FROM OUR PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 26, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

The City of Bethlehem Bureau of Electrical Maintenance is seeing a tree donation to help decorate our beautiful city for Christmas.  Trees must 40-45 feet tall, and have a good shape on all sides (no holes).  Trees must be located within the City of Bethlehem or adjacent Townships.  If you have a tree that you would like to donate, please contact The Department of Public Works at (610) 865-7053 and they will follow up with you.  Thank you and have a nice day.

AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 24, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

The City of Bethlehem Police Department to Participate in Aggressive-Driving Enforcement Initiative

The City of Bethlehem Police Department will be joining the Pennsylvania State Police and over 330 municipal agencies to conduct the first targeted aggressive driving enforcement from Oct. 26 through Nov. 22, 2014.

Bethlehem Police will target Route 378, Route 191 (Linden Street) and any other roadway in Bethlehem.

As part of the Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project the first wave will aim to reduce the number of aggressive -driving related crashes, injuries and deaths on over 400 roadways throughout the State. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.

Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 53,587 aggressive-driving related citations, including 31,150 for speeding alone. Traffic Control Signal Signs was the second most-common offense, resulting in 5,011 citations. Additionally, the enforcement brought about 51 felony arrests, 145 DUI arrests and 179 drug-related arrests.

The aggressive driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Please visit www.justdrivePA.org for more information.

Media contact: Lt. Jeremy Alleshouse (610) 865-7155

BPD NEEDS YOUR HELP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 22, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On 10-13-14 the (2) males depicted in the photographs are captured on video surveillance stealing (7) money gram checks valued at $1,700.00 dollars from Envios Giraldo check cashing business located at 331 S. New street Bethlehem Pa, 18015. If anyone can identify the (2) actors depicted in the photograph contact Detective Moses Miller at 610-997-7674.

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THANK YOU STEFANO’S RESTAURANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 1, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Saturday, September 27th, Officer Holschwander with Raven and Officer Buskirk with Pharaoh, made an appearance at Stefano’s Restaurant at 2970 Linden Street to celebrate their 30th Anniversary of being open to serve the citizens of Bethlehem. Mr. and Mrs.  Lombardo, owners of Stefano’s Restaurant, graciously contributed $3,000.00 to the Mounted Patrol Unit Wish Fund.

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The members of the Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit, along with Mayor Robert Donchez, Chief Mark DiLuzio and the Police Department, would like to extend a “THANK YOU” to Stefano’s Restaurant for their generous donation and for their partnership with The Mounted Unit.  Stefano’s Restaurant joins our other generous Community Partners, Giving Club Members, and Adopt-A-Horse sponsors in helping the Mounted Patrol Unit minimize the impact of the operational costs on the city tax payers.

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Visit Stefano’s Restaurant at 2970 Linden St. for great food and company.

Thank you again.

Sincerely;

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

AGGRESSIVE DRIVING RESULTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

The Bethlehem Police Department has recently concluded an Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program.  The program began in the early spring and consisted of traffic enforcement on Route 378 in Bethlehem.  Enforcement was targeted against those drivers that exhibited aggressive driving behaviors.  Speeding, tailgating, and running red lights are some of the more common examples of aggressive driving.  Route 378 had been selected as the target of this enforcement due to the high numbers of vehicle crashes that were resulting in serious injuries, significant property damage, and occasional road closures.

To combat the problem, Bethlehem received a grant that funded 70 hours of traffic enforcement.  The Police Department contributed an additional 12 hours of un-funded enforcement and those combined hours were divided up over several days, throughout the spring and summer.  The hours of the individual enforcement details were scheduled to coincide with the statistically highest rates of crashes along that route.

By the conclusion of the program, 85 motorists were cited for speeding, 2 motorists were cited for driving with suspended licenses, 2 citations were issued for seatbelt violations, 2 more citations were issued for Following too closely (tailgating), 3 red-light citations were issued along with 11 other tickets for paperwork/ Inspections issues.  All drivers stopped during the program were also given an informational pamphlet on aggressive driving.

