2014 POLICE GUIDE TO MUSIKFEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 30, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

A Message from Bethlehem Police on Musikfest 2014

It’s that time of year again. Musikfest 2014 is about to open within the week. Every year Musikfest brings in 850,000 to 1,000,000 people to the City of Bethlehem to partake in “America’s Largest Outdoor Music Festival.”

Musikfest encompasses two large areas of the City; on the south side by Steel Stacks and on the north side along the downtown Main Street area and the Monocacy Creek, Johnston Park area.

Bethlehem Police Officers, Firefighters and EMS will be assigned to all areas of Musikfest to help you. Police Officers will be on foot, on bicycles, in vehicles, on motorcycles and on horseback. If you have a problem, they are there to assist you. Muiskfest personnel are also on hand to assist you. And remember, if you have an emergency, dial 911 on your cell phone and we will respond to your emergency.

Every year, arrests do happen at Musikfest. Needless to say, your behavior has to stand out from the crowd in order for you to be arrested during the festival. That being said, we would appreciate your cooperation. We want everyone to enjoy themselves and have a good time, right up to the point when it is time to go home. All we are asking for is your cooperation so that your visit to Musikfest is remembered as a safe and enjoyable experience.

Alcohol Policy:

There is an Open Container Ordinance in the City of Bethlehem which prohibits people from carrying an open container of alcohol in a public place.  This ordinance is not in effect at a location for which a special occasion permit has been issued by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Musikfest).  The permitted area only encompasses the actual Musikfest areas on the north side and the south side. We understand that people like to walk in between the Musikfest locations.

While the current laws do not allow for anyone to carry an open container of alcohol outside of the Musikfest venues, we suggest that you finish your beer at the Musikfest location you are visiting before traveling to your next location. The best piece of advice  to offer is this: If you and your friends are peacefully walking down the street between Musikfest locations drinking from your Musikfest Mugs, no problem.  If you are walking down a city street drinking a bottle of Beer or a fifth of Whiskey, screaming at people, jumping out into traffic, drawing attention to yourself and others, you can expect a visit from one of our Officers.  In short, if your behavior doesn’t attract our attention in a negative fashion, you will most likely be OK.

Last year there was much consternation about whether you could walk across the Fahy Bridge with a Musikfest mug, since it is technically outside of the Musikfest area.  Out of the hundreds of people who did so, not one was stopped or arrested by the police. It’s simple, just remember drink and act responsibly.

Some people will refill their Musikfest mug with beer or a malt beverage inside one of the area establishments and leave to attend the festivities at Musikfest.  PA Liquor Control Enforcement laws prohibit anyone from leaving an establishment with liquor or wine. That is State Law.

Behavior Policy:

Out of the arrests made last year, the most frequently cited section was Disorderly Conduct.  This is primarily used for people who are disturbing the peace, physically fighting, yelling obscenities towards others, and creating problems.  The type of behavior will not be tolerated and will result in your arrest.

The next type of arrest is for Underage Drinking. This violation will always result in your arrest and removal from the festival.  Despite how old you think you look, you look really young to us and probably don’t have much of an ability to behave properly after drinking.  We know the backpack trick, the water bottle trick, and quite a few others.  This one is very simple, if you are under 21, don’t drink at Musikfest, or anywhere else in the City of Bethlehem.

Public Drunkenness is another type of arrest made at Musikfest. This is usually for people who are passed out, vomiting, or who can barely walk.  Again, if you behave in a manner that does not attract our attention in a negative way, or are creating a hazard to yourself or others, you will most likely be OK.  If you become intoxicated,  have a friend quietly walk or get you home.

Driving Under the Influence – DUI.  These arrests occur all year in Bethlehem and throughout the Lehigh Valley. We understand, it’s Summer. It’s Hot. You just got done with a hard day at work and you and your friend come to Musikfest. Those cold beers go down very easy. We understand that people are going to consume alcoholic beverages. All we ask is that you drink responsibly. Don’t risk your life and the lives of others by driving drunk. Its not worth it. Call a friend, Take a taxi. Walk home. Please do not hurt yourself or your family or anyone else or their family by driving drunk. Be responsible. Please do not drink and drive.

