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National Guard deployed as Pennsylvania braces for blizzard

Residents and business owners are told to do all they can in advance to prepare for what looked to be a major snowstorm.

Prepare on Monday for the looming blizzard, do not travel…

Alleged batterer to cop: ‘I should have spit in your face’

Randall Jones, of Easton, is charged with choking a woman in her Bethlehem home.

An Easton man had to be subdued with a Taser after he allegedly choked a Bethlehem woma…

Wife says she stabbed husband to death after decades of abuse

‘I know I did wrong. You can’t take another life, no matter how awful it is, no matter how awful the other person is,’ the woman said in court.

Bethlehem woman admitted Monday to stabbing her husband to death, following what she says was decades of emotional and physical abuse.

“I couldn’t take anymore…I tried very hard, every day…I tried to be a good wife,” Kathleen Herencia said through tears in Lehigh County Court. “I know I did wrong. You can’t take another life, no matter how awful it is, no matter how awful the other person is.”

The 58-year-old Herencia said she has flourished in jail, compared to the controlled and isolated life with her late husband Roger. The couple married when Kathleen was 16 and Roger was 24, and they were married for 41 years.

“They treat me like a person,” Herencia said of the county jail.

Dying stabbing victim told police his wife ‘always wanted me dead’

Herencia pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in state prison.

“It seems, in a way, prison is freeing for her,” Judge Maria Dantos said. “I’m almost sorry there wasn’t some intervention, somewhere, sometime, during these 40 years of marriage. Perhaps we wouldn’t be here today.”

Investigators previously said Kathleen Herencia became angry with her husband on Aug. 24, when he said he didn’t need her any more and that he was going to kick her out of their apartment at 130 Valley Park South Road in West Bethlehem.

Officers found Roger Herencia with multiple stab wounds, and he told a city police officer his wife stabbed him “because she always wanted me dead,” a witness previously testified.

Wife kills husband after he tells her he doesn’t need her anymore, cops say

On Monday, Kathleen Herencia’s attorney said she has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and battered spouse syndrome, following decades of abuse from family and then her husband.

Herencia said her mother signed for her to get married.

“I thought marrying was my way out,” Herencia said. “I went from one bad to another.”

Prosecutors said Herencia had applied for a protection-from-abuse order in 2011.

Following a “traumatic event” in 2015, Kathleen Herencia was hospitalized three times for mental health issues, Chief Deputy District Attorney Tonya Tharp said.

“She obviously lived a life that was very controlled, very isolated,” Tharp said.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Find out what’s next for Martin Tower at upcoming meeting

A meeting to discuss the remediation of the property will be held March 27.

The owners of Martin Tower are holding their first public meeting in years to discuss the remedi…

Who Will Fill This Pulpit?

I was in church today from 10 am until nearly 3 pm. Last July, I wrote a mini-series on the rift at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. (See links below). I was asked to do a follow-up because the Stated Clerk (highest ranking cleric) of the Presby…

‘Really lucky’: Pakistani in the Lehigh Valley trains to be an EMT

Adnan Ullah, 27, is attending the community college and volunteering in Easton through a federally funded program.

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Never too cold for kilts: Bethlehem’s Parade of Shamrocks (PHOTOS)

The city stepped off it’s St. Patrick’s Day tradition for shivering, but festive, spectators.

Saturday was frigid, but not too cold for kilts.

Several brave revelers sported their tartans in Bethlehem’s annual Parade of Shamrocks, organized by the Celtic Cultural Alliance.

Bands and a number of local groups marched down West Broad Street and Main Street where spectators were shivering but still festive.

A New Jersey town’s weird Irish connection

Brady Carvajal and his mom, Bridget, were among those in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, wearing lots of green, shamrocks and clovers.

But no kilts for them: “Lots and lots of layers” was Bridget’s plan to endure the cold.

Steve Novak may be reached at snovak@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @type2supernovak and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

20K meals en route to food banks, thanks to volunteers (PHOTOS)

Rotarians from five Lehigh Valley clubs joined forces on the effort.

Rotary volunteers from five Lehigh Valley groups on Saturday packed and shipped 20,000 meals to local food ba…

Skindustry Tattoo Expo is back in Bethlehem. Check out the ink (PHOTOS)

It’s where Marvin the Martian, Princess Leia and the Grim Reaper come together in Bethlehem.

More than 150 tattoo artists filled the Sands Bethlehem Event Center Friday for the start of 10th Annual Skindustry Tattoo Expo, running through Sunday. 

The convention features on-site inkings from artists both local and from as far off as New Zealand. Special events throughout the weekend include seminars for skills like equipment assembly, an auction, and contests for the best black and gray tattoos, best color tattoos and tattoo of the day. 

Friday’s snowy weather was no deterrent for attendees and artists, many of whom called this their favorite tattoo convention every year.

“A lot of the conventions are way too big, almost impersonal,” said artist Dave Drell, who has been coming up from Baltimore since nearly the festival’s start. “This is like a big gang of friends, rather than a disparate group of people.” 

Sean Duffy, of Dublin, Pa., also liked the intimacy — half the fun of these shows, he said, was meeting and talking to new people. He was working on a monarch butterfly in a space scene for a customer. While prepping for the appointment, he did some research and learned that a “galactic butterfly” was an ancient Mesoamerican symbol. 

“That’s my favorite part of the job,” he said. “Now I know a little bit about the Aztecs.”

Artists lured passersby to their booths with bowls of candy and impressive displays of their work. Those who had manned a both all 10 years, like Jen Andersen of Inkpulsive, received a special pin for their loyalty. But newcomers appreciated the low-key vibe, too. 

“It’s chill. It’s the perfect size,” Gianna Phillips, a first-timer from Philadelphia, said as she gave fellow artist Devin Coley a tattoo of a panther head. 

For its size, though, there is plenty of variety on display, from the morbid (lots of skulls and Grim Reapers) to the famous (Princess Leia). Jennifer Henry, of Emmaus, sought out Josh Bodwell, of Tannersville, Pa., specifically for his specialty in pop culture tattoos. She trusted him to pull off a tattoo of Marvin the Martian that’s been rattling around in her head for 20 years. 

“There’s no ego,” Andersen, the 10-year veteran, said. “It’s all people who want to be here.”

Andrew Doerfler may be reached at adoerfler@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @adoerfler or on Facebook.

Uber driver shot by passenger on Interstate 78, police say

The driver was not seriously injured, and the passenger was arrested, according to police.

An Uber driver was treated and released from the hospital after being accidentally sho…