3 hunters from Lehigh Valley dead in Pike County crash

The driver, who survived, struck a tree after veering off the road at a curve Sunday, state police said.

UPDATE: Hunters in fatal wreck recalled as hard-working family men

Lehigh frat’s suspension lifted after probe into assault, blog says

A Chi Psi Fraternity member allegedly assaulted a student in an off-campus house in a case of mistaken identity.

The Chi Psi fraternity at Lehigh University is temporally suspen…

Warren County-grown Christmas tree is N.J.’s best

Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm in Warren County has been recognized statewide and by the White House.

New Jersey ushered in the Christmas tree season at a Warren County farm on Monday.

State Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm off Route 519 in White Township and ceremoniously kicked off the “choose-and-cut” season.

Just outside of Belvidere, Wyckoff’s won the 2015 New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association’s annual tree contest with a Fraser fir. The ceremony traditionally is held at the grand champion farm.

The Wyckoffs have won the honor several times, and in 2013 became New Jersey’s first tree farm to be named a national champion. They delivered several trees to the White House that year.

Wyckoffs present Christmas trees to first family

The 172-acre farm has more than 5,000 Christmas trees this season and has been owned by the Wyckoff family since 1839.

Fisher helped cut down a tree Monday which will be donated to the Christmas Trees for New Jersey Military Families campaign. Organized by Christmas tree growers, the state Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Agricultural Society, the campaign aims to donate 100 trees that will be presented to New Jersey National Guard members Dec. 14 in Bordentown, N.J.

The Wyckoffs also host a Trees for Troops trailer drop, which will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday. It enables folks to donate trees to military families nationwide.

The Department of Agriculture says nearly 69,000 trees are cut in New Jersey each year. In 2012, New Jersey ranked seventh in the nation in the number of Christmas tree growers, with 809 farms growing more than 4,600 acres of evergreens.

Jim Deegan may be reached at jdeegan@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @jim_deegan. Find lehighvalleylive on Facebook.

Ex-assistant Allentown solicitor admits role in pay-to-play scheme

Dale Wiles was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with awarding an Allentown contract to collect delinquent real estate taxes.

A former assistan…

Employee allegedly siphons gas from delivery truck

Slate Belt Regional police said the delivery driver stole about $21 worth of gas for personal use from a Napa Auto Parts truck.

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Driver high on heroin tries to run down cop, police say

The 25-year-old from Bethlehem is facing a slew of charges, including aggravated assault, fleeing police, reckless endangerment and drunken driving.

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Have you seen the driver of this truck? Police want to know

Pohatcong Township police found the stolen red truck in a parkside area of the township on Nov. 24.

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Northampton County official didn’t pay all of her taxes, records say

Northampton County Deputy Director of Administration Cathy Allen also may lose her home to foreclosure, according to Northampton County court records.

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Cops: Impaired driver tells trooper ‘it was really good weed’

State police said they found an open bottle of liquor on floor of the SUV, and learned the man’s driver’s license was revoked.

A driver seen speeding in the middle of Route 22 West admitted drinking “a little bit” and smoking marijuana a few hours before being stopped, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Pennsylvania State Police car.jpegPennsylvania State Police said an impaired driver told a trooper ‘it was really good weed,’ after being stopped on Route 22. (lehighvalleylive.com file photo) 

Khabeer Burke, of Jamaica, New York, later told the trooper, “it was really good weed,” troopers at the Bethlehem barracks said.

That admission was the least of Burke’s legal troubles, after troopers found an open bottle of liquor on the front passenger side floor of the SUV, and learned Burke’s driver’s license was revoked and he has an ignition interlock requirement, according to state police.

Burke is charged with drunken driving, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock, speeding, careless driving and six other traffic summary violations.

Burke remains in Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.


State police said a trooper driving on Route 22 West at about 1 a.m. Sunday spotted an SUV travel over the fog line, then start to take the Airport Road exit before swerving back onto the highway.

The driver, later identified as Burke, began speeding and reached 82 mph in a 55 mph zone before driving in the middle of the two lanes, state police said.

The trooper stopped Burke near Fullerton Avenue in Whitehall Township, and could smell alcohol and burnt marijuana, police said.

Burke failed field sobriety tests, and later refused to submit to a blood test at the Lehigh County DUI center, state police said.

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

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Disgruntled Dunkin’ Donuts worker shattered door, cops say

The employee was angry over his pay when he kicked the door Friday, Colonial Regional police said.

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