Request denied. That's what Palmer Township officials are saing to the Northampton County Republican party, which wanted to bring in a St. Louis couple who showed guns to defend their home against protesters back in June. The county GOP wanted to have Mark and Patti McCloskey speak about the importannce of the Second Amendment this Thursday at Palmer Township's Fairview Park, however township officials denied their request to hold the event. On a Facebook post, the township said it believes the event would include more than 250 people, which would violate Gov. Tom Wolf's coronavirus mitigation orders. The county GOP says, "Palmer Township's regrettable response constitutes a violation of the Constitution's First Amendment right to peaceably assemble." Organizers say they have a backup plan and still intend to hold the event, but aren't releasing any further details.
Allentown police have made an arrest in a stabbing incident that occurred late Thursday night. Police were called to Albert St. and E. Hamilton St. for a stabbing late Thursday night and found a female with multiple stab wounds to her body. That woman is expected to survive. Police say 17-year-old Gabriel Ramos stabbed the female and was arrested over the weekend. Investigators have not revealed what prompted the incident.
Police in Wilson are asking for your help in their search for a man allegedly involved in a weekend attempted murder. Police say they were called early Saturday morning for shots being fired. When they arrived, they would find Gustavo Ferrando with multiple gunshot wounds near the 1600 block of Spruce Street. Ferrando is listed in serious condition at the hospital. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Cartrell Flucker and are telling the public he should be considered armed and dangerous.
A man is dead after a police-involved shooting in Lancaster. Body camera footage shows Ricardo Munoz running while holding a knife above his head at a retreating police officer before that officer shoots and kills Munoz. Jarrad Berkihiser is Lancaster's police chief. "Any loss of life, regardless of how it happens, is devastating. It's devastating for everybody involved. It's devastating for our police department, the families and our community. It's absolutely devastating," Berkihiser says. Following the shooting, protesters soon showed up outside the police department and began throwing glass bottles, rocks, bricks and gallon jugs, breaking the police station's windows and front door and damaging a county vehicle.
Some businesses in one local community are hoping for a much-needed big week. Nazareth Restaurant Week is officially underway. COVID-19 has limited restaurants to only 25-percent capacity so a lot of restaurants are offering special deals to get as many customers as possible. Nazareth Restaurant Week will continue until September 19th.
It's costing drivers a little bit more to get through tolls in New Jersey. Toll hikes went into effect Sunday, raising fees on the Jersey Turnpike by $1.30. The Garden State Parkway tolls are up 27-percent and on the Atlantic City Expressway, the average toll is about 57-cents more. Gov. Phil Murphy approved the hikes back in June, in order to fund a $24 billion construction plan that includes widening roads, implementing cashless payment and replacing a bridge connecting the state to Pennsylvania.
New Jersey is reporting slightly lower coronavirus transmission rates over the past four days. The transmission rate is at 1.06-percent, which is still higher than the one-percent benchmark. The state reported 306 new positive cases statewide Sunday, which was the second day cases were below 500. This comes as the state begins reopening, allowing indoor dining, gyms and movie theaters to function at 25-percent capacity.
After jumping out to a 17-0 lead in Washington Sunday afternoon, the Eagles collapsed and ended up falling 27-17. After the game, quarterback Carson Wentz says things went bad quickly. "It spiraled out of control and the next thing you know we were in a 2nd-and-16 multiple drives in a row and couldn't get ahead of the chains and make plays. We turned the ball over. I gotta protect the ball. It's a frustrating loss coming off that field, but there's a lot of good we can learn from," Wentz said. The Eagles host the Rams this Sunday afternoon.