Here's what's trending for March 13.

posted by Dan Holzman -

A missing teen and married adult man are now on the radar of the Department of Homeland Security. Allentown police and DHS are still looking for a 16-year-old Allentown girl and a 45-year-old man, who apparently had what's being called a secretive relationship.  New information indicates Amy Yu listed Kevin Esterly on school paperwork as her stepfather, allowing him to sign her out of school several times. Yu is a student at Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School.  She and Esterly were last seen March 5th near her family's home on North 18th Street in Allentown.  There's now a warrant out for Esterly's arrest and police say it's likely both Yu and Esterly know authorities are looking for them.

Police are investigating an alleged "hit list" created by a Northampton Area School District high school student.  District parents were informed Monday that the school system was pursuing disciplinary and legal action concerning an unidentified student who reportedly has made threats against fellow students. There's no word of any charges being filed at this point.

A Texas man is behind bars after allegedly trying to kill an Easton man Monday afternoon.  Police say Leyo Magdeleno was staying with his girlfriend on Carbon Street in Palmer Township when he got into an argument with Robert Hunter of Easton in the driveway of a nearby home.  It was during that argument that Magdeleno allegedly stabbed Hunter in the chest.  Hunter was treated at St. Luke's Hospital and released.

A Bushkill Township home is destroyed after a Monday afternoon fire.  Firefighters were called to the Bushkill Center Road about 2:15 yesterday afternoon.  One firefighter was taken from the scene in an ambulance.  There's no report on the severity of his injury.  The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Lehigh University's tuition is going higher next year.  The school says tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is being increased by more than four percent, or about $2100.  The total cost for an undergraduate, including room, board and fees will be close to $67,000.

A former law enforcement officer is pleading guilty to abusing his official power.  Attorney General Josh Shapiro says ex-state constable George Bottomley, of Palmerton, admitted in court Monday to obstruction of justice and the promotion of prostitution by seeking sex from women in exchange for overlooking arrest warrants or money for owed fines.  He'll be sentenced in May and could face time in jail and a fine of up to $65,000.

With tax deadline day about a month away, scam season is in full swing.  Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell says a popular rip-off has criminals stealing personal information from tax preparers and then using that information to file bogus tax returns in the victim's name.  "What's different about this is the refund is actually paid to the taxpayer, who is the victim.  Then the criminal approaches that taxpayer and tells them to pay that refund to them by posing as an IRS agent or a debt collection agency worker," Hassell says.  He says those phone calls are often threatening fraud charges and a 'blacklisting' of the victim's social security number.  Hassell says the state Revenue Department and the IRS will not call anybody demanding immediate payment.

Today is special election day for thousands of voters in the 18th Congressional District.  Republican Rick Saccone is facing Democrat Conor Lamb to replace Tim Murphy in Congress.  Murphy stepped down after allegations surfaced the staunchly pro-life lawmaker told his mistress she should have an abortion after believing she was pregnant.  

The City of Brotherly Love is hooking up residents with free trees.  The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department is announcing the start of the annual "TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaways" program, which provides property owners in the city a free tree to plant.  A variety of different species are available, including fruiting trees, with registration open through April 8th.

As a third nor'easter takes aim at New Jersey, an investigation is being started into the response of New Jersey utility companies during the past two storms.  The storms left hundreds of thousands of residents without power, some for more than ten days.  The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is heading up the investigation.

The newest Phillie has arrived at spring training.  Pitcher Jake Arrieta flew into Florida last night and his new manager, Gabe Kapler, is pumped.  "I love everything about the guy.  His cross-fire delivery and all the deception.  We all know about the success he had in Chicago and previously," Kapler says. Arrieta signed a three-year, $75 million contract to come to Philadelphia after winning 68 games and a Cy Young Award in the past four-and-a-half years with the Cubs.



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