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Lehigh County Man Arrested For Murder After 5 Hour Standoff

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say a man taken into custody after a five-hour standoff has been charged with criminal homicide.

Forty-five-year-old William Ward of Bethlehem was also charged Friday night with aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest.

Authorities in Lehigh County have not released the name of the victim or provided any details about the homicide.

Officers were called to the house at about 10:50 a.m. Friday to check on the welfare of a woman. At about 4 p.m. Friday, officers rushed inside and took Ward into custody.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said the victim was a woman but declined to release other details.

Ward is being held in Lehigh County Prison without bail; it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

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