A woman faces charges for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from an Allentown church. The Lehigh County DA's office says 33-year-old Charmarie Colon was a former office administrator at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church when she made unauthorized cash withdrawals and retail purchases with the church card. The alleged thefts occurred from 2016 to this year. Colon is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud.
A 32-year-old Catasauqua man, on parole in a 2011 theft case where he stole $17,000 in cash and more than $24,000 in gold, allegedly tried to run over two Pennsylvania constables in Lower Mount Bethel Township. State police say the constables weren't there to arrest Adam Kutz at a home on Upper Little Creek Road but were there on unrelated business. The constables are going to be okay. Kutz remains at large.
Bethlehem City Councilman Bryan Callahan wants an investigation into a city department that he claims may have slowed down work in order to get more staff. Callahan wants Mayor Robert Donchez's administration to look into Callahan's claims that the Department of Community and Economic Development ordered workers to delay permits so contractors and developers would get ticked off, complain to city hall with more workers being hired as a result.
A Cash 5 ticket bought at a South Whitehall Township gas station is worth half of an $800,000 jackpot. The two winning tickets on Friday matched all five balls drawn to win $400,000 each. The local ticket was sold at the Top Star Express on N. Cedar Crest Boulevard. The business will receive a $500 bonus for selling the ticket. The other ticket that hit the jackpot was sold in Pike County.
Arts and crafts store AC Moore is closing all 145 of its stores, including the ones along MacArthur Road and Airport Road. Michaels will be taking over 40 of the stores but there's no word yet on which stores those will be.
It's believed the adult son of a Berks County woman killed his mother, a man and then himself Saturday. State police spokesman David Beohm says they don't yet know why this happened. "Unfortunately, he is not here to tell us. So, that will be part of the investigation. We will always try to figure out why something like this happened," Beohm says. Ira Reed and Joanne Deluca were both beaten to death with a hammer inside their Union Township home in southeast Berks County. Two dogs were also found dead after having their throats slit. Two cats were stomped to death. The person who did it then set himself on fire in the garage. He won't be positively identified until DNA testing is complete in a couple weeks.
Bill Cosby says he has no remorse for the crimes that landed him in prison for ten years. In an interview with Black Press USA, the 82-year-old suggests he's maintaining his innocence, saying that when he comes up for parole, the board won't hear him say he has remorse. He adds he doesn't care about people talking about this situation when they weren't there and also claims his trial was a complete "sham". During the interview, Cosby referred to his cell as a "penthouse", adding that he is "privileged" behind the bars of the maximum security penitentiary. Cosby is serving a three-to-ten year sentence for drugging and then raping a woman.
Some 55-million people are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday driving period across the country, close to a record, according to AAA. PennDot and the Pennsylvania State Police are conducting their operation safe holiday campaign, a crack-down on impaired drivers. "Impaired driver crashes and fatalities are 100 percent preventable. These enforcement efforts are not about citations, they are about saving lives," says PennDot Secretary Leslie Richards. State police are also running a "click-it-or-ticket" enforcement blitz as well.
Pennsylvania is the second most dangerous state for winter driving. That's according to a new report by MoneyGeek, which shows the state averaged about 30 deaths on the road each winter from 2015 to 2017. Michigan topped the list with 49 deaths on average.
Thousands of convicts in New Jersey are getting closer to regaining the right to vote. The State Assembly passed a bill Monday, which, if passed, would restor the right to vote to people either convicted of an indictable offense or are either on parole or probation. If enacted, it still would not allow those serving time behind bars the opportunity to vote. The bill's sponsor says this bill would affect 83,000 people and voting is not a privilege but a constitutional right.