Pip the mouse was victimized over the weekend by a car highjacking and possible sexual assault. Although Allentown police chief Charles Roca confirmed the carjacking, he declined to comment on the assault. Mayor Tuerk said that he/she and his/her administration wish Pip a speedy recovery.
City council-person Ce-Ce Gerlach told this blog that she expects to be called about it by the Morning Call today (Tuesday), because the paper no longer works over the weekend. Ce-Ce is a Morning Call Go-To person. Council-person Joshua Siegel said that he still favors defunding the police, and diverting money to Hasshan Batts, who promises better neighborhoods.
It has been a rough week for Pip. His home at Zion Church is up for sale. Apparently, none of the thousands of new residents of the Strata complexes have joined the congregation, which can no longer afford to maintain their historic church. Plans are under way to relocate Allentown's Liberty Bell to the former Shula's Steakhouse on the Arts Walk. Building owner J.B. Reilly said that although the restaurant operator changes frequently, the bell should be secure there.
photo of people watching Pip perform in more innocent times