Shooting Investigation in Pembroke/Marvine area

Bethlehem, PA


UPDATE 2/7/13: Kenneth Ortega arrested in Polk County, Florida.

On this date at approximately 3:00 p.m. officers of our department responded to a report of gun shots being fired in the area of the 1100 block of Fritz Drive. There also were reports of people running from the area.

Shortly thereafter, at approximately 3:15 p.m., St. Luke’s Hospital notified our department that there was a gunshot victim in their emergency room. Initial reports are the male victim’s wound(s) turned out to be non life-threatening.

It is still very early in the investigation. Officers and Detectives are still on the scene investigating.

More information will be released as soon as it is received and verified.

Investigators Seek Assistance of the Public in Homicide Investigation

Bethlehem, PA


See the below from the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.

    The Bethlehem Police Department and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Homicide Task Force are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who may have information that is useful in the investigation of a fatal shooting on Jan. 26, 2013.

At 1:36 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2013, Bethlehem police responded to a shooting in the 2200 block of West Broad Street, Bethlehem. