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Friday, July 20, 2018

Koury becomes Northampton County’s 27th president judge

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Michael J. Koury Jr. was sworn in as the 27th president judge of Northampton County June 18.

He decided to become a lawyer, and then judge, after hearing his father’s stories of past courtroom exploits.

The courtroom was full with members of Easton’s proud Lebanese community and the entire Northampton County bench.

Police seeking assault victims

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Police Log

A physical therapist employed by St. Luke’s Visiting Nurse Association was charged June 6 with sexually assaulting a 97-year-old Hanover Township man.

Arnee Rubi, 42, of McNair Circle in Northampton, was charged last week with two counts of indecent assault after having been caught in the act by the victim’s granddaughter during a home visit May 21.

Rubi had previously visited the victim on at least three occasions for home treatment of a hip injury, according to the report.

State of the county

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton government goal: Serve most vulnerable

When Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure was first asked to deliver a state of the county address, he wondered what he’d be able to say because he’d been in office for just two months. So he decided instead to speak about the challenges he’s facing. In conversational style, he made his focus pretty clear in his March 2 address to a packed house of at least 150 people at Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

“We all work for the people of Northampton County,” he said after introducing his staff.

Voters will choose Northampton County executive, council

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Two candidates are running for Northampton County executive in the Nov. 7 municipal election, and 10 candidates are running for five open seats on county council. The Press asked all of the candidates the following question: What is the most important issue in this election?

Their responses to our question follow.



Legislator says he will continue to be voice for ‘sensible center’

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sept. 10, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted what was supposed to be a “formal announcement” concerning his intentions next year. But news of his retirement leaked out Sept. 7. Dent revealed his intentions to a few of his congressional colleagues, and they spilled the beans.

“They’re wonderful friends, but they have big mouths,” Dent joked Sunday at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Allentown.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody in this room,” said Dent, who apologized for interrupting one of the biggest sports weekends of the year.

Da Vinci’s aquarium is topic of town hall

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Allentown’s Da Vinci Science Center would like to reinvent itself in Easton. Thanks in no small part to a $30 million pledge by Easton Mayor Sal Panto, the science center, now near Cedar Crest College, plans to transform into a $130 million aquarium, complete with an event center and even an immersion theater, in the City of Easton.

But who will pay for it?

Toomey holds town hall meeting in Bethlehem

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Fairly or unfairly, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has come under heavy criticism for refusing to meet his constituents at one of those increasingly raucous town halls. One group calling itself Tuesdays with Toomey actually camps outside his legislative offices weekly. On Aug. 31, it was Thursday with Toomey. It was a one-hour televised town hall at the Steelstacks’ PBS39 studios before a small crowd of 54 people and nine reporters and photographers.

Lehigh Twp. day care owner pleads guilty in 2016 infant death

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Police Log

Sharon’s Day Care owner and operator Sharon Ballek, 61, has pleaded guilty to charges filed in connection with the April 1, 2016, death of a 3-month-old baby who had been entrusted to Ballek’s care. McKenna Rose Felmly died on her first day at the now-closed Lehigh Township facility, located at 4538 Third St.

Ballek entered her guilty plea before Northampton County Judge Paula Roscioli July 31. She admitted to both endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.