Fountain Hill Borough Council voted 4-1 during its Aug. 5 meeting to terminate a police officer who was charged with a DUI.
"I am regrettably making a recommendation that James Scoble be terminated as a result of [his] DUI arrest and aggravating factors," said Mayor Jose Rosado before the council's vote. Scoble allegedly crashed his vehicle into a utility pole on the night of Dec. 16 last year.
Casting the lone dissenting vote, Councilwoman Helen Halleman said that "we are all human" before adding that council could "turn a life around" by not terminating Scoble.
A 42-year-old Orefield man died July 27 while trimming trees in Bethlehem.
Robert Rogers III died due to electrocution, said Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek.
His death has been ruled an accident.
Rogers was using a bucket truck when he contacted one of the 12-kilovolt lines near the eastern end of Sand Island at the Minsi Trail Bridge.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton joined Governor Tom Corbett at the Turnpike's Trevose Maintenance Facility in Bensalem July 30 to officially kickoff the start of the $500 million Stage 1 of the project to connect the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Interstate 95, finally completing the nation's original Interstate Highway System and improving travel through the Mid-Atlantic.
Compassion and professionalism were highly evident on Main Street Sunday afternoon when a pedestrian fell and hit his head on the roadway. Stunned and bloodied as a result of his fall, he was comforted by two passersby who immediately called 9-1-1. Within a couple of minutes, two fire inspectors were on the scene aiding the gentleman and they also dialed 9-1-1. Another two minutes and an ambulance was on the scene stabilizing him and readying him for transport to a hospital for medical care.
While Division I college athletes bring in the bucks for their colleges, many of them are actually forced to live near or below the poverty level. Once an athlete's eligibility is used up, he's put out to pasture. If he makes the mistake of accepting a suit or a free dinner, the NCAA can swoop down and destroy him.
In the case of Penn State, 14 years of Joe Paterno's victories were simply erased without so much as a how-do-you-do. And scholarships were taken away from deserving high school students who know nothing about the Sandusky scandal.
Northampton County's Citizens' Academy is accepting applications. Northampton County Executive John Stoffa said the second annual behind-the-scenes look at county government will be held Sept. 4 to Nov. 14.
Information and a registration form for this tuition free, 11-session course are available at the county's website, www.northamptoncounty.org or by calling or emailing Tom Harp, director of administration, at email@example.com or 610-559-3192. Registration deadline is Aug. 16; the academy class is limited to 25 participants.