The Lehigh County coroner says the man who died when in a small plane crash Wednesday afternoon in Salisbury Township was 49 years old. However, because of the severity of the crash, they will have to use dental x-rays to confirm the man's identity. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was owned by a Northampton County flight training school. The single-engine Piper PA-28 was registered to ProFlite Aero Services, in Palmer Township.
More than a year-and-a-half after the death of 36-year-old Alexander Zarnas, an arrest has been bade. 49-year-old Anthony Rutch, of Macungie, is charged with hitting Zarnas as Zarnas was riding a bicycle on Mountain Road in Lower Macungie Township back in March 2021. It's alleged Rutch hit Zarnas and then drove off. Rutch surrendered Wednesday morning.
An apartment project planned for Dutchtown has received approval for its exterior from the Easton Historic District Commission. The project, called Dutchtown Pointe, received a certificate of appropriateness for exterior building construction materials for the proposed site at 34 through 42 on South Sixth Street. The five-story building will contain apartments and commercial space. Plans for the building had brought opposition from some neighbors during the city's approval process.
A Lehigh Valley company has received an $8.6 million federal contract to develop a "second generation" test for Ebola. Bethlehem's OraSure Technologies, which makes diagnostic tools and specimen collection devices, is developing the test for the potentially deadly virus.
A 31-year-old Phillipsburg man faces child pornography charges. Michael Lovell-Agnelli was charged after investigators got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Investigators executed a search warrant at Lovell-Agnelli’s apartment and images of child sexual abuse and evidence that those images had been shared were found.
A new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows a closer race for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Results released Wednesday show Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman holding an advantage over Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz at 45 percent to Oz's 42 percent. That's considerably closer than the 45-36 result in an August poll. The Doug Mastriano-Josh Shapiro race for governor is nowhere near as close. The new poll shows Shapiro up on Mastrinao by a 47-30 margin. 517 registered voters were surveyed in each poll.
The campaign of Pennsylvania's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is posting a billboard in the hometown of his opponent. The Dr. Mehmet Oz campaign billboard in the Pittsburgh suburb of Braddock, where Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman served as mayor, accuses Fetterman of not being tough enough on crime. It includes images of toilet paper and a toddler with a cat saying "soft on bottoms," and "soft on skin." Underneath a picture of Fetterman it says "soft on crime."
Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are now in their fourth day of a strike. The museum is still open, but people who want to go to the exhibits are crossing picket lines to do so. Nearly three-quarters of the museum's employees are picketing outside. Organizers say workers have been in contract negotiations for two years for better wages, improved health care benefits and job security as part of their first collective bargaining agreement with the museum.
The Garden State Parkway is going cashless. New Jersey's Turnpike Authority has voted to ditch toll booths on the Garden State Parkway over the next three or four years, replacing them with E-Zpass readers and cameras. But it looks like the Jersey Turnpike may keep both options.
Newark Liberty is at the bottom of the country's list when it comes to customer satisfaction. A new J.D. Power study scored them the lowest for a major airport. The study ranks the transportation hubs on criteria including terminal facilities, baggage claim, and on-time performance. The results are based on information gathered between August of last year and July of this year.
History was made Wednesday night in Toronto. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season, tying him with Roger Maris for the most ever in one season in the American League. Judge says he was a little emotional after the homer. "There were a lot of emotions. It took longer than I wanted to, but it's something pretty special," Judge said. Judge and the Yankees beat Toronto 8-3.