Longtime Easton city official Pat Vulcano has died. Vulcano was elected to the first of two terms on Easton City Council in 1979, then was chosen as the city's treasurer and remained in that position until 1992 and then was elected city controller, a job he kept until 2000. Vulcano also spent a dozen years on the Easton Area School Board and lost a close race for mayor back in 1999. His wife, Sandra, is currently a city council member. Pat Vulcano was 69 years old.
The Allentown School District is demanding that a former district administrator stop distributing a book he wrote that paints an ugly picture. In his self-published book "Deliberate Injustice" Jose Rosado claims principals ignored students' rights when putting them in alternative education and teachers called students profane names. Rosado resigned as director of alternative education in December of 2014. He received a $135,000 settlement in March of 2016. The district says his book violates the terms of his settlement where both sides agreed not to defame the other.
The conviction of a West Easton man has been upheld by the state Superior Court. Franklyn Hutchison IV was found guilty last June of abuse of a corpse and other offenses involving the death of 20-year-old Brianne Miles. Hutchison didn't report Miles' death for at least two days as her body rotted in their apartment after her drug overdose. Hutchison's attorney argued that neglecting to report Miles' death did not warrant an abuse of a corpse conviction. Investigators say Hutchison only revealed Miles' death after other roommates complained of a foul odor coming from his room. His attorney may appeal to the state Supreme Court.
A man suspected in the robbery of a cell phone store in Forks Township is facing a new charge. Nadir Chandler was in court Wednesday on charges of robbery and receiving stolen property. However, his defense is now dealing with a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery charge following the October 29th robbery of the Forks Township Verizon store. The robbery there is one of five in the Lehigh Valley. Police believe there may be a connection to a murder as well.
A man is accused of stealing money from an elderly man in a driveway paving scam. Police believe Leonard Stanley is with a group of Maryland gypsies working the Lehigh Valley as several fraudulent companies. He was arrested by Palmerton police for convincing an elderly man to withdraw a lot of money for work that was never done. Stanley is facing charges of deceptive business practices and theft by deception.
Another local grocery store wants in on the beer business. Redner's Markets has applied for a license to sell beer at its Palmer township store. If approval is given, Redner's plans to open a 30-seat restaurant within the supermarket that would offer both beer for takeout or drinking in the restaurant. All three area Wegmans, eight Weis Markets and two Giant Food Stores already sell beer.
After a jury of seven men and five women from Allegheny County were chosen for his upcoming sexual assault trial, comedian Bill Cosby offered a few words of thanks to his fans. "I just want to thank all of the people who have come to see my shows whenever I appeared at Heinz Hall. Thank you all," Cosby said. Two of the 12 jurors are black and Cosby's attorneys have already raised questions about the racial makeup of the jury, however blacks make up 16 percent of the jury, while the black population in Allegheny County is only 13 percent. The jury will be sequestered in Montgomery County during Cosby's trial, which begins June 5th. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll sign legislation designed to get the state in compliance with federal identification standards. The House passed the Real ID bill Wednesday, allowing Pennsylvanians to choose if they want to pay for a new Real ID, which will eventually be required to board an aircraft. Those who don't travel much will be able to continue using their current licenses.
Pennsylvanians will not be able to get license-to-carry firearms permits for at least two days next week. The state is upgrading its system and county sheriffs will not be able to issue permits during the change. The upgrade will start at 5pm on May 31 and last through June 4th. The work will not affect the state's background check system.
For the 3rd year in a row, Three Mile Island has not succeeded in an auction of future electricity generation. The failure has experts saying the nuclear plant may have to close. Success at the PJM auction would've meant TMI having a guaranteed market for its electricity in 2020 and 2021. Capacity auctions ensure enough power generation resources are available to meet regional demands. TMI received a 20 year extension to operate in 2009 but continues to face growing economic pressures. The plant's already lost some $300-million over the past eight years. More than 600-people are employed at the generating station.