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Authorities trying to ID pedestrian who died after crash

Police are releasing few details prior to the identity being known.

Authorities have yet to identify the man who died Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle in the 1900 b…

Check out what Straub Auto looks like now (PHOTOS)

A gym has opened in the lower level of the West Broad Street former auto dealer.

Kyle Shannon started his fitness business in the basement of his brother’s West Bethlehem ho…

Why a popular pub says a 200-year-old Easton wall is worth saving

Porters’ Pub hired Marroni Mason Contractor to repair a historic retaining wall behind the tavern.

The retaining wall behind Porters’ Pub in Easton went up when George Washington was president.

But it started showing its age, sagging about a foot at the top and threatening to collapse.

So the Porter brothers called in Marroni Mason Contractor of Forks Township to give the wall a lift.

“We could have easily torn it down, got a bunch of concrete block or poured a cement wall. It would look like crap,” said Porters’ co-owner Larry Porter. “But we’re committed to the historic value of the town.”

They’ll spend over $10,000 on the wall, he said.

Marroni removed the wall, installed drain pipes behind it to prevent a future collapse, replaced the original stones and chiseled them to flatten the wall surface. It’s a painstaking process expected to wrap up next week, the fourth week on the job.

But it’s worth it to save a 1794 gem.

Porters’ Pub celebrated 25 years in 2015

“This wall will never come down again,” Marroni said. The wall is to the rear of the building at 700 Northampton St. Porter said the building went up around 1830. Marroni said the wall went up in 1794.

Marroni started as a mason at age 15. By 19, he founded his company. Now he’s 68, specializing in stone work, fireplaces and chimneys.

“We probably do every chimney up on College Hill,” Marroni said.

Porter said his family valued historic preservation since before it became a trend. They spent two years restoring the tavern building after they bought it in 1988.

They restored the cedar clapboard siding and wood shutters before opening in 1990.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.

Man aiming bow and arrow at trooper is shot, police say

The man is hospitalized with a leg wound, Pennsylvania State Police say.

A 42-year-old man twice on Thursday afternoon pulled and attempted to aim a compound bow at a Pennsy…

‘Keep them rolling’: Doctor accused of pushing dangerous painkiller on patients

Kenneth Sun, with practices in Phillipsburg and Wind Gap, was allegedly paid by the drug maker.

TRENTON — A few weeks after applying for a lucrative speaking gig with a dru…

Are you driving around with an expired registration sticker?

Pennsylvania drivers, expecially those traveling out-of-state, report being pulled over for ‘expired’ registrations.

Pennsylvania residents who renewed their car registrations this year may have noticed the absence of the little rectangular date stickers for their license plates.

But did you take off the old sticker?

Officials are warning Pennsylvanians, especially those who travel out of state, to tear it off, or risk being pulled over.

No plate stickers seen as ‘inconvenience,’ new cost for police

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation stopped issuing the stickers at the end of 2016 in part as a cost-saving measure. It ended a practice that dated back to 1959. The department anticipates saving $3.1 million in the first year.

New Jersey eliminated registration stickers in 2004.

Residents are not required to remove the stickers, according to PennDOT’s information page.

State Rep. Justin Simmons recently posted on Facebook for residents to remove their outdated stickers, to avoid being pulled over by police assuming their registration is expired.

PennDOT alerted police from other states and Canada about the lack of registration stickers, Simmons wrote, but some residents have reported being pulled over for “expired” registrations.

The Southern Regional Police Department, which covers communities in York County near the Maryland border, posted a reminder back in August to remove the stickers, after hearing about local drivers being cited.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Imperials marching into Easton for ‘Star Wars’ metal band gig

Cosplay is encouraged at the Halloween weekend show.

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This is no standard cantina band.
A metal band specializing in “Star Wars” will march into O…

Head-on crash hurts 4 on Warren County road, police say

One driver remained Thursday in critical care.

A 44-year-old White Township woman remained in critical condition on Thursday morning after a head-on crash early Tuesday on R…

Pa., N.J. driver’s licenses good for 1 more year to board flights

Both states are getting year-long extensions to comply with a federal law that requires driver’s licenses meet anti-terrorism standards.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey are getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver’s licenses meet anti-terrorism standards.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced 17 states received extensions to meet the requirements of the Real ID act. New York’s status in under review and Delaware is already in compliance with the rules of the Real ID act. 

State residents can continue to access federal facilities such as prisons through Oct. 10, 2018, when a new restriction on commercial air travel will take effect.

Just last week, Pennsylvania announced it had gotten an extension through Jan. 22.

Pennsylvania’s REAL ID fix ‘a nightmare,’ Lehigh Valley airport official says

Real ID establishes minimum security standards for licenses, and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for certain identification cards from states not meeting the act’s minimum standards.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is working to produce a driver’s license that complies with the 2005 Real ID law enacted following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

PennDOT anticipates the new cards will be available to residents by March 2019.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

New plan for proposed urban farm site in Easton

Southern Cross Management came forward last year with plans for the $4.5 million vertical garden in the four-story warehouse.

Plans for an indoor hydroponic farm never took …