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OCTOBER 8, 2013
On October 8, 2013 the City of Bethlehem Police Department proudly swore in two officers.
Officer Joshua Rymon, a native of Washington, NJ comes to the City of Bethlehem Police Department after serving four years with the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department. Officer Rymon is a certified International Police Mountain Bike Instructor as well as a Crisis Intervention officer. Officer Rymon graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Comparative Criminal Justice. Officer Rymon, badge 412, is assigned to the Department’s 1st Platoon.
Officer Glenn Woolard, a native of Coatsville PA comes to the City of Bethlehem Police Department following service with the United States Army 1st Batallion/75th Ranger Regiment. During his service in the United States Army, Woolard deployed three times during Operation Enduring Freedom/Afghanistan. Besides his military service, Woolard is an accomplished baseball player, having been drafted in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball Entry Draft. Officer Woolard, badge 413, is assigned to the Department’s 3rd Platoon.
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OCTOBER 7, 2013
On October 7, 2013 the City of Bethlehem Police Department took a report from a Broughal Middle School student regarding a child luring incident that took place. The student stated a light skinned male, operating a white Ford sedan with tinted windows, approached him while he was walking in the area of Broughal Middle School. The student stated the male attempted to lure him into the vehicle.
If anyone sees a vehicle matching this description, please call Bethlehem Police at 911. Parents are asked to remind their children about not accepting rides from strangers and to report any suspicious acts to Police.
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OCTOBER 1 2013
On September 30, 2013 the City of Bethlehem Police Department responded to the 900 block of High St on a report of shots being fired.
900 block High St
Patrol units and Police Criminal Investigation Unit members began an investigation into the shooting. Information was developed during the course of the investigation. Based upon this information an arrest warrant was obtained for Raeshawn Perez aka “Gun Play”, 18 year old male, charging him with Attempted Homicide, Aggravated Assault, and firearms violations.
Raeshawn “Gun Play” Perez
On October 1, 2013, Perez turned himself in to the City of Bethlehem Police Department. He was arraigned on the charges and committed to Northampton County Prison on $500,000 bail.
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SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
The US Attorney General announced the City of Bethlehem Police Department is the recipient of a COPS grant which will provide funding for five police officers to be assigned to the City’s schools as school resource officers. See the below press release for details.
Press Release from United States Attorney Zane David Memeger
Dear Bethlehem Area Churches, Businesses, and Residents:
From Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival, organized by Runner’s World, will occur in Bethlehem, PA. Listed below are some important event details you should be aware of:
- On October 19th a 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 9a.m.
- On October 19th a 10K race will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude by 11:15 a.m.
- On October 20th the half marathon will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 11:40 a.m.
HALF MARATHON MAP
- Please note: Streets will begin to close at approximately 7:30 a.m. and rolling closures will continue throughout the three races. Streets will begin to open 20 to 30 minutes after the last runners come through:
- 5K/10K: Streets close at approximately 7:30 a.m. and open at approximately 11:30 a.m. (10/19/13).
- Half Marathon: Streets close at approximately 7:30 a.m. and open at approximately 12 p.m. (10/20/13).
- Bethlehem Police and volunteers will be present to assist both runners and vehicular traffic.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this event. Event organizers truly apologize for any disruption and appreciate your understanding.
For additional information, please visit our website at www.rwhalf.com.
Updated Information: 9/19/13 1220 hours. Chelsey Brooks has returned home. Thank you for your assistance.
The Bethlehem Police Department is requesting your assistance in locating Chelsey Brooks, a 16 year old runaway. She was last seen on August 28, 2013. There is a possibility she might be travelling to New Jersey or Georgia. She has piercings on her ears as well as navel. She also has a scar on her upper lip. She might be using the alias Lynn as a last name.
Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Anyone with information regarding Chelsea’s whereabouts should call the City of Bethlehem Police at 610-865-7187 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
With the increase in use of social media for the release of crime information and public safety concerns there are some issues that have come up. We would like to remind everyone that our social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, My Police App) are not monitored on a 24-7 basis. Emergencies should be reported to 911. Non-Emergencies, things such as traffic concerns, noise complaints, etc., should be reported to our non-emergency number 610-865-7187.
On 4 September 2013, at 7:48 a.m., Bethlehem police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Shimersville Rd near the intersection of Applebutter Rd. The crash involved an SUV and a smaller car. As both vehicles were heading North on Shimersville Rd, they came into contact, and this caused the SUV to go out of control and roll over. In the process, the sole occupant (driver) of the SUV was ejected. She was transported to St. Luke’s UniversityHospital where she is in critical condition.
The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt. The exact reason the two vehicles came into contact is still being investigated by the City of Bethlehem Accident Reconstruction Team. The names of the vehicle operators are not being released at this time.
If you have information about this incident, please contact us at 610.865.7187.
August 26, 2013
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The City of Bethlehem and City of Bethlehem Police Department are proud to announce the appointment of our new Police Chief, Craig Finnerty, Deputy Chief of Police, Todd Repsher, as well as the Promotion of Lieutenant Ashley Heiberger to the rank of Captain.
Chief Finnerty joined the Department in 1992 and advanced to serve as Sergeant and then Lieutenant in the Patrol Division. He also served as an Operator and then supervisor of the Emergency Response Team. Chief Finnerty has also held assignments as a Firearms Instructor as well as a Field Training Officer. After serving as Lieutenant of the Department’s Professional Standards Division, he was appointed Deputy Police Commissioner. His experience on the street serving the public and inside the halls of the Bethlehem Police Department stand out and we are proud to have Chief Finnerty lead the Department in this important capacity.
Deputy Chief Todd Repsher brings a well rounded 22 years of experience and leadership to his position. He began his career as a patrol officer. Deputy Repsher has also served as Vice Investigator with the Special Operations Unit, Patrol Sergeant and Lieutenant with the Third Platoon, Lieutenant with the Criminal Investigations Division, Captain of the Operations Division, and he served as an Operator on the Department’s Emergency Response Team and later became the Teams Commander. In addition, he was a member of the Department’s Community Policing Unit.
The City of Bethlehem Police Department would also like to announce Lieutenant Ashley Heiberger is being promoted to Administrative Captain. Captain Heiberger has been a police officer for approximately 18 years. He has served as a patrol platoon commander and was previously assigned to a Staff Lieutenant position, where he was responsible for the accreditation, grants, and training functions. Ashley was one of the driving forces behind the Department’s initial accreditation efforts with CALEA and PLEAC and three years later he served as Accreditation Manager for the first reaccreditation for both programs. He has been an integral part of both processes and we are grateful for his leadership. He is an Executive Board member of the Pennsylvania Police Accreditation Coalition, and has conducted training for accreditation managers and assessors in several states.