Transportation and Parking:

Parking fines are increased during the festival because the year-round residents of Bethlehem were subject to some of the more bizarre parking behaviors ever seen.  In the years before the increased fines, we had people parking in other people’s driveways, front lawns and sidewalks. Please be considerate of others when you chose a parking space. If you are coming from out of the area, the best solution is to use one of the Musikfest Satellite Parking areas.  If you are in town, the Bethlehem Parking Authority has many lots that are available and convenient.  In short, there are many close, convenient, secure places to park your car.  Again please be considerate. If you are not, you will get ticketed and possibly towed.

A Final note, on behalf of the City of Bethlehem Police Department and all its Officers and 911 Staff working Musikfest, We hope you have a great  time at Musikfest. There are many acts and shows for you and your friends and families to enjoy.

Please drink and act responsibly. Enjoy yourself and be safe.

Thank You in advance for your Cooperation.

Sincerely,

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

City of Bethlehem

 

 

ROBBERY ARREST ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 30, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

 

On July 30, 2014, the City of Bethlehem Police Department arrested a 15 year old JUVENILE for Robbery, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Harassment. The JUVENILE is presently being held in Northampton County Juvenile Detention on those charges.

At 0005 hours, the JUVENILE assaulted and attempted to rob a male victim, age 36, who was walking home from work. This occurred at the intersection of New Street and Union Blvd.

The JUVENILE walked past the victim and asked for a lighter. The victim replied he had none and continued walking. A short time later, the JUVENILE assaulted the victim from behind, knocking the victim to the ground where he attempted to remove the victim’s wallet and cell phone. The victim attempted to fight back. The victim suffered minor injures.

An off-duty Pennsylvania State Police Trooper, Trooper Louis Rosenthal, was jogging in the area and observed what was happening. The Trooper ran over to aid the victim. The JUVENILE got off the victim and fled. The off-duty Trooper chased that JUVENILE a short distance and lost him.

Bethlehem Police Officers arrived in the area and set up a perimeter around the area where the Trooper lost the JUVENILE. Officers observed some broken wood fence parts and found the JUVENILE hiding under the rear deck of a home in the unit block of West Garrison Street. The JUVENILE was taken into custody without incident at this location and identified.

The JUVENILE, who is 15 years old, is currently being held in Northampton County Juvenile Detention facing Court action. The investigation by City Detectives is active and ongoing with the possibility of additional charges, relative to other incidents, being filed at a later time.

Trooper Rosenthal’s assistance and cooperation in this crime was outstanding. The Trooper was off duty and out jogging. The Trooper saw a crime being committed and immediately intervened thus stopping the assault and robbery of a citizen, and stopping the possibility of serious bodily injury to that citizen. With the Trooper’s assistance and cooperation, a robbery suspect was apprehended by Police. Thank You.

 

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

 

MORTON ST SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ARRESTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 11, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Friday, 11 July 2014, at approximately 0608 hours, members of the Bethlehem Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, Vice Unit and Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at 715 East Morton Street.

715 E MORTON ST

715 E MORTON ST

The search warrant was the result of an investigation into drug dealing and other criminal activity in and around the Yosko Park area. Yosko Park is a popular summer time destination spot for teenagers and young children and is located just one block away from the 700 Block of East Morton Street. Seized as a result of the search warrant were seven grams of crack cocaine, four handguns, 5,800 dollars, a digital scale and packaging materials.

Arrested in the residence were Rowan “Gorilla” Sinclar (age 24) and Akeem “Jamaica” Scott (age 24), both of 715 East Morton Street. Sinclar and Scott were charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession with the intent to deliver crack cocaine, criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana. Both actors were arraigned before District Justice Elizabeth Romig and bail set at 75,000 dollars each. Both were committed to Northampton County Prison.

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ASSAULT ARREST ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 7, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Monday, July 7, 2014, Officer Michael Buckley and Officer Michael Karavoulias went to 710 Wyandotte Street, Apt. # 2, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Northampton County. The purpose of the Officers going there was to serve an active arrest warrant on a ROBERT LUKE GROSSET, age 24, of that address. GROSSET was wanted by Officer Buckley on drug charges (Heroin Possession) relative to a June 3, 2014 incident in south Bethlehem.

