Help Identify West Side Copper Theft Suspect

On Thursday, 3-29-12, in the early afternoon, a light skinned male wearing dark jeans and a dark grayish sweatshirt with a checkerboard pattern on the back of it, cut and stole some heavy duty copper wire from the rear of the Westgate Mall. The male was chased into the ravine along RT 378 where he was lost in the vegetation. His bike was abandoned at this location. The copper and bike have been recovered. The male is light skinned, has bad teeth and little or no hair. His overall appearance was unkempt.

If anyone sees anyone fitting this description or wearing a sweatshirt like this, please contact Bethlehem
Police at 610.865.7187.

Bethlehem Mayor Callahan Announces 3rd Citizens’ Academy Class



Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan to Welcome the Third Citizens’ Academy Class on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Town Hall

Bethlehem, Pa. – (March 27, 2012) – Mayor Callahan and the City of Bethlehemare pleased to announce the commencement of the third Citizens’ Academy. The opening session of this year’s Citizens’ Academy will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall (rotunda) at 10 East Church Street, Bethlehem, PA, 18018. Mayor Callahan will welcome the class with a presentation on City Government.
The Citizens’ Academy is a program designed to inform residents about how their local government operates. Participants enrolled in the Citizens’ Academy will attend in-depth presentations and demonstrations of the inner workings of local government. Two-hour classes will take place once a week for 11 weeks.
The City of Bethlehem hopes that this program will create a more informed community and that such education will spark an interest in community involvement in local government.
City of Bethlehem residents who are interested in more information on future Citizens’ Academy programs may visit The website will be updated as future courses are planned.
On-line registration for the spring 2012 session was announced in January. 23 participants have pre-registered for the 2012 course.

CONTACTS: Mayor Callahan 610-865-7100

Sherry Flanagan, Secretary 610-865-7100

ARRESTED: Two Men for Shooting in Marvine-Pembroke

21 March 2012
Bethlehem, PA

On Tuesday afternoon, March 20, 2012, at 1607 hours, (4:07 PM), Bethlehem Police Units responded to a report of a shooting at 1203 Randolf Road, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Northampton County.

On arrival at the address, Police Officers located a male and female who suffered gunshot related injures. The male and female were transported to St. Luke’s Hospital by Bethlehem City Paramedics for treatment.

An investigation revealed that a physical altercation preceded the shooting. The altercation involved the revving of a vehicle engine. JOESYAN MIRANDA, age 21, (LKA) 375 Hamilton Ave., Bethlehem, Pa. 18017, and ROBINSON MOYO TORRES, age 40, (LKA) 2018 5th Street, Bethlehem, Pa. 18020, were identified as being involved in this physical altercation. During this altercation, MIRANDA pulled out a razor knife. TORRES and MIRANDA then fled the scene in a black Chrysler 300 vehicle.

A short time later, ROBINSON returned to 1203 Randolf Road with a sawed off shotgun accompanied by MIRANDA and other males. The victims attempted to flee into their house at 1203 Randolf Road. ROBINSON fired a shotgun blast into the front of the house which struck the male and female. Children were present. The suspects then fled in vehicles.

Through investigation, the firearm used was recovered in a nearby shed; 1203 Woodbine Street. ROBINSON and MIRANDA were later taken into custody in the area of Catasauqua Road and Airport Road by State Police and BPD Officers.

ROBINSON TORRES is charged with (1) Count Possessing Instruments of Crime, (4) Counts Recklessly Endangering Another Person, (1) Count Prohibited Offensive Weapons, (8) Counts Aggravated Assault, (1) Count Discharge of a Firearm into an Occupied Structure and (4) Counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Homicide. ROBINSON was arraigned by on duty Judge Joseph Barner and committed to Northampton County Prison.

JOESYAN MIRANDA is charged with (4) Counts Aggravated Assault and (2) Counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person. MIRANDA was arraigned by the on duty Judge Joseph Barner and committed to Northampton County Prison.

For additional information refer to Criminal Complaints on file at District Court.
This shooting is still under active investigation by Bethlehem Detectives. Additional arrests are possible.

There are many Bethlehem Police Officers who are responsible for the quick successful conclusion of this case. Our officers from the Bethlehem Housing Authority were able to assist with valuable information in the early stages of the investigation. Officers from our Operations Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Services Unit, and our Emergency Response Team all contributed to this effort. It is through the hard work and tireless efforts of many officers working together that these violent crimes are quickly resolved. These efforts certainly contribute to making our community as safe as is can be. Thanks to all of these officers, two more violent offenders are now in prison and an illegal weapon has been removed from our streets.

