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  • Wife to stand trial for alleged plot to kill social club shooting witnesses

    Wife to stand trial for alleged plot to kill social club shooting witnesses
    Sonia Panell will stand trial in February on charges she hired a hit man in an attempt to kill witnesses against her husband, Rene Figueroa, who is on trial for murder in a 2012 shootout outside a Puerto Rican social club in Bethlehem.
  • Allentown ordered to pay attorney fees, interest on $1 million verdict for contractor

     Allentown ordered to pay attorney fees, interest on $1 million verdict for contractor
    Allentown must pay attorney fees and interest in addition to a nearly $1 million verdict in favor of a road construction contractor that sued the city in 2011, a state appeals court has ruled. A Commonwealth Court panel of three judges Tuesday upheld...

    Nazareth Area School District settles suit over religious Valentine's Day cards

    Nazareth Area School District settles suit over religious Valentine's Day cards
    Nazareth Area School District has reached a settlement with the parents of a Shafer Elementary School student who sued after their son was barred from handing out Valentine's Day cards with a religious message to his first-grade classmates. As part of...

    Inmate testifies to murder-for-hire plot in Puerto Rican club shooting trial

    Inmate testifies to murder-for-hire plot in Puerto Rican club shooting trial
    By the longtime convict's self-description, he is a violent and dangerous man. James A. Martin Jr. said his line of work has always been "roughing people up" — whether on the street or while incarcerated for more than two decades for rape. So...

    Allentown mayor wants gun law repealed to avoid lawsuit

     Allentown mayor wants gun law repealed to avoid lawsuit
    Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has called for the repeal of a local gun law that could open up the city to a costly lawsuit, thanks to a move by the state Legislature. In the final minutes of the legislative session Monday, lawmakers approved a bill that...