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Alleged burglar steals Hollister jacket from Bethlehem home

The burglar told officers the jacket was his, police said.

A Bethlehem man is accused of breaking into a home and making off with a Hollister Co. jacket and other valuables worth…

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The Bethlehem Parking Authority is offering several free parking promotions.

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Young robber ‘got caught up in some nonsense,’ heads to state prison

Nathan Desean Bragg-Jones was sentenced Tuesday to two and a half to five years in prison for robbery.

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Would-be social worker sent to prison for 3 robberies

Ashey Vanscoten was sentenced Tuesday to four to eight years in state prison.

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Stiff sentence for gunman in auto repair shop shooting

Dan David Hernandez was sentenced to 18 to 36 years in prison for a shooting in 2013.

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2 from Lehigh Valley charged in insurance fraud sweep

Fifty people committed more than $1.1 million in fraud, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office charges.

Two Bethlehem residents are charged with insurance fraud as part of a Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office sweep in November that involved 50 suspects and more than $1.1 million in fraudulent actions.

Raymond Barbosa, 50, of the 200 block of West Lehigh Street, and Stacey McClure, 46, of the 1400 block of High Street, were arraigned Nov. 7 before District Judge Roy Manwaring on two counts each of insurance fraud and single counts of theft by deception and criminal use of a communications device, according to the attorney general’s office and court records.

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Barbosa was involved in a single-vehicle crash in March 2015 but did not have auto insurance, the attorney general’s office said. He got insurance with Progressive after the crash and four days later filed a claim, saying the accident happened after he got the policy, authorities said.

McClure provided a statement to the insurance company backing up Barbosa’s claim, officials said.

“In both of their statements, Barbosa and McClure allegedly misled the insurance company when they said they did not know each other prior to the accident,” the attorney general’s office said.

Online databases showed McClure also has used the last name Barbosa.

Both were freed on $5,000 unsecured bail. Neither could immediately be reached for comment.

The investigations were done by the attorney general’s office Insurance Fraud Section.

“Insurance fraud results in billions of dollars of losses each year,” Attorney General Bruce Beemer said in a news release. “This type of fraud also leads to higher insurance rates for everyone, which is why it is important for our office to be diligent in investigating and prosecuting these crimes.”

Preliminary hearings for Barbosa and McClure are tentatively scheduled 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Manwaring’s Bethlehem court.

The fraud charges and the communication device charge are third-degree felonies that carry a maximum sentence per count of seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.

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Stevie Nicks enchants Lehigh Valley crowd with songs from the vault (PHOTOS)

Stevie Nicks brought her 24 Karat Gold Tour to the Lehigh Valley with songs that hadn’t been performed in decades.

Singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks delighted fans with songs from deep within her catalog during a show Saturday at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem.

Best known for both her work with Fleetwood Mac as well as her highly-successful solo career, Nicks’ 24 Karat Gold Tour included songs that either hadn’t been performed in decades — or ever. 

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The Pretenders, featuring Chrissie Hynde, opened the show and thrilled the crowd with familiar songs like “Message of Love” and “I’ll Stand By You.”

A highlight of the show came as Stevie Nicks was joined onstage by Hynde as the duo performed the 1981 hit “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” with Hynde singing the parts originally performed by Tom Petty.

The next stop on the tour is Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Matt Smith is a contributing photographer. Follow him on Twitter @msmith_photo. Find on Facebook.

Buy a vowel? Lehigh Valley woman wins cash on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Lindsey Rivera was a contestant Nov. 15, 2016, on ‘Wheel of Fortune.’

Lindsey Rivera didn’t have any expectations when she tried out for “Wheel of Fortune” last year.

But now she has more than 13,000 reasons to be grateful.

The 35-year-old Bethlehem woman took home $13,278 in game show cash and prizes, including a trip to St. Croix. Her episode aired Nov. 15.

“It was a really cool experience, I have to say,” Rivera said.

She’s been a “Wheel” fan since she started watching it with her grandmother. She signed up to receive a spin ID, which is why she received an email alert that the show was coming to Atlantic City last fall to look for contestants.

The day was nearly over when she was picked to play in the second-to-last game.

“They had a stage where they literally picked your name from a big bin to get on stage. It was pure luck,” she said.

She won the game, which led to a second audition in Philadelphia. She was told if she didn’t hear back from the show, she wasn’t selected. She and her family waited until the day her 9-year-old daughter saw a letter from “Wheel of Fortune” on top of the pile of mail near the door slot.

“Everyone was so excited we got the letter,” she said.

Her show taped in September. She won two of the puzzles but didn’t win enough to advance to the final round.

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When she got back to her job as a supervisor for contracts and operations at Olympus, her co-workers serenaded her with the “Wheel” theme song.

“They had a board up and they had a puzzle waiting for me to solve,” she said.

Host Pat Sajak encouraged all the contestants, even when the cameras were turned off. Letter-turner Vanna White was personable as well, Rivera said.

“I’m really glad I had that opportunity,” she said.

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Bethlehem doggie bakery has a new home

Bone Appetit Barkery moved from Main Street Commons Wednesday.

Bethlehem’s top spot for treats for your furry friends has a new home. 
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Parking 1st step to South Bethlehem transformation, mayor says

City officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the New Street parking garage Friday.

By next summer, visitors to South Side Bethlehem will have plenty of parking options.&n…