Bethlehem Citizen’s Academy announced for Spring 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:​Mayor Callahan​ 610-865-7100
​Sherry Flanagan, Secretary​ 610-865-7100

On-line registration announced for the City of Bethlehem 2012 Citizens’ Academy Course

Bethlehem, Pa. – (January 31, 2012) – Mayor Callahan and the City of Bethlehem are pleased to announce that on-line registration will begin on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. for the third Citizens’ Academy program. Classes for the spring 2012 session will begin on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 and will take place at various working locations within the City.
The Citizens’ Academy is a program designed to inform citizens about how their local government operates. Participants enrolled in the Citizens’ Academy will attend one, two-hour session per week, for 11 weeks. During each session, participants will view in-depth presentations and demonstrations of the inner workings of local government.
Those who are interested in applying for the Citizens’ Academy program may do so online by visiting www.bethlehem-pa.gov/about/citizensacademy/. The program is limited to 25-persons per session.
“The City of Bethlehem Citizen’s Academy, is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, to the best of my knowledge. It is an initiative I started in 2009 as a ten-week course sought to in increase transparency in the way the City operates, while at the same time expanding the city’s volunteer capacity and building a new generation of leaders in Bethlehem. I am pleased to report that the initiative continues to be an overwhelming success,” Mayor Callahan said.
He added, “The purpose of the Citizen’s Academy was to give a small group of residents a bird’s eye view of what we do. Citizen participation input is critical to understand how we are delivering our city services and in a world of limited budgets which services we should prioritize. It is the taxpayers’ dollars at work and they should have some say in how they are spent.”

WANTED: Help to Identify Center City Theft Suspect

BC-12-03750

A theft occurred at an ATM located at 1. W. Broad Street, Bethlehem PA 18018 on 1-25-2012 around 1556 hours. The security photograph still is a picture of the suspect. If anyone has any information concerning the identity of the suspect please contact Officer Ruvolo at 610.865.7187.  There are no warrants for the suspect at this time.

Pat Ytsma Ride Safe Bike Tour – June 10, 2012

June 10, 2012
Earl Adams Memorial Park
8935 Breinigsvile Road, Breinigsville, PA
20 mile route  or  40 mile route
please join us in commemorating and celebrating the life of our friend and colleague Pat Ytsma
the proceeds of this ride will benefit the college fund for Pat’s children
the tour will be promoting bicycling safety

sponsorships:
businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring the event
can contact Sal Verrastro or Russ Pacala
volunteers:
individuals interested in volunteering
contact Kirk Koehler
Contact us @ 610-865-2621

EVENT: Robert Lasso Memorial 5k Run/Walk

The Bethlehem Police Department Runner’s Club is proud to announce the first annual
Robert Lasso Memorial 5k Run / Walk
Saturday April 21, 2012
0830 Hrs
Bethlehem, PA
On 11 August 2011, Police Officer Robert Lasso was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call at a home on Washington Street at about 5:15 p.m.  Offcier Lasso served the Freemansburg Borough Police Department for nine years.  He is survived by his wife and two young children.  Proceeds from the run/walk will be donated to the Robert Lasso Memorial Fund.
Race Information:
The 5k run/walk will start and finish at
Bethlehem YMCA
430 East Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Registration and Packet Pick-up Information:
Registration fee for the run/walk is $20.00.  A downloadable registration form will be available from a link at the bottom on this page.  Race Packets will be available for pick-up on 4/20/2012 at the Bethlehem YMCA from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Packets can be picked up on race day at the Bethlehem YMCA starting at 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.
Course Description:
A mostly flat and fast course with two challenging inclines to start and finish at the Bethlehem YMCA
Facilities:
Race day registration will be available at the Bethlehem YMCA beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Awards:
Overall Male / Female
Masters Male / Female
Additional Information:
Any questions, contact:
Michael Ogrodnick at MOgrodnick@bethlehem-pa.gov or
James Freed at JFreed@bethlehem-pa.gov
610.865.7187
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Mail Entry Form to:
Bethlehem Police Department Runner’s Club
10 East Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Make Checks Payable to:
BPD Wish Fund – Runner’s Club

ARREST: Arrest made in Sands Parking Deck robbery

Robbery Arrest

On 17 October, we posted this information attempting to identify the suspect in a robbery at Sands Casino.

