Sunday, May 19, 2013
Police arrested a Lower Macungie Township woman after she allegedly put medication into burritos and fed them to her husband and daughter.
A Lower Macungie woman, angry because her husband and daughter didn't invite her to go car shopping with them, allegedly poisoned burritos with some sort of medication and fed them to her family, according to a WFMZ report. Ann Marie Haines, 42, of Yorkshire Drive in Lower Macungie Township, was arrested last week and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail. According to online court records, Haines was charged with: Haines' husband and daughter felt dizzy and tired after eating the burritos, according to a Lehigh Valley Live report. Haines has been assigned a public defender to represent her.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Get personal documents shredded at no cost to help prevent identity theft.
To help prevent identity theft, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-134) will host a free document shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lower Macungie Municipal Building parking lot, 3400 Brookside Road. “Identity theft is one the fastest growing crimes in America, and it can have devastating financial consequences for its victims,” said Mackenzie. “One of the greatest precautions we can take to protect our identity is to properly dispose of documents containing sensitive and personal information, such as Social Security numbers and credit card statements.” Documents that should be shredded include those with credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, medical information and bank account information. In order to ensure that …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
What's happening with the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center that will feature the Lehigh Valley's first Costco store?
The $140 million Hamilton Crossings shopping center in Lower Macungie—set to feature the area's first Costco—will be up for an important vote at next week's East Penn School Board meeting, according to a WFMZ report. The school board will be the first of three government bodies asked to approve a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan to help pay for the project. A TIF is an economic tool to help develop a site that requires a large amount of money to pay up-front costs. In this case, waste from iron mining must be removed and stormwater problems fixed before the land can be developed. Ideally, the school district, Lower Macungie Township and Lehigh County will each approve their portion of the TIF. The school board meets Monday night. Lehigh …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Protected birds migrating from Arctic Circle to Virginia and Maryland beaches mistake wet asphalt for water. Look for them for the next two weeks.
Two Arctic Loons trying to migrate from the Arctic Circle to the beaches of Virginia and Maryland became stranded this week when they landed on wet asphalt in Lower Macungie Township. Thinking the shiny surface was water and expecting a nice, soft landing and fish to eat, the first crash landed at the intersection of Willow and Sauerkraut lanes, and the second bird became stranded in the parking lot of Allen Distribution on Schoeneck Road. Related story: Rare Pink-Footed Goose Seen in Upper Macungie It's a problem that may happen again over the next two weeks, says Barbara Miller, a capture/transport permittee certified by the state Game Commission, as the birds try to make their way from the frozen waters of the North Pole. The problem is…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Driver fell asleep, drifted off roadway and struck a utility pole, troopers report.
Alcohol likely played a role recently when a Breinigsville man drove off a Lower Macungie roadway and struck a utility pole, according to police. Kalman W. Konya, 27, fell asleep at the wheel at 2:45 a.m. Feb. 5 as he drove in the area of 6776 Hamilton Blvd., according to state police at Fogelsville. Konya's 1999 Dodge Stratus drifted off the right shoulder. His vehicle continued about 120 feet before the rear of his car hit a utility pole, police said. The car made a one-quarter turn and came to rest in a parking lot. Konya fled the accident, police said, but they found him at his residence, based on registration information. He showed signs of intoxication and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, police said. …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court reverses Lehigh County decision.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday reversed a decision Lehigh County Judge Michelle Varricchio made more than a year ago that invalidated the zoning ordinance that would allow David Jaindl to build a mix of warehouses, commercial buildings and hundreds of homes on 700 acres of prime Lower Macungie farmland. In other words, the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners appealed Varricchio's September 2011 decision and won, according to a story in The Morning Call. The zoning ordinance stands as written. Ron Eichenberg, president of the township commissioners, said the commissioners are pleased with the decision. "Lower Macungie Township is pleased that the Commonwealth Court recognized that we acted appropriately and in …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Racial incidents have never occurred before, residents say.
The black and white "ribbons" displayed at several homes in a Lower Macungie neighborhood express the reaction of residents to an ugly racial aspersion cast late last week: They don't like it. A week ago, an African-American family who lives on Sequoia Drive woke to find that "KKK" had been spray-painted across the garage door of their home and reported it to state police at Fogelsville. The act has been classified criminal mischief and occurred between 10:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7:30 a.m. Dec. 7, police said. The garage door has since been painted over. A day or two after the incident, residents found a "ribbon" made of black and white construction paper had been anonymously delivered to each home, according to a neighbor who declined to give …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Driver made an improper turn in front of another, causing collision, troopers say.
Two area drivers were moderately hurt recently on the Route 222 Bypass in Lower Macungie Township, according to police. State police at Fogelsville said Walter J. Gdowik, 91, of Allentown attempted to turn left from Route 222 onto N. Krocks Road at 4:34 p.m. Nov. 25. He turned in front of and then collided with a southbound vehicle on Route 222. That car, driven by Russell L. Shade, 52, also of Allentown, could not avoid colliding with Gdowik's car, police said. Shade's vehicle spun and came to rest in the intersection. Both drivers were taken to an area hospital by Cetronia Ambulance Corps, police said. Gdowik was cited for making an improper left turn, police said.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Nissan Xterra struck two parked vehicles and driver fled without stopping, troopers say.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Happen to know anyone with a dark-colored Nissan Xterra that is damaged now but wasn't prior to Friday evening? If so, state police, and no doubt two other interested parties, would like to know about it. Two vehicles parked in the 7000 block of Hunt Drive in Lower Macungie were struck by a hit-and-run driver about 11 p.m. Nov. 23, according to state police at Fogelsville. The offending vehicle, described only as a dark-colored Nissan Xterra, was attempting to round a curve when it struck the two parked vehicles. The driver did not stop, police said. Police did not describe or offer the damage done to the victims' vehicles. The Xterra should have resulting passenger-side damage, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call police …
Monday, November 26, 2012
11 small animals found dead near a Lower Macungie park on Friday have been identified as foxes, not dogs.
Eleven small animals found dead and skinned near Lower Macungie's Quarry Park Friday have been tentatively identified as foxes because of their teeth, according to Christine Wiggins of the Lehigh County Humane Society. Further testing is needed to be sure, Bruce Fritch of the humane society told The Morning Call. A press release from state police originally indicated the animals were puppies, sparking outrage among local animal lovers. An Upper Macungie woman who was walking her dogs on Friday afternoon near the park made the gruesome discovery and called state police. She did not want to disclose exactly what she saw for fear of jeopardizing the investigation. The woman told Patch, "It's very upsetting. And I worry what kind of person …