For Immediate Release
April 25, 2013
|Officer Daniel E. Rice
On April 25, 1997 tragedy struck the City of Bethlehem Police family. Officer Danny Rice was killed while on patrol when his vehicle was struck by another car in the intersection of Schoenersville Road and Westgate Drive. Danny served the citizens of Bethlehem in a way that few others have been able to match. To have known him, and to have heard any number of his thousands of jokes or stories, was one of life’s treasures. Danny always had a smile on his face and was sure to soon spread that smile to others around him.
Danny was a Field Training Officer for many officers, many of whom have risen through the ranks of BPD to leadership positions today. He not only taught the skills necessary to be a police officer, but most importantly he taught those officers that the job of a cop can be fun and rewarding. He had a great way of talking with people and seemed that he was able to relate to anyone.
It is no surprise that Danny was named the Ambassador in Blue by the Downtown Merchants Association and received twenty Letters Commendation for his service to the citizens of Bethlehem. He also served our country in Vietnam as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
Thank you for your service and for your influence. It is hard to believe that it has been sixteen years since you left us. Rest in Peace, brother.
|The Bethlehem Police Department Memorial Wall
A plaque bearing Officer Daniel E. Rice’s name and likeness is on the far right.
On Thursday 4-19-12, the Bethlehem Police Department issued an internal Patrol Alert regarding a wanted person, Sapankumar Adhikari. He was wanted by the Bethlehem Police for a variety of serious domestic charges, including assault and reckless endangerment of his seven year old son. Adhikari made very serious threats to kill his wife and two children.
Here is where the story gets weird. Police did not have to look very far to find Adhikari, because at 7:05 p.m. on 4/19, Officer Matthew Laxton was dressed in full uniform investigating a vehicle crash in the 500 block of Ontario Street in South Bethlehem. The Officer was standing next to his marked City of Bethlehem Police cruiser.
UPDATE: More information can be found here: http://bethlehempolice.blogspot.com/#!/2012/04/update-robberystabbing-on-3rd-street.html
Post by Guest Blogger Kala Bell
Kala Bell is a creative writer from the University of Michigan. She works closely with Distracted Driving Help, to raise awareness of the dangers texting while driving has on the community.
|4/13/12 Giant Food Store Retail Theft Suspect|
Bethlehem Police are seeking help in identifying a retail theft suspect from the Giant Food Store at 2170 W. Union Blvd, Bethlehem, PA. Theft theft took place on Friday April 13th. The second photograph depicts a red or maroon vehicle that was used by the suspect. If anyone has any information regarding the identity or location of the suspect, please contact Bethlehem Police Department at 610.865.7187 – Officer J. Zarzecki – Badge #315. Thank you.
|Red/Maroon Vehicle used by Retail Theft Suspect|
The City of Bethlehem Police Department would like to congratulate Corporal Anthony Gallagher for receiving the Lehigh University Police Department’s Officer of the Year Award. Corporal Gallagher is the supervisor for the LUPD’s Community Policing Unit, which serves not only the campus of Lehigh University, but also the surrounding communities in South Bethlehem. This unit, created by Lehigh’s Police Chief Ed Shupp, works closely with the Bethlehem Police Department addressing the concerns of both city residents and Lehigh students. The LUPD officers have been instrumental in the reduction of both violent crime and property crime in South Bethlehem. There have been numerous instances where the LUPD Community Officers have apprehended violent criminals and assisted with many other investigations. Our community is safer due to the excellent relationship between the City and the Lehigh University Police. Thank you, Corporal Gallagher for all that you do, both on and off campus. This is a well deserved honor!
McGrady’s Pub altercation Press release – BC-12-15624
05 April 2012
|Frank Pavlick’s Bicycle|
On 02 April 2012 at approximately 3:06 p.m., expert cyclist Frank Pavlick was struck from behind while riding across the Fahy Bridge. Mr. Pavlick was hit by a seventeen year old juvenile who was attempting to pass a LANTA bus. Immediately following the impact, the juvenile attempted to flee the scene to avoid identification and apprehension. The driver of the LANTA bus, identified as Richard Gubish, Jr., saw the crash in his rear view mirror and also saw the driver attempting to get away. Mr. Gubish took immediate and decisive action and positioned his bus across the lanes of the bridge, effectively blocking the path of the getaway driver. Another witness to the crash, Judson Smull, stopped to render aid to the injured Pavlick, who implored Smull to go after the offending driver to get the license plate. Smull also took immediate action, and following the lead of Mr. Gubish, positioned his car directly behind the offending vehicle, further blocking any attempt to escape.
|Offending Vehicle Showing Damage to Hood|
The quick and selfless actions by Mr. Gubish and Mr. Smull brought this potentially tragic situation to a very positive conclusion. Without their decisive actions, the offending driver may not have been apprehended. We would like to thank Mr. Gubish and Mr. Smull for their selfless dedication to their community and for acting to help another in a time of need.
§ 3742(a) – Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury (M2)
§ 3334(a) – Turning Movements and Required Signals
The charge “Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury” is the charge that covers what is commonly referred to as “Hit and Run” and it also covers the duty of every driver to stop and render aid when a person is injured in an accident.