Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, December 10, 2017

5 seek 4 seats on school board

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Five candidates are vying for just four seats on Whitehall-Coplay School Board in the Nov. 7 municipal election.

William Fonzone Sr., Wayne A. Grim and George Williams are cross-filed on both the Democratic and Republican (D/R) ballots.

Joseph Shields is a Democrat (D).

George Makhoul is running on the Republican (R) ticket.

The Press asked the candidates the following question: How should public education be funded?

Only one candidate responded:

GEORGE WILLIAMS (D/R)

6 candidates seek 3 township commissioner seats

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Six candidates are seeking three seats on the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners in the Nov. 7 municipal election. Three candidates are running on the Democratic (D) ticket; three are registered Republicans (R).

The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why should voters choose you?

Their responses follow.

SHAWN E. CLARY (D)

GoFundMe account surpasses $25,000 goal

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Funds to help fulfill Kelsy Thomson’s ‘dreams for daughters in her absence’

A GoFundMe account created to benefit the children of slain Whitehall Township resident Kelsy Thomson has surpassed its goal in just five days.

The fundraising site, set up to honor the memory of Kelsy Thomson, who was killed June 7 in her Whitehall home, will “help fulfill Kelsy’s dreams for her daughters in her absence,” according to the fund drive organizers.

A $25,000 goal had been set. On Wednesday morning, $25,360 had already been raised.

Whitehall police investigate deaths on Belleview Drive

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Whitehall Township police were called Wednesday afternoon to a home in the 1900 block of Belleview Drive, where a man and a woman were found dead.

The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the deaths of Kelsy Lynn Thomson, 35, and Brian E. Thomson, 41, both of 1926 Belleview Drive. Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl pronounced Kelsy Lynn Thomson dead at 3:18 p.m. and Brian Thomson dead at 3:20 p.m.

Initial reports said the incident was a murder-suicide, but police have not confirmed that.

Danielsville man dies in Cherryville Road crash

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Police Log

A Danielsville man was killed May 26 in a two-vehicle crash on Cherryville Road in Allen Township.

According to the Northampton County Coroner’s Office, Justin Gnas, 24, died at the scene from wounds sustained in the accident. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

The crash occurred just after 7 a.m. in the 4000 block of Cherryville Road.

Couple charged with fire company theft

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Former board members used W. Catty social club funds for personal purchases

A Whitehall Township couple has been charged with the theft of more than $6,000 from the West Catasauqua Fire Company social club.

According to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, Harrison E. Bruder Jr., 53, and his wife, Brenda L. Bruder, 52, of 2016 S. First Ave., were charged May 8 with one count each of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy — felonies of the third degree.

Couple charged with fire company theft

Monday, May 8, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Former board members used W. Catty social club money for personal purchases

A Whitehall Township couple has been charged with the theft of more than $6,000 from the West Catasauqua Fire Company social club.

According to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, Harrison E. Bruder Jr., 53, and his wife, Brenda L. Bruder, 52, of 2016 S. First Ave., were charged today with one count each of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy — felonies of the third degree.

$33.5 million question:

Monday, March 13, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Why will the new bridge

Last week’s Q&A with Rick Molchany, Lehigh County’s director of general services, who offered some insight into the upcoming closing of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, drew a huge response from readers.

Many took to social media, posting angry-faced emojis and comments of exasperation. Some sent emails, filled with examples of other projects done in a more timely manner.

Most asked that one more question be asked:

Why in the world was this new bridge going to take three years to complete?

According to Molchany, there are many reasons for this time projection.

Bridge questions answered

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

County official talks detours, dedication

Replacement of the Coplay- Northampton Bridge is expected to begin this month.

Work on the span, built in the 1930s, is part of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s $458 million project to upgrade the area’s transportation system.

The cost of the new bridge is estimated at $33.5 million. Eighty percent will come from federal funding. Fifteen percent will come from the state, while the remaining 5 percent will come from Lehigh County.

Motorists will need to take alternate routes while the bridge is closed — a three-year projection.