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Fentanyl Trafficking Network Dismantled In Pre-Dawn NJ Bust: Prosecutor

A fentanyl trafficking network was dismantled by authorities who seized nearly a quarter-pound of the highly-lethal drug, two handguns and several thousand dollars in suspected drug money, the Union County Prosecutor's Office announced. The three-month investigation concluded before dawn on June 20 with the execution of search warrants across Phillipsburg,...
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Mariska Hargitay Pays Tribute to Late Mother Jayne Mansfield on 55th Anniversary of Her Death

It has been 55 years since Jayne Mansfield died tragically at 34 years old in a car crash. June 29, 1967, was the date, and her daughter, Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay, took a moment this week to mark the sad anniversary. "We live to love you more each day," Hargitay captioned a photo of her mother. The quote itself also adorns the late actress' cenotaph at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California and her resting place at Fairview Cemetery in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania.

Helen Marie Kudla, 83, of Hellertown (Obituary Brought to You by Heintzelman Funeral Home)

Helen Marie Kudla (1939 – 2022) Helen Marie Kudla, 83, of Hellertown, died peacefully in the company of her loving family on Tuesday, June 28. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Kudla, who died on June 1, 2022. Helen was born in Philadelphia on June 6, 1939 to the late Frank J. and Helen M. (Davish) Quinn. Although always active raising her six sons, maintaining the household and helping with the family business, Harper’s Beverage, of Hellertown, she spent more than two decades as a Seafood Department Supervisor with ShopRite. Helen originally embarked on her professional trajectory as a nursing student, but found her true purpose once she started her family as a young mother. Her quick wit, humor and the first aid skills she developed while studying nursing served her very well while nurturing her boys. In a legendary display of all of these attributes, combined with her compassion for the underdog, she once funded and coordinated the “rescue,” release and re-homing of Larry-The-One-Armed-Lobster from the sales tank at ShopRite, because she felt badly that “the other lobsters were picking on him.” Although the only child of her adoring parents, Helen had a passion for organizing large family gatherings and never tired of preparing meals and desserts that could feed armies. Always embracing her Philly roots, she enjoyed Sunday dinners the most, as she could spend time with her family while also watching and cheering for her beloved Eagles, particularly when they’d register an occasional win. She developed a keen ear for pop music while she and the family resided in Africa in the late ’70s, to complement her love of Frank Sinatra and Barry White; and even the best of the best could never top her at a game of “name that tune.” Fully appreciating the struggles that young mothers can face yet, more profoundly, the rewards of accepting those challenges, she spent many years volunteering and mentoring at Birth Right. She rarely had time to rest, but she enjoyed spending her limited down time reading mystery and thriller novels, always peeking at the last page first, cuddling with one of the many cats she raised over the years and, of course, relaxing on the beach during family vacations to Ocean City, N.J.

Suspect Saved By Allentown Officer He Was Running From

A suspect dove into the water to elude police — but they jumped in after him to save his life, authorities in Lehigh County said. Officer Phil Shedaker pulled 21-year-old Pablo Acevedo-Santiago from the water in Canal Park around 1 a.m. Friday, July 1, Allentown police said. Patrol officers...
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The Pyramid to permanently close its doors this evening

A popular fitness center in Lehighton will permanently close its doors as of this evening. The Pyramid, at 230 Ochre St., will end its decadelong stint at 9 o’clock. Alyssa Spotts posted the following message on The Pyramid’s Facebook page June 2. “In my nine years of employment...

Summer boys basketball league: Three teams stay unbeaten; Allentown Central Catholic player stays hot

On the final night in June and the last night of league play before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, several teams and players stayed as hot as fireworks on Thursday night in the Lehigh Valley Varsity Boys Basketball League at the Whitehall-Coplay School District complex. With less than two weeks left until the regular season wraps up on July 14, three teams remain unbeaten — Northwestern ...
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Jim Thorpe tops Tamaqua

Besides having a dominant pitcher, it may be the ultimate advantage in the Little League ranks. Jim Thorpe showed Friday night in an elimination game in the District 18 10-12-year-old tournament that it is one savvy ball club. Thorpe’s base running prowess and smart defensive plays throughout the game, paired with an impressive 12 hits, helped it come away with an 11-6 victory over Tamaqua.

Video Of Man Racking Handgun Outside PA Homes Leads To Stolen Weapon Recovery, Felony Charges

A man seen on video racking a handgun outside Pennsylvania homes led to the recovery of three illegal weapons and felony charges, authorities said. Officers responded to a report of a man armed with a handgun on the 1900 block of Brookside Drive in Bethlehem around 8:35 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, the local police department said in a release on Thursday, June 30.

Popular Lehigh Valley ice cream shop, serving Penn State ice cream, milkshakes and more, opening second location in July

Just in time for the dog days of summer, a popular Lehigh Valley ice cream shop is expanding. Drizzle Ice Cream, which opened in February 2019 at 47 W. Penn Ave. in Alburtis, is planning to open a second location in mid-July at 5040 Route 873 in the Schnecksville section of North Whitehall Township, owner Steve Zola said. The new shop will occupy a renovated space that previously housed a dry ...

Kicking off the holiday weekend at Beltzville

CARBON COUNTY, Pa. — Soaking up the sun at Beltzville State Park near Lehighton is how many people chose to kick off the long holiday weekend. "I'm hanging with a couple friends. We're just enjoying a nice day, a nice friday and Summer just started so we're just trying to start it off right," said Kyla Rodriguez, Bethlehem.

Varsity baseball honors: Parkland’s Blake Barthol and Southern Lehigh’s Matt Tankred are The Morning Call’s all-area offensive players of the year

Greatness comes in all varying shapes, sizes and personalities. Blake Barthol and Matt Tankred look nothing alike and have a different presence about them. Parkland product Barthol is shorter, stockier, and is all business. He admits he’s not the rah-rah type and is someone who approaches each at-bat, each pitch on the mound and each play in the field with the seriousness of a surgeon. ...
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Bishop celebrates with Lehighton church

The Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, was the main celebrant at a special Mass at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Lehighton. The Mass was held on June 29, the feast day of the parish’s patron saints, Peter and Paul. The Rev. Christopher...