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LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014

  A NAZARETH POLICE OFFICER IS SUING POLICE CHIEF THOMAS TRACHTA, 10 BOROUGH COUNCIL MEMBERS AND BOTH NAZARETH'S CURRENT AND FORMER MAYOR, CLAIMING HE WAS FIRED TWO YEARS AGO AFTER HE RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT RACIAL AND SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  FRED LAHOVSKI HAS SINCE BEEN REINSTATED TO THE POLICE FORCE AFTER AN ARBITRATOR RULED LAHOVSKI SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED, BUT NOT FIRED, FOR A PAIR OF DISCIPLINARY ISSUES.  HIS LAWSUIT SEEKS $150,000 IN DAMAGES.


  AN ALLENTOWN WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN $800 FROM SANDS CASINO PATRONS.  INVESTIGATORS SAY ALEXA RAY BONSER BEGAN TAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS OF CUSTOMERS MY SANDS CARDS BEGINNING IN MARCH.  WHEN CUSTOMERS PAID THEIR BILL WITH CASH, BONSER ALLEGEDLY POCKETED THE MONEY AND CHARGED THE BILL TO ONE OF THE CARD NUMBERS SHE HAD STOLEN.  BONSER WAS EMPLOYED AT THE CASINO'S STEELWORKS BUFFET AND HAS REPORTEDLY ADMITTED TO THE THEFTS.  THE CASINO HAS REIMBURSED THE VICTIMS.


  WE'RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE SHOOTING AND STABBING OF TEENAGERS TUESDAY NIGHT.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED AFTER A FRIENDLY BASKETBALL GAME TURNED INTO A FIGHT AT ROOSEVELT PARK IN ALLENTOWN.  AS THE FIGHT ESCALATED, SOMEONE STABBED AN 18-YEAR-OLD MAN.  JUST AFTER THAT, ANOTHER PERSON PULLED A GUN AND SHOT A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY IN THE SHOULDER.  WHEN POLICE ARRIVED, THEY FOUND THE SHOOTING VICTIM.  THE STABBING VICTIM WALKED TO THE HOSPITAL.  BOTH VICTIMS' INJURIES ARE CONSIDERED NON-LIFE THREATENING.  NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.


  EASTON CITY COUNCIL WILL SOON HAVE A VACANCY.  JEFFREY WARREN SAYS HE'S MOVING OUT OF THE CITY AND WILL BE LEAVING CITY COUNCIL FOLLOWING ITS SEPTEMBER 10 MEETING.  CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO INTERVIEW CANDIDATES TO REPLACE WARREN ON OCTOBER 7 AND MAKE ITS CHOICE THE FOLLOWING DAY.  WARREN HAS SERVED ON COUNCIL SINCE 2008.


  THE FIRST OF THREE STRAIGHT BIG COUNTRY MUSIC SHOWS HAPPENS TONIGHT AT THE GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR'S GRANDSTAND.  LADY ANTEBELLUM IS IN TOWN FOR A 7 O'CLOCK SHOW TONIGHT.  THEY'LL BE FOLLOWED FRIDAY NIGHT BY COUNTRY SUPERSTAR TIM McGRAW AND THEN HUNTER HAYES SATURDAY NIGHT.


  THE GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR CONTINUES TODAY WITH PLENTY OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT, INCLUDING THE FIRED-UP HIGH DIVE SHOW.  "NEW THIS YEAR IS A HIGH TOWER DIVING RECORD HOLDER WHO'LL BE BRINGING IN DIVERS TO PERFORM DIVES FROM A 70-FOOT TOWER DOWN INTO A VERY SMALL, LITTLE POOL," SAYS THE FAIR'S BONNIE BROSIOUS.  ONE OF THOSE DIVERS DONS A FLAMING BODY SUIT AND PLUNGES INTO THE WATER WHILE ON FIRE.  THAT SHOW IS THIS AFTERNOON AT 2 AND 4 O'CLOCK AT THE FARMERAMA THEATER.


  THE FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WAS HIT BY A CAR IN ALLENTOWN TUESDAY EVENING IS IMPROVING.  THE BOY'S GRANDFATHER AND 13-YEAR-OLD SISTER WERE ALSO HIT BY THE CAR WHILE CROSSING LIBERTY STREET NEAR THE ALLENTOWN FAIR.  THE GIRL WAS TREATED AT THE HOSPITAL AND RELEASED.  THE GRANDFATHER AND FIVE-YEAR-OLD REMAIN HOSPITALIZED IN SATISFACTORY CONDITION.  NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST THE DRIVER OF THE CAR THAT HIT THE THREE.  JAIME TIBOCHA SAYS HE DIDN'T EXPECT THE THREE TO STEP IN FRONT OF HIS CAR AND HE COULDN'T AVOID THEM.


  SWIMMERS ARE WARNED TO BEWARE OF ROUGH SURF AT ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHES AS HURRICANE CRISTOBAL PASSES WELL TO THE EAST OF THE SHORELINE.  FORECASTERS EXPECT SWELLS FROM THE DISTANT STORM TO AFFECT NEW JERSEY BEACHES TODAY AND DIMINISH FRIDAY.  STRONG RIP CURRENTS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.

 

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