Thursday, April 4, 2013
Prosecutors file notice that they will seek capital punishment for Rene Figueroa, who is accused of killing Yolanda Morales outside Puerto Rican Beneficial Society in December.
Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty for an Allentown man charged with killing a Bethlehem woman outside of the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society in December. A “notice of aggravating circumstances” was filed in Northampton County Court on Thursday, putting Rene Figueroa’s attorney on notice that the death penalty will be sought if he is convicted of first-degree homicide, said District Attorney John Morganelli. According to Bethlehem police, Figueroa, 32, shot 23-year-old Yolanda Morales to death during a bloody gun battle on E. Third Street that erupted as the club emptied after 2 a.m. on Dec. 2. One of the “aggravating circumstances” detailed in the notice filed Thursday by Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck is the allegation …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Former Bethlehem Mayor Gordon Mowrer asks that charges against grandson, accused of stealing from him, be dropped. Northampton County DA complies.
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Thursday, January 24
The Northampton County district attorney has dropped charges against a 20-year-old Hanover Township man at the urging of his alleged victim and grandfather, former Bethlehem Mayor Gordon Mowrer, according to published reports. Forest G. Huron was accused of stealing his grandfather’s ATM card and using it to withdraw $1,250 in cash over a series of transactions made at a Wawa convenience store teller machine last spring. Northampton County DA John Morganelli told The Express-Times that he honored Mowrer’s written request to drop the charges against Huron. Mowrer told The Morning Call that he “noticed a change” in his grandson. “Everyone deserves a second chance,” he told the newspaper. Huron was charged with access device fraud, a third-…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
District Attorney says money seized from drug sales has helped Bethlehem police and Northampton Community College forensics lab.
In the last year, drug dealers in Bethlehem helped fund the the city's police, police in the Bethlehem Area School District and the forensics lab at Northampton Community College. Of course, they never intended to do that. But when police seized the proceeds from their drug sales, that money went to Northampton County's drug forfeiture and seizure program, which collected more than $156,000 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. "We want to make sure drug use and drug dealing in Northampton County is very unprofitable," District Attorney John Morganelli said Tuesday at a news conference announcing the seizures. Under state law, prosecutors can seize money, cars, real estate and other property that's either used to facilitate the sale of illegal …