Machete-Wielding Suspects Found Near High School

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    A man is injured after being slashed with a machete.

    Authorities investigating reports that rival gangs were planning to fight near an eastern Pennsylvania high school last week say they found machetes on two suspects.

    Allentown police tell The (Easton) Express-Times that a number of fights have occurred at or near William Allen High School after dismissal in recent weeks.

    Police said officers learned that several rival gangs were planning to meet near the school Friday, and officers dispersed a large group of people shortly after 1:30 p.m. Friday.

    A little while later, officers saw the same group together again and stopped them, finding 14-inch machetes hidden in the pants legs of two 18-year-olds.

    Police said machete-type knives have been used in many of the fights. The two suspects, who aren't students, were charged with weapons possession.