Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Felony charges dropped against four WHS students

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Felony charges have been dropped for the Whitehall High School students who were removed from a Jan. 28 WHS basketball game by police, after officers were called to control what they called “disruptive” behavior, according to recent reports.

A juvenile court hearing was held Feb. 12 before Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach, who dropped the felony charges of inciting a riot.

According to reports, the juveniles are also charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of the administration of the law — all misdemeanors.

Juveniles charged

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Inciting riot is a felony

The four juveniles involved in the incident Jan. 28 at Whitehall High School, in which area police removed what they called “disruptive” students, have been charged in juvenile court with numerous offenses, including inciting a riot — a felony.

A hearing was held Jan. 29 at Lehigh County Courthouse. Members of the media could not be present. According to reports, the juveniles have also been charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of the administration of the law, all misdemeanors, and are under house arrest.

‘Disruptive’ students removed from game

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Police take four into custody

Whitehall High School boys basketball games were canceled Jan. 28 after several high school students in attendance became disruptive and police were called, according to a statement released by the Whitehall-Coplay School District.

Whitehall Police Department reported that, during the WHS junior varsity game, a disturbance prompted a school administrator to ask a juvenile to leave the property. The juvenile refused.

Police continue homicide investigation

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Jeffrey Werner shot, killed inside his Fullerton home

The investigation continues into a shooting that claimed the life of a Whitehall Township man in the early-morning hours of Oct. 18.

Jeffrey Werner, 53, was killed inside his Pennsylvania Street, Fullerton, home.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric D. Minnich, Werner died of gunshot wounds. Minnich ruled the death a homicide. An autopsy was completed Oct. 19.

According to reports, emergency personnel were called to 626 Pennsylvania St. approximately 4:15 a.m.

Early-morning crash closes 22; passenger ejected from vehicle

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Police Log

A stretch of Route 22 West was closed Sept. 19 after a two-vehicle crash in the area of Airport Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

According to Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, a 56-year-old male from Lansdowne was operating a 2010 GMC box truck, traveling in the left lane of the two-lane highway just before 3:30 a.m. A 40-year-old male from Laurys Station, operating a 2018 McLaren 720S, struck the box truck from behind.

Township gets grant for pavilion in Parkway

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Whitehall Township has been awarded $60,000 to construct a pavilion in the Whitehall Parkway through the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation program, State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, announced Sept. 17.

The project will consist of installing a pre-engineered open-air pavilion with restrooms and concession areas in the Parkway, which spans 110 acres in the township.

“This project is an important part of Lehigh Valley’s recreational and tourism attractions, which host many visitors throughout the year,” McNeill said.

Ready for the Party in the Park?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Coplay Community Days will be held this weekend

The 39th annual Coplay Community Days festival kicks off Aug. 23 with a concert by the much-loved local band The Aardvarks.

Set for 6-10 p.m., the performance will be held on the Miller Lite Stage, located at Coplay Parkway, Second and Keefer streets.

There is no admission or parking fee for the three-day event, which is run by an all-volunteer crew. There is also no cover charge for any of the six concerts taking place throughout the weekend.

The festival will be held rain or shine. Event hours are 5-10 p.m. Aug. 23 and noon- 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25.

Whitehall woman dies in Dominican

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

A Whitehall Township woman is one of a reported six people who died recently while on vacation in the Dominican Republic.

Forty-one-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner died May 25, according to spokespersons at the resort she and her husband were staying in. Reports indicate the couple checked in that day at Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville, La Romana. Schaup-Werner collapsed soon after she had a drink from the minibar.

Five days later, a Maryland couple was found dead in their room at Grand Bahia Principe, also in La Romana.

Memorial Day services planned

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Memorial Day services are planned across the region. The public is invited to attend the programs, organized by local veterans groups to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve and protect our freedoms.


• Stanley W. Reinhard American Legion Post 426 will hold services May 26 at the following locations:

Noon — Coplay Saengerbund memorial, South Fifth Street

12:10 p.m. — St. Peter cemetery, South Fifth Street

12:20 p.m. — St. John’s cemetery, South Ruch Street, Stiles

12:30 p.m. — Stiles memorial, Chestnut Street

Fire claims 1 life, displaces 23 residents

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Red Cross aids families; GoFundMe created to help family of man who died

The American Red Cross is providing aid to displaced residents and a GoFundMe account has been created for the family of a man who died in a fire Dec. 7 in Fullerton.

Emergency personnel were called to Spring Ridge Apartments, North 13th Street, about 9:30 p.m. According to a report on the Whitehall Township Bureau of Fire’s Facebook page, police officers were first on the scene and escorted residents from the complex’s J building.