis Dume-Gonzalez, 37, of Clifton, New Jersey, were wearing seat belts, police said.

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We know it’s wet today, but how hot has October been?

After a steamy and rainy Tuesday, cooler and clearer weather is on the way.

‘Do you know where Steve is?’ masked prowler asks

Police in the Phillipsburg area alerted residents to the incident and asked them to report “any suspicious activity.”

Pohatcong Township police alerted residents Monday to the report of a prowler spotted early Sunday morning.

It occurred about 5 a.m. in the South Main Street area of the township.

A woman in the 1300 block of South Main saw a man standing in her driveway, which is off an alley, wearing a ski mask, police said.

Police said she approached him and asked if she could help him, to which he replied, “Do you know where Steve is?”

She said she doesn’t know a Steve, and he immediately turned and ran.

Police had no further description to release.

Purse theft from Hobby Lobby break room probed

“This is a public reminder to make sure vehicles and households are locked,” police said on their Facebook page. “Please leave porch lights on and immediately notify the police of any suspicious activity.”

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Know this woman? Purse theft from Hobby Lobby break room probed

Investigators released surveillance photos in the hopes someone would recognize the alleged perpetrator.

Colonial Regional police asked Monday for help in identifying a woman ac…

Drunk man waved knife, threatened to kill Pen Argyl bar bouncer, cops say

The 42-year-old suspect says he was the one who was injured after he “had been out all night drinking,’ police said.

A Pike County man who “had been out all night drinking” waved a knife at a Pen Argyl bar bouncer, threatening to kill him, after being told to leave, according to Slate Belt Regional police.

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Thomas S. Ontek, 42, of Greentown, Pennsylvania, was charged with felony assault and related charges in the alleged incident early Saturday at Slate Pub, 50 E. Main St.

The bouncer was not reportedly injured by Ontek, who allegedly had brandished and swung a box-cutter-style knife.

Ontek told police he was injured in the incident about 2 a.m. and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital to be evaluated, court records say.

He was arraigned about 10:30 Saturday morning on the felony count of aggravated assault in addition to misdemeanor terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and a weapons offense and summary public drunkenness.

Drunk man in Pen Argyl spit in face of EMS worker, cops say

He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled Nov. 1 before District Judge Alicia Rose Zito.

Washington Township police assisted at the scene.

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Belligerent, drunk man in Pen Argyl spit in face of EMS worker, cops say

The 40-year-old suspect allegedly later revealed he has Hepatitis C, a potentially deadly disease spread through blood.

A Florida man kicked out of a Pen Argyl home was arre…

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…

‘Gun just went off,’ suspect tells cops after allegedly killing stepson

The men were drinking, then arguing, then fighting in a trailer before the shooting, police say.

Dennis Long, 52, his wife Lori, and his stepson Ryan Boomer, 26, were drinking Sa…

Shots reported fired again in Easton but no evidence found

It is at least the fourth time city police have investigated such a report in the past month.

Easton police on Sunday night investigated another report of shots fired in the…

Despite mom’s plea, judge jails Forks man who sold lethal dose of heroin

Thomas O’Brien was found unconscious Aug. 20, 2015 at his job. He died four days later due to acute heroin intoxication.

Daniel FisherDaniel Fisher Courtesy photo

Two mothers of addicts were in a Northampton County courtroom Monday morning.

One asked for justice for her son, who fatally overdosed on heroin.

The other asked for mercy for her once “very sick addict” son so could stay sober.

Senior Judge John Braxton opted for state prison for Daniel Fisher — three to six years — for drug delivery resulting in death related to the fatal overdose of 26-year-old Thomas O’Brien.

Braxton said said he believed in the forgiveness of sins, noting that Fisher admitted his guilt “in the face of overwhelming evidence.”

Forks man admits he provided fatal dose of heroin

Fisher, who lives in Forks Township, said the two men were friends, and Braxton said he was struck at how Fisher picked up O’Brien from work, took O’Brien to the bank and then sold him heroin.

“The priority was the greenbacks, the Benjamins,” Braxton said. “It was not helping a friend…when you took the money first, that made it just another drug deal, in the mind of the court.”

O’Brien was found unconscious Aug. 20, 2015 at his job. He died four days later due to acute heroin intoxication.

Facing Fisher in court, O’Brien’s mother, Shirley, sobbed as she described meeting Fisher for the first time months before her son died. Shirley O’Brien said she knew her son was using drugs, but that he didn’t want to go to rehab for fear of losing his job.

“I told (Fisher) to stay away from my son,” she said, adding she works at the courthouse and lied about having “connections.” “I thought I would scare him and make him stay away.”

After her son’s death, Shirley O’Brien said she went to the detective investigating his death and told him Fisher was responsible.

“I was out to get you, Dan,” she said. “You didn’t stay away. You should have known that I would.”

Fisher reportedly told the detectives he was expecting them because of the “O’Brien situation,” Shirley O’Brien said.

“I know people should be forgiving. But can I forgive the defendant? No. Never,” she said.

Fisher apologized in court, first to the crowd of friends and family in the courtroom to support him, and then to the O’Brien family.

“If I could change places with him, I would,” Fisher told the judge. “I never meant for anybody to get hurt in this. The only person I wanted to hurt was myself.”

Fisher said he has been sober for two years, and has worked through a 12-step program to help other addicts. He asked to avoid state prison in order to continue his work.

His mother, Joan Fisher, also asked for her son to avoid state prison. She described his dedication to staying sober and his work with other addicts. She also described drugs being available in state prison.

“I wish you would give him a chance to stay sober,” Joan Fisher said.

Firsher served house arrest for a possession with intent to deliver heroin charge. Defense attorney Phil Lauer asked the judge to give Fisher credit for that time, for his work related to drug addiction.

“I think he’s earned it,” Lauer said.

Braxton denied the request.

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