Here's what's trending for March 11.


A former Allentown policeman is been charged with distributing child pornography in South Carolina. Douglas Perdick was arrested Tuesday by the FBI during a family visit to the Lehigh Valley. Perdick joined the Allentown Police Department in April 2006 and injured his knee on the job in April 2007. He was fired by the department in 2010 after not being able to return to regular duty and later settled a discrimination suit linked to the Americans with Disabilities Act for $30,000.

The Lehigh Valley is getting 130 new jobs. Australian sign maker Easy Signs says it will open its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Lehigh County. The company has leased a 72,000-square-foot facility along Penn Drive in Upper Macungie Township and expects a soft product launch in May and a full launch in July. Hiring for the new business begins later this month.

A home is gutted by fire in North Whitehall Township. It happened just after 12:00 p.m. on Thursday at a home in the 1000 block of Dogwood Street. There's no word yet on what caused the fire.

A father and son are out of their home after a fire Thursday morning. Crews were called to the corner of East Cedar and Sherman Streets on Allentown's East Side around 8:30 a.m. Flames tore through the second story of the house, but didn't damage any other homes. There's no word yet on what caused the fire to start.

A popular Allentown diner is closing this weekend. The owner of Nick's Diner has posted on social media that they'll be closing this weekend after 20 years in business. The family posted that they'll miss their customers in the diner at 18th and Tilghman streets, but that it's time to focus on their loved ones and to rest. Sunday will be their last day in business.

A fitness center at the Whitehall Mall has left. PA Fitness Whitehall has closed its doors. The reason is unclear.

With a week-and-a-half officially remaining in winter, we're getting set for a snowstorm tomorrow. "We have one-to-three inches in Allentown itself, but you don't have to go very far north or west and it'll probably be three-to-six and it's still going to be four-to-eight inches up in the Poconos," says Accu-Weather's Joe Lundberg. He thinks the snow will begin falling before noon tomorrow and continue until four or five o'clock.

With snow in the forecast for Saturday, The Celtic Cultural Alliance has cancelled the Parade of Shamrocks in Bethlehem. The parade had a rain date of Sunday, but many of the parade’s participating groups say they would not be available on Sunday.

Police in the Poconos are looking for two thieves who allegedly stole credit cards from vehicles at the Blue Mountain Resort in Carbon County recently. The incident happened earlier this month as a man and a woman stole credit cards from unlocked vehicles and then drove away in a grey Mercedes SUV. Police say the couple used the cards to buy apple gift cards at the Walmart in Lehighton. Anyone with any information is being asked to contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.

Daylight Saving Time officially begins this Sunday at 2 a.m. Move those clocks forward an hour before going to bed Saturday night. Local fire departments also remind you that this might be a good opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

New Jersey is ending its mask mandate for state workers this coming Monday. The governor took to Twitter yesterday, saying face coverings will no longer be required at all state executive branch offices and buildings. He added any employee, customer, or visitor may choose to wear a mask if they prefer. It has now been more than two years since New Jersey reported its first coronavirus case.

After 99 days, the Major League Baseball lockout ended Thursday. Commissioner Rob Manfred. "I have to say, I am genuinely thrilled to be able to say that major league baseball is back and that we're going to play 162 games," Manfred says. The Phillies will open the season April 8 at home against Oakland. As part of the new CBA, the designated hitter is coming to the National League and playoffs will expand to 12 teams.


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