Part of vacant building in Reading crumbles; pieces fall on sidewalk

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It was a close call in Reading on Monday as some large pieces of a vacant building fell to the ground.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 10 a.m. to the 300 block of North Sixth Street for the report of a partial structure collapse.

Crews arrived to find the sidewalk littered with debris, including some wooden pieces of the building’s facade. Fortunately, no one was close enough to be injured.

Officials on the scene told 69 News that the building has been vacant since a fire damaged it a couple years ago.

Firefighters cordoned off the sidewalk in front of the building and called a city inspector to the scene to check the structure’s integrity and make sure no further collapse is possible.

Crews manage house fire in Allentown

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Officials say careless cooking is to blame for a fire which occurred late Sunday afternoon in Allentown.

The fire was reported around 5 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of South 17th Street.

Crews quickly brought it under control.

Captain John Christopher of the Allentown Fire Department told 69 News the fire began in the kitchen, and no one was hurt.

The American Red Cross said they were assisting a family of two adults and two children with food and lodging.

Shoemakersville man accused of sexually assaulting young girl, police say

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Police say a Shoemakersville man allegedly sexually assaulted a young girl for over a period of three and-a-half years.

State Police said Dennis Walters, 54, was charged with numerous felony counts. Walters is now free after posting $10,000 bail, according to court records.

Police indicated that the alleged assaults occurred between 2011 and 2014. The victim, according to court paperwork, was under the age of 13 when the assaults began.

Firefighters on the scene of Bethlehem house fire

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Bethlehem Police say firefighters were called to the scene of a fire near Broad and Pine Streets Monday morning.

Officers said the fire began at around 5:30 at 537 Pine Street. The fire was placed under control about an hour later, according to officials at the scene. The extent of the fire is unknown at this time, according to police.

The residents of the home appeared to have escaped serious injury, according to information from the scene.

Keep checking wfmz.com for the latest on this breaking story.

Deadly Crash in West Wyoming

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WEST WYOMING — Two men were killed in a Saturday morning crash in Luzerne County.

The coroner said Francis Rutledge, 39, of West Pittston, and John Soska, 36, of Wyoming both died when the pickup truck they were in ran off Shoemaker Avenue in West Wyoming and hit a utility pole around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

There is no word on what caused the crash.

Pennsburg woman killed in Haycock Township accident

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A 58 year-old woman from Pennsburg was killed after her Jeep struck a tree in Haycock Township on Sunday, State Police said.

Police said Marla Nayduch was traveling west on Roundhouse Road shortly before 1:30 in the afternoon when her Jeep left the roadway and struck a tree.

Nayduch was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information on this accident is asked to call State Police.

Thief Caught on Camera

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KINGSTON — A crime was caught on camera in Luzerne County.

Kingston Police released a photo of a man holding up Pantry Quik on Wyoming Avenue on August 23, 2014.

Authorities said the man with a gun emptied the register and took packs of cigarettes.

If you know the man in the surveillance pictures call police in Luzerne County.

Macungie sisters to lead Lehigh Valley Heart and Stroke Walk at Northampton Community College

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Aubrey and Brielle Huff were each born with a congenital heart defect that required corrective surgery.

The Huff siblings’ combined age is only 8 years, but the Macungie youngsters have been through a lot in that short time.

Aubrey Huff, 5, and her 3-year-old sister, Brielle Huff, were born with the same congenital heart defect and each required corrective surgery before their second birthdays.

Today, the girls are thriving, mom Michelle Reichard-Huff says, and excited to serve as child chairs for the 2014 Lehigh Valley Heart and Stroke Walk. Sponsored by Easton Hospital, the Sept. 21 event runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, organizers said.

LEARN MORE:
•For information about the 2014 Lehigh Valley Heart and Stroke Walk, visit the event website or call Kathleen Marano at 614-396-3503.

• For information about the Quarters for a Cause event benefitting the Huff family’s walk team, Wholehearted, visit the event Facebook page.

The walk benefits the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Thousands of people are expected to participate and this year’s fundraising goal is $400,000.

Aubrey was diagnosed with an atrioventricular canal defect when she was 3 days old and had heart surgery at 2 months. Brielle’s defect was spotted during a fetal echocardiogram and she had surgery at 15 months.

Reichard-Huff and husband Dan Huff were surprised when they learned Aubrey had a heart defect because there’s no family history of the condition. Brielle’s diagnosis was a bigger surprise, even for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia doctors, who’d told the couple there was only a 3 percent chance their second child would have the same defect.

“It’s uncommon,” said Reichard-Huff, adding that she and her husband feel lucky because one surgery was all it took to get their girls healthy. That’s not always the case.

Dan Huff said his family got involved with the walk to raise awareness about what the heart and stroke associations do, as well as money for research aimed at more effectively treating heart defects and disease.

On Wednesday, at Quarters for a Cause event at Almond Tree Manor, 319 E. Central Ave. in Alpha, will benefit the family’s walk team, Wholehearted, Reichard-Huff said. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by an auction at 6:30 p.m. with prizes valued at $25 to $100 to be had for one to four quarters.

Aubrey and Brielle aren’t the only Huffs who’ve benefited from the heart and stroke associations’ efforts. Their paternal grandfather and uncle survived quadruple bypass surgery and a minor stroke, respectively, Huff said.

Fortunately, both men are doing well now. “These things happen to people. They can happen to anyone at any time,” Huff said.

Down the road, Aubrey and Brielle each have a 50 percent chance of giving birth to children with heart defects, Reichard-Huff said. She and her husband believe the work they’re doing now will have a positive impact on their grandchildren’s lives.

Contact Lehigh County suburbs reporter Precious Petty at 484-894-3854 or ppetty@express-times.com.

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Man takes car for test drive, doesn’t come back, police say

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State Police are investigating a weekend vehicle theft in Upper Tulpehocken Township.

Police said a man only known by the name “Scott” was making an electronic repair to the vehicle on North Northkill Road on Saturday afternoon. At about 2:30 p.m., after completing the repair, “Scott” took the vehicle for a test drive, according to police. Officials say “Scott” never returned.

“Scott” was, according to a police news release, was “vaguely known by the victim”.

The stolen vehicle is described as a 2001 Chevrolet Impala, silver and grey in color. “Scott” is described as in his early 40s, 6’0″ tall, thin build, with short hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police.

Police Looking for Man Accused of Molestation

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SCHUYLKILL COUNTY — Police in Schuylkill County need help to find a wanted man.

Investigators said Michael Eyer, 25, never showed up to court in July to face accusations that he molested someone under the age of 18.

If you see this Eyer, call police in Schuylkill County.