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.

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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

Crackdown on Heroin Dealing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 6, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

The Bethlehem Police Department continued it’s crackdown on heroin dealing

On June 5th at approximately 1233 hours, Officers from the Street Crimes Bicycle Unit arrested a felony drug suspect at Ontario Street and Itaska Street as a group of children were playing nearby at Madison Park. (See attached video).

The suspect, later identified as Juan Tirado Rosado (age 32) had a “bundle” (ten bags) of heroin on his person. Moments later, Detectives from the Special Operation Unit /Vice Unit and Officers from the Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at 618 Ontario Street, the home of Rosado.

Taken into custody inside of Rosado’s residence at 618 Ontario Street was a Michael Olmo (age 20), who also lives at that residence. Seized during a search of the residence was three grams of loose heroin, worth a street value of $1,500.00 dollars, 40 grams of synthetic marijuana, 15 bags of marijuana, a scale, packaging material and $600.00 dollars in U.S. currency.

Juan Tirado Rosado and Michael Olmo were both charged with Possession and Possession with the Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Synthetic Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Rosado and Olmo were arraigned before on-duty Northampton County District Justice Douglas Schlegel and committed to Northampton County Prison on $50,000 dollars bail each.

The above investigation and arrests, plus last week’s Operation Steel Force, will continue to target, investigate and arrest individuals identified as drug dealers, and street criminals. We intend to send a concise and clear message to criminals of all types that their unlawful activities in the City of Bethlehem will NOT be tolerated.

The Police Department can not always be everywhere all the time. Citizens are our eyes and ears. If you have information on who is committing crime in the City of Bethlehem, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 610-865-7187 or our tip line at 610-691-6660. You can remain anonymous. With public help, support and information, we can make a difference and can make the City of Bethlehem a safe place to live, do business, raise a family, play and visit.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

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EXPANDED DOWNTOWN BEAT INITIATIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 4, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

To increase Police Presence on Main Street and the Downtown area during weekend hours, there will be an expanded police initiative starting this weekend.

Staring this Friday, June 6, 2014 and Saturday, June 7, 2014, there will be extra Police Patrols on Main Street between the hours of 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Some of these Police Officers will be on foot walking the downtown beat. Some Officers will be on Police Bicycles patrolling on bike. The Mounted Unit will also be out during these times, expanding their normal patrol hours on horseback.

Bethlehem's Historic Main St

Bethlehem’s Historic Main St

These Officers will focus on traffic, parking and safety issues on Main Street during this time period. Between those hours, many citizens visit the Main Street area to shop and dine at the many businesses, shops, restaurants and hotel. The Officers are there for their safety and protection. The Officers, as always, will be speaking with shop owners and managers to prevent/deter any potential issues or incidents. “Public safety is a key component of economic development. It is my belief that public safety serves as an important catalyst in promoting the city’s livability and its ability to attract further economic growth.” expressed Mayor Donchez

Since we re-started the Beat back in April 2014, I have heard from many people how they like the Officers and their presence their. I have heard this from merchants and average citizens. Starting this weekend, by readjusting work schedules and hours, and utilizing special units, there will be added beat officers on foot, bicycle and horseback every Friday night and Saturday night between the hours of 7pm to 11pm, from June to the end of August…all summer.

This does not replace our daily beat officers who will work both sides of the river, north side and south side beat from 1130am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday. In mid July, this expanded initiative will be reviewed and if it is working and has good police and public support, we will expand it thru September 2014, possibly into early October. By mid October, outside dining and activities, are usually at a minimum due to the change in weather.

The effort here is simple….To serve the citizens of City of Bethlehem and visitors, and to make your visit to this City a healthy and happy one. This cooperative initiative, with support from citizens and merchants, shows that when Police, businesses and citizens work together, we can make a difference, and make the City of Bethlehem a safe place to live, do business, raise a family and visit.

If you have any questions on this, please contact the Office of the Chief of Police. Thank You.

 

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

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