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Standoff ends in apparent murder-suicide, reports say

The tense standoff gripped a Lehigh County neighborhood off Lanark Road in Upper Saucon Township.

UPDATE: Victims of apparent murder-suicide ID’d
A man and a woman who fled polic…

Upper Saucon standoff has resident wondering when he can go home

David Stahler came home to find his door kicked in and a light on in his basement.

David Stahler said he was getting home from buying groceries when a coworker called: Someo…

Standoff in Upper Saucon after suspects allegedly fire at cops

Residents are urged to stay inside and lock their doors.

UPDATE: Upper Saucon standoff has resident wondering when he can go home

A police standooff in Upper Saucon To…

Fugitive from Warren County apprehended in Bethlehem

Michael Marra was wanted on a theft charge.

A fugitive wanted in Warren County for more than a year was arrested Friday in Bethlehem, according to the Northampton County She…

2 charged after motorcycle stolen in N.J., ditched in Pa.

The bike was left in the bushes in Easton, police say.

When Easton police arrested Arande B. Major early Thursday, the 30-year-old from Newark allegedly admitted riding…

2 sought in golf club attack on car in Forks Township

It was the latest window smashed following recent incidents in Forks and Palmer, though police doubted it was related.

Forks Township police were looking for two males who f…

Man accused of exposing himself near Hellertown daycare

Rick Musgnung served prison time for rubbing items with his crotch in a 48 Hour video.

A man who served jail time for lewd acts in a video store is now accused of exposing h…

Street light scammer denied bid for work release

Robert Kearns said he wanted to get a landscaping job to help pay court costs but hasn’t paid a penny in restitution to date.

A Northampton County senior judge denied work-release Friday for one of two men convicted of taking $832,000 for street lights they failed to deliver to Bethlehem Township.

Robert Kearns asked for permission to take a landscaping job to start paying back the money handed over more than 10 year ago to his company, Municipal Energy Managers.

But District Attorney John Morganelli pointed out that the 53-year-old Lackawanna County man hasn’t paid back a cent in the five years since he was convicted of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

On top of that, Kearns filed court papers challenging the state’s authority to seek restitution because the money is owed to a government entity.

When asked by the judge whether he was dropping that claim, Kearns said he wants to work to pay back court costs, not restitution.

“Mr. Kearns is the ultimate con man,” Morganelli said. “He continues to con here this morning your honor that somehow he’s going to work for some lawn company when he hasn’t paid one cent in court costs and he hasn’t paid one cent in restitution in five years.”

Kearns appeared in court with a full beard and mustache. He had a thin frame and wore brown prison coveralls.

“I would love to be able to take care of my family,” Kearns said. “I would love to be able to take care of some of the obligations of the court.”

Defense attorney Brian Monahan said inmates convicted of more violent crimes are made eligible for work-release. It’s rare for a judge to overstep the administrative policy in the prison, which typically dictates when an inmate is eligible for work-release.

Neither of those factors matters, Morganelli said.

“The case law is absolutely clear,” Morganelli told Zito. “Prison inmates have no constitutional right to work-release. In Pennsylvania that privilege of work release is up to your honor.”

Valley crooks who stole $1M (or close to it)

Kearns, 53, of Scranton, and Patrick “P.J.” McLaine, 70, of Dunmore, Lackawanna County, were each convicted in 2012. They fought their convictions until their appeals ran out in April.

Zito sentenced each of them on May 12 to start serving his six month-to-one year county prison sentence.

Kearns and McLaine were convicted of making similar deals in three other Pennsylvania counties but only sentenced to prison in Northampton County.

They took $165,000 from Richland Township, Bucks County, but failed to install or maintain street lights there. They took $160,000 from Coplay in Lehigh County and took $1.3 million from Hampden Township, Cumberland County.

In each of those cases the men were sentenced to house arrest or probation. Monahan said Kearns’ sentences have expired in all of his cases except the one in Northampton County.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.

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Drugs, gun and cash seized as 1 is arrested in Easton raid

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