Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has a new address. He has arrived at a federal prison in Connecticut. He's now serving his sentence at Danbury federal prison, a low-security facility that houses male and female inmates. He was being held in a Philadelphia prison after being moved from Lehigh County Jail following his sentencing on October 23. Pawlowski was sentenced to up to 15 years in federal prison after he was found guilty of 47 counts related to lying to federal investigators and trading city contracts for campaign contributions.
Allentown Mayor Ray O'Connell's proposed 2019 budget has been given a thumbs down by City Council. The spending plan called for a 1.5-mill tax increase, which would've pulled in more than $7 million. Council's vote sends the budget back to O'Connell's office, leaving two options. It can hold a special meeting before the December 15th deadline or it can do nothing, allowing the budget to become law.
An Allentown man is out of the creek and under arrest after allegedly hitting two police officers with his car. Robert Boandl was arraigned last night on charges related to the aggravated assault of an officer, fleeing and hit-and-run, among others. Police say they pulled Boandl over Wednesday on North Fourth Street but he hit the gas, striking two officers before abandoning the vehicle and running. Police say they caught him in a creek off Front Street, attempting to swim away.
The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem slipped to third in the commonwealth in November slot machine revenue. The state Gaming Control Board says the Sands pulled in $22.5 million in slots money, down more than 6-percent from last year's $24.1 million. Parx Casino in Bucks County, which typically leads the state in slots revenue, continued to hold down the top spot, while Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh leapfrogged the Sands to finish the month second. Last month is the first time since February 2015 that the Sands wasn't second in the state in slots revenue.
Police in Northampton County are looking for a Montgomery County man who allegedly flashed people in a local supermarket. Colonial Regional Police are now identifying the man suspected of exposing himself to two women at a Wegmans in Bethlehem back in October. Benjamin Ryder is allegedly behind the acts. His whereabouts are unknown. He's wanted on charges of open lewdness and indecent exposure, something court records show he's done in the past.
A country music superstar who hasn't appeared in the Lehigh Valley since 2009 is coming back next summer. Three-time Grammy winner Brad Paisley headlines Musikfest's final night on August 11th. Tickets, which cost $69-$119 go on sale to the general public December 14th. That top ticket price is tied for Musikfest's most expensive ever, equaling Don Henley's 2016 appearance. Musikfest now has four headliners locked in with Train and The Goo Goo Dolls, The Chainsmokers and Lady Antebellum already inked.
It was announced this week that financial help's being made available for farmers affected by our historic amounts of rain this year. The Ag Department's Shannon Powers says it's a big deal considering about 1-in-7 jobs in Pennsylvania is linked to agriculture. "The weather is uncertain. There's a lot of uncertainty that goes along with being in farming, period. This just makes that uncertainty a little bit easier to bear and it makes planning for the next season a little more doable," Powers says. Farmers in 14 Pennsylvania counties, including Berks and Schuylkill are eligible for that aid.
The President of the United States will be taking in a little football this weekend. President Trump will be in Philadelphia Saturday to watch the Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. He'll become the tenth sitting president to ever watch the game in person.