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Man charged in Lehigh Twp. shooting

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Cousin dies; wife hospitalized, dog treated for foot injury

John Michael Hann, 61, was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of homicide and attempted homicide in connection with a shooting in Lehigh Township the night before.

Hann is accused of shooting and killing his cousin, Joseph F. Mullner, 64.

Mullner’s wife Melinda, who called police at 6:26 p.m. on Wednesday to report what had happened, was also shot.

She is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Lehigh Township police found her husband’s body in the driveway of their Longacre Drive home.

Man charged in Lehigh Township shooting

Friday, October 6, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Cousin dies; wife hospitalized dog treated for foot injury

John Michael Hann, 61, was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of homicide and attempted homicide in connection with a shooting in Lehigh Township on Wednesday night.

Hann is accused of shooting and killing his cousin, Joseph F. Mullner, 64.

Mullner’s wife Melinda, who called police at 6:26 p.m. on Wednesday to report what had happened, was also shot.

She is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Lehigh Township police found her husband’s body in the driveway of their Longacre Drive home.

Anderson campus to double capacity

Monday, October 2, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At their Sept. 18 meeting, Bethlehem Township Commissioners voted 4-0 to approve an expansion at St. Luke’s 500-acre Anderson campus that will allow the hospital to double its capacity. “Tower Two,” a four-story hospital building nearly identical to the main site, is what St. Luke’s Vice President Ray Miolam calls the next chapter in the development of the Anderson campus. He anticipates the project will be complete in two and one-half years, with construction starting next spring.

Voting yes were Malissa Davis, Mike Hudak, Howard Kutzler and Tom Nolan. Pat Breslin was absent.

Commissioners to consider fire tax, tax break for firefighters

Monday, October 2, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Bethlehem Township’s volunteer firefighters may soon receive a tax credit for their service under a new law recently signed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Under this law, municipalities now have the option of establishing and setting the amount for a tax credit for earned income or property taxes for first responders. But to participate in the program, the individual must be an active volunteer, reside in the township and meet certain certification requirements. Also, the tax credit is limited to 20 percent of tax liability.

NORCO: Audit finds questionable use of P-Cards

Monday, October 2, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s Human Resources Department spent $3,950 on gift cards for county employees in late 2016 without prior approval. It is unable to explain how many of them were actually used by employees. That’s the major finding in an audit of the county’s credit cards, called P-cards. The audit, performed by Controller Steve Barron and Lead Auditor Frank Kedl, was presented to County Council and Executive John Brown on Sept. 29. The audit finds P-Card abuse and misuse and is recommending that the county overhaul its staff training and travel policies.

Standing up for ‘sensible center’

Monday, September 11, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sunday, Congressman Charlie Dent (R - Pa.15) hosted what was supposed to be a “formal announcement” concerning his intentions next year. But news of his retirement leaked out on Thursday. Dent revealed his intentions to a few of his congressional colleagues, and they spilled the beans.

“They’re wonderful friends, but they have big mouths,” Dent joked Sunday at the swanky Renaissance Hotel in downtown Allentown.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody in this room,” said Dent, who apologized for interrupting one of the biggest sports weekends of the year.

Supervisors approve Sun Inn distillary

Monday, September 11, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Was alcohol a staple in Colonial-era America? That’s one of the claims made on the historic Sun Inn’s webpage. The tavern hopes to replicate that time with Christmas City Spirits, its own distilled beverage. Unanimously, Hanover Township Supervisors voted August 22 to allow Christmas City Spirits to operate a distillery at 167 N Commerce Way. These beverages will supply a tavern whose guest list at one time boasted George Washington, Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Ethan Allen, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Laurens, Richard Lee and Marquis de Lafayette.

NEWS ANALYSIS ‘Working from the center out’

Monday, September 11, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

In a major surprise that resulted in national headlines, Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent (R Pa.15) announced late last week that he’s decided against seeking re-election next year. He vowed to continue “giving voice to the sensible center and working to solve problems for the American people through smart policy - the product of negotiation, cooperation and inevitably, compromise.”

A seven-term Congressman, Dent has dedicated 27 years of his life to public service.

Edinger honored for 20 years service

Monday, September 11, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At their Sept. 4 meeting, Kenn Edinger was honored by Bethlehem Township Commissioners for 20 years of service on the planning commission. That’s an unpaid job for volunteers. He’s leaving with a plaque. But as fellow Planning Commissioner Don Wright joked, no check.

The resolution honoring Edinger, which passed unanimously, cited his “keen insight and important township historical knowledge.”