Saturday, March 19, 2011
Jennifer Snyder, 27, died of multiple gunshot wounds in a homicide, Lehigh County coroner said.
The Lower Macungie Township woman missing since Wednesday was found dead Friday in a wooded area off Game Preserve Road in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County Scott Grim said Saturday. Jennifer Snyder, 27, of 862 Kressler Road, died of multiple gunshot wounds, said Grim, who conducted an autopsy this morning. Her death has been ruled a homicide, he said. State Police in Bethlehem and the Lehigh County District Attorney's office are continuing the investigation.
State police are looking for Jennifer Snyder.
Pennsylvania State Police at Bethlehem said Thursday that Jennifer Snyder, 27, has been missing since 11:30am Wednesday. Snyder was last seen in the vicinity of her home on Kressler Road near Hamilton Boulevard in Lower Macungie Township. Police describe her as "endangered," although they did not elaborate. The only photo they could provide was the one embedded in the release, above. Anyone with information should call 610-861-2026.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Statement released to allay residents' fears.
Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer and Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said this evening that based on the evidence collected so far, the deaths of Althea Walbert and her daughter, Jeannette, should be considered an isolated incident. "At this point in the case, the police officers and Pennsylvania State Police at Fogelsville who are leading the investigation have found nothing to indicate that residents at large in the borough are in danger," they said in a joint release. The Walberts were found by a family friend around 9am Friday in their 122 Cobblestone Court home. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim ruled the deaths homicides later that day. Manners of death have not been released, though autopsies were scheduled for 8am …
Friday, March 11, 2011
Althea Walbert was well known in town; state police are investigating.
An elderly woman and her daughter were found dead in their Alburtis home Friday morning and state police are investigating. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says the deaths are homicides. Grim was called to the home of Althea Walbert at 122 Cobblestone Court in Alburtis and declared the women dead at about 10:15 a.m. Walbert, 82, was well known in the small town, Shawn Meyers, a neighbor, told Patch in an interview. Meyers recalled that Walbert and her daughter, Jeanette, were usually seen together. Jeanette was 59 and had a disability, according to several reports. Autopsies are scheduled for tomorrow morning and officials don’t expect to release further information until then. A man who identified himself as a family friend looked …
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Age verification efforts only target “licensed establishments.”
An apparent double standard in liquor control enforcement by the Pennsylvania State Police is drawing scrutiny as the state considers a plan to privatize the state liquor stores. As part of their alcohol enforcement duties, state police use undercover operations involving minors attempting to purchase liquor from bars and restaurants. However, the same age compliance checks do not apply to the 614 state-owned and operated liquor stores across the commonwealth. In fact, the state police say they do not engage those stores with any age compliance checks at all, trusting the employees to handle it. Lt. Myra Taylor, spokesperson for the state police, said the enforcement policies come down to the difference between being owned by the state …
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Unanimous support for changing happy hours, wine sales.
While the battle to privatize Pennsylvania's liquor stores is getting most of the attention, efforts to modernize other parts of the liquor code are moving along as well. Wednesday, the state House Liquor Control Committee unanimously approved a measure removing some restrictions on alcohol sales by restaurants, bars and taverns. The bill, H.B. 148, is only the first part of a larger movement by the committee to update the state's alcohol laws. State Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia), chair of the committee, said the changes would be aimed at loosening unnecessary restrictions. "We're looking to some things that have been proposed in the past but blocked for one reason or another," said Mr. Taylor. "We want the focus to be on retail …
Saturday, February 5, 2011
State police are asking motorists to avoid travel this morning.
If you can avoid travel this morning, you should, according to a just-released statement from the Pennsylvania State Police at Bethlehem. Current roadway conditions are "treacherous," police said, and numerous accidents are being reported throughout the region, "especially on roads in the northern rural areas." "Some roads are being reported as impassable," state police added. "To avoid risk of accident and injury we ask that you avoid driving if at all possible until temperatures rise and conditions improve." Interstate 78 west is currently closed between exits 40 (PA 737) and 35 (PA 143) due to a motor vehicle accident, and Route 309 in S. Whitehall Township is currently closed between I-78 and Tilghman Street due to what the …
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The state senator from Northampton County reintroduced legislation Friday that would give state police greater discretion in the issuance of fines.
State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola reintroduced legislation in Harrisburg Friday to punish truckers and motorists who fail to clean snow and ice off of their vehicles. “Leaving snow and ice on your vehicle can be dangerous and even fatal to other motorists and pedestrians,” Boscola said Friday. “It’s just common sense.” Boscola, D-18, has long been Harrisburg’s leading proponent of vehicular snow removal laws. Back in 2007, the state Legislature adopted a law that calls for fines of between $200 and $1,000 if snow or ice becomes dislodged from a moving vehicle and causes death or serious bodily injury. Part of what drove the bill’s passage was the Christmas 2005 death of Christine Lambert. The 51-year-old woman from Palmer Township was killed when…