Wanted: Identity of Two Theft Suspects from South Side CVS

19 March 2012

Bethlehem Police are attempting to identify two retail theft suspects from an offense that occurred at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Monday March 19th. 

The first suspect is a thin Hispanic male wearing a long sleeve t-shirt with a black print on the front and back of the shirt. The male has short hair and was wearing a dark back pack. 

The male was accompanied by a second suspect, a short Hispanic female wearing a short sleeve white t-shirt.

Any information please forward to Officer Lazur #328 at 610.865.7187.

Lehigh University Campus Celebration Relatively Calm

17 March 2012
Bethlehem, PA

Shortly after the monumental upset of Duke by the Lehigh University Men’s Basketball Team in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the campus and surrounding areas erupted in celebration.  Students poured into the streets, chanting and celebrating their victory.

Bethlehem and Lehigh University Police Officers responded and cautioned the revelers to keep their expression to a reasonable level so that all may enjoy a good time without anyone getting hurt.  Bethlehem Police officers were directed to allow the students to celebrate and to only intervene if there was a potential for injury or property damage.

Until 3am, both Bethlehem and Lehigh police had a large amount of officers on duty to deal with any potential problems.  Officers were very tolerant and the students largely conducted themselves in a respectful manner.  Bethlehem Police officers only made a total of six arrests on the South Side for incidents relating to Lehigh students.  All of the offenses were minor in nature and included underage drinking and public intoxication.

We would like to express our gratitude to the thousands of Lehigh students who celebrated this victory with class.

WANTED: Identity of 7-11 Robbery Suspect


7-11 Store 101 E. Broad St

On 3/14/12 at 3:26 a.m. the 7-11 store was robbed by one actor at gunpoint. The actor was described as a Hispanic male, approx 6 feet tall and wearing a light brown jacket with a hood.

Anyone with information as to the identity of this male or any other information pertaining to this incident please contact the Bethlehem Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 610.865.7187.

We are working on getting better quality photos. Please check back for updates.

CRIME UPDATE: Bank Robbery Arrest – Wells Fargo on Broadway

08 March 2012
Bethlehem, PA
Bank Robbery Arrest

On Thursday afternoon, March 8, 2012 at approximately 1:09 p.m., the Bethlehem Police 9-1-1 Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from inside the Wells Fargo Bank at West Fourth Street and Broadway in Bethlehem.  A female caller reported a possible robbery in progress.  The caller indicated that a male was inside the bank and handed a teller a note inidacting he wanted the one hundred dollar bills.

Police units responded to and surrounded the bank within three minutes.  Officers responded from the Patrol platoon, the Special Operations Unit, the Street Crimes Unit, the Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Highway Patrol Unit.  There were officers in very close proximity to the bank serving a warrant for an unrelated robbery investigation.

The male was still inside the bank and police units quickly took the male into custody without incident.  The male has been identified as Richard Dewey Powell, age 36, no known address.  No one was injured in this incident and no funds were lost.

Richard Dewey Powell will be arraigned later this date on a charge of Robbery and committed to Northampton County Prison for further court action.

Photo courtesy of The Express Times

UPDATE: Liberty High School Bomb Threat Suspect

Last updated:
7:00 pm
19 March 2012

Liberty High School student enters a guilty plea in Northampton County Juvenile Court for his role in the March 2nd bomb threat that was carved into a table.

07 March 2012

The Bethlehem Police Department announces the arrest of a 17 year-old male Liberty High School student for his participation in a bomb threat on 02 March 2012.  The male, an eleventh grade student, is being charged in Northampton County Juvenile Court with Reckelssly Endangering Another Person, Terroristic Threats, Threats to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction and Institutional Vandalism.  The charges range from the level of misdemeanor to a Felony-2. 
These charges originated over a bomb threat that was carved into a table in the high school.
No further information will be released at this time.

Wanted Person: Sex Offender Jose Luis Ramos

The Bethlehem Police Department has a Felony warrant for Jose Luis Ramos for failing to register as a sex offender with the PA State Police Megan’s Law section within 48 hours. Jose is a LIFETIME SEX OFFENDER and last known address was 654 Hayes Street. Jose Ramos failed to appear for a yearly evaluation with the PA State police on 19 January 2012. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Jose Luis Ramos, please contact Detective Miller at 610.865.7187.