Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Yolanda Morales, 23, followed confrontation out onto E. Third Street before she was hit by gunshot. Police trying to sort out who is responsible for Bethlehem woman's death.
A chaotic and deadly gun battle on E. Third Street apparently began with a minor confrontation between two groups of people who did not know each other before Saturday night, according to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli. By the time it ended, about 30 bullets had been fired, a young woman was dead and five men were wounded – one perhaps seriously enough to be paralyzed, according to the DA, who held a news conference Monday to explain what law enforcement knows about the shootout outside of the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society that claimed the life of Yolanda Morales. Morales, 23, of 1249 Randolf Road, Bethlehem, died of a gunshot wound to her body, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, who ruled the …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli provides updates Easton, Bethlehem homicide cases.
Four of the people involved in a shootout Saturday at a Bethlehem nightclub are from the Easton area, Northampton County's District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday. Which of those people are suspects in the case and which are victims remains to be seen, as investigators are trying to piece together the details of the case, Morganelli told reporters at his office. He called a news conference Monday in response to a violent weekend in Northampton County: a mass shooting outside of Bethlehem's Puerto Rican Beneficial Society that left a 23-year-old woman dead and wounded five other men, and the apparent homicide of a New York City man on Easton's South Side. "When events like this occur, there's a lot of distress that comes to the …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Northampton County District Attorney's Office files theft charges against former county Solicitor Anthony J. Martino.
Former Northampton County Solicitor Anthony J. Martino faces charges after a grand jury concluded that he committed thefts and theft-related offenses while working as an attorney in Bangor. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli held a press conference Monday morning to announce the grand jury results regarding Martino, who faces charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, forgery and misapplication of entrusted property. According to a criminal complaint obtained by Patch.com, Martino -- working for a law firm in Bangor -- was named executor of the estate of John L. Farace, who died March 3, 2008. Farace's …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says the oldest son of Eagles football coach Andy Reid died of an accidental heroin overdose at Lehigh University in August.
The oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid died of an accidental heroin overdose but "the investigation isn't completely over," the Northampton County district attorney announced Thursday. District Attorney John M. Morganelli said investigators want to talk to the last two people who saw Garrett Reid, 29, alive and also find out who may have supplied him with illegal drugs. "I am confident that Reid's death was the result of a self-injected lethal dose of heroin," Morganelli said. Reid died on Aug. 5. At that time, Morganelli said, Reid was in possession of "a substantial amount of syringes and needles." A used syringe and spoon were also found, he said. The drug paraphernalia discovered in a Reebok gym bag in Reid's apartment …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Despite Andy Reid statement about drug use, Northampton County prosecutor says it's too early to discuss how Garrett Reid died.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
In a statement released Tuesday, Eagles coach Andy Reid said that his son Garrett's death came after a "battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years." That battle was with drug addiction, something Garrett Reid, 29, had struggled with for several years. But at a news conference Wednesday, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli would not confirm that it was drugs that led to Reid's death. Morganelli had called the news conference to discuss the case of an Occupy protester arrested in Easton earlier this week as a bank robber. But he took a question at the end from a reporter who asked him to comment on Andy Reid's "eight year battle remark." Morganelli said that toxicology results hadn't come back from Garrett Reid's …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
District Attorney says money seized from drug sales has helped Easton community groups, police.
In the last year, drug dealers in Easton helped fund the city's police, block watch and community center. Of course, they never intended to do that. But when police seized the proceeds from their drug sales, that money went to Northampton County's drug forfeiture and seizure program, which collected more than $156,000 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. "We want to make sure drug use and drug dealing in Northampton County is very unprofitable," District Attorney John Morganelli said Tuesday at a news conference announcing the seizures. Under state law, prosecutors can seize money, cars, real estate and other property that's either used to facilitate the sale of illegal drugs, or results from those sales. Since beginning the program in 1992, the…
Monday, February 27, 2012
District Attorney says he won't prosecute a man who threatened Judge Michael Koury on-line.
An Allentown man who made threats against Northampton County Judge Michael Koury on a newspaper's website will not face prosecution. George Charles had made that remark -- and others -- in a criticism of one of the judge's cases earlier this month on the Morning Call's website. District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday that although he thinks Charles could successfully be prosecuted for making a terrorstic threats, he will not do so at the request of the judge. Charles apologized for his remarks soon after making them, another factor that led Morganelli not to prosecute. But he noted that future judges and prosecutors could be less forgiving. "It is my personal belief that Mr. Charles is sincere in his remorse and regret," Morganelli …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Morganelli says woman claims her daughter has leukemia, but investigation shows otherwise.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
For the last year or so, a young mother named Arielle Brooks has held fundraisers around the Lehigh Valley to help her sick daughter. The problem, according to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, is that the Brooks' daughter isn't actually sick, and that her "Save Baby Myah" fundraisers have apparently defrauded well-meaning people out of thousands of dollars. "This child is not ill at all," Morganelli said at news conference Tuesday at his office. "Lots of money has been raised under false pretenses. We want to protect the public from any further damage." Myah was born in July of 2010. Soon after, Morganelli told reporters, Arielle Brooks -- who has used various aliases -- began raising money to help treat the baby for …