On 17 October 2011, an elderly female was in the parking deck of Sands Casino. As she walked to her car, a male pushed her from behind. The victim fell to the ground and a black male with long dreadlocks attempted to steal her purse. The victim hurt her leg when pushed to the ground.

Video surveillance and information supplied by Pennsylvania State Police Gaming Unit and Sands Casino Security enabled Bethlehem Police Detectives to capture an image of the male. The digital photo was released to the local media during the investigation and information was received about the male. Through investigation, the male was identified as NEVILLON YONNICK FUNG, age 21, of 1871 Mark Twain Circle, Bethlehem, Pa. 18017.

On 26 January 2012, City of Bethlehem Police Detectivesarrested NEVILLON FUNG and charged him with:

  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery
  • Robbery
  • Harassment

FUNG was arraigned before Northampton County Judge Patricia Romig.  Bail was set at $15,000.00 and FUNG was committed to Northampton County Prison pending Court action.

Complaint and affidavit is on file at Judge Romig’s Office for more details.

ARRESTED: Attempted Homicide charged in Domestic Violence case

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST

On 23 January 2012 at 0457 hours, Sands Security Officers responded to a probable domestic disturbance call at room 1016 in the Sands Hotel. The Security Officer heard a female in distress in the room and attempted to make contact with the occupants. A male answered the door and indicated everything was OK and slammed the door in the officer’s face. A customer in a nearby room, room 1018, reported hearing yelling and a male threatening to kill a female.

City of Bethlehem Police Officers arrived and entry was made into the room.  Officers found an injured and unconscious female in the shower with water running on her.  The male, identified as NICHOLAS MULLINS, age 27, 607 B West Walnut Street, Lock Haven, Pa.17745, stated that the female assaulted him because he lost money at the casino. The female was taken to St. Lukes Hospital Trauma for injures on her body. She was unable to be interviewed at this time and admitted to St. Lukes Hospital.  MULLINS was originally arrested for Domestic Violence Simple Assault, arraigned and released.

On 24 January, Bethlehem Detectives spoke with the victim at St. Lukes Hospital. The victim indicated that NICHOLAS MULLINS, her boyfriend, repeatedly assaulted her and forcibly placed a pillow over her face to silence her. The victim suffered traumatic injures to her head and brain, along with injuries to her body.  Based on the victim’s statements and the extent of her injuries, MULLINS was charged with more serious offenses.

In the late evening of 25 January, with assistance from Pottsville Police, NICHOLAS MULLINS was arrested in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.  MULLINS was transported by Bethlehem Detectives back to Bethlehem and arraigned before Northampton County on duty Judge Roy Manwaring III on criminal charges of:

  • Attempted Homicide
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Terroristic Threats
Judge Manwaring placed bail at $150,000.00 and MULLINS was committed to Northampton County Prison. 

Refer to complaint and affidavit on file at Judge Patricia Romig’s Office for more details.

Bethlehem Police makes Prostitution Arrests at Sands

Sands Prostitution Arrests

On Friday evening, January 20, 2012, a criminal investigation was conducted at the Sands Casino Hotel by the City of Bethlehem Police Department. This investigation was conducted by Officers from the Special Operations Unit, the Street Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigation Division. Sands Security and the Pennsylvania State Police Gaming Unit at Sands assisted in this investigation.

This investigation was the result of information received by the City of Bethlehem Police Department and Sands Security that several females were at the casino to conduct unlawful activities. With cooperation from Sands Casino and Sands Security, Detectives arrested six (6) individuals on charges of Prostitution and Related Offenses.

This investigation was successful because of the continued cooperation that exists between Sands Casino and the City of Bethlehem Police Department when matters of public safety and/or unlawful activities are discovered.

