Laurie Mason Schroeder, The Morning Call

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Past articles by Laurie:

After rare retrial, Allentown man found guilty of murdering ex-girlfriend with golf club

A jury in November failed to reach a verdict after deliberating more than 25 hours, sparking a mistrial. On Friday, second jury deliberated less than two hours before finding an Allentown man guilty of fatally stabbing the mother of his children with a broken golf club. → Read More

Richland Township stabbing victim identified as New Jersey man

Authorities have identified the person allegedly stabbed to death and dumped in Richland Thursday. Two teen brothers from New Jersey have been charged in the killing, which was discovered by a state trooper patrolling the area. → Read More

Jury deliberating in Lower Milford homicide trial; case proves that ‘meth ruins brains,’ lawyer said

Prosecutors say Steven Oliemuller was high on methamphetamine and in a “rage” when he savagely beat Alexus Quay, his girlfriend of eight months. Prosecutors say Oliemuller then cleaned Quay’s body before calling 911 and attempting to stage an overdose scene. → Read More

Allentown man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of 18-year-old while trying to rob him of gun

Jamett Rivera, 22, pleaded guilty before Lehigh County Judge Douglas G. Reichley to third-degree murder and robbery. → Read More

Lehigh Valley under flood advisory

Some parts of the area have already seen an inch of rain today, meteorologists said, and a half-inch to an inch could fall in the next hour. A thunderstorm warning is also in effect until 2:30. → Read More

Lehigh County Jail to welcome back visitors next week, furloughed Northampton County inmates ordered to return

With vaccination rates up and new infections down, the Lehigh County Jail next week will allow inmates to visit with family and friends for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Visits will remain virtual for the time being in Northampton County, officials said, but the jail’s work release program is set to restart in July. → Read More

Jury trials are restarting in Lehigh County, and there’s a greater chance you’ll be called. Here’s what you need to know

If you live in Lehigh County, there’s a greater chance than usual that you’ll be called for jury duty this summer. Court officials have sent out 50% more jurors summonses than usual, and there are dozens of cases, including some high profile homicides, scheduled for trial. → Read More

Family and friends remember teen shot by hunter at Lake Nockamixon, say safer hunting rules should be his legacy

At a lakeside memorial Sunday at Nockamixon State Park, dozens of people remembered Jason Kutt, who was fatally shot while watching the sunset last year at the park. → Read More

3 found dead at South Bethlehem hotel amid signs of drug use, authorities say

Three people were found dead in a room by police conducting a welfare check, police say. → Read More

Lehigh County judge race narrowing from nine to six as lawyers hope to fill seats at the county courthouse

The crowded race for Lehigh County judge appeared to be getting only slightly less crowded as Lehigh County continued to count primary election votes → Read More

Crowded field of Lehigh County judge candidates to be narrowed Tuesday. Here’s who bar association recommends.

Voters will choose three new Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas judges this year, and Tuesday’s primary will narrow the crowded field of nine attorneys vying for the post. The winners will join a bench saddled with an unprecedented jury trial backlog at the courthouse in Allentown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Allentown man charged with vehicular homicide in New Year’s Day crash that killed mother and child

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed additional charges against an Allentown man accused of fleeing the scene of a New Year’s Day crash that killed a woman and her 1-year-old child and left two other people with serious injuries. → Read More

Allentown diocese announces reassignments

The new positions are designed to meet the needs of worshippers at the diocese’s 80 parishes, as well as fulfilling pastoral needs at college campuses, hospitals, and high schools, Bishop Alfred Schlert said in a statement. → Read More

County jail inmates across the Lehigh Valley to be vaccinated against COVID next week

So far, about 100 Northampton County inmates and five staffers have signed up for the voluntary May 12 vaccine clinic. Lehigh County Jail inmates and staff will get their chance at a shot on May 14. → Read More

In push to eliminate cash bail in Pennsylvania, advocates point to New Jersey

The Lehigh Valley Justice Institute is pushing for a number of reforms, including forcing magisterial district judges — who set bail amounts — to document their decision process when denying or granting defendants’ release after arrest. → Read More

Defense wants jury to consider Holly Grim suspect in Lower Macungie mom Stephanie Roof killing

Defense attorneys for Lower Macungie resident Josef Raszler, who is accused of killing his neighbor, Stephanie Roof, in 2016, want jurors to consider a different suspect, Michael Horvath, who is awaiting trial for the kidnapping and murder of another Lower Macungie woman, Holly Grim. → Read More

‘He had a look of blackness in his eyes’: Self defense claim eyed in fatal Bethlehem Township neighbor dispute

Joshua Leone’s attorney, Robert Goldman, called the killing “a classic case of self defense” and asked that homicide charges against his client be thrown out. A judge disagreed, and held Leone for trial. → Read More

Teen charged with making threats of violence and explosives on Safe2Say app that closed Quakertown schools

Quakertown police charged the juvenile Friday, following an investigation into several threats that came through the Safe2Say app since January. Two threats in March mentioned violence and explosives, forcing officials to close Strayer Middle School and Quakertown Community High School while officers and bomb-sniffing dogs searched the grounds. → Read More

Judge signals he won’t allow dog sex charges in trial of Berks mom Lisa Snyder, accused of hanging her children

Berks County President Judge Paul Yatron said he could not envision a reason for a jury to hear about the salacious allegations that wasn’t prejudicial. Lisa Snyder is accused of fatally hanging her two children and could face the death penalty if convicted. → Read More

Man who lost part of leg in Northampton County cement plant accident files lawsuit

A former employee of a Nazareth cement plant has filed a lawsuit over a 2019 workplace accident that resulted in his leg being partially amputated. → Read More