Effect:  Comparing crash data from March- September in 2013 to the same time frame in 2014, we saw a reduction in the number of reported crashes along Route 378.  In fact, crashes along that route were cut by almost 1/3  (30.77%).  Average speeds noted on earlier details were higher than those noted toward the end of the program.  (High 60’s to start reduced to high 50’s/low 60’s at the end)

Conclusion: This project, has aided in slowing down vehicle speeds on Route 378 in Bethlehem.  The slower speeds and safer driving have significantly reduced the number of crashes on that stretch of road.

Lt. Jeremy Alleshouse #272

Bethlehem Police Traffic Bureau

10 E. Church St.

Bethlehem, PA 18018

Department (610) 865-7187

Office (610) 865-7155

Fax (610) 865-2462

Jalleshouse@Bethlehem-pa.gov

ROBBERY SUSPECT ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On September  9, 2014, at 9:50 pm, Bethlehem Police Officers and Sands Security responded to a parking lot at the Sands Casino on a report of a robbery. Two individuals were robbed of (10) Apple I Phones that they were selling on Craigslist. The two victims had agreed to meet the potential buyers in the Sands Parking lot, a well lighted area. When they met the potential buyers, later identified as ASHARIF TRANSMORE and KHALFANI A. LASSITER, the victims were assaulted and robbed of the Apple I Phones.  ASHARIF TRANSMORE was struck by a vehicle when he fled the scene and is presently in Northampton County Prison on Robbery and related charges for his part in this robbery.

Bethlehem Police Detectives are now looking for KHALFANI A. LASSITER for his part in this robbery.

Khalfani Lassiter

Khalfani Lassiter

KHALFANI A. LASSITER is described as a Black Male, age 36, dark complexion, brown eyes, 5’10” in height, 185 lbs., black hair in long dreadlocks and a goatee. LASSITER resides in Allentown, Lehigh County.

If you have any information on this Robbery and/or the whereabouts of  KHALFANI A. LASSITER, please contact the City of Bethlehem Police Department at phone # 610-865-7187 and/or Det. Moses Miller at phone # 610-997-7674. Thank You

Mark A. DiLuzio,

Chief of Police

SEARCH WARRANT DRUG ARREST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On 12 September 2014 at 0700 hours, the Bethlehem Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, Special Operations Unit, and the Bethlehem Housing Authority Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at 1138 Dover Lane in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania 18017

1138 Dover Lane

1138 Dover Lane

This search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the Marvine/Pembroke Housing Development.  Upon entry into the residence, police found JOEL FANTAUZZI, age 32, in the bathroom attempting to flush drugs down the toilet. FANTAUZZI  resisted arrest. He was taken into custody.

The residence was searched and Police found 93 packets of heroin, 60 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, a scale, packaging material for controlled substances, and over $500.00 in cash.  The heroin recovered has a street value of $930.00. The cocaine  recovered has a street value of $6,000.00.

JOEL FANTAUZZI  was charged with three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Possession With the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Evidence and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.  FANTAUZZI  was arraigned before Northampton County District Justice Patricia Romig-Passaro and bail was set at $100,000.00. FANTAUZZI  was committed to Northampton County Prison.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed.

This investigation and arrest was the result of citizen and police cooperation. The Bethlehem Police Department will continue to cooperate and work with the public, and use all resources available in its efforts to investigate all drug and criminal complaints, and to arrest all individuals that sell drugs, and/or possess or use illegal firearms, or commit crimes of violence and other crimes, in the City of Bethlehem.

If you have any information on drug activity or any crime, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department Tip Line at 610-691-6660 or the Bethlehem Police Department 911 Center non-emergency line at 610-865-7187. You can remain anonymous. Your information may solve a crime, prevent a crime or save a life.

