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

Parking Garage Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 2224 hours (10:24 PM), Bethlehem Police received a call from  Sands Casino Security about 2 small children, a 3 year old female and a 5 year old female, being locked in a car unattended by any adults. The vehicle was in the Sands Parking garage.

While investigating the incident several loud speaker announcements were made inside of the Sands Casino and no one responded.  At approximately 2305 hours (1105 PM),  the owner of the vehicle, a VAYLON WONG, of 7616 18th Ave, Apt. 2B, Brooklyn, New York 11214, was located.

WONG, age 47, stated he owned the tan/gold Lexus LX400 bearing NY # GRJ-9618, and he left the children unattended in the vehicle. WONG stated that the children were not his, and that they belong to his neighbor. He then stated he helps care for them. When the 2 children saw WONG, they referred to him as “daddy.”  WONG has the same last name as the children.  WONG became uncooperative and would not tell us where or who the mother is.

The two children were cared for at the scene by Sands Casino Security until Northampton County Children and Youth arrived. The two children are presently in the custody of Northampton County Children and Youth. This incident is still under investigation by Bethlehem Police. Children and Youth are also investigation.

WONG was arrested on criminal charges of (2) Counts Endangering the Welfare of Children and (2) Counts Recklessly Endangering Another Prison. Bail was set at $20,000.00 and he was committed to Northampton County Prison. The prosecution of this individual will be handled by the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office.

Sands Casino, Sands Casino Security and the City of Bethlehem Police Department, will continue to respond to, and investigate, any and all calls concerning small children being left unattended in any type of vehicle at the Sands Casino Complex. There is no safe and acceptable reason, in today’s world, to leave small children unattended in any locked vehicle, at any time, at any location.   

 

Thank You.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police   

SIGNIFICANT SEIZURE OF COCAINE AND OTHER DRUGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 14, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On August 13, 2014, the Bethlehem Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration Allentown Resident Office and the Allentown Police Department Vice and Intelligence Unit, conducted an operation that targeted a high level, Bethlehem based cocaine trafficker.  Acting on an investigative lead, detectives conducted surveillance on Carmelo Sanchez-Agosto (Age 34) of the 1100 Block of East Fourth Street.  Detectives were able to make significant observations that led to the arrest of Sanchez-Agosto for the felony delivery of cocaine.  1,211 dollars was seized from Sanchez-Agosto at the time of his arrest.  Those observations additionally led to the issuance of two search warrants.  The first search warrant was for Sanchez-Agosto’s home at 1115 East Fourth Street.  

1115 E 4th St

1115 E 4th St

The second search warrant was for Sanchez-Agosto’s business, which was a garage at 1512 East Sixth Street. 

1512 E 6th St

1512 E 6th St

At approximately 2130 hours, both search warrants were served.  The search of the garage at 1512 East Sixth Street produced the following:

  • 1,028 grams of cocaine, which is just over one kilogram. A kilogram of cocaine can be purchased wholesale for approximately 38,000 dollars.  The same amount of cocaine can be sold on the street for approximately 55,000 dollars. 
  • 16 grams of loose heroin. Once packaged, this amount of heroin is worth a street value of approximately 4,800 dollars.
  • 320 grams of marijuana. Once packaged, this amount of marijuana is worth a street value of approximately 2,000 dollars.
  • 69 Oxycodone pills, which is worth a street value of approximately 1,380 dollars.
  • Packaging material for the above drugs including two scales, 500 unused glassine heroin bags, several bottles of cutter material, hundreds of sandwich bags and Ziploc bags, spoons, strainer and a heat sealer.

     Sanchez-Agosto was charged with one count of deliver of cocaine, three counts of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, heroin and marijuana), three counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance (cocaine, heroin and marijuana) and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Sanchez-Agosto was arraigned before on duty Northampton County District Justice Jackie Taschner.  Bail was set at 2,000,000 dollars and Sanchez-Agosto was committed to Northampton County Prison.

    This drug arrest was the result of joint police cooperation, and an excellent police investigation. I would like to personally thank Agents from the DEA, Detectives from the Allentown Police Vice and Intelligence Unit and Detectives from the Bethlehem Police Department Special Operations Unit, for a fine piece of police work that lead to the arrest of a significant drug trafficker. Keep up the great work. 

     The Bethlehem Police Department will continue to work with and cooperate in every way with federal, state, county and local law enforcement in joint investigations, 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 any crime in the city of Bethlehem, please contact Bethlehem City Police via our 911 Communication Center at 610-865-7187.

 

 

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ARREST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 14, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

     On August 13, 2014, at approximately 6:30pm, the Bethlehem Police Department’s Vice Unit, Street Crimes Unit and Bethlehem Housing Authority Unit served a search warrant at 1307 East Fourth Street, second floor apartment, the home of an Alexander Acevedo (age 36). 

1307 E. 4th St 2nd Floor

1307 E. 4th St 2nd Floor

This search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into heroin dealing in the City of Bethlehem.  A search was conducted of 1307 East Fourth Street, second floor, and police located the following items.  Seven and a half bundles of heroin (75 bags) worth a street value of 750 dollars, 275 dollars, a scale and packaging material.  Acevedo was charged with possession and possession with the intent to deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Acevedo was arraigned in front of Northampton County on-duty District Justice Jackie Taschner and bail was set at 500,000 dollars.  Acevedo was committed to Northampton County Prison.

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