Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Lehigh County Coroner has identified the four people who died in an Emmaus apartment fire on Sunday.
Four people— three adults and a teenager—who died in a devastating apartment house fire Sunday in Emmaus have been positively identifed by the Lehigh County Coroner's office. All four died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries (burns). Coroners needed to use dental records and DNA to identify the badly burned bodies. The residents of 36-38 S. Fifth St. who died are: There's no word yet on what caused the fire, which is under investigation by the Emmaus Police and Fire departments, assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police—Troop M Fire Marshal Bureau and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office. Several residents, including five East Penn students, escaped the blaze. Gift cards are being collected to help the survivors replace their …
Monday, March 18, 2013
A fire that roared through an Emmaus apartment house Sunday has left four people dead and officials have not yet been able to confirm the identities of the victims.
Four people died in a fire Sunday that destroyed an Emmaus apartment house at 36-38 South Fifth Street. The Lehigh County Coroner's Office announced Monday that positive identification of the four victims will need to be made through scientific means: We are hoping to use dental records if they are available. If positive identification cannot be made through the use of dental comparisons, DNA testing will need to be performed. Coroner Scott Grim added: As soon as positive identification and notification to the families has been made, I will release their identities. The coroner's office along with Emmaus Police and Fire Departments are conducting the investigation with the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal. The fire …
A fire that roared through an Emmaus apartment house Sunday left four people dead and investigators searching for the cause of the blaze.
Investigators continue probing the cause of a ferocious fire that killed four people as it consumed an Emmaus duplex at 36-38 S. Fifth St. on Sunday. The Lehigh County Coroner will use dental records and maybe even DNA to positively identify the victims because their bodies were so badly burned. Related story: How to Help Survivors and Victim's Families Meanwhile, staff at McDonald's in Emmaus say the girlfriend of one of their co-workers is among the dead. "She was his world," the McDonald's manager said. Citing family members as sources, WFMZ is identifying the other victims as a mentally disabled mom—Melissa Twining—and her son, Montana, a 16-year-old East Penn School District student. The fourth victim, WFMZ says, is Melissa Twining's …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Lehigh County Coroner is trying to locate next of kin of a deceased Mertztown man.
The Lehigh County Coroner is seeking the public's help to locate next of kin of a Mertztown man who died recently. John Greis, 67, of 18 Woodlawn Trailer Park, died Feb. 22 at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Salisbury of natural causes. Mertztown is located just west of Lower Macungie Township in Berks County near Topton. The Lehigh County Coroner's Office can be contacted at 610-782-3426.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Linda J. Knauss, 65, of Orefield, died from complications caused by a gunshot wound during a robbery in Harrisburg 30 years ago, according to the Lehigh County Coroner's office.
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Wednesday, February 27
An Orefield woman's death last week was ruled a homicide from complications from a gunshot wound she suffered 30 years ago during an attempted robbery, according to the Lehigh County Coroner's office. The coroner's office launched an investigation into death of Linda J. Knauss, 65, 5268 Baldwin Lane, who died Feb. 18 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, after it got a cremation request from the funeral home. "Based on the cause of death listed, our office opened an investigation as the cause of death appeared to be trauma related," according to a news release issued Wednesday by the coroner's office. Chief Deputy Coroner Paul Hoffman said Knauss was admitted to the hospital for a "respiratory issue," and had apparently suffering from …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Gov. Tom Corbett joins local and regional officials to break ground on the new Cetronia Ambulance Corps Joint Operations Facility.
Gov. Tom Corbett helped break ground Thursday for a new Cetronia Joint Operations Facility near the Lehigh County Sports Fields in South Whitehall. The 68,000-square-foot facility -- formally known as the Cetronia Ambulance and Lehigh County Joint Operations and Medico-Legal Forensics Center -- will house Cetronia Ambulance’s fleet, a regional education center and the Lehigh County coroner's office. The communications center at Broadway and Parkway roads will bear the name of John E. Walson, the former head of Service Electric whose family donated $275,000 toward the project. Corbett said advocating for strong public services is an integral part of government. "This project gets at the very core functions of government as I see them, …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
An 88-year-old woman died Monday as a result of injuries from a fall in Upper Macungie
The Lehigh County Coroner says Marguerite Cratty, 88, of 90 North Broadway, North Versailles, Pa., died Monday at 434 Arrowhead Lane in Upper Macungie Township. She died from injuries sustained in a fall that occured Nov. 24, 2012 at the Upper Macungie residence. Her death has been ruled an accident. Falls are the leading cause of death from injuries for the elderly, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Falls can cause broken bones and even brain trauma. Here are 6 Things the Cause the Elderly to Fall from Agingcare.com. Last July, a local man fell while walking and died.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Identity of woman whose burning body was found in Salisbury Township was confirmed today through DNA testing, Lehigh County Coroner says.
The identity of a woman whose body was found burning last month in Salisbury Township was confirmed today through DNA testing, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. She is Jennifer Velez-Negron, 26, of Reading, Grim said. Investigators received clues after they released a detailed description of the body a day after it was found burning on Dec. 27 in a wooded residential area behind the Unami Fish and Game Association, 75 Chestnut Hill Road. Velez-Negron, who died from suffocation and thermal injuries, was burned beyond recognition but some distinguishing characteristics were discovered during the autopsy. One was a tattoo that said "Javi" on the right side of her neck. "However, this alone was not enough to make the positive …
Identity is still unknown of a woman burned alive Dec. 27 on Chestnut Hill Road in Salisbury Township.
The identity of Jane Doe, the woman found suffocated and burned to death Dec. 27 on a wooded residential road in Salisbury Township, could soon be confirmed, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. Grim said his office is waiting to get DNA results, which could be later this week or next. The coroner's office released the following description of the woman: She may have been wearing: Police continue to request any information from the public that might help them in the investigation, "no matter how insignificant it might seem," they said. Please contact Salisbury Township Police Sgt. Donald Sabo or Det. Kevin Kress at 610-797-1447 or call the department's tip line at 610-402-2400. Salisbury Police are working in cooperation with the…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Lehigh County coroner is trying to find the next of kin of an Allentown man who died Saturday
Anyone with information about the relatives of Raymond Rudd, Sr. -- a 52-year-old Allentown man who died Saturday -- is asked to contact the Lehigh County coroner's office at 610-782-3426. Rudd died at Sacred Heart Hospital. He lived at 122 N. 11th Street in Allentown. An autopsy was performed Monday but cause of death is pending results of toxicology tests, according to the coroner's office.