Harlem Wizards bounce into Freedom High School: PHOTOS

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The fundraiser featured leaders from the Bethlehem Area School District.

The Harlem Wizards took on members of the Bethlehem Area School District community during a fundraising basketball game Sunday.

The game at Freedom High School in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, featured Assistant Superintendent Jack Silva and school board President Michael Faccinetto.

The game at 6:30 p.m. featured a tricky tray and 50/50 raffle.

Earlier this year the Wizards came to Easton Area Middle School and Farmersville Elementary School in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania.

UPDATE: Man seriously hurt after driving into five parked cars in Allentown

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The crash was about 5:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Tilghman Street in Allentown.

A man was seriously hurt after driving into five parked cars in Allentown on Sunday evening, according to the assistant police chief.

Assistant Chief Bill Lake said the man crashed into the cars about 5:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Tilghman Street. He said the driver was seriously injured, a passenger was injured and a bystander near one of the cars was injured.

Emergency workers were seen using hydraulic shears to cut open one of the vehicles.

The road was closed indefinitely after the crash.

Lake declined to release the identities of the driver or other victims pending notification of their families.

Asked whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, Lake said “That’s always something we always look into.”

Six-vehicle crash shuts down Tilghman Street in Allentown

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At least one person was seriously hurt, according to Allentown Assistant Police Chief Bill Lake.

UPDATE: Man seriously injured after driving into five parked cars in Allentown

A six-vehicle crash has shut down the 200 block of Tilghman Street in Allentown for an indefinite period, according to the assistant police chief.

Assistant Chief Bill Lake said the crash was around 5:30 p.m. At least one person was seriously injured he said. Emergency crews are on the scene he said.

Lake said he would provide more information as it becomes available.

Two dead following plane crash in Chester County

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Authorities say a small plane crash near a southeastern Pennsylvania airport has left two people dead.

Emergency officials in Chester County say the crash was reported near Brandywine Airport just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dispatchers said two people were found dead following the crash. An official said they were the only people on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Piper PA28 had taken off from the airport located about 20 miles west of Philadelphia. The aircraft then went out of control and went down in a field about two miles away.

Emergency crews reported that the plane burst into flames following the crash.

The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.

Bear Creek Mountain Resort hosts snowmobile races: PHOTOS, VIDEO

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Bear Creek Mountain Resort hosted snowmobile races featuring a full day of racing in eight separate categories, based on engine size, up the snow covered 700-foot incline.

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Just as most Lehigh Valley residents are excited that most snow mounds have disappeared, hundreds gathered Sunday to celebrate that white surface for snowmobile drag races.

The fourth annual event was held at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township and featured a full day of racing up the snow covered 700-foot incline in eight separate categories.

These classifications are based on engine displacement size.

Children racing in the 60cc and 120cc “Kitty Cat” class started the day off and from there it went to the Pro Open Modified Sleds, showing the two extremes of speed with the open mods peaking at over 100 mph.

The double elimination races also featured 500cc-1000cc stock and modified categories as well as a vintage class.

One of the only snowmobile drag racing events in southeastern Pennsylvania, the event drew racers from all over the region and out of state.

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Wolf dog owner admits he’s made mistakes but loves his pets

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Cliff Zager, 58, has owned wolf dogs in Holland Township for ten years.

Holland Township wolf dogsCliff Zager’s wolf dogs in 2009. 

Had he to do it over again, Cliff Zager would have handled his wolf dogs differently.

The 58-year-old moved from New York City to Holland Township ten years ago to create a nine-acre haven for his pets, most of which are wolf dogs, a hybrid of both wolves and dogs.

Despite his best efforts they sometimes escape their fenced-in enclosure. They killed two turkeys in mid 2009 and a cat in late 2009.

They got through a rusted hole in the fence Saturday but found their way back by 5 p.m. after about two and a half hours of freedom, Zager said.

He understands why neighbors would be fearful. But at this point he feels his only choice is to let the wolf dogs live out their lives.

Putting them down or sending them to a wolf dog rescue to live in small confines are both unacceptable he said.

He lives by himself except for his pets. He stopped short of calling them his children, but said it would be very difficult to give them up.

“When you have some kind of a bond with them, it’s very difficult (to give them up),” he said. “It’s like parents with troubled children. Do you throw your children out in the street?”

He admits he probably shouldn’t have put his fence up near a tree line, where trees sometimes fall down and wreck the fence. He said he probably shouldn’t have let the puppies bond with the older ones when they were young, allowing them to become more pack-like and aggressive. All of them are domesticated, although a couple are somewhat leery of humans, he said.

Zager said they eat raw deer during hunting season and mostly chicken or turkey the rest of the year. A holistic veterinarian advised him raw meat is more healthy for dogs than processed dog food.

“Nature did not intend for any animal to cook,” Zager said. “Sometimes we can’t improve on mother nature.”

In 2009 the township tried to put a limit on the number of wolf dogs one person could own. At his peak Zager had 16. The 12 wolf dogs he has now range in age from five to 12.

He’s not sure whether the latest escape will prompt the township or neighbors to come after his pets again. He said he’s already promised not to get any more of them. He doesn’t want to make light of their escaping and said he patches the fence immediately after each breakthrough.

The professional dog walker vows to be as vigilant as possible so he can keep his pets.

“My desire is to let them live out their lives as peacefully as they can,” he said.

Wind Gap fire quickly extinguished, according to state police

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The fire was Sunday morning at 32 E. Fourth St. in Wind Gap.

A small fire at 32 E. Fourth St. in Wind Gap was quickly put out, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

State police responded to the fire at 11:18 a.m. Sunday and firefighters had it out by the time police arrived.

No one was home at the time and no one was injured, police said. Police did not release the name of the occupants, but Northampton County property records list the owners as Steven and Janice Pfeiffer of Easton.

The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Police ask anyone with information to call 610-759-6106.

Two dead after Pennsylvania plane crash

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The plan crash was reported just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday near the Brandywine Airport.

Authorities say a small plane crash near a southeastern Pennsylvania airport has left two people dead.

Emergency officials say the crash was reported near Brandywine Airport in West Chester just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dispatchers said two people were found dead following the crash. An official said they were the only people on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Piper PA28 had taken off from the airport located about 20 miles west of Philadelphia. The aircraft then went out of control and went down in a field about two miles away.

Emergency crews reported that the plane burst into flames following the crash.

The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.

Two homes heavily damaged in Schuylkill County fire

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Officials say two homes are heavily damaged following a fire in Blythe Township, Schuylkill County.

Fire crews on scene say the fire was first reported around 5:30 a.m. Sunday in a duplex in the 200 block of Markey Street, also known as Route 209.

Fire companies from a number of surrounding communities, including Pottsville, responded to the scene.

Officials say when crews arrived, flames and smoke could be seen coming from one of the two units.

According to crews on scene, the flames traveled to the second dwelling in a matter of minutes.

The majority of the damage was to the interiors of both units.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

There is no cause on what might have caused the fire.

Minor crash near Palmer Park Mall on Sunday afternoon

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Two cars collided at Park and Hackett avenues in Palmer Township.

A black sedan and a silver sedan were involved in a minor crash about 2:30 p.m. Sunday near Palmer Park Mall.

The cars collided at Park and Hackett avenues in Palmer Township. A Northampton County emergency radio dispatcher said no one was hurt.

A Palmer Township police officer confirmed no one was hurt. He said the crash remains under investigation and more information would be available Monday.