Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lawsuit filed against NASD, IU-20

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Court documents claim aide had back turned during alleged 2017 assault

Northampton Area School District and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 face a federal lawsuit based on the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old female student with special needs.

The complaint, filed Sept. 11 by Philadelphia Attorney Michael D. Shaffer, is based on incidents that allegedly occurred in December of 2017.

The student is identified in the complaint only by her initials. She and her parents, also identified only by their initials, are seeking more than $150,000 in damages.

Council ponders purchasing building

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s Centralized Human Services Building is located at 2801 Emrick Boulevard in Bethlehem Township. It was dedicated a little over four years ago, in April 2014. It was a dream come true for former Executive John Stoffa. He devoted his career to human services. Throughout two terms, he argued for a centralized location for the 80,000 clients who often need services from several departments. The county leases this building from Polaris Emrick Development at a rate of $1.05 million per year. Is it time to buy?

Rosenthal scaling back public service

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Joan Rosenthal has been a Northampton County Elections Commissioner, Hanover Township Supervisor, Planning Commissioner and Zoning Hearing Board member. “You name it, I was on it,” she laughs. Over the past few years, she’s been trying to scale back so that others can serve. On Aug, 28, she informed township supervisors that she’s stepping down from the Neighborhood Block Watch, another organization she managed for many years.

DA Morganelli enlists CHC for war on college drinking

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On July 18, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli met with Northampton County’s four college presidents to see what could be done to curb college drinking. “Alcohol is still the drug of choice,” he said. He wants to avoid tragedies like last year’s death of a Lafayette College freshman, who fractured his skull in an apparent fall during a weekend of drinking.

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP 229-home Green Pond project a go

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Developer Traditions of America (TOA)’s plans for an active senior community at Green Pond Country Club have been approved. By a 4-0 vote, Bethlehem Township Commissioners approved a final plan at their Aug. 20 meeting. The approval incorporates conditions that would protect the wetlands and birds. They were set by attorney David J. Brooman, an independent hearing officer, to render a decision. Commissioner Tom Nolan was absent.

Magistrate directed to return court fee

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A Bethlehem Magisterial District Judge who assessed court costs against an innocent defendant has been ordered to make a refund.

On Aug. 10, Judge Roy Manwaring II dismissed a expired meter violation filed against Ryan Woodmansee of Nazareth after photographic evidence was presented that the meter had malfunctioned. Though Woodmansee was exonerated, Judge Manwaring nevertheless ordered him to pay the court costs of $57.25, and directed that he do so before leaving his courtroom.

SafeSport clears sexual allegations

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Lehigh Valley congressional candidate Marty Nothstein announced in an Aug. 24 news conference that he has been cleared of undefined sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the year 2000. He has been exonerated by SafeSport, an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sports. It generally only reports on its investigations when disciplinary action has been taken.

‘It’s time to end this sort of politics’ - Campaign manager says newspaper rejected evidence clearing Nothstein of sexual misconduct

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

It’s that bittersweet time of year when many parents see their college-bound children leave home for the first time. That includes Lehigh Valley congressional candidate Marty Nothstein and his wife, Christi. Their daughter left for Penn State Friday. Before that happened, the family awoke to a Morning Call story that placed Nothstein at the center of a supposed sexual misconduct investigation.

Nothstein is a candidate for the state’s newly created seventh congressional district.