Latest Allentown News

Renowned former drum corps leader charged with sex assault

Nov. 13, 2018 1:21 PM EST

The longtime former leader of a champion Pennsylvania-based drum and bugle corps was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two women. George Hopkins, 62, led The Cadets to renown and a slew of national and world championships. He resigned from the Allentown-based group after The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily...

Pennsylvania diocese sued over priest named in probe

Nov. 12, 2018 2:47 PM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man is suing a Pennsylvania-based Roman Catholic diocese alleging abuse by a now-defrocked priest named in a statewide grand jury report this year. The now-29-year-old former altar boy, identified as John Doe, alleges he was sexually assaulted by former priest Bruno Tucci between...

Appeals court holding off decision on Lehigh County seal

Nov. 11, 2018 2:07 PM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court says the fate of a Pennsylvania county seal containing a cross symbol is on hold pending resolution of a similar case in Maryland. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in September on Lehigh County's appeal of a federal judge's order that the...

Stranger things: Exotic animals only loosely protected

Nov. 10, 2018 3:06 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The sight of humane officers carrying dozens of tropical birds, a 14-foot boa constrictor, rabbits and rats from a Macungie home recently seemed shocking, if not bizarre. And when officers removed more snakes, as well as skunks, ferrets, alligators and giant tortoises from a...

The Latest: An even split for Pennsylvania's DC delegation

Nov. 7, 2018 9:49 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Election Day in Pennsylvania (all times local): 12:20 a.m. Pennsylvania's congressional delegation will be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats after the Democrats picked up three seats in Tuesday's election. Amid the heaviest turnout for a midterm election in...

As costs soar, state special education funding share falls

Nov. 3, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Griffin Farrell sits in an East Hills Middle School eighth-grade class learning equations alongside his peers. It's something the 14-year-old with Down syndrome has done since kindergarten. Griffin's brothers go to Catholic school. But his mother, Dena Farrell, said the Bethlehem Area...

Man who fled to Mexico with teen takes plea deal

Nov. 1, 2018 6:48 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who frequently checked a teenager out of school without her mother's knowledge and fled to Mexico with her has pleaded guilty to corruption of a minor in a deal with prosecutors. As part of Thursday's deal, other charges including a felony were dropped against 45-year-old Kevin...

Officials: Dispute spurred man to fatally shoot mom, sister

Oct. 29, 2018 10:22 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who authorities say shot and killed his mother and sister following an argument at their Pennsylvania apartment has been charged with two counts of criminal homicide. Thirty-five-year-old Zakiiy Altariq Carson was arraigned Monday, one day after the shooting occurred in...

Amid wrenching hoarding cases, who rescues animal rescuers?

Oct. 27, 2018 3:07 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — After 12 hours of sifting through dead animal carcasses and coaxing dozens of sickly exotic pets into cages so they could be rescued from a home in Macungie, Barbara Morgan's head ached and her throat felt tight. It was a familiar feeling. Just two weeks before, Morgan, the Lehigh...

Allentown diocese settles lawsuit over priest groping claim

Oct. 26, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Reading man and the Allentown Roman Catholic Diocese have settled his lawsuit over allegations a priest groped him in 1989, when he was a 12-year-old altar boy. The Morning Call of Allentown said Friday the diocese confirmed the settlement but had no other comment. The man's lawyer...