Friday, May 24, 2013
Kasam Hennix, 39, is part of a group of men accused of kidnapping jewelry store workers to get access to diamonds and watches.
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An Easton man is one of five people accused of kidnapping two people in Connecticut last month and getting them to help them steal millions in goods from a nearby jewelry store. Kasam Hennix, 39, along with three Allentown men and one man from the Bronx, were all charged by federal authorities Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney and Fairfield Patch. The two victims were employees of Lenox Jewelry in Fairfield, and were living in a company apartment in the town of Meriden. Prosecutors say the men—Hennix;Timothy Forbes, 31, William Davis, 25, and Jeffrey Houston, 26, of Allentown, and Christopher Gay, 27, of the Bronx—forced the workers to drive them to the store. The men repeatedly spoke to the victims, one of them mentioning “they had…
Download an application for Easton's Heil and Eddyside pools here.
It doesn't feel like swimming weather at the moment, but Easton's two pools—at Eddyside Park heading north Route 611 and Heil Park on the South Side—will reopen on Saturday. If you want to go swimming this summer, we've included an application form you can fill out for a pool membership. The pools will be open on weekends only from Saturday until June 16, before switching to regular hours on Tuesday, June 18. The pools are open from noon until 7 p.m. Daily admission is $5 for adults who live in the 18042 zip code, and $3 for kids. For non residents, it's $7 for adults and $5 for kids. Read the pool handbook for more information.
Easton's Crayola Experience reopens after three months of renovation, plus other things to do this weekend in Easton.
It was rainy and grey Friday in Easton, and Saturday's forecast doesn't promise to be much better. If you want to get some color in your life, you might want to stop by the Crayola Experinece, which reopened Friday following a three-month renovation. The building not only has a new look, but new attractions as well. Friday was a busy day, with school groups and young families packing the downtown Easton tourist destination. Also happening this weekend:
Officials from Newtown, Conn. will discuss the Sandy Hook shooting at a forum at Lafayette College next week.
How does a town recover when it's the scene of a horrific mass shooting? Michael Kehoe, chief of police in Newtown, Conn., and E. Patricia Llodra, the town's first selectman, with try to answer that question next Wednesday at Easton's Lafayette College. Both Kehoe and Llorda were in office last December when a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 20 children and six adults. It was the second deadliest mass shooting in American history. Their presentation is called "Rebuilding in the Aftermath of the Sandy Hook Tragedy," and is part of Lafayette's Annual Forum on Local Government. The free presentation will be held at 1 p.m. in room 104 of the college's Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. It is open to the public.
Looking for something other than a Camry from one of the world's largest automakers.
My car’s rear seats don’t fold down. They did on my previous car, which was a coupe version of my current car, but my car’s first owner didn’t pony up the money for the cold-weather package … so now I’m stuck with a small trunk and no headlamp washers. First world problems, I know. And because my seats don’t fold down, whenever I want to go skiing, or surfing, or just carry a long stick in my vehicle, I’ve got to run to my mother. She drives a 2001 Toyota RAV4. It’s cavernous, can plow through 2 feet of snow with its gas-guzzling, always-on 4-wheel drive system and 70-series tires, and is probably the slowest vehicle I’ve ever driven. I’m always welcome to drive it when I need to take a tortuous trip to Ikea and I love it. But, being a …
'Restaurant Impossible ' and 'Most Wanted' fugitive's guilty plea in murder case are also among the week's top stories.
Alleged Embezzlers Gambled Township's Money, Police Say: Former South Whitehall utility supervisor Nancy A. Tonkin and her husband, a former township police officer, are charged with embezzling $854,497 from township coffers over more than a decade, the Lehigh County District Attorney says. Man Killed Self as Police Tried to Serve Warrant: A Nazareth man killed himself as police were approaching him with a warrant, police said. Court documents showed he made death threats against his baby's mother. Fire Mars "Restaurant Impossible" Filming: Food Network Chef Robert Irvine, who is filming a 'Restaurant Impossible' episode at Fountain Hill's Benner Street Restaurant & Bar, tweeted about the incident. KidsPeace Declares Bankruptcy, Owes $240 …
Peace activists from the Lehigh Valley will join a regional drone war protest in Montgomery County on Saturday.
Lehigh Valley peace activists will travel Saturday to a drone protest at the northern end of Easton Road in front of the Horsham Air Guard Station. The protest will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The demonstration will include large banners and signs decrying plans to establish the drone command center in Horsham. If established, the center would feature computer “drone pilots” who would, by remote-control, launch drone missile strikes against targets and people thousands of miles away. The protest will include music, the reading of the names of U.S. drone strike victims in Pakistan and their stories; bell-tolling, chanting, and a 10-foot-long drone replica that will stand near the Horsham Air Guard Station identification logo. According …
Drivers can expect roving patrols, safety checkpoints and special attention to seat belt compliance over Memorial Day Weekend.
PennDOT will partner with more than 600 law enforcement agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement effort through June 9. The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement, using traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols. Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones, which combine roving patrol and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. According to PennDOT data, 503 people died last year in unbelted crashes, a decrease from 509 such fatalities in 2011. The total number of crashes in which people were not wearing seat belts also decreased to 15,528, compared with 16,298 in 2011. The majority of enforcement will occur at night…
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Judge finds enough evidence for Antonio Ortiz to face trial in killing of Andres Ruiz-Avelizapa last year in Easton.
A man accused in a deadly beating last Christmas Eve in Easton is headed for trial, according to published reports. Antonio Ortiz, 33, of the 400 block of Northampton St., is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Andres Ruiz-Avelizapa. Police say a fight between the two men on Northampton Street last December 24 led to Ruiz-Avelizapa being knocked out. He never regained consciouness, and died in January. In court on Thursday, Senior District Judge James Stocklas ruled there was enough evidence against Ortiz to take the case to Northampton County Court, WFMZ reported. Police have given this account of what happened: Officers responded to the 400 block of Northampton Street just before 1 a.m. December 24 after getting a report that …
Newark resident Peter Murphy allegedly claimed he was Easton man, faces new charges.
On Sunday, Easton police filed burglary charges against Terique Grayman after a South Side family found him in their kitchen. The only problem was that the burglar's real name wasn't Terique Grayman. City police said Wednesday that they'd filed charges against a man they now know as Peter Murphy, whom they say had Grayman's driver's license and "mirrored the picture and physical traits." Charges in Grayman's name have been withdrawn. Police say Murphy, 19, of Newark took a television worth $319, cash and loose change totaling $7.19 and some food items from a home on the 300 block of Palmer Street early Sunday. He was caught a few blocks away and taken into custody, where he apparently assumed Grayman's identity. Murphy had been charged …