Citizen Safety Alert: Ecstasy Shaped like Ice Cream Cones

Bethlehem, PA


On May 23, 2012 members of the Bethlehem Police Special Operations Vice Unit and Street Crimes Unit made an arrest in which an amount of ECSTASY was seized. The recovered ECSTASY was green in color and shaped like an ice cream cone. The ECSTASY was made using a Play-Doh mold and closely resembles small cookies or candy.  No information was received that would lead the BPD to believe the suspect sold or intended to sell to children or on school property. However, Educators and Parents should be aware that this ECSTASY can be easily confused with candy or cookies by children and should make their children aware of the dangers this presents.  Please make your children aware of not taking candy or cookies from persons they do not know and trust.

Press Release: Shooting Incident

On Friday morning, May 25, 2012 at 8:22 am, the City of Bethlehem Police Department 911 Center received multiple calls about a male with a machete in the area of Trone Street in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County.

As Bethlehem Patrol units responded, additional calls to the 911 Center indicated that an assault occurred involving the male with the machete and a resident at 2 Trone Street.

The resident at that address suffered neck wounds. Additional information was received that the male with the machete was also armed with a loaded rifle.

Bethlehem Police units and EMS arrived in the area. Officers observed the male who had the machete carrying a rifle. The male fled thru several yards and side streets.

During the encounter, the male placed the rifle to his head. At the intersection of E. Fourth Street and Hayes Street, the suspect was stopped by Police. 

Officers repeatedly requested him to put down the loaded rifle. The male discharged the rifle while it was pointed at his head.

The male was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital by City Paramedics and is listed in critical condition.

The male resident of 2 Trone St was also taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital by City Paramedics. He underwent surgery and is listed in serious condition.

A City Police Officer was injured during the incident, but not by the suspect. He was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital where he was treated and released.

The investigation is currently ongoing by Bethlehem Detectives, therefore no further information will be released at this time.

Det. Lt. Mark DiLuzio

Bethlehem Police Department

Criminal Investigation Division


Help Identify Theft Suspect from WaWa on E. Broad

Bethlehem, PA


Officer Desiderio of the Bethlehem Police Department is attempting to identify this theft suspect who stole $26.32 worth of prepared food.  He attempted the same type of theft later and store employees stopped him.  He left the area in a gray colored Toyota Corolla.  This incident occurred on May 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm.  If you have any information about this crime, or can identify the man in the photo, please call us at 610.865.7187.  Thanks!

Rabid fox bit man in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, Pa. (May 18, 2012) – The Bethlehem Health Bureau announced today that a fox that attacked a man visiting the City has tested positive for rabies. The man was bitten May 16 on Stanford Road between Eaton Avenue and Shelbourne Drive. The fox was sent to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Laboratories for rabies testing.

A second man was also bitten by a fox May 16 in close proximity to the location of the other attack; it is unknown if it is the same fox.  Both victims are receiving rabies post-exposure prophylaxis.

In the past few weeks, there have been reports of daylight sightings of foxes and other wild animals in Bethlehem and throughout the LehighValley. Last week a fox attacked a woman in Allentown; the animal later tested positive for rabies.

Residents are reminded to contact police if they see a potentially rabid animal. The first sign of rabies is usually a change in an animal’s behavior. A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame. It may lose fear of people and become excited and irritable or appear friendly and affectionate. Adults should encourage children to immediately tell an adult if an animal has bitten them and to refrain from touching unfamiliar animals.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. The virus is transmitted through contact with the saliva of infected animals. Anyone bitten by a rabid animal or having contact with its saliva may need to receive immediate post-exposure rabies treatment. When administered before symptoms develop, the treatment is 100 percent effective. Once symptoms occur, however, the disease is almost always fatal.

Avoid close contact with unfamiliar and wild animals and keep family pets up-to-date with their rabies vaccinations. It is also important to not leave pets outside unattended and avoid leaving food outside for your pet or feeding stray and wild animals.

Anyone who may have been in contact with this fox or believes a family pet may have had contact should call the Bethlehem Health Bureau immediately at 610-865-7083 to assess the need for treatment.

Skateboarding Camp for South Bethlehem Youth Ages 13-16

The Northampton Community College, City of Bethlehem Recreation Department and Homebase Skateshop announced that they will be hosting two seperate, one week-long beginner’s skateboarding camps.  The camps will be held June 18-22 and July 9-13 from 10am – 12 noon.

Little or no experience necessary

This course will start on flat land and build on the basics and includes skateboard orientation and safety, stretching, bailing out and falling, knee sliding, tick tack maneuvers and navigating the skatepark. Students will learn the 10 rules of skatepark etiquette and safety and understand skatepark traffic and flow. As skateboarders master the fundamentals: pushing, turning, pumping for speed and balance, and control of their board on flatland, the course will introduce a few basic maneuvers for the skatepark including pumping and carving transitions and the ollie.

For more information and a registration form, click here —> Skateboarding Camp Flyer – City of Bethlehem

Bethlehem Police Memorial Service and Award Ceremony

Bethlehem, PA

18 May 2012

The City of Bethlehem Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police Star Lodge #20 proudly announce the annual Memorial and Award Ceremony to be held this Saturday evening at 7 pm.  The location for the event is the Bethlehem Police Memorial wall at the north end of the Fahy Bridge.  Each year, this event is held during National Police Week to honor and remember those officers who gave their lives in the performance of their duty.  We also take this opportunity to publicly recognize the many outstanding achievements of police officers serving our community.  This event is open to anyone.  Please consider joining us as we celebrate and honor law enforcement officers from Bethlehem and beyond.