Officer Buckley knocked on the apartment door and GROSSET answered the door by opening it. GROSSET immediately slammed the apartment door into the Officer’s face and arm, causing the front window glass pane in the door to shatter on Officer Buckely, cutting into the Officer’s right arm.

Officer Buckley sustained a large laceration, approximately seven inches in length, and other damage to his arm. Officer Buckley was transported to St. Lukes Hospital in Fountain Hill where he was admitted and is undergoing surgery to repair his right arm.

GOSSET was taken into custody after fleeing back into his apartment by Officer Buckley and Officer Karavoulias. GROSSET was arraigned by Senior Judge Elizabeth Romig, sitting for Judge Nancy Matos, on Charges of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Escape. GROSSET was committed to Northampton County Prison pending court action.

Thank You,

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

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SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO MULTIPLE ARRESTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 6, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Thursday, 03 July 2014 at 1744 hours, members of the Bethlehem Police Department’s Vice Unit, Street Crimes Unit and Emergency Response Team served a search warrant at 319 State Street on the City’s southside.

State St

The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation into heroin dealing in the 300 Block of State Street. The investigation was initiated by citizen complaints of drug dealing and suspicious behavior at that address.

Seized at 319 State Street were 270 bags of heroin, worth a street value of 2,700 dollars, a digital scale, packaging materials, a pellet gun and approximately 1,000 dollars in cash.

Arrested was a Pedro Hornedo-Espinal (age 24) of 1027 Mechanic Street, an Albert Flores (age 30) of 303 State Street and a Jonathan Manuel Hidalgo (age 18) of 319 State Street. All three defendants were charged with possession of heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy of possession with the intent to deliver heroin. The defendants were arraigned in front of on-duty Northampton County District Justice John Capobianco and bail set at 15,000 dollars each. The defendants were unable to make bail and were committed to Northampton County Prison. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.

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Lehigh Valley Officers Recognized For Traffic Enforcement Efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 3, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, the Lehigh Valley DUI / Traffic Safety Task Force awarded several Police officers in the Lehigh Valley with Top Gun Awards for Traffic Safety Enforcement.

Congratulations to all the Officer and Troopers who excelled in their respected duties. Well Done and Thank You for your service.

Group photo of Top Gun Award winners.  (left to right)   Patrolman Craig Berger, Allentown City PD, Top Gun DUI – Cities   Officer Michael Manfredo, Bethlehem City PD, Top  Gun Traffic Citations – Cities   Patrolman Jonathan Itterly, Freemansburg PD, Top Gun DUI – Boroughs   Patrolman James Fritts, Wilson PD, Top Gun Traffic Citations – Boroughs   Trooper Patrick Dawe, Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville, Top Gun Traffic Citations – PSP   Not pictured:  Sgt. Dathan Schlegel, Upper Macungie PD, Top Gun for both DUI and Traffic Citations – Townships; Trooper Michael Hodgskin, PA State Police Bethlehem, Top Gun DUI – PSP.

Group photo of Top Gun Award winners. (left to right)
Patrolman Craig Berger, Allentown City PD, Top Gun DUI – Cities
Officer Michael Manfredo, Bethlehem City PD, Top Gun Traffic Citations – Cities
Patrolman Jonathan Itterly, Freemansburg PD, Top Gun DUI – Boroughs
Patrolman James Fritts, Wilson PD, Top Gun Traffic Citations – Boroughs
Trooper Patrick Dawe, Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville, Top Gun Traffic Citations – PSP
Not pictured: Sgt. Dathan Schlegel, Upper Macungie PD, Top Gun for both DUI and Traffic Citations – Townships; Trooper Michael Hodgskin, PA State Police Bethlehem, Top Gun DUI – PSP.

I would also like to thank the Lehigh Valley DUI / Traffic Safety Task Force and the North Central Highway Safety Network for their continued efforts in keeping our highways safe for the motoring public.

City of Bethlehem Police Officer Michael Manfredo being presented with his top gun award.

