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2 in apparent murder-suicide: ‘Addiction overwhelmed him and her’

Autopsies are expected to be completed later Monday on the bodies.

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The man who engaged authorities in an all-d…

2 killed in apparent murder-suicide are identified

Court records indicate the pair had lengthy criminal backgrounds.

The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office has identified the two people killed Saturday evening in what authorities are…

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…

Cops: Police impersonator strikes again in the Lehigh Valley

Police released a sketch of the reported impersonator, following two incidents in January.

South Whitehall Township police released this composite sketch of a man accused of impe…

Group stole from Lehigh County man with memory disorder, police say

Police said the 22-year-old woman and a group of males burgled the Upper Saucon Township home.

A homeless woman admitted being part of a group that burglarized the home of a Lehi…

Police investigating at Lehigh County home

The nature of the incident wasn’t immediately clear.

Police were investigating Saturday afternoon at an Upper Saucon Township home, authorities and a published report say.

Township police couldn’t immediately be reached to confirm the nature of the incident. A Lehigh County dispatcher said the police remained at 7777 Tumblebrrok Road in the township.

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The one-story home on 20 acres is owned by John Roberts, who lives across the street, Lehigh County property record show. No one answered the phone on Saturday afternoon at Roberts’ home.

WFMZ reported “numerous police cars and detectives” were at the scene, that the incident began in the morning and the road was closed.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said his office was not involved, so no one died.

We’ll update if we hear back from police or other authorities.

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‘Hurt feelings’ led to eggs, nails and screws in ex-neighbor’s yard

The 57-year-old culprit was allowed to enter a first-time offender’s program on Friday.

For months, an Upper Saucon Township family was subject to a bizarre rash of vandalism.

The family in the 6500 block of Wild Cherry Drive initially thought it was a teenage prankster who began throwing eggs on their driveway about a year ago.

But then the family received an “insulting” and “demeaning” letter with no return address, prosecutors said. One day in early December, the eggs were joined by something more sinister — drywall nails strewn on the driveway and the yard, 100 nails total.

The culprit? A 57-year-old former neighbor named Gary Liddick.

The reason? On Friday, a judge asked just that, and was told by the man’s attorney that it amounted to hurt feelings.

Prosecutors said Liddick threw the nails, eggs and screws on 14 occasions from Dec. 7 until he was caught Jan. 9 by township police in his orange Ford Explorer. The family found 550 nails of all sizes in their driveway and yard, prosecutors said on Friday.

Liddick, of the 5300 block of Susan Road in Coopersburg, faced a long list of charges, including 14 counts each of criminal mischief, harassment and scattering rubbish. On Friday, Liddick was accepted into a first-time offender’s program known as accelerated rehabilitative disposition, or ARD.

Liddick’s attorney said he was upset with his former neighbors, who had lived next to him for 35 years and then moved away. The family had no more contact with Liddick and he “acted out,” attorney Janet Jackson said.

“He was hurt,” she added.

Liddick said he was friends with the family, which prompted Judge Maria Dantos to respond, “Friends don’t do that to friends.”

Liddick has had a psychiatric evaluation and is receiving treatment. He must continue with that treatment and have no contact with the family as part of his two years of probation while on ARD.

“It’s certainly disturbing and I don’t know that you get a satisfactory answer for the why,” Dantos said.

Assistant District Attorney Sarah Heimbach said the family’s main focus was that Liddick receive treatment. Dantos called the ARD offer a one-time “gift” for Liddick.

In a letter read to the judge, the family described the fear and intimidation they felt during the ordeal, especially after receiving the letter and finding the nails and screws. They described checking their driveway day and night, and enlisting neighbors to keep an eye out for the responsible party.

Twice neighbors spotted Liddick’s orange SUV, Heimbach said, which helped police when they were patrolling the neighborhood the night Liddick was caught.

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

Mom tells daughter to kill herself, offers teen pills, Upper Saucon cops say

Svetlana Pulyaeva “admitted that she does not want her daughter anymore,” court records say.

upper saucon township police car genericView full sizeUpper Saucon Township police say a woman told her daughter to kill herself, then offered her pills to do it.Precious Petty | lehighalleylive.com 

A mother is accused of threatening to kill her 16-year-old daughter, then telling the teen to kill herself while offering her pills to do it, Upper Saucon Township police said.

Svetlana Pulyaeva, of Panama City, Florida, is charged with making terroristic threats. She was arraigned Thursday night before District Judge Michael Faulkner and sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Township police said they were called to a home in the 6600 block of Karra Court by a worker from Justice Works Youth Care for a report of a mother threatening to kill her daughter. Justice Works was contracted by Lehigh County Children, Youth and Families to assist the family, court records say.

The Justice Works employee told police she heard the 40-year-old Pulyaeva tell the teen that she hated her and, “Yes! Kill yourself, I need you away from me,” and finally “I will strangle her with my own hands,” records say. The worker cited an ongoing abusive history with Pulyaeva and her daughter.

The victim told police Pulyaeva offered her pills to kill herself, and that her mother said she hates her and that she needs to die.

Pulyaeva “admitted that she does not want her daughter anymore,” records say.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@express-times.com. Follow her on Twitter@SarahCassi. Find Lehigh County news on Facebook.