40-year-old Christian Willman has admitted to sexually assaulting six students while teaching at Parkland High School in Lehigh County and Palisades High School in Bucks County. Bucks Assistant DA Mary Kate Kohler wouldn't be surprised if there are more than those six victims. "I don't believe in coincidence and there are some time gaps there between victims. I believe there probably were others," Kohler says. Willman was a technology teacher at Parkland from 2001-2011 before moving on to Palisades from 2011-2018 when these allegations were made. Under a plea deal which saved the victims from having to testify at a trial, Willman was sentenced to six-to-12 years in prison.
A man is hospitalized after being shot in Allentown last night. Police say the shooting happened around 6 o'clock in the 400-block of North Law Street. The victim is expected to survive.
A skull found in August 2016 at the bottom of a mining pit in Schuylkill County was that of an Easton man. Experts say DNA testing showed the skull found was from 34-year-old Jason Gold, whose driver's license listed an Easton address. Investigators say nobody ever reported Gold missing and they have no idea how his skull ended up inside the mine.
The Stroudsburg YMCA will not be buying the old Ramsey School after all. The organization was looking into buying the former elementary school to expand its child care programs. YMCA officials say they decided against buying the school after research with architects and its project management firm. Borough leaders have been trying to find uses for the empty building since it closed in 2015.
A drag strip in Berks County could soon have new ownership. Montgomery County-based Motorsports Developers says it's in the process of buying Maple Grove Raceway. The company isn't saying how much the deal is worth or when it might be finalized. The race track's current owners listed the property for sale last summer and were asking for $8 million for it.
One of the most popular items at the Pennsylvania Farm Show year after year is the mushrooms. Gale Farranto is with the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania and says mushrooms are big business in Pennsylvania. "Southeastern Pennsylvania grows the most mushrooms in the entire United States. We employ about 8600 people right here in Pennsylvania and it's a $1.1 billion economic impact to the state. It's the number one Pennsylvania cash crop," Farranto says. There are quite a few mushroom-related foods at the farm show's food court and the fried mushrooms remains a favorite of many customers.
Chester County is the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania. That's according to a report by 24/7 Wall Street which shows that the median household income for the county is close to $97,000, which far eclipses Pennsylvania's statewide average of nearly $60,000.