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DA releases results of Sugar investigation

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Morganelli points finger at police officer, cat owner, attorney for actions

When North Catasauqua police Officer Leighton Pursell shot and killed a domestic cat named Sugar, whom he said he believed to be injured, Dec. 6, 2015, did he break the law? According to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, the answer is yes. But after an extensive investigation, he announced Monday that only summary charges are warranted.

Trial rescheduled for driver in Hanover Twp. hit and run

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A Hanover Township man who was supposed to face trial this week in a fatal hit and run will wait until July 5 for his trial.

Royce Atkins, 22, was arraigned March 17 on criminal charges filed as a result of a Nov. 6, 2015, hit-and-run accident along Schoenersville Road that left a 9-year-old Sheckler Elementary School student dead.

With an original trial date of Monday, this trial has now been assigned to Judge Michael Koury, who has also scheduled a pretrial conference on June 10.

Atkins is represented by Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer Jack McMahon.

Trial date is set Atkins pleads not guilty to hit-and-run charges

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Hanover Township resident Royce Atkins, 22, was arraigned March 17 on criminal charges filed as a result of a Nov. 6, 2015, hit-and-run accident that left a 9-year-old boy dead.

Darious Condash, along with a 14-year-old cousin and 15-year-old friend, had just left a Wawa store on Schoenersville Road, Hanover Township, Northampton County, at about 6:30 p.m. The store is located about a quarter mile from Darious’ home, in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

Atkins to answer for fatal hit-and-run

Thursday, January 21, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Royce Atkins, 22, will have to answer in Northampton County Court for a hit-and-run accident that left a 9-year-old Hanover Township boy dead Nov. 6.

Darious Condash, along with a 14-year-old cousin and 15-year-old friend, had just left the WaWa store on Schoenersville Road, at about 6:30 p.m. The store is located about a quarter mile from Darious’ home.

When he dropped a piece of candy while crossing the road, and stepped back to pick it up, he was struck and killed by Atkins’ blue Mazda.