Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Veteran NYC, county officer new sheriff

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by BERNIE O”HARE in Local News

Acting sheriff Richard H. Johnston knows a little bit about perseverance.

He was a lieutenant in the sheriff’s department in 2010 when he was suddenly laid off as a cost-saving measure. Rather than giving up, Johnston spent the next two years working for the Sands Casino as both a security officer and table games dealer. In 2013, he was reinstated by the county. Last week, he was appointed sheriff by Executive Lamont McClure. This appointment must be confirmed by six of county council...

Turnpike toll increases set for 2019

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a six percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to start 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.

The toll increase will apply to all PA Turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (#359) in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.

The most-common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year from $1.30 to $1.38...

Mexican eatery joins downtown

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Urbano Mexican Kitchen and Bar at 526 Main St. in Bethlehem made its opening official at a ceremonial ribbon cutting on May 8 with public officials and members of the local business community in attendance. “Thank you for your investment, commitment and faith in our downtown,” Mayor Bob Donchez said.

The 75-seat restaurant and bar is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Brunch is offered on Sundays at 11 a.m....

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Worker opposed to union dues withdrawal

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

It’s not often U. S. Supreme Court decisions are cited in the chambers of the Lehigh County Commissioners, but county employee Francisco Molina did exactly that June 27 when he addressed the board during the public comment portion of the agenda.

Medina, who has worked for the county since 2004 and for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth since 2006, said he does not want the county to provide his banking information to Service Employees International Union for automatic...

BETHLEHEM Developers seek commission’s advice

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Larry Eighmy and Larson Lovdal from the Stone House Group, along with architect Bret Peters, sought advice from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission regarding the structure located behind the iconic Flatiron Building. Eighmy, also owner of the property through Sycamore Hill Farm Development, presented plans to convert the Wells Fargo Bank’s parking deck at 327 Broadway and 324 W. Fourth St. into a magistrate’s office and courtroom with secure parking, a microbrewery and commercial...


Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

The tragedy at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis hit close to home for me and two of my colleagues. Brad Simpson, chief financial officer, PA NewsMedia Association, Robin Quillon, publisher of The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown and myself were meeting in a conference room just outside of the newsroom at the same newspaper that would be the topic of breaking news just a couple of hours later.

I remember one victim who walked by me. Sunglasses, hat and a grumpy hello and I said to myself...

TASK FORCE Sobriety checkpoints scheduled in July

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

The Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force will conduct sobriety checkpoints in Lehigh County during weekends in July.

A sobriety checkpoint is a traffic safety checkpoint wherein police systematically stop vehicles at selected locations to briefly observe drivers for articulable signs and/or behaviors normally associated with drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

The sobriety checkpoint is intended to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes caused by impaired drivers and to...