The service will begin at 7 pm with the awards presentation followed by a recognition of each of the six Bethlehem police officers who lost their lives while serving our community.  We also recognize officers who have retired from our department and have passed away during the past year.  The ceremony culminates with a candlelight vigil and a reading of the names of each of the 163 police officers who lost their lives serving our nation during 2011.   There will be light refreshments after the ceremony.

Robert Lasso Memorial 5k Raises $5000 for Memorial Fund

Bethlehem, PA
08 May 2012

Officer Michael Ogrodnick presenting
the check to Jennifer Lasso

Today, the members of the Bethlehem Police Department Runner’s Club, presented Jennifer Lasso a check for $5000 for the Memorial Fund set up for her children after her husband, Freemansburg Officer Robert Lasso, was killed in the line of duty.

The Bethlehem Police Runner’s Club made up of a group of police officers from Bethlehem who organized the club to promote health and wellness.  They went way beyond their mission when they decided to organize a 5k run to raise money for the Robert Lasso Memorial Fund.  On Saturday April 21st, over 300 runners came out to support this worthy cause.  Officer Michael Ogrodnick said told Mrs. Lasso that the runner’s Club decided to do this, “because it was the right thing to do.”  Michael Ogrodnick received tremendous support and assistance from Officers Timothy Cooper, Jim Freed, Al Strydesky, Kelly Walbert, Dwight Schaffner, Michelle Dologite, Doug Nothstein and Ben Hackett.  Many other officers assisted in making this first event such a great success,  The City of Bethlehem Police Department and the Runner’s Club would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the City of Bethlehem Fire Department for the ladder truck presentation of the colors at the race event and to all members of our community who came out to the event or supported it in any fashion.  Thank you!

Robert Lasso Memorial 5k Shirts – Second Printing

The second printing of the Robert Lasso Memorial 5k shirts has been printed. If you have requested a shirt, they will be available for pick up at the Bethlehem Police Department headquarters Monday May 7th through Thursday May 10th between 3:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Please see the House Sergeant for the shirts. There is a list of everyone who requested shirts and their respective sizes.

If you requested a shirt and are unable to make any of the scheduled pick up times, please contact Officer Michael Ogrodnick at and other arrangements will be attempted.

We would like to thank everyone for the tremendous support and help in making this event a success.

Wanted Persons: Help Identify Assault Suspects from Cigars Int’l Incident

Bethlehem, PA

The Bethlehem Police Department is attempting to identify three individuals who were involved in an assault at Cigars International, 535 Main Street at approximately 8:54 p.m. on Thursday May 3rd.

Three males entered the Cigars International store on Main Street to purchase tobacco products.  The males began giving the employee a hard time when he asked for identification to prove their age.  The employee explained to the males that identification is required if they appear to be under twenty-seven years of age.  The males are described as being two white males and one black male.  Further description is as follows:
White male #1: Age 20’s-30’s, gray hooded jacket, black Mets baseball hat
White male #2: Age in 20’s-30’s, dark hair, sideburns, slightly receding hairline, described by a witness as looking like Eddie Munster, wearing a black jacket with white t-shirt
Black male #1: Age approx. 30 years, light complexion, wearing a light colored knit cap with earflaps.  The cap had what appeared to be a Target or Captain America shield on the front, gray zip-up jacket and blue jeans.

The males purchased their products and left the store.  The store employee heard the outdoor sign get knocked over just after the there males left the store and he went outside to investigate.  When the three males were questioned about the sign, Black male #1 walked up to him an put a cold metal object to his throat in a threatening manner.  The employee believed the object to be a knife that was being held to his throat, so he pulled out his personal firearm that he was carrying legally concealed.  The employee possesses a Concealed Carry Permit in Northampton County.  The employee told the male that he feels threatened and he pointed his gun at the man with the knife. When the three males saw the firearm, they ran east on Walnut Street.  No words were exchanged by the the males as they departed the area.

If anyone has any information about this assault or theidentity of any of these individuals, please contact Bethlehem Police Officer Bowerman #398 at 610.865.7187.

Breaking News: South Side Robbery – Suspects in custody

Bethlehem, PA

At 2:28 p.m. on 01 May 2012, a female was robbed of her purse in the vicinity of Fourth and News Streets.  The robbery victim was injured during the commission of the crime and is being treated for minor injuries at St. Luke’s University Hospital.

A good citizen witnessed the robbery and called police, giving a description of the getaway car, the license plate number and the direction of travel.  The car was heading east on Fourth Street.  Our 9-1-1 Communications Center quickly relayed this information to our officers.  Two of our undercover officers were in the vicinity and intercepted the car in the area of Fourth Street and Lynn Avenue.  They attempted to the stop the vehicle, which refused to yield to their activated emergency lights and siren on their undercover car.  The car turned on to Shimersville Road and the suspects stopped their car as though they were giving up, but then continued and then into Freemansburg with our officers following behind.  A marked Bethlehem Police car intercepted the robbery suspects from the other direction on Main Street in Freemansburg.  A male and female suspect have been taken into custody without incident.

Bethlehem Police have located the stolen purse and have impounded the car in anticipation of getting a search warrant.

The quick, decisive action on part of a citizen giving a good description of the getaway car and a license number was instrumental in our officers being able to take these suspects into custody within minutes of the robbery.  This action, coupled with good work by our 9-1-1 Communications Center, undercover and uniformed officers have brought this robbery to a quick successful conclusion.  Great work everyone!