An Allentown teen is dead after an accident with a hunting rifle. 17-year-old Chris Perez was killed Saturday at a house in Lower Macungie Township. The teen's aunt says he and a group of friends were passing around the rifle inside the Orchard Road home when it went off and shot him in the abdomen. State police are investigating, but all indications at this point are the death was accidental.
A child and an adult were both shot Sunday night in Allentown. Police say an 11-year-old boy was shot in the wrist on North Fountain Street. About the same time, a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 900 block of Liberty Street. The shootings happened around 7:30 last night. Investigators say the boy was shot while walking home with his father from the grocery store. Police are trying to determine if the man was a specific target. Both shooting victims are expected to fully recover.
Police in Upper Macungie Township are investigating vandalism at the former Terry Hill Water Park. Over the past week or two, somebody managed to get inside the fenced-in property and spray painted graffiti in two different areas of the park, which closed several years ago.
A couple from Schuylkill County is in trouble after their toddler ate a bag of methamphetamines. The girl, who is almost two-years-old, was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital Sunday morning. Police aren't saying yet how she's doing.
Area kids and current and former state police troopers spent some of their weekend together. It was the inaugural Fish with a Trooper Day at Leaser Like in New Tripoli and Trooper Marc Allen says the event gives kids a chance to see police officers are just regular people. "The main benefit is communication. We're opening lines of communication with youth again," Allen says. The event was sponsored by the Fish and Boat Commission and Cabela's.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is introducing legislation that would improve mine safety. Casey is scheduled to reveal the details later today during a visit to the United Mine Workers of America in Washington County. Initial reports indicate there will be two measures: the Mine and Workplace Safety and Health Act and the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act.
A New Jersey woman is being accused of using her job as a state employee to steal a large amount money. Stephanie Hargrove allegedly stole more than $75,000 while working as a principal claims investigator for the Department of Treasury, according to the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. Hargrove, of Burlington County, reportedly submitted false claims for compensation blaming foster children who were placed in homes for causing damage. Hargrove has been suspended from her position.