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Charges filed in 2012 L. Saucon home invasion

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARESPECIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

“The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine” is a saying that certainly applies to the 2012 home invasion of a Lower Saucon family that, until now, has gone unsolved.

Based on a grand jury presentment, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli has directed that criminal charges be filed against David Bermudez, 37, a fugitive who is formerly from Bethlehem. Morganelli describes home invasions as a terrifying experience, and this in particular a very serious case.

DA targets drug dealer in user death

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARESPECIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

Decrying the growing epidemic of heroin use in Pennsylvania, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli announced Jan. 5 that he had approved filing criminal charges against an accused heroin dealer whose customer died of an acute heroin intoxication last summer. Daniel Joseph Fisher, age 29, has been charged with drug delivery resulting in death as a result of the death of Thomas O’Brien Jr., 27, on Aug. 20. This is a first degree felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment.

NorCo: Ferraro out, Cusick in

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARESPECIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

Elections have consequences. There’s a new tea party faction on Northampton Council. It consists of exec wannabe Hayden Phillips, Matt (that’s two t’s) Dietz, Mat (that’s one t) Benol and Seth Vaughn. Their new leader appears to be John Cusick. He’s walked right back into the council president job he had when he left politics four years ago, fearful that his advocacy of Gracedale’s sale would cost him an election. He managed to become president the same way he did in 2011 – by ousting the incumbent.

Visiting professors share insights

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARESPECIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

Professors from China’s medical and legal professions are among those who recently wrapped up a semester at Northampton Community College. Yan “Maggie” Zhang, who teaches medicine and Ying “Sunny” Shan, a lawyer who teaches law, are from China’s prestigious Jinhua Polytechnic, one of the nation’s leading vocational colleges.

Maggie and Sunny took some time to offer their perspectives on the differences between the China and the United States.

The Legal System

Council approves table gaming grants

Monday, December 21, 2015 by BERNIE O’HARESPECIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

By an 8 to 1 vote, Northampton County Council has approved $720,500 in table games grants. They are part of Executive John Brown’s Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP), which he first announced in January. The plan is to use table games revenue from the Sands Casino for a variety of grants and revolving loans, with an emphasis on aging boroughs and townships. By August, there were 43 grant applications, which were rated by a committee comprised of county bureaucrats, LVPC and council member Scott Parsons.

Contract a hallow victory for AFSCME

Monday, December 14, 2015 by BERNIE O’HARESPECIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

At their final meeting of the year on December 10, Northampton County Council members voted 8-0 to approve a three-year contract with AFSCME Local 1435. That’s the union representing about 650 workers at Gracedale. It provides for a step and grade increase this year, followed by a 1 percent increase in 2016 and 2 percent increase in 2017.

Benner unveils $20 M Greenway Park building

Monday, December 14, 2015 by BERNIE O’HARESPECIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

Sometime early next year, a new building will start climbing for the stars in South Bethlehem, at the South Third and New streets intersection.

Developer Dennis Benner, who is also a Bethlehem attorney, unveiled plans for a $20 million six-story office building that will house two very important tenants - St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh University.

The ground floor of the 125,000-square-foot building, which will be linked to a new four-level parking garage, will consist of retail, with the remaining floors being occupied for office use.

Rosemont facility pitched again

Monday, December 14, 2015 by BERNIE O’HARESPECIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

Bethlehem’s Zoning Hearing Board continued hearing testimony Dec. 3 on plans to convert the vacant Rosemont ES, located at 815 Pennsylvania Avenue, into an assisted living center. Because the school is located in the middle of a residential community, a use variance is needed. On Oct. 21, nearly 50 neighbors calling themselves the Rosemont Neighborhood Coalition packed into Town Hall to oppose Abe Atiyeh’s latest plan. At last night’s meeting, about 40 neighbors attended.

At the first hearing, Atiyeh unleashed his secret weapon - his wife.