Bethlehem Christmas Tree Toss Results

We raised over $600 for Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley!

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ALERT: Attempted Child Luring – South Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

At approximately 3:00 PM on Thursday 12/13/12, a black male male driving a white car that “looked like a police car”, attempted to lure a child in the area of Brodhead Ave. and Morton Street.  This incident initially occurred near Broughal Middle School and continued as the male followed the child by the Wendy’s and west on Broadway.

The male is described as black, in his 30’s to 40’s with a grayish goatee and a scar on the left side of his jaw area.  The male appeared to be tall and thin and was wearing a white tank top shirt.  The car is described a white in color and “looked like a cop car”.  It may be a Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows.  The car had a beige interior and polished, multi small-spoke wheels.

If anyone has any information on this person or car, please contact Bethlehem Police at 610.865.7187 immediately.

White Ford Crown Victoria

White Ford Crown Victoria

Bethlehem Christmas Tree Toss Raises Money for Victims of Domestic Violence

Bethlehem, PA

As the “Christmas City”, Bethlehem has many traditions during this time of year.  One of the most bizarre has to be the annual Christmas Tree Toss held each year that pits the Chiefs of the Bethlehem and Bethlehem Township Police Departments in a head-to-head match to determine who can throw a Christmas tree further.  If that isn’t bizarre enough, there is a horse, a goat, bagpipes, live Irish music and lots of cheer.  All of this is done in good spirit and donations are made that benefit Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, a safe place where victims of abuse can find shelter.

The event is organized by Pete Kearns, the owner of Meineke Car Car Center on Stefko Blvd. This year, the event starts at 2 PM on Saturday December 15th at Meineke Car Care Center on Stefko Blvd with a gathering and some music.  A small parade will travel north on Stefko Blvd to Jack Williams Tire.  Tradition dictates that the loser from last year must walk a horse that carries the winner.  Bethlehem was victorious last year, so Chief Pancoast will be walking the horse.

If you have a chance, stop by, throw a tree and make a donation to help the victims of domestic violence.

Chief Schiffer and Chief Pancoast at the 2011 Tree Toss

Four Leaf Clovers

The Four Leaf Clovers

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Pancoast Throw

Chief Pancoast Throws the Tree – 2011

Schiffer Throw

Chief Schiffer’s throw – 2011



The Pancoast Team had some shirts made for the 2011 event – It’s a good thing the bike cop won!

Bethlehem Police Conducting Aggressive Driving Enforcement

Bethlehem, PA


On 11 December 2012, members of the Bethlehem Police Department conducted an Aggressive Driving enforcement detail on the Route 378 corridor between 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM.  During this operation, approximately 374 vehicles were speed timed and a total of 20 citations were issued.  The citations issued were for Speeding (15), Following Too Closely (1), Obedience to Traffic Control Devices (2), Protective Equipment for Motorcycles (1) and Seat Belt Use (1).

The average speed of all traffic timed on Route 378 was 62.3 miles per hour.  Of the speeding tickets issued to drivers, the average speed was 77.15 miles per hour.  The highest speed timed during this operation was 86.2 miles per hour.

The Bethlehem Police Department will continue Aggressive Driving enforcement efforts in identified high-crash areas.

PA-Aggressive-Driving-LogoThe Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PAADEEP) is a statewide initiative that utilizes crash data to identify aggressive driving locations.  High visibility target enforcement, coordinated earned media, public awareness and training are conducted on these roadway to reduce the number of needless aggressive driving injuries and deaths.

The partnership is comprised of municipal police departments, the Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT, the US Department of Transportation and community groups and organizations.


Caution: Meth Gas Generators Found

Bethlehem, PA

Meth Bottles

The above photograph is of items that were recently found on our City’s West Side.  We were alerted by an observant citizen who called it to our attention.

These bottles are HCL Gas Generators or “Gassing Generators” that are used during the production of Methamphetamine.  Hydrogen Chloride gas is produced in this process.  After use, these bottles will still contain an amount of liquid and a gray/white sludge on the inside.  If the bottle remains motionless for a period of time, the reaction between the chemicals may stop.  If the bottle is disturbed or moved, the reaction may begin again causing Hydrogen Chloride gas vapors to emit from the tubing or any holes in the bottle.

