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Coronavirus shutdown lures many to the outdoors

Mar. 28, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Thanks to the coronavirus, Summit the puppy will likely get a chance to live up to his name in the coming month. Bernadette Leibensperger and her 8-month-old rescue mix set out Wednesday morning to complete the 9-mile Pulpit Rock and Pinnacle Loop Trail in Windsor Township, Berks...

Attorney accused of $2.7 million investment fraud scheme

Mar. 24, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania attorney has been charged with bilking his law clients out of more than $2.7 million in an investment fraud scheme, federal authorities said Tuesday. Todd Lahr, 60, of Nazareth, was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud for a scheme prosecutors allege operated from 2012 through...

Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania speaks at a new conference at Pennsylvania Emergency Management Headquarters where he said he was ordering schools and other facilities to close in a suburban Philadelphia county, Montgomery County, that has been hard-hit by the COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

Governor closes schools in Philly suburb hit by virus

Mar. 12, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday ordered schools and other facilities closed in Montgomery County, a Philadelphia suburb of more than 800,000 people hard-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, as he discouraged large gatherings of people statewide and canceled prison visits. Wolf's sweeping order...

Opening statements slated in ex-officer's shooting trial

Mar. 11, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled Thursday in the trial of a former police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man reported to have been hanging on or jumping on moving cars near an eastern Pennsylvania amusement park. Jury selection for the trial of...

Fire claims 3 lives, sends 4 other people to hospitals

Mar. 10, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a fire in a northeastern Pennsylvania building has claimed the lives of three people and sent four other people to hospitals. The Lackawanna County district attorney's office said investigators have identified the victims of the fire in Dunmore, but their names were't...

Jury selection starts in ex-officer's trial in man's death

Mar. 10, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a former police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man reported to have been hanging on or jumping on moving cars near a Pennsylvania amusement park. Jonathan Roselle, 34, is expected to testify in his own...

Allentown Diocese priest sentenced for groping 17-year-old

Feb. 25, 2020 11:33 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has been sentenced for groping a 17-year-old parishioner and sending her lewd photos and a video. The Rev. Kevin Lonergan was sentenced Monday to one to two years in prison for indecent assault, The Morning Call reported. Authorities say...

Pennsylvania judge lambastes police over violent arrest

Feb. 21, 2020 6:29 PM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge heavily criticized Allentown police on Friday after a jury acquitted a man of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, saying she was disgusted by what she saw and heard on video of the violent 2018 episode. After jurors acquitted John Perez of all charges, Lehigh...

This photo combo provided by Allentown Art Museum shows from left, before and after restoration of a painting called

Museum's Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the real thing

Feb. 17, 2020 9:18 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work, a nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself. For decades, the Allentown Art Museum...

Man guilty in fatal party shooting won't face death sentence

Feb. 14, 2020 7:46 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A man convicted in a New Year's Eve party shooting that left one man dead and another wounded will not face a potential death sentence, prosecutors have determined. The Lehigh County District Attorney's office made the announcement shortly after Vyante Green was convicted Thursday....