167 years of worship ended Sunday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catasauqua. One church member said it's a tough loss for her. "I am heartbroken. I am sad. I wish that we were still going to be here next Sunday," the woman said. The building will remain a house of prayer with a Muslim congregation moving in and turning the building into a mosque. The sale of the property is expected to be finalized by the end of this month.
A woman is recovering after getting trapped on the closed Glen Onoko Falls trail. Several rescue crews responded to the trail in Carbon County Sunday afternoon. It reportedly took hours to get the unidentified woman out and she only suffered minor injuries. The trail was closed May 1st by the state after numerous deaths and serious injuries.
A Lehigh County man is dead after a motorcycle crash over the weekend. Whitehall's Ricky Steigerwalt was killed around midnight yesterday after his motorcycle hit a utility pole along South Church Street near Chestnut Street. It was raining in the area at the time and the Lehigh County Coroner's Office has ruled his death an accident. No other vehicles or victims were involved in the accident.
Online sports betting is officially underway in Pennsylvania. Gaming Control Board officials say SugarHouse is the first in the state to offer online sports betting, which began Friday after weeks of testing to ensure people physically out-of-state can't place a bet. Their system also prevents anyone younger than 21 from placing a bet while using a fake name. Five other casinos are in the process of developing online systems as well.
Plans are in the works to set a world record in Monongahela. The historical society will attempt to have the largest wedding cookie table in the world in August. The world record try is being planned to help celebrate Monongahela's 250th anniversary.
New Jersey senator and 2020 Democrat presidential hopeful Cory Booker spoke at the weekend's Democrat convention in San Francisco and said he's sick and tired of seeing countless shootings in America. "It is time for us as a nation not to normalize the violence and carnage of gun violence. It is time that we come together and stand together and take the fight to the NRA and the corporate gun lobbies like we have never seen before," Booker said. Booker says tighter licensing laws could limit what he calls a uniquely American problem. He said previously he would take executive action on the issue on day one of his presidency.
Tomorrow is primary election day in New Jersey, with voters making choices to decide who will run in the general election this November for the state Assembly. Democrats currently control 54 seats in the Assembly, while Republicans have 26.
The U.S. Geological Survey confirms there was an earthquake off the Jersey shore over the weekend. The 2.0 magnitude quake took place Saturday morning around 10 o'clock about 40 miles off the shore of Atlantic County and slightly more than four miles underground. There haven't been any reports of related damage or large waves caused by the event. It's the second earthquake recorded in the Garden State this year. A slightly smaller quake rattled Passaic county in April.
The Philadelphia Phillies are bolstering their outfield. They have acquired veteran Jay Bruce from the Seattle Mariners for minor league infielder Jake Scheiner. The Mariners will also pay more than $18 million of Bruce's remaining salary. The 32-year-old is hitting just .212 with 14 home runs and 28 RBI in 47 games with Seattle this season.