All individuals arrested in this investigation were also issued Trespass Notices by Sands Casino. If any of these individuals re-enter any Sands Casino property, they will face a charge of Criminal Trespass.

When necessary, operations like this will be conducted to ensure that the Sands Casino complex stays an enjoyable location for entertainment, dining and shopping in the Lehigh Valley.

A total of five (5) females and (1) male were arrested on Prostitution and Related Offenses. The following is a list of those individuals arrested:

1-Kim Hutchinson, age 40, aka “KRISTY”
819 Mill Street, apt. G
Phillipsburg, Pa. 08865
Charges: Prostitution and Related Offenses, Possession of Marijuana.
Processed and released pending Summons.

2-Danielle Moser, age 24, aka “STEPHANIE”
3802 Upton Ave.
Toledo, Ohio 43613
Charges: Prostitution and Related Offenses
Arraigned by Judge Manwaring and committed to Northampton County
Prison. Bail $10,000.00

3-Mary Bartholomew, age 50, aka “ABBY”
421 N. 16th Street,
Allentown, Pa. 18102
Charges: Prostitution and Related Offenses.
Processed and released pending Summons.

4-Stacy Hoffman, age 47
1002 N. 5th Street,
Reading, Pa. 19601
Charges: Prostitution and related Offenses.
Processed and released pending Summons.

5-Kim Rexroad, age 34
311 S. 17 ½ Street,
Reading, Pa. 19601
Charges: Prostitution and Related Offenses.
Processed and released pending Summons.

6-Joseph Janis, age 50, aka DAVE
3036 Rosewood Place,
Whitehall, Pa. 18052
Charges: (3) Counts of Prostitution and Related Offenses (Felony Grade),
Arraigned before Judge Manwaring and Committed to Northampton County
Prison. Bail $25,000.00.

TRAFFIC ALERT: 300 Blk. W. 4th St. Closed on Saturday 1/14

A contractor will be bringing in a crane at 301 Broadway on Saturday January 14th.  The 300 block of West 4th Street will need to close  between Broadway and Wyandotte Street from 7am – 5pm. The contractor will have barricades and signage, as well as Police throughout the duration of the operation.  Please avoid the area, if possible.  Thank you.

CRIME ALERT CANCELED: Attempted Bank Robbery in Custody

CANCEL ALERT
SUSPECT ARRESTED
***IN CUSTODY***

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at 12:01 p.m., Bethlehem Police responded to a bank robbery at Bank of America, 2356 Catasauqua Road, Bethlehem, Lehigh County.

A dark-skinned female entered the bank and handed a teller a note.  No one was injured in the robbery.  No other details are available at this time.

The woman was wearing a knee-length tan/brown wool style winter coat with a grayish hood hanging from the back neck area. The woman also was wearing a blue and white patterned scarf. She has brown eyes and wore her black hair in a bun. She is young in appearance and has a medium build. She is approximately 5’ 4” to 5’ 6”  tall.

The woman left the bank on foot toward Pennsylvania Avenue.

Attached to this news release is a bank surveillance photo of the woman. If you can identify this woman or know anything about the robbery, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 610-865-7187 and/or Detective Fabian Martinez at 610-997-77678.

Thank You.

CRIME ALERT: Suspicious Male confronts female Liberty High student

04 January 2012
Incident #: BC-12-00498

          A female Liberty High School student was followed by a suspicious male on her way to school at approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning.  The female student was walking from the area of Elmwood Park to Liberty High School when she was approached by a male in a silver or gray colored minivan.  The male drove past the female several times and engaged the female in conversation, attempting to get her to come over to the vehicle.
          The male was described as having dark skin and appeared to be tall but he sat low in the driver’s seat.  The male appeared to be in his mid 20’s and had a full trimmed beard that was “shaped up”.  He wore a black “North Face” jacket with a white logo and lettering and also had on a black beanie watch cap.
          The vehicle is described as a silver or gray minivan with no discernable markings, damage or stickers.
          If anyone has any further information regarding this incident, please contact Bethlehem Police at 610.865.7187.  Please share this information.