Wednesday, January 9, 2013
At least two candidates plan to run for District Judge Gay Elwell's post, while an Easton attorney could announce her candidacy on Monday.
The race to fill Easton's vacant district judge seat could be a crowded one soon. Last week, city code enforcement officer Sharbel Koorie announced his candidacy for the position left open by the death of Judge Gay Elwell. On Friday, Lance Wheeler, a constable and former lead court officer in Northampton County, said he'll make his announcement January 15. And they could be facing a third opponent: Easton attorney Antonia Grifo has scheduled a news conference for Monday to "discuss the Magisterial District Judge position." Elwell, 54, died in December of natural causes. The county's retired district judges have been filling in until a new judge is elected or appointed.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
'Can't Fill These Shoes' invites people to create art from shoes to honor the late district judge.
When Easton District Judge Gay Elwell died last month, mourners at her funeral spoke of her connection to her family and friends, her fairness in the courtroom, and her love of art. There were also more than a few mentions of her shoes. The judge's trademark stilettos are the inspiration for Can't Fill These Shoes, an art show happening this weekend in her honor. Local artists have turned donated heels into works of art that are scheduled to go on display Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Easton Yoga building. Proceeds from the sale of the decorated stilettos will go to one of Elwell's favorite charities. You can also purchase one of the shoes Friday at ConneXions from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Code inspector seeking to become Easton's next district judge.
An Easton code inspector wants to be the city's next district judge. Sharbel Koorie says he is running for the seat left vacant earlier this month by the death of Judge Gay Elwell. He is set to make a formal announcement this morning at his home in the West Ward. "This job requires a person who is able to understand the issues before them and make judgments based on the facts presented in each case,” Koorie said in a statement. "I’ve lived it here. Our neighborhoods have had murders, shootings, accidents involving loss of life, thefts, fires, vandalism, graffiti, domestic violence, carjacking, and the list goes on. Growing up in this type of neighborhood, you really learn to understand how things work and why." Elwell, who had served as …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
City residents pay tribute to deceased district judge.
I've been doing news reporting in Easton for nearly 11 years now, but I'd only really gotten to know District Judge Gay Elwell in the last two. We'd both worked for The Morning Call as reporters in its Easton bureau, although she'd already been on the bench for five years by the time I came to town. I'd stop by her court during my newspaper days, but it was never with any consistency. Once I got this job, that changed, and her downtown Easton offices (first in Centre Square, then, oddly enough, inside the former Morning Call offices) became part of my normal routine. On Monday, when my friend Joe Frinzi called to give me the news that Elwell had been found dead, I had to pull my car over, mostly out of confusion. It seemed like a …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Longtime district judge and former newspaper reporter found dead in her home.
Longtime Easton District Judge Gay Elwell was found dead Monday at her home in the city. She was 54. County Coroner Zach Lysek said Elwell died at home on Monday. Elwell had served as distrist judge in downtown Easton since 1996. Prior to that, she had worked for several years as a reporter in The Morning Call's bureau in the city, and was a familiar face at the Northampton County courthouse, court Administrator James Onembo said. "Her understanding of the justice system made her a natural for the position," he said. "She was compassionate, but she could be tough." Elwell's office at 400 Northampton St. was closed Monday afternoon, although workers for other local district courts came to pay their respects. "Extremely saddened to learn of…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Philip Tone was 78 when the alleged child rape occurred at his home on College Hill.
A Forks Township man is facing trial for allegedly molesting an Easton boy in 2007. Philip Tone , 84, of 1006 Sullivan Trail was charged in April with two counts each of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The child in question was a boy who was in Tone's care. In a hearing before District Judge Gay Elwell Monday, that boy testified that Tone molested him in Tone's basement and bedroom on College Hill while he was staying there before and after CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes. The boy said Tone wouldn't talk about what they were doing, except for one time. "I remember once he said not to tell …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Starting today, District Judge Gay Elwell will hold court in a new office at 400 Northampton Street.
Starting this morning, Easton District Judge Gay Elwell has a new home. The judge and her staff have moved to new offices, in the first floor of the National Building at 400 Northampton Street. The actual move happened Thursday, but today is the first day the new office is open for business, at least for a few hours. (Due to the holiday, all county offices will close at noon today.) The suite in the National Building has been vacant since 2009, when the Morning Call closed its bureau in Easton. Elwell said the new space will give her staff more room to work. The building's owners constructed a new courtroom, and made other renovations. The judge had been in Centre Square since 1997. Before that, her court was on South Third Street, in the …