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On Saturday, June 1, 2024, authorities examine an area in Allentown's Fountain Park after a shooting there left one man dead. (Rich Rolen/Special to 첥Ƶ)
On Saturday, June 1, 2024, authorities examine an area in Allentown’s Fountain Park after a shooting there left one man dead. (Rich Rolen/Special to 첥Ƶ)
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Lehigh County bridge about to close due to structural failure

Commuters in Slatington will have to take detours for several years after the Walnut Street Bridge going over Trout Creek closes for replacement Monday. PennDOT will likely need two to three years and about $7.5 million to replace the county-owned bridge, the components of which are failing structurally, according to a Lehigh County news release.

State: Late pediatricians put babies in danger at LVH-Hazelton

Two infant deaths at LVH-Hazleton, in June 2023 and January 2024, were the subject of an inspection by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which found numerous deficiencies and violations of federal and state regulations. Specifically, state investigators found that the hospital failed on multiple occasions to ensure that on-call pediatricians arrived at the hospital in 30 minutes or less. The hospital said it has taken corrective action.

Valley man, former NASCAR driver, charged in Capitol riot

Retired NASCAR driver and Pen Argyl resident Tighe Scott, and his son, were among four Pennsylvania men arrested Wednesday on charges related to their alleged roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Scott, 75, and his son Jarrett Carl Scott, 48, of Saylorsburg in Monroe County, both were charged with obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, both felony offenses. They also face five misdemeanor offenses, including disorderly or disruptive conduct.

 ArtsQuest announces first-ever Pizzafest

Lehigh Valley pizza lovers will be able to celebrate all things pizza this fall in Bethlehem, during ArtsQuest’s first Pizzafest Sept. 29 at SteelStacks. The festival will feature pizza vendors from the region, as well as entertainment and games. The festival starts at 1 p.m., and tickets are $5 until the week of, when prices go up to $10, according to ArtsQuest.

Valley residents have $114 million in unclaimed property

About $114 million in unclaimed property is owed to Lehigh Valley residents, state Treasurer Stacy Garrity said in a news release Monday. According to the news release $57.7 million and $56.6 million is owed to residents of Lehigh and Northampton counties, respectively. Unclaimed property includes things such as dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, forgotten stocks and insurance policies, as well as physical property, such as jewelry and other valuables found in storage lockers, according to Garrity.

Lehigh Valley baker temporarily shutters shop to focus on health

After suffering two heart attacks, Wicked Sweet owner Jessica Pelletier has decided to temporarily close her Whitehall Township bakery. Pelletier, who opened Wicked Sweet in 2017, said she will take the time off to attend various follow-up appointments, attend cardio rehabilitation and recover. She intends to reopen.

Authorities charge 2 in connection with fatal shooting in park

Lehigh County District Attorney Gavin Holihan said in a news release Thursday that Grelvis Estevez Cabrera, 27, of Bethlehem and Carlos Nathaniel Landesta-Agramonte, 18, of Allentown, were charged with conspiracy to commit homicide, which is a felony, and a misdemeanor offense of tampering with evidence, in the fatal shooting of Angel Martinez-Velez, 25, June 1 at Fountain Park in Allentown. They were sent to Lehigh County Jail without bail.

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