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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Agency seeks help in identifying woman

The Federal Bureau of Investigation needs help identifying an unknown female who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

Photographs, a sketch, and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as Jane Doe 37, are available to the public and can be found online at

DA announces charged filed in Oct. 18 homicide in Whitehall

Monday, November 25, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Nov. 21 that charges have been filed in relation to the Oct. 18 homicide of Jeffrey Werner inside his Whitehall Township home.

Dakota Schmoyer, 27, no known address, and Michael Layton, of Bethlehem, have been charged with criminal homicide, a felony of the first degree.

Schmoyer and Layton are also charged with one count each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, both felonies of the first degree.

Schmoyer is currently incarcerated in Lehigh County Jail on unrelated charges.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Law enforcement encourages citizens to report suspicious activity

Pennsylvania State Police works closely with its local, state and federal law enforcement partners to investigate and prevent all types of criminal activity. Tips from the public regularly provide valuable information that helps investigators do their jobs in a more proactive and efficient manner. Col. Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the state police, reminds the public everyone can do his or her part to keep communities safe by knowing how to report suspicious activity.

In Pennsylvania, suspicious activity may be reported in three ways.

• By phone: 1-888-292-1919

Farmers market vouchers available for county seniors

Friday, June 7, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Service employees will distribute farmers market nutrition program vouchers to eligible senior citizens, while supplies last. The vouchers are available to Lehigh County residents 60 years or older whose total gross household monthly income is not more than $1,925.58 for a single person and $2,607.00 for married couples.

Proof of age and residency must be provided. Participants will be required to sign that they read and understand their rights and responsibilities.

LVHN partners with LVIA to ensure travel safety

Monday, February 11, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

In time for the upcoming winter vacation and spring break travel season, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has sponsored the installation of a series of first aid-kits at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE). The kits are designed for the treatment of minor medical incidents such as cuts, scrapes, burns and other simple emergencies. The supplies’ proximity to high pedestrian traffic in the hallways and waiting areas is designed to offer immediate care until onsite emergency medical technicians can arrive.

County to receive DCNR grants Funds will help close trail gap between Catty, Hanover

Monday, December 31, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved four major grants for Lehigh County. These grants, totaling $469,900, will provide additional resources to countywide efforts to improve quality of life and enhance outdoor recreational experiences.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Two persons charged with animal cruelty and neglect

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Nov. 2 two persons have been charged with animal cruelty and neglect.

Melanie Rehrig, 33 and Jason Wieder, 39, both of the 900 block of Hillcrest Drive South, Macungie, are both charged with five counts of alleged aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony of the third degree; six counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor of the second degree; six counts of neglect of animals, a misdemeanor of the third degree and 86 counts of neglect of animals, a summary offense, according to a media release from the district attorney’s office.


Monday, October 8, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

VIA Marathon draws 1,437 participants

The VIA Marathon was held recently with the downhill course starting at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown recently.

The course proceeded to the Lehigh Parkway, past the Fish Hatchery, across a covered bridge and headed toward the Lehigh River.

At mile seven, runners entered the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Mile 12 placed the runners in Bethlehem with a run through the 18th Century Industrial Quarter. Canal locks, a boat launch and several parks made up the run to Easton.

Customers may now bring REAL ID documents to driver’s license centers

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services Kurt Myers provided an update recently on Pennsylvania’s progress toward compliance with the federal REAL ID Act and how customers can apply for REAL ID pre-verification in PennDOT driver’s license centers.