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N.Y. man charged with rape of young girl in Hanover Twp.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

A 33-year-old man has been accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in hotels in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

According to a Pennsylvania State Police report, Sandro Gustavo Zhinin, of Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., has been charged with five felony offenses: the rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contract with a minor, corruption of minors and criminal use of a communication facility.

The report said Zhinin and the minor met through the Internet. Zhinin then traveled from New York to Pennsylvania to meet the girl.

Resolution benefits Cedarbrook

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution March 8 transferring $10.6 million from the county stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund, which will go directly to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

The bill provides for the transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services, the nonfederal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.

LCTI student elected to DECA state executive council

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Catasauqua High School and Lehigh Career & Technical Institute student Dylan Gino was recently elected to serve on the Distributive Education Clubs of America state executive council.

Being elected to the council, Dylan said, was an overwhelming experience.

“When they announced my name I couldn’t believe it, as tears were running down my face,” he said. “I went over to my adviser [Cydnee Barkley] to hug her and thank her for helping me make this all possible,” he said. “It felt so good to have put all my time and effort into this campaign and for it to pay off.”

Snow brings three days off Catasauqua school calendar not affected

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Last week’s winter storm Stella shut down schools in the Catasauqua Area School District Tuesday through Thursday.

By 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Lehigh Valley International Airport recorded 13.7 inches of snow on the ground.

District Superintendent Robert Spengler told The Press, as of last Thursday, the district has used four snow days, with two snow days built in.

Spengler said March 17 he conducted a review and verification to determine if the district has enough instructional minutes to compensate for the two snow days built in.

Bullying prevention program is presented

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Shelley Keffer, coordinator of student services for the Catasauqua Area School District, presented to the school board the districtwide bullying prevention program at the board’s February meeting.

Keffer told the board the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program was implemented by the district in 2006. The program is a research-based intervention program used with kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

Fire crews douse fire

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

A two-alarm attic fire brought North Catasauqua and Catasauqua fire departments to the 1100 block of Third Street Sunday morning.

North Catasauqua Fire Chief Shawn McGinley told The Press Monday the department received a call around 11:15 a.m. for an attic fire at 1140 Third St.

The fire, McGinley said, was contained within 20 minutes.

“We got it under control pretty quickly,” he said.

Commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens’ commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania secretary of state would elect the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.

St. Paul’s honors World War II’s four immortal chaplains

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, held a service honoring the four immortal chaplains Feb. 12.

The Rev. Scott Paradise told the story of the four U.S. Army chaplains assigned to the SS Dorchester who sacrificed their own lives the ship sank. They gave up their life jackets when the supply ran out to ensure the survival of other military men. Paradise said the chaplains joined arms, said prayers and sang hymns as they went down with the ship. The tragedy occurred during World War II Feb. 3, 1943. A total of 672 men perished with the sinking of the ship.

CHS Drama Club to present ‘Grease’

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Are you ready to time travel back to the days of greasers, geeks, James Dean, Sandra Dee, Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson and the sock hop nights with your girlfriend or boyfriend?

If so, the Catasauqua High School Drama Club will be performing “Grease” 7 p.m. March 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. March 19 in the high school auditorium.

The musical will take the audience back to a 1959 Rydell High School class reunion filled with music, drama and fun.

The musical, directed by Brenda McGuire, features 27 students. Kerry McGuire is the assistant director.

Police take woman with handgun into custody

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

A report of an intoxicated woman brandishing a handgun brought Whitehall Township police March 4 to the 300 block of Calvert Street.

According to a press release, police officers were called to the scene 10:43 a.m.

The release said the woman, who remains unidentified, walked away from a residence in that area. Officers spotted the her at the intersection of Fairmont and Fullerton avenues.

At that time, they noticed the woman was in a possession of a handgun.

The officers then formed a perimeter and properly contained her, the release said.