It appears at least one person is dead in an overnight shooting in Upper Macungie Township. Upper Macungie police were called shortly before 4 a.m. to outside of Lineage Logistics, a cold storage facility in the industrial park near Route 222 and Route 100. The county coroner's office was also called. A Jeep in the parking lot was riddled with bullet holes near the driver's side window. Authorities have not yet commented on what happened or if anyone is in custody.
A police-involved shooting is being investigated in Berks County. District Attorney John Adams says it started with an early Thursday morning call about a car robbery in Reading. Police showed up and realized three men were actually trying to cut a catalytic converter off a car. At that point, Adams says the three sped off. "Reading police tried to stop this vehicle. They activated their sirens and lights. The vehicle would not stop," Adams says. Eventually the suspects drove onto a dead end road and Adams says it was then when the driver, 25-year-old Tyvan Barnett, of Allentown, tried to run over the officers. One of the officers shot Barnett in the leg. He was taken to Reading Hospital. A second suspect, 18-year-old Ejau Collazo, also from Allentown, was arrested. The third man is still at large.
A 45-year-old Allentown man is dead after a Wednesday night crash in the area of the American Parkway Bridge. Jose Perez died about an hour-and-a-half after the crash, which happened just after 9 o'clock Wednesday night. Police say Perez was driving a vehicle that veered into the opposite lane and hit an oncoming vehicle. Several others were seriously injured. Police are still investigating.
A woman has died days after a crash in the Poconos. 59-year-old Yevgenya Ronin, of Brodheadsville, died early Wednesday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg from injuries sustained in a crash Saturday afternoon on Route 209 in Hamilton Township, Monroe County. Investigators say her vehicle crashed into another vehicle near the intersection with Lesh Road.
A large maple tree fell onto a parked SUV overnight Wednesday into Thursday, knocking out power to the neighborhood in the 700 block of Pardee Street on Easton’s College Hill. About 38 Met-Ed customers were without power. No one was hurt, but the Jeep was heavily damaged.
Tomorrow is a big day for the Liberty Bell Museum in Allentown. A noon ceremony is planned to unveil and dedicate a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker commemorating the site of the Liberty Bell's hiding place in Allentown in 1777. Museum Director Rev. Josh Knappenberger, Mayor Matt Tuerk, St. Sen. Pat Browne and PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery are all expected to attend. The museum is located at 622 West Hamilton Street in Allentown.
Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman is bringing in a notable Jersey Girl to jab his Republican opponent, Mehmet Oz about not really living in the Keystone State. Fetterman posted a video featuring Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki from the reality series Jersey Shore. "I know you're away from home and you're in a new place. But, Jersey will not forget you. I just want to let you know. I won't forget you. And don't worry, because you'll be back home in Jersey soon. This is only temporary. So good luck. You've got this and Jersey loves you," Snooki said before blowing Oz a kiss. Oz was a longtime resident of New Jersey.
Specialists with the state Department of Agriculture are warning drivers to check their cars for spotted lanternflies before they travel through the state. The insect is known to frequently hop onto vehicles as it makes its way hundreds of miles from its original location. A state study says if uncontrolled, the insect could cause the state to lose $324 million annually in agriculture damage and also affect over 2800 jobs. Over 40 Pennsylvania counties have enacted a spotted lanternfly quarantine.
Organizers say two straight weekends of events start Saturday at Jennerstown Speedway to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Quecreek Mine rescue. Millions of people around the world followed the updates of the 77-hour effort to save nine men trapped in an unmapped mine on July 24th in 2002. They were left 200 feet underground after breaking through the wall of a nearby abandoned mine. Events this Saturday include a miners night at the speedway, a car cruise, food trucks and special events.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is now expanding hunting on three Sundays in November. Those Sundays will be November 13, 20 and 27.
Following an uptick in aggressive driving and traffic fatalities, New Jersey State Police are cracking down on speeding around the state. Fines for speeding will more than triple. Starting August 15th, a violation will increase from $44 to $173. It is part of a new no-tolerance anti-speeding campaign, estimated to generate $9 million in speeding tickets. There will always be 50 state troopers on duty during the 30-day speed crackdown; there will also be 30 new and unmarked police cruisers. New Jersey drivers could still be subject to fines if caught speeding in New York City.