Lehigh County DA Jim Martin says the teen accused of putting sewing needles into various food items at the Giant supermarket on Hamilton Boulevard has admitted to doing it. Back on April 19th, needles were discovered in numerous food items. In less than a week, it was determined the teen, who worked at the Giant, put them there. The DA is saying the issue has been handled by juvenile court and will be releasing no further information.
Thursday afternoon gunfire is being investigated by Easton police. Gunshots were reported just before 5pm in the 1100 block of Lehigh Street. Investigators think two men argued with the suspected shooter just prior to the incident, then fled east on Lehigh Street. There were no reported injuries as a result of the shooting. Police described the shooter as a man, possibly in his late teens, 6 feet tall and wearing a red and black hooded sweatshirt. He also had dreadlocks or braids.
Pennsylvania collected $3.3 billion in General Fund revenue in May. That's $46.1 million, or 1.4 percent, below what was anticipated. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $41.2 billion, which is $1.2 billion, or 2.9 percent, above estimate.
A House panel has approved a bill that would increase awareness about eating disorders and better identify them among school-aged kids. The House Education Committee voted to pass the measure sponsored by state Rep. Jason Ortitay of Allegheny. It would create a state task force to develop guidance and educational resources for parents created from organizations that are dedicated to eating disorder awareness and treatment. It still needs to be voted on by the full House.
A measure that would change how guns are sold in Pennsylvania will be voted on for final passage in the state House Monday. House Bill 731 would require the securing/disabling of firearms when they're not being carried. It would also mandate locks on long guns at the time they're purchased, which is not a current requirement for sales. Supporters say the measure provides more security for weapons that children could have access to, but opponents say the bill goes against the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions. They also say it wouldn't necessarily prevent gun violence carried out by criminals.
House lawmakers are set to vote on a resolution Monday that would create a "Roberto Clemente Day" in Pennsylvania. Sponsors say the measure would recognize September 15th in honor of the humanitarian who played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The resolution would celebrate his life as a twelve-time All-Star, World Series MVP and the first Latin American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Clemente was also known for his humanitarian work for his native Puerto Rico.
Volkswagen is planning to bring back its iconic VW bus to North America. The carmaker announced Friday that it will begin selling an electric version of the VW bus dubbed the VW ID Buzz next year. The VW bus hasn't been sold in North American in two decades. An extra long version of the VW ID Buzz that seats up to seven passengers will also be available.