It appears a Northampton County warehouse is a complete loss due to a morning fire. Around 5 this morning, fire crews were called to a large warehouse along the Lehigh River in West Easton, right near the Easton/West Easton border. Dispatchers say the property belongs to Johnson Motor Lines. There are no injuries reported at this point and it's way too early to know how the fire may have started. About 4000 nearby power outages have been been reported by Met-Ed.
Nearly 600 employees at the south Bethlehem Walmart warehouse will be getting pink slips later this spring, according to Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry. Walmart says as of June 2, 597 of its warehouse workers there will be let go to "better prepare for the future needs of customers." About 1700 people currently work there.
Police in Upper Macungie Township are asking for information related to a shooting incident in the Breinigsville area early Monday morning. Police say an unknown person fired a gunshot into an occupied home in the 900 block of Spring White Drive. No one was injured. Anyone who has information related to the incident should use the anonymous tip/text line at 484-504-9884.
It was quite a mess Monday morning on Route 22 in Lehigh County. Four vehicles were involved in a crash around 7am on the eastbound side of Route 22 just before the Cedar Crest Boulevard exit in South Whitehall Township. A tractor-trailer ended up smashed into the guard rail. Another big truck went through the center concrete median, blocking all lanes on 22 East, which was closed for nearly five hours. At least one of the westbound lanes was closed for about two hours. Four people were taken to the hospital with injuries.
A Sunday evening fire has damaged a Salisbury Township apartment building. Firefighters were called to 33rd Street SW around 7 o'clock Sunday night for reports of a fire. Firefighters controlled the fire in about a half hour and no injuries were reported. It's believed the fire began in an oven in one of the apartments.
Two people are recovering at the hospital after being shot in the Poconos. The incident happened yesterday morning in the area of Wyoming and Maple Streets in Hazleton. Police say altercations began in Lehighton, Carbon County and ended in Hazleton. One victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries while the other had to be flown to the trauma center. An investigation is ongoing.
U.S. Senator John Fetterman says he's extremely grateful to the doctors at Walter Reed who have treated him for depression over the past six weeks. He posted on social media when he left the facility that the care they provided changed his life. He also says he wants everyone to know that depression is treatable and that the treatment works.
Hershey’s Chocolate World has announced what will be replacing their Hershey’s Great Chocolate Factory Mystery in 4D attraction, which closed back in Sept. 2022. The new attraction, called Hershey’s Great Candy Expedition, will be the first fully immersive, interactive experience of its kind in North America, according to Chocolate World, using all five senses. The attraction is slated to open on Friday, May 19.
Norfolk Southern has completed its first $1 million reimbursement to Pennsylvania fire departments, first responders, and hazmat workers. Gov. Josh Shapiro says the initial payment from the rail company is part of the reimbursement funding for equipment that was damaged or contaminated during the response to the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. Fire companies from Beaver, Lawrence, and Washington counties responded to the derailment and the controlled vent and burn.
Primanti Brothers is offering fans and customers a free beer as a thank you for their recent support. The restaurant was selected as the "Coolest Thing Made In Pennsylvania" in an online contest conducted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Customers can stop into any Primanti Brothers in the state tomorrow to get a free 12-ounce domestic bottle while supplies last. The restaurant edged out Mrs. T's Pierogi's in the championship round of the contest, getting support from 53 percent of voters.
Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law the Election Transparency Act, the controversial bill that brings sweeping changes to New Jersey's campaign finance laws. The measure doubles campaign contribution limits and standardizes so-called pay-to-play laws. The most controversial part of the package does away with the current commissioners on the Election Law Enforcement Commission and lets Governor Murphy replace them with his own appointees. In protest over the measure, the three current incumbent commissioners resigned last week.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs home opener is tonight against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Pigs GM Kurt Landes says fans may or may not notice something new on the field on some game nights. "Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday game this year here at the ballpark, all of the balls and strikes will be called electronically and that electronic device will send a message to the umpire and within a half-second they'll hear ball or strike in their ear and call in appropriately," Landes says. On weekend games, Landes says the home plate umpire will call balls and strikes but a batter, pitcher or catcher can challenge the call. Within a few seconds technology will be shown on the video board to show umpires and fans alike whether the call was correct.
The Phillies are 0-4 after being blown out by the Yankees 8-1 Monday night. Manager Rob Thomson isn't pushing the panic button. "You don't want to start 0-4. That's for sure. But, if we lost four in a row in July, it wouldn't be that be of a deal, so it looks a little bit worse when you start the season," Thomson says. The 0-4 start is the Phillies worst start since 2016. The only time in franchise history the team lost its first five games was 1936 when the Phils lost their first seven en route to a record of 56-93.