Here are the top police stories for the week of April 14:
It turned out to be a hoax. But a 911 call reporting that three men entered Liberty High School with guns kept frightened students and teachers locked down in their classrooms for four hours Wednesday while police searched from room to room. Outside the Bethlehem school, parents were in a state of panic, some receiving text messages from their children inside. Police say the 911 caller – a male - used a cellphone. Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy says there was never an incident or threat seen inside the school, and the school was alerted to the possible threat by police. Classes resumed Thursday.
In North Whitehall Township, a head-on collision claimed the life of a 65-year-old Walnutport woman. The accident occurred about 8:30 Saturday morning on Route 145 between Northampton and Laurys Station. Jennifer Ebert was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m. A girl in Ebert’s car and Courtney Quinn of Walnutport, the 19-year-old driver of the other car, were seriously injured. Route 145 was closed for more than six hours. Police say Ebert was driving south when Quinn’s car crossed the yellow line and hit her car.
A plea deal for a Bethlehem man charged with serially raping teens he met on Facebook is off the table. A Northampton County judge threw out the deal three days after The Morning Call published details of a letter from the defendant who claimed his innocence. Judge Emil Giordano called David Martinez’s actions “re-victimization,” and said he will not allow that to happen. Martinez was to receive 8 to 20 years in state prison after he did not contest the allegations. Now he will face trial on June 2.
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