Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Fire calls

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by The Press in Local News


Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3501 responded to an alarm activation due to malfunction at 2180 MacArthur Road.


A false alarm at 5217 Kemmerer St. brought out Stations 36, 39, 40 and 3501.


Station 3501 and Station 40’s pumper rescue truck were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 5498 Main St.

A person in distress at 835 Mallard Drive was assisted by Station 38.


A building fire at 1241 Broad St. brought out Stations 36, 37, 38, 39 and 3501.

WolfPack assists law enforcement in finding missing persons

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JODI BOGERT in Local News

WolfPack Search and Recovery is a nonprofit, volunteer organization committed to providing search and recovery services to public safety agencies since 2014.

The organization was founded by Jim Wilkins, Eric Brubacher and Chris Glass when a missing person case became personal.

Wilkins’ close friend and neighbor, Jessica Padgett, 33, of Whitehall, disappeared Nov. 21, 2014, after leaving her job in Northampton. Five days later, searchers recovered her body — and the case was ruled a homicide.

New site needed for township building

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioners in search of location to house emergency services

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners said it wants to move forward aggressively with plans for a new emergency services building.

The township had hoped to build off Lehigh Street on a 14-acre vacant parcel behind Arlington Cemetery, but plans fell through last year. Now they are looking for another piece of property.

“We need to find land,” board member Joseph Marx said. “We’ve been working on this for the last two years, and we’re still looking, but we are going to be very aggressive.”

Saylor Park improvements are moving forward

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough Council heard an update March 13 on the planned improvements to Saylor Park.

According to David Witczak, borough engineer, “We are putting in place pre-purchase of some of the equipment.”

The pre-purchased equipment includes bleachers, basketball backboards, etc. The theory behind these purchases is that the equipment can be installed shortly after the infrastructure is completed. Completion times are compressed with equipment purchased and pre-positioned.

Developer asks for variance on Egypt property

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

During the March 15 meeting of Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, Don Steffy, of Nuss Enterprises, asked for an exception to accommodate a single-family home on Quarry Road in Egypt.

Steffy said he has an offer for a land parcel along Quarry Road that was considered marginal for development. The potential owner wants to use the parcel for a single home, although there is potentially room for more than one home. There is a PPL easement across the property and a cordoned-off, abandoned mine shaft at the rear of the parcel.