Authorities have subpoenaed the parents of Bryan Kohberger, the Monroe County native accused of killing four University of Idaho students last November. Kohberger's parents were asked to testify before a Monroe County grand jury. The father is expected to testify sometime today and his mother has reportedly already testified. Kohberger was arrested in December and charged with the Idaho murders. It's unclear what crime the Monroe County grand jury is investigating.
More than four months after disappearing, a missing Lehigh University student has been found dead in the Lehigh River. The body of 19-year-old Daniel Lee was pulled from the river last Friday and Wednesday the Northampton County coroner ruled the manner of death a suicide. Lee had been missing since January 20th.
The Northampton County coroner has ruled a May 14th death a homicide. Zachary Lysek says 59-year-old Walter Whaley Jr. died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Whaley was killed at a home on Sandy Shore Drive in Upper Mount Bethel Township. District Attorney Terry Houck has said it appears the shooting was domestic-related and was not a random act. The investigation is ongoing.
The Easton Housing Authority has been hit with a violation for a broken elevator at its Francis Walter House high rise in Easton. Joseph Bonavita, with Otis Elevator, tells Lehigh Valley Live, the elevator failed a brake test during an inspection and has been out of service for about two months now. The city gave the housing authority five days to repair the elevator but the parts won’t be available in time, according to housing authority Executive Director Tyler Martin.
The Lehigh Valley needs some rain. But many have outdoor plans this holiday weekend and don't want any rain just yet. Accu-Weather's Joe Lundberg says those folks will get their wish. "It's going to be sunny and beautiful today and it looks like we're going to stay dry through the holiday weekend," Lundberg says. He says there's an outside chance of just a little rain Sunday or Monday, but he's skeptical it will happen. Weekend temperatures will move from 78 on Saturday to 81 on Sunday up to 87 on Monday.
A dozen people will be charged for their alleged involvement in a drug operation between Puerto Rico and Reading. Berks County DA John Adams says the investigation has been going since last August. "We didn't just arrest the local dealers. We arrested the source of these drugs from Puerto Rico," Adams says. The DA says the investigation kicked into gear after authorities began intercepting large quantities of cocaine that had been shipped into Berks County. Investigators said they seized $4 million worth of cocaine.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is developing policy rates for charging electric vehicles. The regulatory agency kicked off a process earlier this week that will end eventually in a statement on setting rates. Suggestions for the policy include setting prices so that people will charge their cars' electric batteries during non-peak hours. Agency officials say they hope to stay ahead of an expected surge in electric-vehicle use, which will have ramifications for the power grid.
The New Jersey Attorney General's office has joined a lawsuit filed by 44 other states against Avid Telecom and its owner for facilitating more than seven-and-a-half billion robocalls. The calls were made to numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. Avid Telecom is a Voice over Internet Protocol service provider that sells data, phone numbers, and dialing software, so its customers can make robocalls. Besides being annoying, robocalls are often used for scams involving the Social Security Administration, Medicare, auto warranties, and others. The state says the company also helped route illegal robocalls across the country.
A third Penn State football game start time has now been nailed down. Penn State says its regular season ends with a Friday, November 24th game at Michigan State, but not in East Lansing, the Nittany Lions and Spartans will play in Detroit's Ford Field, home of the NFL's Lions. Kickoff for that game is 7:30 on NBC. Penn State's other announced start times are 7:30 on September 2nd against West Virginia and 8 o'clock against Iowa on September 23rd.
Two male sloth bear cubs are ready to meet you and your family. The bears were born in early January at the Philadelphia Zoo. You can vote online to help decide their names. The options are Kelce-and-Harper or Hall-and-Oates, which are all related to Philadelphia's rich history. The zoo is open daily from 9:30 to 5.