Bethlehem Area School District Dining Services received way more than juice in recent shipments. In a letter to district families, Superintendent Joseph Roy said those shipments had egg larvae and maggots on some of the crates and pallets. Roy says the issue involved four schools: Freedom High School, East Hills Middle School, Freemansburg Elementary, and Thomas Jefferson Elementary. "What we needed to do better was what the first two schools did, which is inspecting the delivery, identifying the problem, put it back out there. We have to make sure that happens every day with every delivery," Roy says. He says in two instances at Freedom High School and East Hills Middle School, maggots attached to the exterior of drink cartons ended up on student trays. The school district will no longer be using Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms, which shipped the drinks to the district. Lehigh Valley Dsiry Farms issued a statement Monday night that says, "An investigation is underway to determine the source of the reported insect activity. Based on the findings of our investigation, we will take appropriate corrective actions as necessary."
What was presumed to be a car crash turned out to be a shooting investigation. Bethlehem police were called to Route 412, just outside of Hellertown and near I-78 around 4 o'clock Monday morning for what was reported to be an accident. When they arrived, they found a man inside the vehicle with a gunshot wound. That person was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say they're not searching for anyone in connection with the investigation and there's no danger to the public. A portion of 412 was closed for several hours Monday morning because of the incident.
Allentown police are looking for information about a fight that led to a man being shot over the weekend. A man with a gunshot wound walked into a local hospital around 8 o'clock Sunday night. Police say he was shot in the 2100 block of S. Lumber Street during a fight between two groups of males. The victim was treated at the hospital and released.
Authorities have arrested a man who they believed flashed shoppers at a Lower Nazareth Township Hobby Lobby. The Colonial Regional Police Department says officers arrested 23-year-old Luke Hill of East Stroudsburg. He was taken into custody after tips came in from the public. Police say he exposed himself to several females, including some who were teens, at the Hobby Lobby store on Easton-Nazareth Highway in January. He was also seen doing the same kind of thing at a nearby Wegmans store.
The son of one of the two New Tripoli firemen who died while fighting a Schuylkill County fire in December will attend tonight's State of the Union address. Congresswoman Susan Wild has invited Nick Gruber, who is also a New Tripoli firefighter, and his wife, Natalie, to Capitol Hill for the speech. Gruber's father, Marvin, and Zachary Paris were both killed while responding to the fire. Wild's office says the family of Paris is unable to attend the address.
A lucky someone in Monroe County is a whole lot richer ahead of Valentine's Day weekend. A scratch-off lottery ticket worth five-million-dollars has been sold at a Weis Market located along North Ninth Street in Stroudsburg. The winner is being told to sign the back of the winning ticket and contact their local P-A Lottery office to claim their prize.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has imposed a new policy to ban the use of weapons and simulated violence at historical battle sites. In issuing its ruling, the commission said the staging of artificial battles doesn't demonstrate the respect owed to the memory of those whose lives were lost or irreparably impacted by the conflicts. There are 23 state-owned historical sites in Pennsylvania. The new guidelines go into effect on May 1st of this year.
A Pennsylvania lawmaker is proposing legislation that would create new standards for tiny houses. Democratic State Representative Darisha Parker says the guidance would provide safe building standards where tiny houses could be permitted as permanent single-family homes. They would allow a tiny house under 400 square feet to be installed on a foundation as a permanent dwelling. Tiny houses have become popular for people who want to downsize and some cities have turned to them as a solution for people who are homeless.
The Honda Corporation is issuing a "do not drive" warning for several older vehicle models equipped with faulty airbag inflators. The company says around 82-hundred cars with defective Takata Alpha drivers side airbags are still on the road. They warn that those inflators can rupture in the event of a crash, sending dangerous, and potentially deadly, metal fragments toward a driver's face. The models that may have unrepaired airbags are Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, Pilot and Acura TL and CL vehicles made between 2001 and 2003. Owners of the cars included in the recall notice can get them repaired free of charge, with additional details available by searching honda-news-dot-com.
State health officials say the number of positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continues to fall while the transmission rate shows the outbreak is still declining. New Jersey's seven-day average of confirmed positive test results is down ten percent from a week ago and down 44 percent from a month ago. The CDC ranks five New Jersey counties as having high community levels of the virus -- Camden, Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and Burlington.
Legislation sponsored by New Jersey State Senator Robert Singer that modernizes requirements for the alarm industry signed into law. The bill covers advertising standards for the burglar, fire alarm and locksmith industries. The measure now allows these companies to post a website address in advertisements to direct consumers in order for them to access license number information for the business. If a website address is used instead of the license number, that information must be clearly located on the company website. Singer says the law will help local businesses cut red tape and encourage a more "stream-lined" advertising production process.
AMC Theaters is introducing a new ticket pricing initiative based on seat location. The chain, with multiple locations in the Pittsburgh area, is launching Sightline at AMC where moviegoers will pay more or less for a ticket depending on where they choose to sit. There will be three different seat pricing options including the traditional ticket called Standard Sightline, seats in the front row dubbed Value Sightline and Preferred Sightline, which are seats in the middle of the auditorium. It launches on Friday at select AMC locations in New York, Chicago and Kansas City. The plan is to expand the initiative to all domestic AMC locations by the end of this year.
At Super Bowl Opening Night, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni admitted he has a chip on his shoulder from 2013 when Andy Reid was hired as Kansas City's new head coach and fired Sirianni from his job as the Chiefs' wide receivers coach. However, he also said Reid was complimentary when informing him that he was being let go and that Reid gave him strength when he was down. "Obviously, we weren't good enough there in Kansas City when we left there and that's why coach Reid came in. He's done a phenomenal, phenomenal job and is one of the best coaches of all time," Sirianni said. Sirianni spent four years as a Kansas City assistant before Reid came in.
As the Eagles continue their preparations for the Super Bowl, many people are predicting who will win the big game. EA Sports' Madden NFL 2023 is predicting a 31-to-17 win for the Birds. Unfortunately, Madden picked the Bengals to beat the Rams last year, and that didn't turn out to be correct. The Eagles will face the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in Glendale, Arizona.