Thank You.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

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BPD vs. BFD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On September 11, 2014, at 6:00 PM, the City of Bethlehem Police Department and the City of Bethlehem Fire Department played their annual softball game. This softball game between the two public safety agencies was started 13 years ago by Deputy Police Commissioner Walt Diefenderfer and Fire Chief Robert Novatnack.

Since 911 in 2001, this game was moved to the date September 11th of each year to memorize the citizens, firefighters, EMS and police officers that perished on September 11, 2001, when terrorists murdered over three thousands Americans citizens in New York City at the Twin Towers, in Washington D.C. at the Pentagon, and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This is the 13th year.

This year’s softball game was attended by many retired members and active members of both Departments and their families. It was great to see so many past and present friends and associates. After going into extra endings, this year’s winner was the Police Department (14-10).  After eight years of bragging rights by the fire department, the bragging rights for the next year go to the police department.

On behalf of Chief Novatnack and I, we would like to thank everyone for attending the game. As time moves on and others forget, we can not and will not forget what occurred on September 11, 2001.

We can not and will not forget the lives changed forever and the lives lost by all. We can not and will not forget to pass onto future generations what occurred this date so that no one will ever forget this most horrid act of murder of innocent citizens and public safety personnel in U.S. History.

To All Retired Firefighters, EMS and Police Officers, Thank You for your Service.

WE Will Never Forget!

Sincerely;

Mark A. DiLuzio                                                            Robert Novatnack

Chief of Police                                                                Fire Chief

Mounted Officer and Horse Struck by Vehicle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 6:42 pm, a Bethlehem Police Mounted Officer and his horse, “George,” were struck by a motor vehicle in the area of High Street and North Street, in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County.

The Mounted Officer, Officer Michael Leaser, sustained some injures to his right leg and back. Officer Leaser, after making sure his partner “George” was being taken care of, was transported to St. Lukes Hospital where he was treated and later released. Officer Leaser sustained bruises and soreness, and will be back on duty in a few days.

“George” was struck on his right hind side by the oncoming vehicle. “George” was transported to the Bethlehem Police Stable Facility where Mounted Officer Jason Holschwander began treating “George” until the on call Vet arrived. “George” was examined by the Vet. It is believed that there are no broken bones or major damage. There was some swelling and tenderness. “George” was given an anti-inflammatory and other medication to assist in the healing process. “George” will be restricted to his stall for several days to relax and take his medication. The Vet believes that “George” will be back on duty in a few days.

The operator of the pick up truck that struck “George” will be charged with Careless Driving, Stop Sign Violation and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance.

We wish Officer Leaser and “George” a quick recovery.

As we all know, accidents do happen and sometimes there are injures. In this case, we are thankful that there were no serious injures to any anyone involved. As Chief, I would personally like to say Thank You to the Quakertown Veterinarian Clinic for their quick response to examine and treat “George,” City EMS, Moravian Police Officer Joseph Perno (Retired NYPD Mounted Officer), and Mounted Volunteers, who responded to assist us with treating “George.”

 

Thank You all again.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

Looking for Hit and Run Vehicle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On 07/19/2014 at approximately 1040hrs a full sized green Dodge Ram pick up truck pulled out of the parking lot of the Shell station in the 1900Blk of Stefko Blvd. The vehicle traveled across Stefko Blvd and into the path of a Motorcycle traveling North on Stefko Blvd. The operator of the motorcycle attempted to take evasive action but still ended up striking the passenger side rear of the Dodge pick up truck. The pick up truck pulled into the lot of the Classic Car Wash on Stefko Blvd and stopped. The driver looked back and then sped away east on Stanhope St.

Hit and Run Vehicle

Hit and Run Vehicle

Above is a picture of the vehicle that caused the crash and also the driver. The operator of the motorcycle was injured in the crash. This is an open hit and run investigation. Any one with information is asked to contact Officer Desiderio Badge #305 at 610-865-7187