Drug Arrest Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APRIL 21, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On 18 April 2014 at approximately 0800 hours, members of the Bethlehem Police Emergency Response Team served a search warrant at 1120 Fritz Drive in the City of Bethlehem.

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Fritz Dr

The search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into heroin dealing in the City of Bethlehem being conducted by members of the Bethlehem Police Vice Unit and Street Crimes Unit. Located inside 1120 Fritz Drive were an Andre Carrasquillo Jr (age 35), an Erica Rivera (age 36) and five children ranging in age from 10 to 16.

A search of the residence revealed a total of 93 bags of heroin, 27 grams of loose heroin, 4 bags of cocaine, 10 grams of loose cocaine, a scale and packaging materials and 4,800 dollars in cash. The total value of the heroin was estimated at 14,000 dollars and the total value of cocaine was estimated at 800 dollars.

Carrasquillo was arrested for possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal use of communications and possession of drug paraphernalia. Carrasquillo was arraigned before on duty Northampton County District Justice Hawke and bail set at 50,000 dollars. Carrasquillo was unable to make bail and was committed to Northampton County Prison. Rivera was also arrested and charges are pending as the investigation is continuing.

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Scheduled Lane Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APRIL 9, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

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There will be construction on East Fourth St between Pierce St and Buchanan St involving a crane on Thursday April 10, 2014 between 8 am and 5 pm.  Due to the crane operation there will be a lane closure.  Flaggers will be on site to assist with traffic control.  Please drive carefully in the area.

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Traffic Alert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

MARCH 28, 2014

From our traffic bureau:

UGI will be working on N. New St East (to the east of City Hall) Monday and Tuesday. They will need to have parking restricted in both the angled spaces and parallel spots and will need to have the road closed from 8am – 3pm. The road will be closed from Center St / Lehigh St to Church St, however, access to the garage and other parking spaces will be available to City Hall employees and emergency services. Traffic will not be allowed to exit the east garage. Additionally, the road which runs in front of the Steelworkers Union between Center St and N. New St East will be closed, except for employees to park or access the garage. Barricades will be in place, but will have enough room to pass around them for City employees. Please be prepared for the inconvenience and plan accordingly for parking.

LANTA – Buses will need to use Center St north to either Church St, Wall St, or Market St. and back down New St.

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MISSING PERSON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

MARCH 7, 2014

UPDATE:  March 8, 2014 1200 hours.  Ocasio has been located.

The City of Bethlehem Police Department is seeking help in locating the following missing person.  The pictured female, named Janillah Ocasio, 32 years old is a missing person.  According to her father, Janillah left the house yesterday (3/6/14) around 1100 hrs to go to a dentist appointment in the 2100 block W Union Blvd, Bethlehem Pa. Janillah has yet to return home.   Janillah was last seen in the area of the 2100 block W. Union Blvd.

Janillah is 5’3, 190lbs, is 7 months pregnant, has shoulder length brown hair, hazel eyes. Janillah was wearing a red knit hat, a black windbreaker, black pajama pants with a red spider pattern, and brown furry boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bethlehem Police Department at 610-865-7187.

Forensic Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

MARCH 5, 2014

The Bethlehem Police Department is proud to announce that Sergeant Michelle Kott has been selected to participate in the Best Practices in Training for Forensic Science Symposium to be held March 11-13 at West Virginia University.

The Symposium will focus on what is needed to train newly hired personnel in forensic science while maintaining cost-effectiveness.  Attendees were chosen following a competitive process that evaluated their education, training, and professional responsibilities, and include laboratory directors and staff, training coordinators, law enforcement supervisors, and educators.

Sgt. Kott has been serving with the Department since 2004, was promoted to Sergeant in March 2013, and became the Forensic Services Unit Supervisor in September 2013.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from DeSales University, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University.

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Teen Seatbelt Enforcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

MARCH 4, 2014

The City of Bethlehem Police Department will be taking part in seat-belt enforcement activities as part of a statewide seat-belt enforcement mobilization, from March 3-21, 2014.  The law enforcement activities will be conducted March 6 through March 30 at Liberty High School and Bethlehem Catholic High School.

The enforcement, coupled with eductational outreach efforts, aims to increase teen seat-belt use and raise awareness of the state’s primary law stating all vehicle occupants under 18 years old must wear a seat belt.  Drivers and front-seat passengers over 18 years old who are cited for another traffic violation will receive a second ticket if they’re unbuckled.

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Drug Arrest Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

MARCH 4, 2014

On 03 March 2014, at approximately 5 PM, members of the Bethlehem Police Vice Unit, Street Crimes Unit and Northampton County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 2263 Rodgers Street, Apt #14, in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County.

Seized inside of the apartment were the following:

1)                           One pump action, pistol grip 12 gauge shotgun loaded with slug ammunition

2)                           Approximately 300 bags of heroin with a street value of 3,000 dollars

3)                           13 bags of marijuana of various weights

4)                           Packaging materials

5)                           Approximately 700 dollars in US currency

Arrested was a Tarik Jahad Davis (age 23) of the above address.  Davis was charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Davis was arraigned in front of on-duty District Justice Yetter and committed to Northampton County Prison with 85,000 bail.

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Road Closure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FEBRUARY 27, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

Center St between Johnston Drive and Route 22 is closed due to a water main break.  Crews are working on the problem.

Center St between Johnston Drive and Route 22

Center St between Johnston Drive and Route 22

It is expected to be closed for an extended period of time.  If commuting through this area please plan accordingly.

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Snow Emergency Declared

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

February 12, 2014

Effective 7:00PM February 12, 2014, the City of Bethlehem is declaring a snow emergency. Snow emergency routes have restricted parking on one side of the street that alternates each day. All vehicles parking on snow emergency routes must obey the posted snow emergency signs for that street or their vehicle will be ticketed and the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Effective at 4pm, the Bethlehem Parking Authority garages are available for free parking for the duration of the snow emergency.

The more people that voluntarily comply, the fewer vehicles will need to be towed in the bone-chilling cold. Please share this information with friends and neighbors that might not follow social media. Together we can save citizens tow fees and tow operators from frostbite.

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