Archive for category Easton

Woman wheels full grocery cart out of store without paying, cops say

The woman stole nearly $200 worth of items, police said.

A Palmer Township woman loaded up a shopping cart full groceries and then wheeled passed the checkout counters witho…

Easton Area School Board member resigns 2 months after appointment

Jason Simms lost the primary election so he decided to step aside.

An Easton Area School Board member appointed in March resigned Tuesday.
Jason Simms only lasted two months…

Easton Area School Board authorizes $120M in debt

The school board approved a borrowing plan, the 2017-18 budget and the Easton Area Public Library budget

The Easton Area School Board authorized administrators Tuesday to bo…

N.J. man returns to Florida to face charges in fatal hit-and-run

The Blairstown-area resident is accused of killing a homeless man in the crash.

A New Jersey man has returned to Florida to face charges for a homeless man’s death in a…

School district ordered to hand over video of teacher slamming down student on bus

The state Office of Open Records ordered the Easton Area School District to hand over a surveillance video to lehighvalleylive.com.

The Easton Area School District was orde…

Easton’s mayor ‘learned to be a leader’ from the late Pat Vulcano Jr.

Former Easton City Councilman Pat Vulcano Jr. died Tuesday at age 69.

He needed to stand on a soapbox to reach the counter at his father’s store.
But when it came to heart or dr…

Man who once asked police if he had warrants is arrested

He faces drug charges after sheriff’s deputies and U.S. marshals served a warrant on Friday.

An Easton man, who was arrested on robbery charges in 2012 after calling police to ask if there were any warrants out for him, now faces drug charges, authorities say.

Samad McKoySamad McKoy. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) 

Northampton County sheriff’s deputies and the U.S. Marshals Service were serving a warrant Friday morning in an apartment at 619 Northampton St. in Easton when Samad McKoy, 33, was found in possession of heroin and crack cocaine, city police say in court papers.

Police were called in to make the drug arrest.

McKoy was arraigned at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday before District Judge Antonia Grifo on two counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs, court papers say. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail, records show.

McKoy was the target of the marshals’ violent fugitive task force operation, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the warrant was from a parole violation or something else. Deputies were also doing an unrelated warrant sweep during that period on Friday.

Paperwork shows McKoy had failed to pay court fees and fines and restitution in two robberies, but it doesn’t show a bench warrant.

MORE: County Top 10 fugitive arrested

McKoy pleaded guilty in May 2012 to robbing a pair of delivery men — one bringing him Chinese food in November 2011 and the other carrying pizza in January — and was sentenced to 10 months to three years in prison after initially getting 18 months to four years, records show.

After the pizza delivery robbery, he called police to ask if they had a warrant out for him in the “Papa John’s robbery,” court records said at the time. He was arrested Jan. 25 of that year and both delivery men identified him from photo arrays, police said.

He was released from prison in 2015, records show, but was back behind bars until March 18 of this year in Lawrence County. It’s unclear why he was jailed there.

His preliminary hearing on the drug charges is tentatively scheduled 1:30 p.m. June 21 in Grifo’s Downtown court.

Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Easton Public Market weighs opening 6, 7 days a week

It’s currently closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

When Downtown developers hold forth on what amenities the Easton neighborhood offers to future luxury apartment dwellers, the first thing they mention is the Easton Public Market.

The market opened in April of last year and has drawn strong crowds on the five days its vendors do business each week.

But if it’s Monday or Tuesday and you’re looking for a variety of exotic or locally sourced offerings for lunch or to take home and cook for dinner, the market at 35 Northampton St. isn’t an option. It’s closed.

15 unique finds at the market

That may change, said Jared Mast, the executive director of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, which owns and oversees the market.

The weekly closure allows for easier coordination of deliveries and prep work, Mast said Tuesday by email, and also gave the market a chance to get a handle on its weekday business.

“But we have recently been discussing opening six vs. seven days,” Mast said. “We just don’t have a timeline on that yet.”

Leases spell out when the market is open, so that could create a stumbling block, Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said by email.

“I know there are several merchants that would like to open more days and staff is trying to work that out because you don’t want some open and some closed,” Panto said.

Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

WATCH: Hamilton biographer raps for Lafayette grads

“Life … is less of a blueprint than an improvisation,” Ron Chernow told graduates.

Watch video

The most interesting lives have incredible plot twists.

Take Ron Chernow, for example. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, the keynote speaker at Lafayette College’s graduation Saturday in Easton, told students that it’s OK if they don’t have their lives planned out — he certainly didn’t at that age.

An aspiring novelist, he had avoided taking history courses in college, though that’s where he ultimately found his success more than a decade after graduating.

Lin-Manuel MirandaThis image released by The Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of “Hamilton,” in New York. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP) 

The college’s namesake, Marquis de Lafayette, a “rock star of the 18th Century,” Chernow said, “never could possibly have foreseen when he arrived here at the age of 19” that he would become a pivotal figure in the American and French revolutions.

And, of course, there’s the story of Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography of the “ten-dollar Founding Father” was the inspiration for the popular Broadway musical “Hamilton,” on which he consulted. As a gift to the Class of 2017, Chernow — playing all the characters — recited the show’s opening rap, which you can watch above (and, for fun, star Lin-Manuel Miranda performs it below).

PHOTOS: Lafayette College 2017 commencement

It was an unusual but entertaining conclusion to a commencement address (which you can hear in full on Lafayette’s website) that hit all the usual notes: follow your dreams and passions, be bold, beware of nay-sayers and be alert to “subtle hints of fate” that guide you.

“Life,” Chernow said early on, “is less of a blueprint than an improvisation; less a finished work of art than a work in progress; a high-wire act, not some stroll in the woods. … The unforeseen future lying in wait for you may actually be infinitely more exciting than anything you can possibly imagine today.”

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

 

Learn helpful tips to get a job, get into college

A family forum is scheduled for Wednesday night at the Boys & Girls Club of Easton.

The Boys & Girls Club of Easton hosts a forum Wednesday where teens and parents can le…