Another nuisance snowstorm is expected Friday. Accu-Weather's Joe Lundberg says the system arrives Friday afternoon, probably beginning as only rain. "Under the cover of darkness tomorrow night as precipitation lingers it will probably go over to wet snow but we'll never go below freezing so it's going to make it harder to stick to roads. I think there's going to be a slushy inch or two on car tops, lawns and stuff like that and weighted more to the higher elevations rather than the lower elevations," Lundberg says. Lundberg expects a little leftover wet snow Saturday morning, but that shouldn't amount to much.
The Allentown School Board is set to vote tonight on whether to hire Acting Superintendent Carol Birks on a permanent basis. She was appointed to the interim role at the end of October. However, School Board Director Phoebe Harris says she'll try to postpone the vote because she believes the board isn't committed to transparency and hearing more input from the community. She's urging district residents to go to the meeting to voice their concerns. It's set to begin at 6 p.m.
Bethlehem police say they’ve received numerous calls about stolen mail in the past three weeks. Most complaints are about checks, which are then altered and cashed. The Bethlehem PD advises city residents to not put mail containing checks in outdoor mailboxes, especially if that mail is likely to remain in the mailbox overnight. If possible, police recommend residents send their mail directly from a mailbox located inside a post office whenever possible.
Bethlehem Police Chief Michelle Kott says the city will be using money from a federal grant to improve camera surveillance. Bethlehem received $200,000 from the Gun Violence Investigation and Prosecution Grant Program, which was signed into law last year using American Rescue Plan Act funds. Kott says the new cameras are needed because some of the current ones are too outdated to work with the city's updated surveillance network.
Every student at Bethlehem Catholic High School is getting a brand new, professional-quality, Windows-based laptop. Wednesday, the school announced its initiative, where each student gets his or her very own laptop to use, in school and out. They'll also get to keep that laptop after they graduate high school.
During Wednesday night's City Council meeting, Easton Mayor Sal Panto gave his State of the City address and said the city is well-positioned post-pandemic. "We are now coming out of that very dark place in our history with a perspective that inspires us and reignites us. I am proud to announce we continue to move forward with positive change and our city is wiser, stronger and more determined than ever," Panto said. Panto laid out goals of focusing on the city’s economic health and working to keep the city safe.
Delaware County St. Rep. Mike Zabel has submitted his resignation, effective March 16th after a second woman has come forward accusing him of sexually harassing her. St. Rep. Abby Major, of Armstrong County said Wedensday a drunk Zabel approached her back in mid-November. "He continued pressing the issue, eventually putting his arm around me and touching my back. He then asked me if I wanted to get out of here and go upstairs. I said that I wasn't interested. I glanced back and noticed that Rep. Zabel was following me," Major says. Last week, Andi Perez, a lobbyist with the Service Employees International Union, claimed Zabel caressed her leg while they were discussing legislation and did not stop when she moved away from him. Zabel, a Democrat, says he's an alcoholic and is seeking treatment.
The people who Governor Josh Shapiro have recommended to be attorney general and state police commissioner have been approved by the state Senate. Michelle Henry, a career prosecutor and a top deputy at the attorney general's office, will fill the last two years of Shapiro's former four-year term. Colonel Christopher Paris, a long-time state trooper and an attorney, has been chosen to lead the state's law enforcement agencies. The unanimous-approval vote for both officials came Wednesday.
A state senator from Reading wants to raise the penalties for people who vandalize religious spaces. Senator Judy Schwank says her "Save Our Sacred Spaces" measure would classify any damage done to a church, synagogue or mosque not only as vandalism, but also as a hate crime.
Lafayette's men's basketball team's dream of an improbable trip to March Madness fell one victory short. The Leopards lost to top-seed Colgate 79-61 Wednesday night in the Patriot League tournament championship game. Lafayette's season ends with a record of 13-23.