Allentown Local News

 

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

  LEHIGH COUNTY JUDGE ROBERT STEINBERG TOLD FORMER PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL AND PENN STATE FOOTBALL STAR AUSTIN SCOTT HE SHOULD EXPECT JAIL TIME EVEN IF HE PLEADED GUILTY TO SELLING MARIJUANA TO UNDERCOVER OFFICERS.  WEDNESDAY MORNING, STEINBERG FOLLOWED THROUGH BY SENTENCING SCOTT TO SIX TO 23 MONTHS IN PRISON AND TWO YEARS PROBATION AFTER HIS RELEASE FROM JAIL.  SCOTT ADMITTED TO SELLING POT TO OFFICERS AT THE MacARTHUR ROAD TACO BELL LAST AUGUST, THE SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP SUNOCO GAS STATION LAST SEPTEMBER AND TWICE AT THE HESS GAS STATION AT TILGHMAN AND 19TH STREETS IN ALLENTOWN LAST OCTOBER.


  WHEN HE WAS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE IN 1996, CHARLIE DENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF A GAY MARRIAGE BAN IN PENNSYLVANIA.  AS A CONGRESSMAN, DENT ALSO VOTED FOR A FEDERAL BAN.  WEDNESDAY, DENT BECAME THE SIXTH REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO BACK SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.  IN A STATEMENT, DENT SAYS HE VALUES EQUALITY, PERSONAL FREEDOM AND A MORE LIMITED ROLE FOR GOVERNMENT AND THAT PHILOSOPHY SHOULD APPLY TO THE ISSUE OF MARRIAGE AS WELL.  DENT SAYS THE PUBLIC'S VIEWS ON GAY MARRIAGE HAVE SHIFTED AND SO HAVE HIS.


  ONE PERSON IS DEAD AFTER A WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT ON ROUTE 22 NEAR FULLERTON AVENUE.  POLICE SAY THREE VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH, WHICH OCCURED JUST AFTER 8:30 LAST NIGHT.  34-YEAR-OLD NATHAN WARKE, OF ALLENTOWN, WAS DECLARED DEAD AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT, WHICH INVOLVED WARKE'S VEHICLE, A TRACTOR TRAILER AND A BOX TRUCK.  THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH HASN'T YET BEEN DETERMINED.


  A CARBON COUNTY MAN IS CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE FOR THE MARCH 12 CRASH THAT KILLED 47-YEAR-OLD ANGELA POPE, WHO WAS JOGGING WHEN SHE WAS HIT.  DONALD VITO, OF PALMERTON, IS IN JAIL UNDER $100,000 BAIL AFTER HE TURNED HIMSELF IN ON WEDNESDAY.  POLICE SAY VITO WAS DRIVING TOO FAST WHEN HE HIT POPE, WHO WAS RUNNING ALONG ROUTE 873 IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP.


  BEGINNING IN JULY, LEHIGH COUNTY WILL OFFER HEALTH BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX SPOUSES OF COUNTY EMPLOYEES.  SIX COMMISSIONERS VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE CHANGE, WHILE THE REMAINING THREE COMMISSIONERS, SCOTT OTT, VIC MAZZIOTTI AND MICHAEL SCHWARE ABSTAINED.


  PENNSYLVANIA CRIMINDAL DEFENDENTS ARE NOW ABLE TO OFFER EXPERT TESTIMONY ABOUT THE RELIABILITY OF EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION FOLLOWING A DECISION BY A DIVIDED STATE SUPREME COURT THAT OVERTURNED A 20-YEAR PROHIBITION AGAINST SUCH EVIDENCE.  THE FOUR-JUSTICE MAJORITY HAS RULED PENNSYLVANIA WILL JOIN A MAJORITY OF STATES AND FEDERAL COURTS WHEN IT COMES TO LETTING AN EXPERT TELL JURORS ABOUT RESEARCH INTO EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY.  THE COURT RULING OUTLINES THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH IT CAN BE ALLOWED AND PUTS THE DECISION IN THE HANDS OF TRIAL JUDGES.

 

More Articles