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Year's first homicide probed in Allentown

Published January 09. 2012 05:04PM

Allentown police say they are investigating the eastern Pennsylvania city's first homicide of the year.

Police say a man's body was found on the sidewalk in front of a food store in the center of the city after gunshots were reported shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Lehigh County coroner Scott Grim said the victim had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are trying to identify him.

Detectives from the county district attorney's office were interviewing witnesses later in the day. District Attorney Jim Martin said no arrest had been made.

Last year, it took six months for the city to record its first homicide.

Vehicular homicide

trial in Northampton

In a separate case in the Lehigh Valley, the vehicular homicide trial was set to begin today in Northampton County Court for a Pennsylvania man accused of causing a crash that killed three people nearly two years ago.

Authorities say Anthony Bruno, 27, was driving drunk and ran a red light, causing the January 2010 crash that left three people dead in Bethlehem Township.

Investigators say Bruno had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit for drivers.

Twenty-two-year-old Chad Horne, of Freehold, N.J., 52-year-old Robin Villegas of Staten Island, N.Y., and 43-year-old Terri Buskirk, of Bethlehem, died in the collision.

Bruno's attorney has argued that video of Bruno stumbling and vomiting at a bar before the crash should be excluded from the case.

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