If you discover any items similar to this, do not attempt to touch or move the bottles.  The acid contained in the generators can cause burns to the skin and the gas produced can burn the nasal passages, throat, lungs and cause severe respiratory problems.  Depending on the concentration inhaled, this could even result in death.

If discovered, do not touch the bottles, leave them where they are found and try to ensure that no one else come into contact with them.  Call us at 9-1-1 or 610.865.7187 immediately and we will respond to handle the situation.

Alarm System Registration Renewal

Alarm registrations (both residential and commercial) are due for renewal by 12/31/12.

Registration renewal forms are available here. If you have any questions related to alarms, you may call Officer DeFrank at 610-865-7181.

There is no fee to renew the registration, but those not renewed by 01/31/13 are subject to a $25.00 penalty.

This letter is being sent to all Bethlehem alarm registrants:

Pursuant City Ordinance 735.11, a registration form must be submitted no later than December 31st of each year so that the alarm registration may be continued for the following year. There is no fee to renew an alarm registration. Alarm registrations that are not renewed by January 31st are subject to a late fee of $25.00. Failure to register your residential or commercial alarm may result in the suspension of emergency response to an alarm activation, absent a separate indication that there is a crime in progress or that an emergency exists.

It is important that alarm registration information is kept up to date so that we can contact a responsible person in the event that your alarm is activated. Our police department is striving to maintain a high level of customer service, so it is important that alarm registrants provide accurate information so that we can continue to provide the best possible service to our citizens.

Please complete the accompanying Alarm Registration Form and be sure to include all contact information. Forms can be mailed to the address listed on the bottom of the form, or may be hand delivered at City Hall. If you have any questions, please contact our Crime Prevention Officer at 610.865.7181 or at

Best regards,

Jason D. Schiffer, Esq.

Chief of Police

Bethlehem Christmas Decorations 2012

Bethlehem, PA

This message is from our Electrical Bureau – Department of Public Works regarding the annual Christmas decorations that are normally completed by this time of the year.

Bethlehem Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations 2012

As you may recall, we had a very significant storm/hurricane event at the end of October and the City shifted all resources for more than a week in response to that major event.  At the time our Christmas decoration efforts, which are always a challenge, were going quite nicely and were being completed on time.  However, Continue reading

True Professionals: 9-1-1 Audio from Shooting Incident

Bethlehem, PA

Do you want to hear professionals during a critical incident? Our 9-1-1 audio courtesy of Lehigh Valley’s Bravest.  They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter as @NVPAlerts.

If you have the time to listen to this audio all the way through you will hear why we are advocating to keep our excellent 9-1-1 Center and at least the level of police, fire and EMS that we now have. You will hear the first officer assess the scene finding gunshot victims in the street, the scene being secured, the ambulances being dispatched, the fire department responding to help. You will hear our 9-1-1 dispatcher calmly handling a chaotic situation and getting all resources where they need to be. You will hear our Police Lieutenant Jeff Herzog #225 doing a very skilful job of overseeing the response of all emergency personnel. Then, if you listen long enough, at around 32 minutes in, you will hear another call of shots being fired and a man with a machete. You will hear an officer call out “Shots fired” as she arrives on scene. These men and women of our Police, Fire, EMS and 9-1-1 Center do such an excellent job in the face of the unknown. They are true professionals and deserve your support.

Press Release: Shooting Incident 12/2/2012

Bethlehem, PA

On Sunday December 2nd, 2012 at 2:21 AM, the City of Bethlehem 911 Center received multiple 911 calls about a shooting in the 200 block of East Third Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Northampton County.

Upon arrival, Bethlehem Police officers found six individuals, 1 female and 5 males, with various gunshot wounds.  All of the injured individuals were transported by Bethlehem City Paramedics to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill, Lehigh County.

The female succumbed to her wounds at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Lehigh County.  The five male individuals were admitted to St. Luke’s in serious to critical conditions.

The identity of the female victim will be released by the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office pending notification of next of kin.

This investigation is active and ongoing at this time.  No additional information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information about this shooting can contact the City of Bethlehem Police Department at 610.865.7187 and/or Detective Fabian Martinez at 610.997.7678 and/or confidentially at the Bethlehem Police Tip Line at 610.691.6660.

Thank you.