Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says he is considering a run for lieutenant governor.
PoliticsPa reports that Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is considering a run for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania in 2014. Morganelli -- who was the Democratic nominee for attorney general in 2008 -- told PoliticsPa that he still has a "solid" statewide campaign organization in place and $260,000 of campaign money. According to his website: Morganelli was elected district attorney in 1991 at the age of 35. He was re-elected in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011. He served as president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys' Association 1999-2000. So what do you think? Should Morganelli run for lieutenant governor? Tell us in the comments section below.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Francisco Miranda—one of Pennsylvania's most wanted—has been arrested for a fatal stabbing that happened in 1994.
BETHLEHEM, PA -- For nearly two decades, Francisco Miranda was on the run. In 1994, Bethlehem police idenitfied him as their chief suspect in the death of Jorge Valazquez, who was stabbed in the heart in a parking lot near Aaron Street. Then Miranda vanished, spending 18 years on Pennsylvania's Most Wanted list. Until last week, that is, when police took Miranda—who had been living in the Dominican Republic—into custody. That's according to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, who announced Miranda's arrest at a news conference Monday morning. He said he and police are confident Miranda can still be tried. "We believe that even though time has passed and this case is essentially 20 years old...we believe this case can …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
An alleged serial rapist has been charged in two more attacks involving teenage girls who were pregnant, according to Northampton County DA John Morganelli
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Friday, February 8, 2013
Northampton County DA John Morganelli is seeking victims of a 'serial rapist'
A Bethlehem man who allegedly blamed his sex addiction for the rape of two teens he met on Facebook may be implicated in three more cases, according to a WFMZ report. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said this week that David Martinez, 20, may have more victims, based on police interviews with Martinez. Since Morganelli's announcement, at least three girls have come forward. Their claims are being investigated. He asked anyone who thinks they were victimized by Martinez to call Bethlehem Police Det. Moses Miller at 610-997-7674 or the DA's office at 610-559-3020. "We do consider him [Martinez] a person of danger and a serial rapist," Morganelli said in a news conference Wednesday. Martinez -- who is in Northampton …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Northampton County DA says David Martinez, accused of raping two teens he met on Facebook, may have more victims.
A Bethlehem man who allegedly blamed his sex addiction for the rape of two teens he met on Facebook may have other victims, Northampton County's District Attorney said Wednesday. John Morganelli says police interviews with 20-year-old David Martinez suggest he met and sexually assaulted other girls. As he prepares to prosecute the case, he's hoping to hear from other young women who were targeted by Martinez. "We do consider him a person of danger and a serial rapist," Morganelli told reporters at a news conference at his office. Martinez -- who is in Northampton County Prison on $100,000 bail -- allegedly raped one of the girls last February and the other last September. He raped the girls – one was 14, the other 17 -- on the couch inside…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
A Williams Township man died as a result of self-inflicted hammer blows to his head, officials have determined
Michael Muretta struggled for years with mental illness. His struggle reached a horrific end last August when the 47-year-old Williams Township man struck himself in the head with a hammer, causing fatal injuries. That was the conclusion reached by investigators looking into Muretta's death, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Thursday. At a news conference at his office, Morganelli told reporters that Muretta's history --combined with physical evidence at his home and no evidence of anyone who wished him harm -- will lead the coroner to rule his death a suicide. It's not clear whether Murettta intended to kill himself. The hammer blows may have been a response to the symptoms of the schizophrenia Muretta suffered …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Northampton County District Attorney John M. Morganelli says case closed on Garrett Reid heroin overdose case.
The case on Garrett Reid's death is closed. Northampton County District Attorney John M. Morganelli said in a press conference Monday afternoon that Lehigh University and his office have closed the investigation into the death of the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid on Aug. 5. Speaking of Garrett Reid, who died of an accidental heroin overdose in his dorm at Eagles training camp at Lehigh University, Morganelli said his office could not determine whether the heroin that killed Reid was obtained in Northampton County or the Lehigh Valley or whether he had brought it to training camp with him. Morganelli said when Reid, 29, died, he was in possession of 64 needles, 47 syringes and 19 vials of an unknown liquid that was later…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Northampton County District Attorney John M. Morganelli reveals that vials found with Garrett Reid when he died were steroids.
Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, had a large amount of steroids in his room when he died of an accidental heroin overdose this summer. Northampton County District Attorney John M. Morganelli said at a press conference Monday afternoon that Reid, 29, was in possession of vials that contained performance-enhancing steroids. Morganelli said the vials contained four types of anabolic steroids that increase testosterone and build muscles. Reid was working with the Eagles' strength and conditioning team, but Morganelli could not determine whether Reid used the steroids personally or was supplying others. "I have no evidence there was any distribution occurring," Morganelli said. Reid died on Aug. 5 in his dorm…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Yolanda Morales, 23, followed confrontation out onto E. Third Street before she was hit by gunshot. Police trying to sort out who is responsible for Bethlehem woman's death.
A chaotic and deadly gun battle on E. Third Street apparently began with a minor confrontation between two groups of people who did not know each other before Saturday night, according to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli. By the time it ended, about 30 bullets had been fired, a young woman was dead and five men were wounded – one perhaps seriously enough to be paralyzed, according to the DA, who held a news conference Monday to explain what law enforcement knows about the shootout outside of the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society that claimed the life of Yolanda Morales. Morales, 23, of 1249 Randolf Road, Bethlehem, died of a gunshot wound to her body, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, who ruled the …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Northampton County District Attorney's Office files theft charges against former county Solicitor Anthony J. Martino.
Former Northampton County Solicitor Anthony J. Martino faces charges after a grand jury concluded that he committed thefts and theft-related offenses while working as an attorney in Bangor. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli held a press conference Monday morning to announce the grand jury results regarding Martino, who faces charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, forgery and misapplication of entrusted property. According to a criminal complaint obtained by Patch.com, Martino -- working for a law firm in Bangor -- was named executor of the estate of John L. Farace, who died March 3, 2008. Farace's …