1. Superstorm Sandy Batters Bethlehem. The coastal Northeast got the brunt of the 1,000-mile wide late October monster storm. But the Lehigh Valley also took its share of punishment. Though anticipated flooding in low-lying areas of Bethlehem never materialized, there was a record-setting wind gust and downed trees and power lines across the city. Schools were closed for a week, which is about how long it took for every home in the city to get electricity back.
2. Good Samaritans Stop Hit-and-Run Driver on Fahy Bridge.
3. Woman Dies After Beating in Historic District Home. Police say Shirley Lindgren, 77, died at the hands of her son, 51-year-old Michael Lindgren, who allegedly attacked her and her husband, J. Ralph Lindgren, at their Wall Street home minutes after he visited Bethlehem Police Headquarters on Aug. 20.
5. Five Armed Robberies in 12 Days in Bethlehem. The first four robberies during a stretch of mid-July were all at convenience stores and allegedly committed by a group of thrill-seeking teens, who were caught. The fifth was a brazen mid-day heist at a Main Street jewelry store and the suspects remain at large.
6. Ribbon Cut on New Sands Event Center.
7. 7 Arrested in Prostitution Sting at Sands.
8. Bethlehem Bakery Named One of World’s Ten Best.
9. 26-Year-Old Strip Club Worker Found Dead. Bethlehem Township police found heroin near Amy Soule’s nude body in a home along Country Club Road in December. The death was immediately ruled suspicious and the investigation has not been completed.