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Snowstorms, Rita's Burglary, White Strips Theft Arrests Top Local News

Also making the headlines this week were stories about the ongoing Saucon Valley teacher contract dispute, a gift card theft from a Yost Avenue mailbox and a Hellertown man charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Weekend Storm Will Be Worse Than Predicted
The Lehigh Valley could see up to 9 inches of snow.

Saucon Valley Weathers First Significant Snow of Season
Saucon Valley residents were forced to cope with the first significant snow of the season Tuesday, when a fast-moving storm dumped several inches of the white stuff on the area.

Lower Saucon Man Stole $2,200 from Slate Belt Rita's in 2010, Police Say
According to Plainfield Township police, Sami M. Mirza, 24, of Lower Saucon Township, broke into a Rita's Water Ice store in May 2010 and stole $2,200 from a safe and two registers. Mirza has been linked to the crime through DNA, police say.

Alleged White Strips Thief Arrested After Hitting Giant Again, Police Say
Jeffrey Taddei, of the 3300 block of Greenwood Drive, Springtown, and Sean Boyer, of the 100 block of Traugers Crossing Road, Kintnersville, have been arrested in connection with a theft that occurred at the Lower Saucon Giant Nov. 8, police say.

Saucon Valley Teacher Contract Talks Stalled Over Graduate Course Pay, Retirement Incentive
The Saucon Valley School Board recently gave its views on a fact-finding report and the heard the views of residents, and for the first time the teachers union spoke publicly about its views.

$25 Gift Card Stolen from Yost Avenue Mailbox, Police Say
A Lower Saucon Township woman reported Tuesday that two Christmas cards that had been placed in her mailbox had been opened, police said.

Borough Man Accused of Rape Waives Preliminary Hearing
An 18-year-old Hellertown man who told police he was acting out a 'rape fantasy' in an alleged sex assault of a 14-year-old girl waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Deer With Plastic Container Stuck on Head Seen in Saucon Valley Area
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to locate and help a deer with a plastic container stuck on its head. The deer was recently spotted in Upper Saucon Township, as well as just over the border in Northampton County.

Police Seek Information About Hit-and-Run Accident on Rt. 378
Lower Saucon Township police are seeking information about a hit-and-run accident they say happened at Rt. 378 and Black River Road on Friday at 5:40 p.m.

Burglary on Caryn Drive Under Investigation
Lower Saucon Township police say they are investigating a burglary that occurred Friday on Caryn Drive in the Four Seasons development. Silverware, jewelry and sports memorabilia were reportedly stolen.

Woman Illegally Used Lower Saucon Resident's Debit Card, Police Say
Lower Saucon Township police say a Philadelphia woman is wanted for allegedly using a Jakes Place, Lower Saucon Township resident's debit card without permission.

Photo: A surveillance image of a man accused of stealing tooth whitening strips and razor blades from the Giant Food Store in Lower Saucon Township (image provided by Lower Saucon Township Police Department)

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