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LANTA to resume mostly regular service for weekend

The Lehigh Valley’s bus transit provider lists restrictions on two routes in Bethlehem and Allentown.

lanta busLANTA says regular service resumes, for the most part, Jan. 30, 2016, after a snow emergency. (Lehighvalleylive.com file photo) 

LANTA says its buses and other transit services will operate on a regular schedule Saturday and Sunday, with two exceptions.

No service will be provided to Lynfield Terrace in Bethlehem on Route 103 either day. In Allentown, there will be no service Saturday on 17th Street between Hamilton and Elm streets and no service on El Street between 17th and 15th streets on Route 603.

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Route 603 buses will operate on the following detour as follows in Allentown:

Southbound buses will use 17th Street to Hamilton Street to 15th Street and continue service. Northbound buses will use normal routing (15th Street to Hamilton Street to 17th Street) and continue service.

Route 603 does not operate on Sunday.

All other routes will return to normal service after four days under a snow emergency.

Additional information is available at lantabus.com.

LANTAVan will provide normal scheduled service for the weekend. For passengers to be picked up, streets must already be plowed, and sidewalks, walkways, driveways and steps must be clear.

LANTAFlex will provide normal service for the weekend.

Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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Prosecutors link Connecticut jewelry heist to 2012 Bixler’s robbery

A $3 million jewelry store heist in Connecticut that involved four Lehigh Valley men was the crew’s third hit in about three and a half month, prosecutors say.

A $3 million jewelry store heist in Connecticut that involved four Lehigh Valley men was the crew’s third hit in about three and a half months, the first of which struck Bixler’s Jewelers in Whitehall Township, federal prosecutors say.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut on Wednesday announced the sentencing of the second of five men charged in the April 11, 2013, robbery of Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield, Connecticut. Christopher Gay, 30, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced earlier in the day to 102 months in prison, followed by five years’ probation.

Gay pleaded guilty Dec. 10, 2014, to interference with commerce by robbery and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Conspirators William Davis, of Allentown; Jeffrey Houston, also of Allentown; and Kasam Hennix, of Easton, also pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their involvement in this violent kidnapping and robbery.

The fifth person charged, Timothy Forbes, also of Allentown, is awaiting trial, according to the office of Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daley.

Gay was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $3 million.

According to sentencing documents for Gay, he along with Forbes, Houston and Hennix were responsible for the Dec. 28, 2012, kidnapping of a Bixler’s Jewelers gemologist at his West Bethlehem home. Houston and Hennix allegedly held the employee and his wife at gunpoint, bound them with duct tape and placed pillowcases over their heads.

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Forbes called Houston and Hennix once Bixler’s closed, and the pair took the gemologist to the store in a stolen car, forcing him to unlock the door, disarm the alarm and open the safes while Gay kept watch over the wife, prosecutors say.

Houston and Hennis stole about 46 Rolex watches, loose diamonds and gold valued at about $500,000 wholesale in total, according to the court records.

They allegedly left the employee bound in a back room, abandoned the car in Allentown and got in another car with Forbes. Given the go-ahead to leave the Bethlehem house, Gay placed a clock in front of the gemologist’s wife and told her to wait five minutes before calling police, then he fled, court records say.

“Shortly thereafter, Forbes, Houston, Hennix and Gay met up to discuss how they planned to dispose of the jewelry and to split the proceeds of the robbery,” prosecutors state in court records.

The second hit prior to the Connecticut holdup involved all five of suspects, striking Shuler’s Jewelers outside Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 31, 2013, prosecutors said. That case involved kidnapping the Shuler’s owner at home, binding him and his wife with duct tape and covering their heads with pillowcases then forcing him to facilitate the jewelry store robbery, according to court records.

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In the Connecticut robbery, about 9 p.m. on April 11, 2013, at least four of the suspects wearing masks and gloves, two of whom were armed with handguns, broke into an apartment in Meriden, Connecticut, bound four victims with duct tape and covered their heads with pillowcases, towels and jackets.

Three of the perpetrators then forced two of the victims into a victim’s vehicle and drove to Lenox Jewelers, where the two victims worked and were forced to hand over the items, authorities said; they then fled in the victim’s car, leaving the two victims bound inside the store.

Law enforcement on May 22, 2013, took into custody Gay, Davis, Houston, Hennix and Forbes.

Davis on April 17, 2015, was sentenced to 176 months in prison. Houston and Hennix have not been sentenced.

The suspects also have forfeited gemstones, jewelry, watches, a vehicle, and more than $127,000 in cash seized from them at the time of their arrests.

Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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Hellertown man accused of having child pornography

Man had 180 files on seized computers classified as “child abuse,” court records say.

A 35-year-old Hellertown man is behind bars after police said he downloaded child pornography.

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Brian Paul Williams, of the first block of East Depot Street, is facing charges of felony sexual abuse of children and felony criminal use of a communications facility. Williams Tuesday was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Court records say Hellertown police had been investigating Williams since June 11.

Williams’ former roommate provided a written statement to police, revealing Williams had been viewing child pornography on a computer while he lived at the East Depot Street home, court records say.

Hellertown police then obtained a search warrant and seized multiple computers from the home. Williams denied any wrongdoing and granted police permission on June 17 to send his devices onto the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crimes Lab for further digital forensic analysis.

An investigation report was completed on Jan. 22 from the crime lab, indicating 180 total files were classified as “child abuse,” court records say. Police say 100 files were still images and 80 files were video games.

Williams was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Roy Manwaring, who set bail. The judge ordered Williams enroll in Pretrial Services, stay away any minor children and refrain from drugs and alcohol.

The judge allowed 10 percent of $25,000 bail if Pretrial Services approved it.

Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at pholzmann@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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