Bethlehem Press

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Veteran prosecutor to head narcotics unit

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

A veteran prosecutor in the Lehigh County District Attorney’s office has been named supervisor of the narcotics unit.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Joseph R. Stauffer, who has been in the office since 2004, supervises a unit that includes five other attorneys.

Stauffer approves most of the search warrants for the drug unit, manages forfeitures for the unit and approves most of the felony criminal complaints involving drug prosecutions.

January is Radon Action Month

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

January is Nation Radon Action Month, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has devised an initiative to bring the dangers of radon to the forefront. Radon is a naturally occurring carcinogen with many case studies showing a direct correlation to lung cancer and other possible diseases. Radon is a radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium, thorium and radium in rock and soil. With no scent or taste and being invisible, radon is a silent killer that seeps into building structures and does not discriminate against its victims.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

DA’s office obtains first gang enhancement sentence in assault case

The Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office has obtained the first gang enhancement sentence in an assault case as the office and the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and

Investigation Center contribute resources to gang-related prosecution.

A 20-year-old Allentown woman who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault as a first-degree felony was sentenced Jan. 5, to four to 20 years in state prison for assaulting a

15-year-old girl, Chief Deputy District Attorney Bethany Zampogna, said.

Swain School celebrates 86th year

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

At its annual Founder’s Day celebration recently, The Swain School celebrated the 86th year of its founding by D. Esther Swain.

The day’s events included a program in which Pat Wood Beldon, of Allentown, was honored with the annual Trustee Award for community service.

The award is given in recognition of service to the greater community, by a member of The Swain School family. It includes a crystal bowl and $1,000 cash award.

Beldon donated the cash award back to the school to support its own community service initiatives.

23rd annual Holiday Dinner & Auction Gala event benefits city’s history

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites celebrated 23 years of holiday fundraising at the annual Holiday Dinner & Art Auction Dec. 5 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

The event helps raise funds to support, protect and maintain over 20 historic buildings and almost three centuries of history in Historic Bethlehem. Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is able to share its knowledge through exhibitions, tours and programs, all because of events like this.

Laros Foundation presents 6 grants

Thursday, December 31, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Bethlehem based, R.K.Laros Foundation, established in 1952 by Laros Silk Mill founder and owner R.K. Laros, has awarded grants to six local non-profit organizations.

The Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley, $25,000, in support of their renovations to the Senior Center serving 40-60 adults at their Fourth Street Bethlehem location.

The Bethlehem Mounted Police, $20,000, to assist in the construction of the new stable and facilities in Bethlehem for the mounted patrol unit

‘Night of Heroes’ also a night of stories

Monday, November 23, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Kiera Pheiffer of Bethlehem was a high school senior and star soccer player at Freedom High school when she was a victim in a multi-vehicle car crash in October 2014. She was rushed to surgery for internal bleeding and underwent procedures to remove her spleen and repair her damaged aorta. She also suffered debilitating orthopedic injuries, facial fractures and a traumatic brain injury that necessitated months of rehabilitation. Despite the odds against her recovering, she surprised her graduating class at Freedom by walking on stage to get her diploma merely eight months later.