City of Bethlehem Police Officer Michael Manfredo being presented with his top gun award.

Sincerely;

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

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Be Wary of Scams

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 2, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

Be Wary of Scams

Nowadays there seems to be no end to the ways that people will try to obtain money from others in an illegal fashion. We receive calls from citizens almost every day who have been contacted by someone who tried (or was successful in) obtaining money or personal information from them.

The well worn phrases ‘if it seems to good to be true then it probably isn’t true’ or ‘take everything with a grain of salt’ should be kept in the front of your mind when someone unexpectedly contacts you and claims you have won money or owe someone money. Some of the fraudulent attempts that we have seen are:

You receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, FBI, a county sheriff’s department or municipal police department from some distance away. The person tells you that you owe money because you didn’t pay a tax, didn’t pay on a loan or cashed an ‘unauthorized check’. You would be instructed to wire money using a moneygram or going to a store such as Wal-Mart and purchasing a ‘Green Dot’ card (a reloadable debit card) and providing the caller with the card number. These are all cases of fraud; a government agency wouldn’t contact you on the phone and have you wire money to satisfy a debt. Don’t give personal information over the phone, use the phone number that the caller gives you or follow the instructions to send money. Look up the number for the agency on your own and contact them to verify the information you received and call your local police department to report the incident.

You receive a phone call from someone telling you that you won a large amount of money from a lottery, sweepstakes or drawing. All you need do is send a certain amount of money (typically through a money gram or purchasing a debit card). This is a case of ‘you can’t win if you don’t enter’ and if you did win a legitimate lottery you wouldn’t have to pay up front to receive your winnings. Don’t give the caller any personal information and don’t send any money. Contact your local police department to report the incident.

You receive a phone call in the middle of the night from someone claiming to be a relative who is in serious trouble; either they have been arrested and need money to make bail or have an illness or injury and require immediate life saving treatment. The person is trying to take advantage of the late hour and your desire to help a relative in need. Find out the name of the police department where the person was arrested or the name of the hospital the person is in and look up their number to verify the situation. Contact your local police department to report the incident.

You develop a relationship with someone online who tells you that they need money to help start a business, pay for surgery, settle a debt, or for some other reason. You have never met this person so the only things you know are what you have been told online or perhaps by a phone call. They ask you to send money by way of a money gram or debit card. There are too many cases of this being someone who only wants to take advantage of someone. Contact your local police department to report the incident.

You receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from your utility company (PPL, UGI, RCN, Service Electric, city water or sewer) telling that your bill has not been paid and the utility will be shutting off your water, electric, gas, phone/cable etc within an hour or two unless you pay the balance immediately by sending the by way of a money gram or prepaid debit card. Do not follow the person’s instructions; your utility companies do not operate like this and will give you ample time to warn you of an unpaid bill and a chance to pay the bill to them directly. Call your local police to report the incident.

You can contact the Bethlehem Police Department Crime Prevention Services Unit for more information at 610-865-7181.

Looking for this Person

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 17, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

City of Bethlehem Police Detectives are looking for the following young male. The male suspect utilized a credit card stolen in the City of Bethlehem.

On June 7, 2014, the male suspect, described as a young black male, was with two other black males, at the Walmart Store located in Whitehall Township.

Wal Mart

The suspect was also with a small child. The suspect left the store in a white 4 door Chev. Cobalt vehicle.

Citizens are the eyes and ears of their Police Department. If you know this male, or have any information on him or his associates, please contact the City of Bethlehem Police Department thru the BPD 911 Center and/or non-emergency number 610-865-7187.

You can also contact Detective Moses Miller at 610-997-7674. The information you provide will make the City of Bethlehem a safer place for everyone. Your information can be kept confidential.

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BPD Mounted Unit at the Brick

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 13, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

The City of Bethlehem Police Department and Mounted Police Unit would like to Welcome “The Brick” located at 1 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, Pa. 18018, to the Bethlehem Downtown Business Community.

The Brick Grand Opening

The Mounted Unit Officers and their partners, Pharaoh, Raven and George, and I, would also like to Thank “The Brick” for their generous donation to the Mounted Unit Foundation.

Sincerely;

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police