Bethlehem Press

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State rejects voting challenge

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Under Pennsylvania’s Election Code, 10 or more citizens have the right to challenge the Department of State’s certification of a voting system. That’s exactly what happened to the ExpressVote XL voting system, a hybrid combining a voter-verified paper trail with the simplicity of a touch screen. This system was certified by both the federal and state governments in November 2018. Eight months later, a consortium of paper ballot purists filed a challenge. This triggered an automatic re-examination, which was conducted off-site in August.

Norco Judge McFadden to resign Nov. 30

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden, Northampton County’s first female judge, was up for retention in November. But on Aug. 19, she notified Governor Tom Wolf of her withdrawal from the retention election. She also advised she would be resigning, effective Nov. 30.

She’s a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (1974) and received her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University in 1978.

After her appointment to the bench in 1988, she was elected in 1989 and retained in 1999 and 2009.

She’s been a judge for 31 years.

NorCo bench going Mediterranean?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Next year, all but one of Northampton County’s nine judges will be either Italian or Lebanese. John Morganelli has already been picked by both parties for Judge Giordano’s vacancy. The executive committees of both Democratic and Republican parties decided to keep the Mediterranean influence Aug. 29 when they chose the party nominees to succeed retiring Judge F.P.Kimberly McFadden.

Sen. Casey: ‘America doesn’t surrender to a problem’

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

U.S. Senator Bob Casey visited Northampton Community College’s Lipkin Theatre Aug. 21 for a town hall attended by a friendly but small audience of about 100 people, including Democratic area elected officials. Over the course of an hour, the usually soft-spoken legislator responded to a host of questions on topics extending from the electoral college to infrastructure.

Did county punish probation officers?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Most employers, even in the public sector, hate having to deal with unions. A collective bargaining unit can provide legal protections to an employee whose boss wants to discipline or fire him. On Aug. 16, Northampton County Council may very well have punished a group of county workers simply because they left their union. County Council members Kevin Lott and Bill McGee, both of whom are union agents, led the charge against 64 court-appointed professionals, who consist mostly of probation and pretrial services officers and court reporters.

Murder for rent money Bethlehem man charged in double homicide case

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A Bethlehem man has been charged with a double-murder, arson, burglary and related offenses stemming from a January fire at 2901 Stephen St. in Palmer Township.

Drew Alan Rose, 37, was charged Friday with the homicides of 97-year-old Virginia Houck and her son, Roger Houck, 61, of Seattle. The motive for these alleged actions was Rose’s need for his half of $900 in rent at a Broadway apartment he shared with his mother.

NEWS ANALYSIS--Zrinski slams Bethlehem Twp. pipeline deal; commissioners respond

Monday, July 22, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

It’s no longer just nonbinding plastic straw bans. Northampton County Council member Tara Zrinski is now pursuing a new resolution, also nonbinding, taking aim at the PennEast Pipeline route through Bethlehem Tp. This one calls for an evacuation plan and asks PennEast to provide equipment for first responders.

Tara Zrinski is an at-large member of NorCo Council. Her resolution was discussed by Council’s Energy Committee July 17.