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Driver struck EMTs and fled in Nazareth area, cops say

Testing showed traces of the intoxicant in marijuana in the suspect’s blood following the incident, police said.

A Walnutport area woman was under the influence of the intoxicant in marijuana when she struck emergency medical technicians with her car then fled, according to police.

Charged is Tracy M. Thompson, 46, of the 800 block of Hickory Road in Lehigh Township.

Moore Township police at 1:10 p.m. April 27 were called to the 2600 block of Parkside Drive for a reported pedestrian crash. Witnesses described the offending vehicle as a silver Nissan fleeing south on Mountainview Drive then east onto Community Drive.

The witnesses, who are both emergency workers, told police they were sent to the Klecknersville Fire Co. parking lot by another witness to help Thompson, who was seated in a car, police said.

The witnesses reported Thompson’s pupils were constricted and she was “acting out.” When the emergency workers told Thompson they needed to call police, she replied, “F— that,” and began to leave in the Nissan, striking two of the EMTs, police said.

A township police officer spotted Thompson backing out of a residential driveway and she struck the patrol cruiser, according to police. Thompson pulled into an unknown driveway to call her daughter instead of pulling alongside the road, police said.

Driver leads police on chase from Slate Belt into N.J.

When asked by police if she was taking any prescription medication, Thompson allegedly stated she was taking the painkiller oxycodone. Police said they found multiple medications in Thompson’s purse.

Police said due to a prior medical condition, Thompson was physically unable to perform roadside sobriety tests. A blood test conducted at an area hospital showed three traces of THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana, in Thompson’s system, according to court records.

Thompson is charged with two counts aggravated assault, two counts aggravated assault by a vehicle, two counts attempted simple assault, four counts driving under the influence of a controlled substance and two traffic violations. She was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Robert Hawke, who released her on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find on Facebook.


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These 4 empty spaces in Nazareth could bloom into restaurants

The borough’s downtown manager is eyeing 4 empty storefronts as new dining spaces.

Nazareth‘s downtown manager has a goal to fill empty storefronts by the end of the year with some new dining options.

Stephanie Varone is eying four specific locations for new business ventures — the site of the former Koehlers Pharmacy, 35 Belvidere St.; the Nazareth Furniture building, 75 S. Main St.; the Nazareth National Bank building, 76 S. Main St.; and Nazareth Run Inn, 57 S. Main St.

At least one of the options is being fast-tracked to house a long-awaited brewpub by September. A great deal of the borough’s downtown revitalization depends on these dining areas, Varone said in a recent interview from her Smooch boutique.

“I would hope we’re on the fast-track to get some restaurants in and now we now have space to do so,” she said.

On tap

Come early fall, a brewpub owned by Bethlehem residents Tim and Honoree Kerrigan is targeted to open at the site of the former Koehlers Pharmacy.

The couple previously wanted to move the pub into the Lafayette Ambassador Bank building, 131 S. Main St., but those plans fell through in December 2015. That building has since been transformed into luxury apartments in back of the main and second floors. Additionally, Souful Journeys Healing Arts, offering a variety of therapeutic, medical and spa treatments, now is housed on the main floor.

Varone described the pharmacy site as a good location for fulfilling the Kerrigans’ vision. The main floor has 2,000 square feet for a full-service restaurant with bar, she said.

“We’re so excited to have a full restaurant and brewpub to join our roster in the downtown,” Varone said. “It’s been a goal for awhile to have a place where customers can get craft beer and farm fresh foods.”

Another location — just a block away at the former Lafayette Ambassador building — also might be shaping up for an upscale to moderate dining option.

The sale of the Nazareth National Bank Building on May 8 has allowed for an estimated 20,000 square feet of space, totaling three stories. The 6,500-square-foot main floor could provide an area for a restaurant or retail space.

The upper two floors can occupy office space, Varone said.

Main Street Nazareth LLC bought it from BB&T for $450,000, according to Northampton County property records. Main Street Nazareth LLC is hoping to sell or lease the building, a representative of the company said.

“Some ideas for the space would be an upscale to mid-range steakhouse or family restaurant,” Varone said.

But the company representative said to date, there have been people interested walking through the building, but no firm deals put forth.

“We haven’t heard much; nothing’s been concrete,” the representative said.

Nazareth Furniture’s 50-year run is ending. Here’s what’s next

Dining al fresco

Nazareth Furniture is expected to end its more than five decade run in business by the end of June. Inventory in the past week was continuing to be sold off at discount prices.

Jay Orwig, owner of the building who operates his property management business under the name J+R Orwig Properties LLC, will then work on renovating the 40,000-square-foot, five-story building. Varone expects the overhaul to take at least several months.

The main floor, which previously housed the furniture showroom, is envisioned to some day become either a single, larger restaurant or a mixture of smaller eateries and boutiques. And Orwig hopes to gain approval to build an outdoor patio for dining al fresco.

The outdoor patio would bring something unique to the downtown, where most of the eateries only offer indoor seating, Varone said.

“What could be better than dining al fresco in a historic, quaint downtown … with friends and family?” she said.

Orwig also has plans to build eight, 936-square-foot apartments on the three floors above the main floor. A parking lot would be built at the back of the building for apartment tenants.

A fourth downtown space for dining includes the 3,500-square-foot building that formerly housed Nazareth Run Inn. A partnership issue between the owners led to the site’s closure in November, according to Varone.

But, she said, that loss could become a gain for another business opportunity.

“With 3,500 square feet, it’s a lot bigger than it looks,” Varone said. “We really need to embrace more areas for dining in this borough. There needs to be more options.”

Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find on Facebook.

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