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69 News Week in Review

By Kevin Lechiski, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 25 2012 12:39:11 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 25 2012 05:52:01 PM CST

Week in Review

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

It's time to take a look back at the stories making headlines this week in the 69 News Week in Review.

On Monday, in what one neighbor described as "sick,"  a skinned animal believed to be a dog was discovered alongside a remote stretch of Route 863 near Lynnport, Lehigh County.

The animal, which authorities believe may have been cooked, was completely skinned with its feet cut off. One leg had a rope tied behind it.

Authorities are trying to determine if it is a case of animal cruelty or remains left behind by a hunter.

The Humane Society has sent DNA and hair samples to a lab for testing.

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Does Allentown have enough firefighters to keep you safe?

On Tuesday, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowksi's budget proposal to cutback fire department staffing came under fire.

Fire department members claim the proposed cutbacks would result in the department needing longer to respond to calls in about one-third of the city.

Under the mayor's budget, only 25 firefighters would be on staff at any given time, for a total of 125. That's 20 fewer than last year.

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Father, daughter killed in Forks Township crash

On Wednesday, the Forks Township community mourned the loss of a father and his six-year-old daughter who were killed as a result of a crash less than a block from their home.

Police said 47-year-old Charles Eberharter was killed when he lost control of his car and slammed into a tree on Paxinosa Road on Tuesday. His six-year-old daughter Juliana was in the back seat.

Shocked neighbors performed CPR on the young girl. The father died at the scene and the girl later died at a hospital.

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Early start for Black Friday

On Thanksgiving Thursday, thousands of people throughout the region got an early start on Black Friday shopping.

On Thursday night, lines at area stores were long, as shoppers searched for door buster deals on items such as televisions, tablets and computers.

Some customers who took advantage of Thanksgiving store hours said they did not plan to be back for deals at four in the morning on Black Friday.

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DJ shot to death in Easton

On Friday, a DJ from Easton was murdered, police said.

Officials said 43-year-old Ervin Holton was shot multiple times on the 100 block of West Saint Joseph Street in the city's south side. It happened shortly before 6 p.m. Friday night.

Police are looking for two suspects who got away in a vehicle that's being described as a black or dark colored Honda Odyssey.

Investigators say they believe the victim knew the two shooters.

An investigation is on-going.