The Lehigh County District Attorney’s office announced Sept. 13 Msgr. John Stephen Mraz, 66, formerly of 415 S. 6th St., Emmaus and now residing at Holy Family Villa for Priests, Bethlehem, has been charged with sexual abuse of children and criminal use of communication facility, both felonies of the third degree; and obscene and other sexual materials and performances, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
The Lehigh County Coroner has identified a woman found shot outside a residence early Sept. 13.
Stephanie Roof, 46, of 6409 Pine Crest Lane, was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m. in Lehigh Valley Health Network, Cedar Crest campus, Salisbury Township, according to a press release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center Sept. 14.
An autopsy found Roof suffered a gunshot wound to the body.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim ruled the manner of Roof’s death a homicide.
State Police Troop M Bethlehem say a 59-year-old Slatington man reported his electronic floor safe was opened and a tan metal lock box containing five silver rings and $42,000 in cash was stolen between 9 a.m. July 22 and 11:33 a.m. Aug. 6 from his business at 4172 Best Station Road, Washington Township.
According to State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, a 19-year-old Allentown man was charged with felony offenses after a 49-year-old Allentown woman reported several pieces of jewelry were removed from a home in the 5800 block of Miller Road, Lynn Township.
A 25-year-old woman, of Allentown, was charged with indecent exposure, public intoxication and disorderly conduct after an indecent in the Wawa store parking lot, 3321 Willow Lane, Lower Macungie Township, 8:47 p.m. Sept. 2. Police said the woman became belligerent with officers and began shouting profanities in the parking lot. When asked for identification the woman handed the trooper a credit card. Charges were filed.
An 38-year-old woman, of Allentown, was charged with speeding after a one-vehicle accident along Interstate 78, Salisbury Township, Aug. 18. According to police, the woman was westbound on Interstate 78 near mile marker 56.7 around 4:50 a.m. during a heavy rain. The woman lost control of her vehicle, slid out of control and hit a concrete barrier on the right side of the highway. The woman was transported to Lehigh Valley Health Network for treatment of her injuries. A citation for speeding was filed.
Police arrested a Tennessee man Aug. 30 after he and another man allegedly attacked a number of Lehigh University students two days earlier.
Christopher Navarrette, 30, of Spring Place Road in Cleveland, Tenn., is charged with two counts each of harassment, simple assault and aggravated assault.
A resident in the 1300 block of Marlow Street reported 11:59 p.m. Aug. 18 an unknown actor kicked in a door of the home and removed an Apple MacBook Pro, a Sony Playstation 4, an Xbox, 10 games for a Playstation and five games for an Xbox.
A resident in the 1400 block of Exeter Road reported 10:45 a.m. Aug. 19 an unknown actor entered an unlocked vehicle and removed a St. Christopher medal.
A resident in the 3000 block of Grace Street reported 11 a.m. Aug. 19 an unknown actor entered a vehicle and removed a yellow flashlight.
A 23-year-old woman, of Alburtis, was charged with retail theft after she placed two hair extensions into her purse at Sally Beauty Supply 1091 Mill Creek Road, Lower Macungie Township, 5:49 p.m. Aug. 11. According to police, the woman fled from store employees when confronted. Charges were filed.
Chief Deputy Corner Andrew H. Kehm pronounced William McConnell, 47, dead 2:55 p.m. Sept. 1 and Corrinia Rismiller, 44, was pronounced dead 2:57 p.m. Sept. 1 at 1306 Byfield St., Allentown.
Autopsies were performed Sept. 2. The cause and manner of deaths for both are pending toxicological studies.
The Lehigh County Coroner’s office and the Salisbury Township Police Department are conducting the investigation with the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police, Lehigh County District Attorney’s office and the homicide task force.
An 38-year-old woman, of Allentown, was charged with speeding after a one-vehicle accident long Interstate 78, Salisbury Township, Aug. 18. According to police, the woman was westbound on Intertstate 78 near mile marker 56.7 around 4:50 a.m. during a heavy rain. The woman lost control of her vehicle and slid out of control and hit a concrete barrier on the right side of the highway. The woman was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital Network for treatment of her injuries. A citation was filed.