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Dieruff High School graduation 2017 (PHOTOS)

Students of Dieruff High School celebrated their commencement at the PPL Center in Allentown.

Dieruff High School held its commencement Friday night at the PPL Center in All…

Adult defendant faces trial in Dieruff High mob attack

Four students have been charged as adults in connection with the Oct. 25 attacks after school.

The last of the Allentown high school students charged as adults in a mob atta…

Judge on Dieruff mob: ‘I saw boys who acted like savages’

The last of the juvenile defendants was sentenced Wednesday.

The last of the juvenile defendants was sentenced Wednesday in connection with an after-school melee involving Allent…

Possible trial looms for teens charged as adults in Dieruff melee

Three of the teens waived their hearings, sending the charges to Lehigh County Court.

Three Dieruff High School students now face trial on charges in connection with an after-sch…

Teens allegedly armed in Dieruff group attack charged as adults

The teens pistol-whipped the two victims, who were hospitalized after the Oct. 25 attack near the high school, police said.

Two Allentown teens have been charged as adults, accus…

12 arrests so far in Dieruff High mob attack, DA says

Two armed teens, currently detained in a juvenile center, will ‘likely’ be charged as adults, District Attorney Jim Martin said in a news release.

Twelve Dieruff High School students have been arrested so far in connection with a mob attack outside the school that left two teens seriously injured, the district attorney said Friday afternoon.

The three adults and nine juveniles were all students at the school, and charges include aggravated assault, conspiracy and inciting a riot, prosecutors said.

Six juveniles and one 18-year-old were stopped and then arrested on Tuesday blocks away from the attack, in the 800 block of East Dent Street, said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

Cellphone footage obtained by Allentown police then helped investigators identify two other 18-year-olds and three juveniles.

Cops find video of Dieruff High mob attack, charge 2 more

Two of the juveniles, whom police say were armed at the time, are being held in a juvenile facility in Morgantown, Berks County.

One boy used a gun during the assault, and a loaded .380-caliber handgun was found in his backpack, according to police. A loaded .22-caliber handgun was found in the pants of a second boy. Prosecutors have not identified either juvenile.

The pair have been charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; Martin in a news release said the they will “likely” be charged as adults in their cases next week.

The three adults charged in the attacks are:

  • Joushten Rodriguez, of the 700 block of West Emaus Avenue in Allentown
  • Isaiah Alarcon, of the 1700 block of Cambridge Street in Allentown
  • Brian Pearsall, of the 500 block of Sixth Street in Whitehall Township

Police said the two 16-year-old victims were confronted after school by a group of about 50 people at North Kearney and East Washington streets.

One victim reported being punched in the head and body by the mob, pistol-whipped with a gun, and kicked in the head and face after falling to the ground, according to police. This victim had a front tooth knocked out and lost consciousness during the assault, and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill by ambulance for treatment, police said.

The second victim said he was also pistol-whipped on the neck, and his next memory was waking up in the hospital, according to investigators.

Anyone with information, photos or video is asked to call the police department’s youth division at 610-437-7741.

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Police ask for public’s help in melee near Dieruff High

Anyone with information, photos or video is asked to call the police department’s youth division at 610-437-7741.

Allentown police are asking for the public’s help in identifying Dieruff High School students involved in a melee Tuesday afternoon that left two teens severely injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s youth division at 610-437-7741, said police Capt. Bill Reinik. That includes people who may possess or may have seen photos and/or video of the attack, specifically on social media, Reinik said.

Police said the two 16-year-old victims were confronted by a mob of 50 Dieruff students at North Kearney and East Washington streets, about a block away from the school.

The two boys were punched, kicked and pistol-whipped by about 20 people in the crowd, police said.

Mob of 50 severely beats 2 kids near high school

The pair suffered concussions, lost teeth, bruises and cuts, police said, and were taken to separate hospitals for treatment. The victims are still in the hospital, Reinik said Wednesday afternoon, and detectives are planning to speak with them and their families.

Joushten Rodriguez, who turned 18 on Saturday, was arrested in connection with the attack and charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. He was sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Reinik said police anticipate arresting three or four other suspects — all juveniles — in connection with the attack, and they will be charged as juveniles in their cases.

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

Dieruff High School graduation 2016 (PHOTOS)

The Class of 2016 celebrated its commencement at the PPL Center in Allentown.

Dieruff High School held its commencement Sunday night at the PPL Center in downtown Allentown….

Freddy Awards 2016: Underdog schools shine on amazing night

Schools with less of a “Freddy name” took several wins Thursday night in Easton.

All students participating in the Freddy Awards are talented, there is no disputing that.

But what was significant about the final four awards Thursday night were the schools that were recognized.

For Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, Emma Marhefka won from William Allen High School.

Marhefka said it is the first time the Allentown school has won an award in six years.

“Allen doesn’t get a lot of funding or support, but we do it every year,” Marhefka said as she held back tears accepting her award.

Moravian Academy’s Noah Ruebeck took the honor of Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

The school itself won Outstanding Overall Production by a Smaller School.

“We ran a sold-out show the whole weekend,” Ruebeck said as he shook with excitement. “Maybe we can do another show soon if there’s interest in our program.”

Presenters get into the act, too (PHOTOS)

And for the school that only restarted its theater program in 2009, Dieruff High School won Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical for the second year in a row.

“It’s really such a humbling honor,” Prescious Correa said as she accepted the award on behalf of her school.

Correa also won Outstanding Performance by a Female Ensemble Member.

Both award recipients said they were proud to represent Dieruff.

If there is one lesson learned from Thursday night’s show, from the historic State Theatre in Easton, it is to never underestimate what lesser-known schools can do.

They, too, can shine.

Ashleigh Albert is lehighvalleylive.com’s Russell J. Flanagan Memorial news intern. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Freddy Awards 2016: Underdog schools shine on amazing night

Schools with less of a “Freddy name” took several wins Thursday night in Easton.

All students participating in the Freddy Awards are talented, there is no disputing that.

But what was significant about the final four awards Thursday night were the schools that were recognized.

For Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, Emma Marhefka won from William Allen High School.

Marhefka said it is the first time the Allentown school has won an award in six years.

“Allen doesn’t get a lot of funding or support, but we do it every year,” Marhefka said as she held back tears accepting her award.

Moravian Academy’s Noah Ruebeck took the honor of Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

The school itself won Outstanding Overall Production by a Smaller School.

“We ran a sold-out show the whole weekend,” Ruebeck said as he shook with excitement. “Maybe we can do another show soon if there’s interest in our program.”

Presenters get into the act, too (PHOTOS)

And for the school that only restarted its theater program in 2009, Dieruff High School won Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical for the second year in a row.

“It’s really such a humbling honor,” Prescious Correa said as she accepted the award on behalf of her school.

Correa also won Outstanding Performance by a Female Ensemble Member.

Both award recipients said they were proud to represent Dieruff.

If there is one lesson learned from Thursday night’s show, from the historic State Theatre in Easton, it is to never underestimate what lesser-known schools can do.

They, too, can shine.

Ashleigh Albert is lehighvalleylive.com’s Russell J. Flanagan Memorial news intern. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.