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Pair in break-in, standoff were both shot in head

Authorities released the cause of death for the 25-year-old woman and 33-year-old man following autopsies.

The man and woman who broke into an Upper Saucon Township home, sparkin…

Saucon Valley Country Club to host 2022 U.S. Senior Open

It’ll be the course’s eighth USGA national championship event.

Saucon Valley Country Club will host the 2022 U.S. Senior Open.

Club President David B. Kennedy made the announcement Sunday in an email to club membership: the tournament will be played on the facility’s Old Course, which has hosted seven prior United States Golf Association national championship events.

The tournament will be played from June 20-26, 2022 — exactly 100 years after the Old Course opened for play in June 1922.

“We have finalized an agreement with the United States Golf Association (USGA) to host the 2022 U.S. Senior Open Championship on the Old Course,” Kennedy said in the email. “This major event will mark the eighth time that Saucon Valley has hosted a USGA national tournament, and the third time (1992 and 2000 previously) that we have hosted the U.S. Senior Open Championship.”

With current PGA Tour stars turning 50 in the coming years such as Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen and Darren Clarke, the tournament should be a big draw for golf fans.

Kennedy also sees the event as a big boost for Saucon Valley Country Club and the regional economy. The club straddles Upper and Lower Saucon townships.

“As many of you know from our past history, hosting these championships brings so many positives to our club,” he said in his email, “including national recognition, significant net financial gain, an opportunity for our membership to experience participating as tournament volunteers and seeing the top professionals firsthand, and boosting our greater Lehigh Valley economy.”

Previous USGA national championship tournaments played at Saucon Valley were the 1951 U.S. Amateur, 1983 U.S. Junior, 1987 U.S. Senior Men’s Amateur, 1992 and 2000 U.S. Senior Open, 2009 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

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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.

UPDATE: Pair in break-in, standoff were both shot in head
The man who engaged authorities in an all-d…

My house ‘looks like a war zone,’ man says after deadly standoff

The deaths continue to be investigated by the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Upper Saucon Township police.

Dave Stahler returned home Sunday morning to broken photographs and significant damage to his walls and floors.

fatzingermessick.jpgFrom left, Eric Ryan Messick and Emily Anne Fatzinger. (WFMZ and Courtesy photo)

In his house in the 4100 block of Lanark Road in Upper Saucon Township, he found candy wrappers, chips and a plastic jug of lemonade thrown about, he said.

Stahler left to get groceries Saturday afternoon. He didn’t get back inside until Sunday.

“There was damage from flash grenades going on; a robot went up the steps and you could see the wheel marks,” he said Sunday. “There was garbage. It looked like a war zone.”

The house became the scene of a police standoff all day Saturday — with residents estimating upward of 75 police vehicles, a helicopter and teams of officers in bulletproof vests — swarming the neighborhood. Nearby Wedgewood Golf Course was cleared of golfers and went into lockdown.

The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office said Emily Anne Fatzinger, 25, of Pike County, Pa., and Eric Ryan Messick, 33, of the 200 block of South Railroad Street in Walnutport, were pronounced dead at 10:02 p.m.

Stahler said police found the two dead in his attic. The home sits far back off the main roadway on private property, he said.

They had barricaded themselves in there, Stahler said, after police said earlier they had fired at officers with Messick armed with a .357-caliber handgun.

Authorities described their deaths as an apparent murder-suicide. Autopsies are set for Monday.

The two had lengthy criminal backgrounds.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Upper Saucon Township police did not immediately return calls for more information Sunday.

‘Shadows across the wall’

Authorities said the two fled into the neighborhood after police tried to stop their car on nearby Route 309.

Edward Petro, who has lived on Limeport Pike for the past 40 years, said he was watching television when he saw two shadows dance across the white wall of his living room. He waited for the doorbell to ring, but instead Messick and Fatzinger barged through his unlocked front door, armed with a handgun, Petro said.

“The first thing I saw was him and in his left hand was a firearm,” Petro said, noting the gun was pointed at his feet. “He said, ‘Give me the keys.'”

Petro said he quickly came up with a story about how his mechanic was fixing his car and still had the keys because they were “specialty keys.”

“He accepted that and just left,” Petro said.

District attorney Martin told WFMZ that other neighbors were approached by the pair demanding car keys, including a woman sitting on her porch with her dog. Petro said Mesick was seen walking across a street carrying a handgun.

When police discovered the pair were in the neighborhood, “(expletive) hit the fan,” Petro said.

“People were then being ordered out of their homes,” he said.

Residents in the nearby Traditions of America of Saucon Valley development, an age 55-and-over housing development, learned of the standoff on social media. They informed each other to lock doors and stay inside.

“It was kind-of surreal,” said Becky Keane, who lives in the development currently housing about 150 people.

2 killed in apparent murder-suicide are identified

‘Something not right’

Stahler returned home from the grocery store and when he went to turn the key into the front door, he said the door wouldn’t budge. He then opened the deadbolt, which he said he rarely locks.

Once inside, Stahler noticed the door to his cellar was open with the light on.

“I saw there’s something not right,” he said.

Stahler was on the phone with a friend who knew of the standoff and told Stahler to get out of the house and get help. Stahler called police from his neighbor’s home, he said.

Stahler was then ordered out of his home until Sunday morning. He stayed overnight with a family member, he said.

“I keep thinking if I walked in there (basement), they would have shot at me,” Stahler said, also adding he was grateful he took his dog along with him to the store. “Someone was looking out for me. I was just glad I walked away with my life intact.”

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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…

Heavy police activity shuts roads, golf course in Upper Saucon

“They’re all over,” one course staffer said.

UPDATE: Standoff in Upper Saucon after suspects allegedly fire at cops


A major police response has closed roads and shut down some operations on a local golf course in Upper Saucon Township.

“They’re all over,” a staffer who answered the phone at Wedgewood Golf Course said of the police presence shortly before 1:30 p.m. in the area of Limeport Pike, about a mile from the Interstate 78 exit to Route 309 South. The course has gone into “a bit of a lockdown,” he said, shutting down its driving range and at least a section of the full course.

A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter was flying around the area.

Authorities could not immediately confirm the nature of their response. Check back at lehighvalleylive.com for updates.

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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…