Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin recently announced that police officers throughout Lehigh County and detectives in various task forces will soon be using the opioid reversal antidote, Naloxone, in overdose cases.
“Currently, opiate overdose is the leading cause of accidental deaths in Lehigh County,” Martin said.
He said, in 2015, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said he has investigated 103 drug deaths, of which 35 were heroin or synthetic drug related.
The Allentown-West Rotary awarded $1,000 scholarships to several area students during a ceremony May 20 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.
Students receiving the scholarships included Joanna Suriel and Victoria "Tori" Dikeman from LCCC, Samantha Diaz and Kaitlyn Montgomery from Catasauqua High School and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Kristen Post and Jaedon Muhl from Northwestern Lehigh High School and Kristen Tauber and Bryan Sobczak from Parkland High School.
Carl F. Schmoyer III of Breinigsville was honored at the 118th annual conference of the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Fogelsville.
Schmoyer, who almost 12 years ago with his family initiated a massive Fourth of July fireworks display for Lehigh Valley residents in Breinigsville Park, was presented the Ellen Hardin Walworth Founders Medal for Patriotism award by Pennsylvania State Regent Roberta (Bobbi) McMullen.
The Allentown chapter of the Honorary First Defenders was recently honored during a commemorative service at Zion's "Liberty Bell" United Church of Christ, Allentown.
The service, featuring choral music from the popular musical "Shenandoah" and the Civil War re-enactors' color guard from the 96th Pennsylvania Regiment, was based on the soldiers' prayer books from the Civil War.
Terry Lee, photographer for the Honorary First Defenders, spoke with The Press at the service.
What began as a typical Christmas party for volunteers quickly turned into a roast and birthday party for one volunteer Dec. 8 at Phoebe Home, Allentown.
Alyce Tokus, a 25-year volunteer with the nursing home turned 100 on Dec. 6.
"I was raised in Radnor," Tokus said. "At the time, it was full of large estates.
"In fact, the estate opposite the house I lived in was owned by a member of the Campbell soup family and is now Cabrini College."
Muhlenberg College graduate Andy Smith was recently a contestant on the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
Smith, a Realtor with Keller Williams Real Estate, Bethlehem, spoke about his experience on the show which aired on March 10.
"I decided to audition after my high school friend, Vance Farrell, of Allentown called me the day before the auditions at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem and said, 'You are smart. You should try out.'" Smith explained. "So, I showed up at the auditions Oct. 8, 2013, and took a timed test filling out my answers on a Scantron sheet."
As the sounds of progress hummed in the background and construction tradesmen work to build the new PPL Center hockey arena and convention center, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski officially announced Sept. 9 he is running for governor of Pennsylvania in 2014.
Pawlowski, who first announced his decision Sunday on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, said this was not a decision he arrived at lightly.
A 44-year-old woman and her 27-year-old future son-in-law are dead following what police are calling a murder-suicide at a home in Moore Township.
Moore Township Deputy Police Chief James Cavallo told The Press July 31 officers entered 3001 Delps Road to find Michelle Snyder, formerly of New Tripoli, and Robert Kislow III in the same area of the home.
Around 11:40 p.m. July 29, Cavallo said, police received a 911 call from a man reporting a verbal disturbance in the home.
Five local residents were among 23 people arrested and charged with drug offenses after a 15-month investigation by state narcotics agents.
Michael Gaspar, 37, of Bath; Mark Balas, 38, of Whitehall; Michael Lehrman, 45, of Danielsville; Shane Wechsler, 38, of Walnutport; and Steven Keeler, 37, of Walnutport, are among those arrested, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Narcotics agents broke up a $7 million crystal methamphetamine ring stretching from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley, said Kane's office.
The young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing diligently to present the two-act play "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."
The story is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Twain.
Set in the 1800s, the play tells the story of 14-year-old Tom Sawyer, who is raised along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri.
As the play unfolds, Sawyer matches wits with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Becky Thatcher, and goes on adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn.