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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Whitehall mother who left baby on bus not facing charges

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

DA asks instead for mental health evaluation

A Whitehall Township woman who left her infant son with a LANTA bus driver is no longer facing charges in that matter.

Ashley Leann Walters, 26, was charged with reckless endangerment after leaving her 32-day-old baby with a bus driver at the Guetter Street, Bethlehem, stop Oct. 26. But Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli has directed the charges be dismissed. Instead of a jail cell, Walters’ mental state is being evaluated at a local hospital.

Nothstein cleared of alleged misconduct

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein announced during an Aug. 24 news conference that he has been cleared of undefined sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the year 2000. He said he has been exonerated by SafeSport, an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sports.

SafeSport generally only reports on its investigations when disciplinary action has been taken.

Nothstein denies sexual misconduct allegations

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Campaign manager says daily newspaper rejected evidence clearing his name

It’s that bittersweet time of year when many parents see their college-bound children leave home for the first time. That includes Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein and his wife, Christi. Their daughter left for Penn State Aug. 17.

Before that happened, the family awoke to a Morning Call story placing Nothstein at the center of a supposed sexual misconduct investigation.

“It was a tough day to send my daughter to school,” Nothstein would say later that day as he took his case to the public.

Police seeking assault victims

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Police Log

A physical therapist employed by St. Luke’s Visiting Nurse Association was charged June 6 with sexually assaulting a 97-year-old Hanover Township man.

Arnee Rubi, 42, of McNair Circle in Northampton, was charged last week with two counts of indecent assault after having been caught in the act by the victim’s granddaughter during a home visit May 21.

Rubi had previously visited the victim on at least three occasions for home treatment of a hip injury, according to the report.

Legislator says he will continue to be voice for ‘sensible center’

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sept. 10, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted what was supposed to be a “formal announcement” concerning his intentions next year. But news of his retirement leaked out Sept. 7. Dent revealed his intentions to a few of his congressional colleagues, and they spilled the beans.

“They’re wonderful friends, but they have big mouths,” Dent joked Sunday at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Allentown.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody in this room,” said Dent, who apologized for interrupting one of the biggest sports weekends of the year.

Da Vinci’s aquarium is topic of town hall

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Allentown’s Da Vinci Science Center would like to reinvent itself in Easton. Thanks in no small part to a $30 million pledge by Easton Mayor Sal Panto, the science center, now near Cedar Crest College, plans to transform into a $130 million aquarium, complete with an event center and even an immersion theater, in the City of Easton.

But who will pay for it?

Toomey holds town hall meeting in Bethlehem

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Fairly or unfairly, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has come under heavy criticism for refusing to meet his constituents at one of those increasingly raucous town halls. One group calling itself Tuesdays with Toomey actually camps outside his legislative offices weekly. On Aug. 31, it was Thursday with Toomey. It was a one-hour televised town hall at the Steelstacks’ PBS39 studios before a small crowd of 54 people and nine reporters and photographers.

Lehigh Twp. day care owner pleads guilty in 2016 infant death

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Police Log

Sharon’s Day Care owner and operator Sharon Ballek, 61, has pleaded guilty to charges filed in connection with the April 1, 2016, death of a 3-month-old baby who had been entrusted to Ballek’s care. McKenna Rose Felmly died on her first day at the now-closed Lehigh Township facility, located at 4538 Third St.

Ballek entered her guilty plea before Northampton County Judge Paula Roscioli July 31. She admitted to both endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.

Trial rescheduled for driver in Hanover Twp. hit and run

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A Hanover Township man who was supposed to face trial this week in a fatal hit and run will wait until July 5 for his trial.

Royce Atkins, 22, was arraigned March 17 on criminal charges filed as a result of a Nov. 6, 2015, hit-and-run accident along Schoenersville Road that left a 9-year-old Sheckler Elementary School student dead.

With an original trial date of Monday, this trial has now been assigned to Judge Michael Koury, who has also scheduled a pretrial conference on June 10.

Atkins is represented by Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer Jack McMahon.