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North Catty man is sentenced after guilty plea to murder

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Kenneth J. Cernobyl, 50, of North Catasauqua, was sentenced Oct. 16 to life in prison without parole following a guilty plea to first-degree murder. He was charged in the Dec. 6, 2017, slaying of his wife Holly, 47, at their Fifth Street home.

Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden, who imposed the sentence, ordered him be moved to state prison as soon as possible.

According to reports, after killing his wife, Cernobyl told family and friends that she was sick or at work. Two days later, his son Nicholas, 25, discovered his mother’s body in his parents’ basement.

Nothstein cleared of alleged misconduct

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein announced during an Aug. 24 news conference that he has been cleared of undefined sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the year 2000. He said he has been exonerated by SafeSport, an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sports.

SafeSport generally only reports on its investigations when disciplinary action has been taken.

Nothstein denies sexual misconduct allegations

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Campaign manager says daily newspaper rejected evidence clearing his name

It’s that bittersweet time of year when many parents see their college-bound children leave home for the first time. That includes Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein and his wife, Christi. Their daughter left for Penn State Aug. 17.

Before that happened, the family awoke to a Morning Call story placing Nothstein at the center of a supposed sexual misconduct investigation.

“It was a tough day to send my daughter to school,” Nothstein would say later that day as he took his case to the public.

Staying behind bars

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Superior Court panel affirms Royce Atkins’ prison term for death of Sheckler student

A hit-and-run driver, whose car struck and killed a 9-year-old boy in 2015 as he crossed Schoenersville Road, will stay behind bars for at least four years.

A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court July 20 affirmed a four- to 10-year sentence imposed by President Judge Michael Koury Jr. against Royce Atkins, now 25, for failing to stop after his blue 2007 MazdaSpeed struck Darious Condash, a fourth-grade student at Sheckler Elementary School.

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.