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Valley Preferred Cycling Center hosts USA Cycling Championships (PHOTOS)

Competitors at the velodrome in Lehigh County include top professional and junior cyclists from around the nation.

Throughout this week, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, also…

Teen faces trial for alleged ‘Scream’ mask bus prank

The 19-year-old reportedly told police the incident on the Parkland High School bus was a prank.

A 19-year-old man is facing possible trial for a reported prank involving a …

What a Volvo, iPad and tombstone have in common in Lehigh County

Police in Upper Macungie Township said they were investigating the theft of all three, among other incidents.

Upper Macungie Township police reported a rash of thefts, inclu…

Mom drives drunk to school pick-up 2 days straight, cops say

Police said they encountered the woman twice this week outside Jaindl Elementary School.

A Lehigh County woman is accused of driving drunk twice when she picked up her child…

Lehigh Valley sharing in $17.5 million in intersection upgrades

Pen Argyl is the recipient of the largest state grant, for Route 512 and Robinson Avenue. 

Municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties are receiving more than $300,000 in all from $17.5 million in grants announced last week for intersection improvements across Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced two rounds of grants, one totaling $12 million for traffic signal upgrades paid for by Act 89 of 2013, the state’s transportation funding plan that raised a host of fees on drivers.

The other grants total $5.5 million, coming from the Automated Red Light Enforcement program in place at 28 intersections in Philadelphia. 

Of both rounds of grants, the largest sum for the Lehigh Valley region is $160,500 from Act 89 dollars, going toward upgrades of Route 512 (Pennsylvania Avenue) and Robinson Avenue in Pen Argyl.

“This is the main intersection in Pen Argyl and woefully outdated,” borough Manager Robin Zmoda said in an email. “This project is part of the enhancements Pen Argyl Borough would like to complete in order to assist in the revitalization efforts in Pen Argyl and the entire Slate Belt region. 

“The upgrade will allow for safer pedestrian, improved (Americans with Disabilities Act) crossings and smoother traffic flow through the busy intersection — an overall modernization of the intersection.”

Police lose license plate stickers for enforcement

Here are the other local grants announced by Wolf through the grant programs:

From Act 89 “Green Light-Go” grants: 

Lehigh County

Heidelberg Township, $4,917 to install an uninterruptible power supply system at the intersection at Route 309 and Route 4029 (Northwest Road).

South Whitehall Township, $8,000 to improve traffic signal retiming at the intersections of Route 1002 (Tilghman Street) and Parkway Road, Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Scherersville Road, and Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Route 1021 (Perma Avenue).

Upper Macungie Township, $35,000 to install traffic signal emergency vehicle pre-emption systems at the intersections of Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Continental Way, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Trexlertown Shopping Center, Route 6222 and Trexler Mall Entrance, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Route 2012 (Lower Macungie Road), and Route 3008 (Cetronia Road) and Route 2015 (Schantz Road).

Northampton County

Bath, $2,895 to install a video detection camera at the intersection of Route 512 and Barrall Avenue.

Upper Nazareth Township, $7,000 to install emergency vehicle pre-emption at the intersection of Route 248 and Route 946.

From Automated Red Light Enforcement grants:

Northampton County

East Allen Township, $67,409 to install video detection along the approaches to the intersection of Route 329 (Nor-Bath Boulevard) and Route 3023 and the addition of a westbound advance left-turn phase to be added to the signal timings.

Walnutport, $24,000 to improve the existing signal at the intersection of Route 145 and Main Street by replacing LED modules and the addition of an emergency vehicle pre-emption system.

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Mack Trucks commits to Lehigh Valley with $70M investment

The Lower Macungie plant being modernized is where all its trucks are built for the North American market and export.

Mack Trucks announced Friday plans to invest $70 millio…

Man points handgun during road rage incident, police say

Police say one driver struck another, and a passenger pulled a gun.

Two men have been charged after a road rage incident earlier this month that involved a gun being drawn,&nbsp…

Gunman stuck with guilty plea, 16-year minimum sentence

Evan Castellanos sought to withdraw plea to shooting a man in Bethlehem.

An Upper Macungie Township man who admitted last month to shooting a man through the chest in Bethlehem …

2 of 5 victims from fiery Route 222 crash identified

Both of the women were from Allentown, the coroner said.

The Lehigh County coroner has identified two of the five people killed in a fiery wrong-way crash on Route 222 on We…

Minimum 16-year jail term awaits gunman in Bethlehem shooting

Evan Castellanos’ guilty plea to attempted homicide comes with a sentencing agreement for 16 to 35 years in prison.

An Upper Macungie Township man admitted Friday he attempted to kill a Bethlehem man, shooting him through the chest.

Evan Castellanos, 19, pleaded guilty Friday to attempted homicide, according to Northampton County Assistant District Attorney Kelly Lewis.

The plea bargain includes an agreed-to sentence of 16 to 35 years in state prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 4 in front of Judge Stephen Baratta.

Upper Macungie man returns to Lehigh Valley to face attempted homicide charge, records indicate

Castellanos and his girlfriend, Leah Cadwallader, lured Anthony Berliner out of his apartment on June 15, 2014, in the 600 block of Atlantic Street on Bethlehem’s South Side. Then Castellanos shot him once in the chest.

Castellanos and Cadwallader told police they were in New York at the time of the shooting, but a drug dealing associate of Castellanos testified Cadwallader and Castellanos gave him a ride from Kutztown to Bethlehem.

Video surveillance has Cadwallader’s car in the Lehigh Valley when she claimed to be in New York, according to court records. 

Two teens in Florida charged in South Side Bethlehem shooting

A grand jury recommended indicting the couple in November 2015. Castellanos was extradited to Northampton County from a Florida prison, where he was in on drug charges.

Cadwallader, 19, of Lenhartsville in Berks County, Pa., has charges of conspiracy to commit attempted homicide and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault pending against her.

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Teen showed ‘criminal sophistication’ in mother’s murder, judge says

The Lehigh County judge explains why 14-year-old Jamie Silvonek will be tried as an adult.

A judge says a 14-year-old Lehigh County girl’s “intelligence and manipulation” were cr…

Upper Macungie credit union among ID thieves’ targets, police say

One of the men was disguised as a woman when fraudulently accepting a loan check, authorities allege.

The allegations are the same, but the target is new.
Two men are accused of …

Pit bull mixes kill 2 dogs, bite 2 people, police say

A pair of pit bull-boxer mixed-breed dogs broke free from their Lehigh County fenced yard, attacked and killed two other dogs and bit two people, according to police.

A pair of p…

Coroner identifies 2 men killed in Lehigh County crash

The men, both from Allentown, were pronounced dead about 3:15 a.m. in Upper Macungie Township, the coroner said.

The Lehigh County coroner has identified the two men who died ear…

Motorcyclist in fatal Route 100 crash identified as Lynn Township man

The 44-year-old died after colliding with a turning car in Upper Macungie Township.

A 44-year-old man died Friday after his motorcycle and another vehicle crashed on Route 100, a…