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So who did Pat Toomey end up backing for president?

Toomey cast his vote after dark Tuesday, catching criticism from opponent Katie McGinty in the U.S. Senate race.

Casting his vote well after dark Tuesday night at his home precin…

Kraft Heinz sets closing date for Valley factory that employed hundreds

The plant in Upper Macungie Township has been operating for more than four decades.

Kraft Heinz has set a closing date of Nov. 18 for its Upper Macungie Township factory of…

20 adults, 3 kids routed in apartment building fire (PHOTOS)

There were no reported injuries in the blaze at Parkland View Apartments.

Twenty adults and three children were displaced by a spectacular, swift-moving blaze Sunday that engulfe…

Quarantine expands for invasive insect, as more than 1 million are killed

Upper Macungie Township is among the expanded quarantine region.

Six municipalities in Pennsylvania counties infested by the spotted lanternfly have been added to the state’s qua…

Jury: Soldier murdered teen girlfriend’s mother

Caleb Barnes was convicted of fatally stabbing Cheryl Silvonek in the early morning of March 15, 2015.

When it came time for a Lehigh County jury to decide who stabbed Cheryl Sil…

This man allegedly threw a punch inside a Wawa. Help cops find him

The incident happened Tuesday morning at the convenience store in Upper Macungie Township.

An unidentified man is wanted for punching another man in the head Tuesday mornin…

Expert: Murder victim facing forward in car during knife attack

‘We aren’t going to let something like this hinder our relationship,’ Jamie Silvonek texted Caleb Barnes at one point.

A blood pattern expert testified Cheryl Silvonek was likely facing forward in the driver’s seat of her car when she was fatally stabbed in the neck.

Expert witness testimony began day three of Caleb Barnes‘ trial on charges he brutally stabbed Cheryl Silvonek on March 15, 2015, after the woman tried to break up Barnes and her daughter, Jamie.

Prosecutors earlier in the proceedings had introduced text messages between the couple a week before Cheryl Silvonek was killed. They also introduced text messages Cheryl Silvonek sent to her daughter after Barnes was discovered in the family’s basement.

According to the messages, Cheryl Silvonek kicked Barnes out and told her daughter she was forbidden from seeing or talking to him.

“Get down here and say goodbye because won’t see him again (sic),” Cheryl Silvonek texted her daughter the morning of March 7, 2015.

In text messages exchanged later that day between the couple, the pair plotted to get a fake birth certificate to make it seem the 20-year-old solider was 16 years old.

“We aren’t going to let something like this hinder our relationship,” Jamie Silvonek texted Barnes at one point.

Later, the then-14-year-old girl asked Barnes to promise not to let her mother’s objections get in the way of them being together.

“I swear that I will never leave you nor stop loving you,” Barnes texted the girl.

Jamie Silvonek texts Caleb Barnes that her mom ‘needs to go,’ cops say

By the night of March 7, 2015, the couple spoke over the phone a handful of times, the longest call almost 50 minutes at 9:46 p.m.

Silvonek’s best friend at the time testified on Wednesday that it was during one of theses calls that the pair discussed killing Silvonek’s parents.

The friend testified Jamie Silvonek brought up killing her parents on the phone call with Barnes. The plan was for the parents to be lured out of the house to a location where Barnes would be waiting, he would kill them, get Jamie Silvonek and they would dispose of the bodies, according to the friend.

At first, Barnes said he didn’t think it was a good idea, but later during the call said he had the knives picked out and that “he would be able to kill them,” the friend testified.

“As time went on, he was getting more and more OK with the plan to kill her parents,” the girl testified.

‘Best friend’ witness: Teen came up with idea to kill parents

Prosecutors alleged Barnes brutally stabbed Cheryl Silvonek in the victim’s car as it was parked in the driveway of the Silvonek’s home on Randi Lane. Barnes’ attorneys claim it was Jamie Silvonek who wielded the knife and killed her mother.

Thursday’s testimony also included an expert witness on DNA testing in addition to the blood stain pattern expert.

Michelle Shortell testified that based on the blood spray and splatter on the interior of Cheryl Silvonek’s car, the victim was facing forward in the driver’s seat when she was fatally stabbed in the neck.

Jill Crouch, with the Pennsylvania State Police’s forensic division, testified DNA testing on the bloody knife found outside the Silvonek’s Upper Macungie Township home only found matchable DNA from Cheryl Silvonek.

A Y chromosome test found that there was some male DNA also present on the knife, but there was not enough present to test, Crouch testified.

Prosecutors showed a photo of Barnes taken from a diner he and Jamie Silvonek ate at the night of the killing. In it, Barnes is wearing black gloves that have no fingertips.

Cheryl Silvonek’s burned body was found buried under dirt and snow in the 5700 block of Haasadahl Road in South Whitehall Township.

The blood-soaked vehicle was found partially obscured by vegetation near a pond at Applewood and Huckleberry roads near where Cheryl Silvonek’s body was recovered.

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Driver dies after hitting oncoming truck on Route 222

Police say they are not certain why the southbound car crossed into northbound traffic.

A man has died who was driving a car south early Thursday morning on Route 222 near Indepe…

Route 222 shut after tractor-trailer and car crash

There is a detour set up in the area.

UPDATE: Driver dies after crossing into oncoming traffic

Route 222 in Upper Macungie Township was closed after a car and tractor…

Upper Macungie bank robbed, suspects on the lam

The First Niagara branch was robbed back in June, and again on Monday.

For the second time this summer, an Upper Macungie Township bank was robbed by masked suspects.
Townsh…

Trial delayed for soldier who allegedly killed girlfriend’s mom

An issue of jail phone call records has pushed back the trial schedule for Caleb Barnes.

Jail phone call records led to a change in the trial schedule for the solider who alleged…

5 things to know about trial of soldier accused of killing girlfriend’s mom

Barnes, 22, is accused of brutally stabbing the mother of his then-girlfriend in the early morning of March 15, 2015.

Jury selection is slated to begin Thursday in Lehigh Co…

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…