Three people were shot in Easton overnight. Police found one of the victims in the area of Warren and Butler streets just after midnight and two other gunshot victims were found later after being driven to the hospital in a private vehicle. Investigators believe the three were shot in an alley behind the 1000 block of Washington Street. All are expected to survive, but none of them are reportedly cooperating with police. Investigators believe the victims were targeted and the shooting may be drug-related.
One of the Lehigh Valley's most famous exports has died. Allentown native, Lehigh University graduate and America automobile icon Lee Iacocca died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home from complications of Parkinson's disease. Iacocca is credited with developing the legendary Ford Mustang and rescuing Chrysler from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1980s. Lee Iacocca was 94.
Three men are in custody in connection to burglaries committed at area churches and other locations. Reynaldo and Marcelino Sepulveda of Allentown and Luis Sepulveda from Northampton were all arrested Tuesday by Slate Belt Regional Police. They pulled the three over early yesterday and found a loaded gun in their vehicle. Police call the three suspects in burglaries committed at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Pen Argyl and the United Methodist Church in Wind Gap as well as a Pen Argyl home and several vehicles. It's not yet clear if the three are related in any way.
A New Jersey man is heading to prison for lying when buying guns in the Commonwealth. The U.S. Attorney's office says Newark's Kevin Elcock has been sentenced to 30 months behind bars on counts of making false statements to gun dealers in Northampton and Bucks counties. Elcock claimed to be a Pennsylvania resident because he believed it was easier to buy guns here than in New Jersey. He then sold those guns to people with criminal records who couldn't legally buy firearms.
A bill allowing for expanded options for armed school security in Pennsylvania is now law. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill Tuesday, allowing school districts more options on who can be hired as an armed security guard. It also expands training requirements for those guards.
Boaters around the Commonwealth are being warned that police are watching for impaired operators over the Fourth of July weekend. The state Fish and Boat Commission is running Operation Dry Water from July 5th through the 7th. Waterways conservation officers will be specifically looking for people boating while under the influence and checkpoints will be established at several locations. Anyone caught operating a boat with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher is subject to fines, loss of license and jail time.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is signing a law that expands his state's medical marijuana program. "Our goal has always been to have a program that is modernized, compassionate and puts patients first," Murphy says. The law allows for more treatment centers, creates a new Cannibis Regulatory Committee to oversee the program and lowers the sales tax on medical marijuana.
New Jersey's Department of Health is confirming the first human case of West Nile Virus of 2019. Health officials say an elderly Hunterdon County man started showing symptoms of meningitis last month and after being hospitalized for several days is now recovering at his home. The Health Commissioner says this is the earliest point in a year a case of West Nile Virus has ever been detected in New Jersey. Not everyone infected with the virus shows symptoms, but severe cases can involve high fever, neck stiffness and brain swelling that can lead to convulsions, coma and death.
The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly offered a five-year, $170 million max contract extension to guard Ben Simmons. Simmons, who's still on his rookie contract, is slated to make just over $8 million next season. He won't be eligible for free agency until 2020 and even then he'd be a restricted free agent. Simmons averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists last season.