Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested after Brief Standoff

Bethlehem, PA


At 7:28 PM on August 30th, 2012, two males were robbed in the tunnel at the south end of the Fahy Bridge.  The victims were robbed by a black male who was armed with a handgun.  The suspect fled the area on foot after stealing a pack of cigarettes and a cell phone.

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City continues education, enforcement garbage policy as students return to campus

John B. Callahan


For Immediate Release:  Aug. 28, 2012

Contact:  Mayor John Callahan – 610-865-7100

                                             Joe Kelly – 610-865-7085

Bethlehem, Pa. (Aug. 28, 2012) – An ordinance education and enforcement policy aimed at college students who live off-campus in Bethlehem is in effect again this year. Last weekend and continuing as necessary, a housing inspector will shift his schedule to weekends to ensure quick response to garbage, housing and other quality-of-life issues in Southside neighborhoods near LehighUniversity. Continue reading

Lock Your Car!: BPD Charges 16 Year-old with muptiple Thefts from Cars

Bethlehem, PA

On 7-10-12, a 16 year old male juvenile was arrested by Bethlehem Police in the TD Bank Lot at Five Points, South Bethlehem, after he advertised on “Craig’s List” and attempted to sell a GPS unit that was stolen from a motor vehicle. When taken into custody, the juvenile was also in possession of another GPS unit and an I-pod that were stolen out of unlocked vehicles. Continue reading

An Evening at the Goose: Lehigh University Off-Campus Student meeting

Bethlehem, PA

Attention: Students Living in the South Bethlehem Community

 Welcome back to Lehigh and the City of Bethlehem! 

We wish you all the best during this academic year and we want to work with you to make your stay in the community a positive one.  Please join your fellow students on Tuesday, August 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for An Evening at the Goose with food and beverage for all.  Everyone living off-campus is welcome, but we strongly encourage that at least one representative from each house attend this event. Continue reading

Day of Remembrance: Bethlehem Police Officer Phillip J. Fahy shot and killed 43 years ago

Bethlehem, PA

Patrolman Phillip J. Fahy

End of Watch: Friday August 29th, 1969

Officer Phillip J. Fahy

Wednesday August 29th is the 43rd anniversary of the death of Bethlehem Police Officer Phillip J. Fahy, Badge #102.  Officer Fahy was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend the driver of a hit and run vehicle.  The suspect, Bebley Wells, Jr. was shot multiple times by Fahy’s partner, Officer Merle Getz.  Wells was tried and convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison.  He died in prison on July 1st, 2004.

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Press Release: Homicide Charge Filed against Michael Lindgren

Bethlehem, PA

On Monday, August 27, 2012, at 1:15 PM, after consultation with the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office, Michael Lindgren, age 51, was charged with one count of Criminal Homicide in the death of his mother, Shirley Lindgren, age 77.

Shirley Lindgren passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Her death was ruled a Homicide by Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grimm. 

Michael Lindgren was video arraigned before Judge Roy Manwaring III at the Northampton County Central Processing Center in the Northampton County Prison where he is being held on other related charges.

Since the charge is Criminal Homicide, no bail was set. Michael Lindgren was then returned into the custody of Northampton County Prison.

The criminal compliant and affidavit is on file at Judge Manwaring’s Office.


Det. Lt. Mark DiLuzio

Bethlehem Police Department

Criminal Investigation Division



Day of Remembrance: Bethlehem Officer George Shuman shot and killed 105 Years ago

Bethlehem, PA

Officer George Shuman

Sunday August 26th, 2012 marks the 105th anniversary of the death of the first Bethlehem police officer to be killed in the line of duty.  Officer George Shuman of the South Bethlehem Police Department was shot and killed on Monday August 26th, 1907.  Officer Shuman became the first of six Bethlehem police officers to lose his life in the line of duty.  Officer Shuman was shot twice by William Handy while attempting to arrest him near the Reading Railway lines at Second and Adams Streets.  Officer Shuman, though mortally wounded, was able to travel two blocks to the South Bethlehem Police Station and relay what happened to the Chief of Police, Hugh Kelly. Continue reading

Common Hazards Found in Your Yard

This is a guest blog post by Mario Cattabiani about some common hazards that are found around your home, and what you can do to avoid them.

As summer months come and outdoor barbecues with friends become common, you need to take a good look around your yard to ensure that it is a safe place to invite people to. Yards are one of the most dangerous places in the home, with safety hazards around every corner. While you cannot eliminate all of these, and your homeowner’s insurance policy provides protection when injuries occur, there are things you can do to make your yard a safer place for summer entertaining. Continue reading

Furniture needed for International Grad Student at Lehigh

Greetings, Do you have bed, dresser or lamp to spare?

An international graduate student at Lehigh arrived yesterday to find her housing provides no furniture. She is flat broke (seriously no money at all) and will sleep on a bare floor again tonight. Could you donate any of the above items so that she will be able to start the year in a furnished room? She has access to a truck and can load and take items away herself; all you need to do is email.

If you want to donate, please contact MaryAnn Haller in the
Graduate Studies office at Lehigh at

Thanks! Here’s to a great new academic year for all…
Kim Carrell-Smith

Welcome to Lehigh, Class of 2016!

Bethlehem, PA

The following message was sent out to the incoming Lehigh 2016 class to welcome them to Bethlehem and to better inform all Lehigh students on how to better prepare themselves to be good neighbors in our community.  Please share this information and pass it along to anyone who may live, work and play in the area around Lehigh’s campus.  Our goal is to reduce crime in our community through education and partnership with everyone who lives in Bethlehem.

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