Bethlehem Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

NORCO New corrections administrator named

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

James C. Kostura is a former Navy Seal who began working for Northampton County Corrections in 1993. He started out as a corrections officer and worked his way up through the ranks to became a deputy warden in charge of community corrections. Recently he was confirmed unanimously as director of corrections, replacing former Director Dan Keen.

Kostura’s salary is set at $93,626.

There were several bad jokes about Kostura “diving” into the new job.

Friendly’s about to get a lot friendlier

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Friendly’s Convenience Store, located at 4209 William Penn Highway in Bethlehem Township, is about to get a lot friendlier. So are two township Giant stores located off Linden Street and Easton Avenue. All three locations will soon be adding a very popular item to their inventory – alcohol. At their April 2 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved liquor license transfers for all three locations.

McClure: ‘Gaming Board’s time has come and gone’

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When he was a member of Northampton County Council, Lamont McClure drafted the legislation creating the county’s nine-member Gaming Board. As executive, he wants to abolish it. “The Gaming Board’s time has come and gone,” he told council last week. “I brought the Gaming Authority into the world; it’s time to take it out.”

Officials want jail population reduction

Monday, April 2, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

One way to handle an influx of extra inmates is to build a new jail. That’s what former NorCo Exec John Brown wanted to do. But there’s another way. It’s simply to reduce the jail population by releasing people who pose no risk to anyone. Northampton County court officials have come up with a plan to make that happen. At their March 15 meeting, Northampton County Council voted unanimously to support it by adding a new pretrial services officer

$500K mattresses makes everyone uncomfortable

Monday, April 2, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Gracedale Nursing Home, which is owned by Northampton County, has been struggling with its Medicare rating for quality measures. This system appears online and applies to all nursing homes. It reflects the quality of care afforded to residents. Gracedale’s rating had dipped to one star, the lowest rating. It currently is back at two stars, which is still considered below average.

NorCo council gives next controller a $10,000 raise

Monday, March 26, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When the next Northampton County Controller is sworn into office in January 2020, he or she will be paid $10,000 more than the $65,000 annual salary that Bucky Szulborski receives now. On March 15, a divided county council approved the raise by a 6-2-1 vote. Voting for the increase were John Cusick, Matt Dietz, Peg Ferraro, Ken Kraft, Bob Werner and Tara Zrinski. Voting no were Lori Vargo Heffner and Ron Heckman. Bill McGee abstained.

Homicide solved, two charged in gang slaying

Friday, March 9, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A little over a year ago, on Feb. 8, 2017, a man who was leaving his Bethlehem home for work noticed something unfamiliar on the sidewalk near the northeast corner of Sioux and Sassafras Streets. Because it was 2 a.m., it was difficult to make things out. But as he drew closer, he realized it was a person lying on that sidewalk. That person was later identified as Teayahe Glover, a 19-year-old woman living in the area. She had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including one to her face.

Homicide solved, two charged in gang slaying

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A little over a year ago, on Feb. 8, 2017, a man who was leaving his Bethlehem home for work noticed something unfamiliar on the sidewalk near the northeast corner of Sioux and Sassafras Streets. Because it was 2 a.m., it was difficult to make things out. But as he drew closer, he realized it was a person lying on that sidewalk. That person was later identified as Teayahe Glover, a 19-year-old woman living in the area. She had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including one to her face.

Homicide solved, two charged in gang slaying

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A little over a year ago, on Feb. 8, 2017, a man who was leaving his Bethlehem home for work noticed something unfamiliar on the sidewalk near the northeast corner of Sioux and Sassafras Streets. Because it was 2 a.m., it was difficult to make things out. But as he drew closer, he realized it was a person lying on that sidewalk. That person was later identified as Teayahe Glover, a 19-year-old woman living in the area. She had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including one to her face.

State of the County

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Gov’t goal: Serve most vulnerable

When Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure was first asked to deliver a “State of the County” address, he wondered what he’d be able to say because he’s been in office for two months. So he decided instead to speak about the challenges he’s facing. In conversational style, he made his focus pretty clear in his March 2 address to a packed house of at least 150 people at Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

“We all work for the people of Northampton County,” he said after introducing his staff.