After Lehigh County DA Jim Martin announced Friday he won't press charges against Allentown police officers involved in an incident outside St. Luke's Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, about a dozen protesters stood on the steps of the Lehigh County Courthouse Saturday to voice their anger about the decision. Among them was Justan Parker, with Black Lives Matter Lehigh Valley. "It is clear and present that the district attorney is not for the City of Allentown. He does not support or represent us," Parker says. Several dozen people then attended a "Call to Action" Black Lives Matter rally Sunday at the triangle in Emmaus.
Pennsylvania health officials have added another 786 new COVID-19 cases to the state's overall total, which now stands at 101,072. Sunday's announcement also included eight more deaths related to coronavirus complications. That statewide figure is now 7015.
New Jersey has recorded 11 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 15,706. Meanwhile, the number of hospitalizations for patients being treated for the virus has fallen below 800. That's the first time it fell below 800 in more than three months.
The Palmer Township pool was closed all weekend because an employee testing positive for COVID-19 after returning from out of state travels. Township officials say, the pool staff continued to follow CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines, resulting in no other reports of any individuals contracting the virus at the pool. The pool will evaluate staffing availability today and make the determination in reopening.
A New York City man drowned while tubing in the Delaware River Saturday afternoon. The unidentified 51-year-old man was tubing with a group of people near Tocks Island when he became separated from the group and went underwater. Group members and bystanders brought the man to shore and performed CPR but couldn't save him. It's the second drowning of season at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
If you enjoyed the heat and humidity over the weekend, don't worry...more of it is on tap today. "It's just going to be another very hot and humid day again today, very comparable to yesterday when we had a high of 96. We're looking at 95 today," says Accu-Weather's Joe Lundberg says our heat wave continues tomorrow with an expected high of 92 degrees. The heat wave may officially end Wednesday when temperatures are predicted to top out at 89 degrees.
The New Jersey Supreme Court acknowledges there are disparities in the state's judicial system that affect minorities and it plans to try to fix them. The state's highest court has announced an action plan it will implement this year to make the judicial system more fair to persons of color. Those changes include more diverse, impartial juries, reductions in probation terms and eliminating fines that keep people tied to the judicial system after they've completed rehabilitation.