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Girl, 5, killed in fall from 4th-floor window identified

Mar. 20, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 5-year-old girl who died after falling from a fourth-floor apartment window in eastern Pennsylvania. The Lehigh County coroner's office says Ahnelly Grace Rivera was pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m. Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest....

Authorities: Woman tried to set ex-boyfriend's home on fire

Mar. 19, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a woman tried to set her ex-boyfriend's home on fire with him inside after he got a protective order against her. Brianna Elizabeth Tate is charged with attempted arson, reckless endangerment and other counts. Authorities say Tate smashed a window at her ex-boyfriend's...

Would you give a kidney to a Facebook friend?

Mar. 16, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Can you donate your kidney? Scott Bedics, who has kidney failure, asks everyone this question: his family, his friends, the people at his church, his nurse, his doctor, the reporter writing this story. But word of mouth won't reach everyone, so he uses Facebook to expand his reach....

Death penalty has fallen out of favor with prosecutors

Mar. 9, 2019 3:06 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's death penalty is, by all accounts, embattled. There hasn't been an execution in two decades, even before Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on them in 2015. The courts have long scrutinized death sentences, throwing out scores of them at appeal. And juries have become...

Bloodied man walks into hospital, says he killed boyfriend

Mar. 8, 2019 5:30 PM EST

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man covered in blood walked into a Pennsylvania hospital and told staffers he had just fatally stabbed his boyfriend. Manheim Township police say 30-year-old Matthew Van Zandt is charged with homicide in the death of 31-year-old Ian Shannon, whose body was found...

Woman accused of causing fatal crash charged in their deaths

Mar. 8, 2019 11:41 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a Pennsylvania woman accused of running a red light that caused a crash killing three has been charged in their deaths. Authorities on Friday charged 77-year-old Joyce Klahr with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the 2018 Upper Saucon Township crash. The...

TSA agents find non-working grenade launcher in luggage

Mar. 5, 2019 6:16 PM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Florida man's plans to bring a military rocket-propelled grenade launcher back home were shot down after security screeners at a Pennsylvania airport spotted the non-functioning weapon in his checked bag. The Transportation Security Administration says the unassembled parts of the...

Man pleads guilty to assault in shooting outside mall store

Mar. 5, 2019 2:34 PM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in last summer's shooting outside an eastern Pennsylvania mall store that injured two people. Twenty-year-old Miles Harper pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault in a deal in which Lehigh county prosecutors dropped attempted homicide counts. Prosecutors...

Man gets life in murder of man killed in front of daughter

Mar. 5, 2019 8:13 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of fatally shooting another man during a home invasion robbery as the victim's young daughter looked on. A Lehigh County jury found Waldemar Rivera guilty of murder, burglary, robbery and conspiracy in the August 2017 slaying of 39-year-old...

20 years ago, a thunderous explosion shook the Lehigh Valley

Feb. 23, 2019 3:05 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two decades later, it's the thunderous boom — the unmistakable sound of something disastrous — that many in the Lehigh Valley remember about that night. But for Amy Heller, who was inside Concept Sciences Inc. on Feb. 19, 1999 — a milestone night crucial to the...