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PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O'HARE Mat Benol with Ten Commandments plaque behind him on July 1. PRESS PHOTO BY BERNIE O'HARE Mat Benol with Ten Commandments plaque behind him on July 1.

Northamtpon County: Commandments plaque missing ... again

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by BERNIE O'HARE Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

It's happened again. A Ten Commandments plaque has mysteriously disappeared from Northampton County Council's chambers. Council member Mat Benol, who placed it on a wall behind his seat July 1, noticed it was missing at the Aug. 6 meeting. He reported the loss to his fellow council members at the conclusion of business.

This is the second time that a Ten Commandments plaque has vanished from NorCo Council chambers.

When he was on council, Ron Angle had hammered a plaque onto the wall behind his seat in 2002. When he left office at the end of 2011, the Ten Commandments stayed. But not for long. Council Clerk Frank Flisser noticed it was missing just before Easter. Despite a $500 reward offered by Angle, it was never recovered.

Then Executive John Stoffa suggested that Moses must have them.

Angle's plaque lasted 10 years. Benol's was gone in a month.

After the meeting, Benol indicated he will simply get another. He denied any interest in reporting a theft.

"I won't waste the sheriff's time," he explained.

Director of Administration Luis Campos will investigate whether any security cameras reveal the culprit.