We're told there was an overnight shooting in Allentown. Police responded to the area of 7th and Green streets for a shots fired report just after midnight. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle that had crashed into several parked cars. That vehicle also had several bullet holes in it and a short time later, a person showed up at Lehigh Valley Hospital at 17th and Chew streets with gunshot wounds to his upper body. Allentown police say he is expected to survive. Anybody with information on the shooting should call the Allentown PD at 610-437-7721.
The State Supreme Court says changes enacted five years ago that toughened reporting requirements under Pennsylvania's sex offender registration law can't be applied retroactively. Pennsylvania's high court has ruled a man convicted in Cumberland County of indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl won't have to register for life. The prosecutor whose office lost the decision says it could produce a large number of appeals by Megan's Law registrants, arguing the decision also applies to them. The defendant, Jose Muniz, was convicted in 2007 but wasn't sentenced until 2014. That's two years after more stringent reporting standards took effect. In a lone dissent, Chief Justice Thomas Saylor says he doesn't consider sex offender reporting as a form of punishment, so it doesn't violate constitutional protections.
An Allentown man is guilty of stabbing his stepfather to death. A Lehigh County judge found Orville Barrett guilty of third-degree murder Thursday in his bench trial. Barrett stabbed Leacroft Young to death at a North 15th Street home in Allentown in May of 2016. Barrett is scheduled to be sentenced on August 24th.
Lehigh County is one of 12 counties taking part in a new anti-opioid initiative from the state's attorney general's office. "We are taking action. We are expanding our fight to these small towns by providing an easy-to-use, convenient way to dispose of unused and dangerous prescription drugs so we can stop so we can stop the next person from becoming an addict," Shapiro says. 278 pharmacies in those 12 counties will be given drug pouches that can deactivate up to 45 unwanted pills when warm water is added and the pouches are sealed. Those pouches can then be safely disposed of in the trash.
Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority is unveiling a new emergency response vehicle for Lehigh Valley International Airport. The new vehicle will replace a similar one that's been in service for more than 20 years. The rescue and firefighting division got a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to help buy the vehicle. Among the equipment the vehicle features is a 3000 gallon water tank, a high reach and extendable turret and a piercing tool that can penetrate a commercial, general aviation or cargo aircraft.
More than 10 people were forced from their homes when a fire broke out Thursday night in Phillipsburg. Firefighters were called to 27 River Street just before 9:30 last night for a fire that apparently began in the kitchen. While the fire was extinguished quickly, it caused enough damage to force a family of six from the home and another five or six more people from the attached home next door. There are no reports of any injuries.
Fellow senators were shocked to hear that John McCain of Arizona is suffering from brain cancer. Reaction from Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey. "It's a serious setback. He's part of the family, so we're thinking of him and praying for him," Toomey says. Pennsylvania Democrat Senator Bob Casey tweeted out a statement that reads, "I'm praying for Sen. McCain and his family. Our nation is with him as he takes on this fight." The 80-year-old McCain was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor following surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval ratings are slipping even lower. A new poll shows Christie's job approval rating has sunk to a dismal 16 percent, while 73 percent of New Jersey residents disapprove of his performance. After Bridgegate, Beachgate and a failed bid to become president, 40 percent say Christie will go down as one of the state's worst governors. In addition, 71 percent of residents say they want change and think the state is on the wrong track.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says being booed after catching a foul ball at a New York Mets game early this week doesn't bother him. "Despite the fact that I showed some athletic ability with that catch, they still don't characterize me as an athlete. So the fact is that's the way it goes when you go to sporting events so it didn't bother me in the least because it's happened before," the governor says. Christie gave the ball to a child seated nearby and says had he not done that, he really would have been booed.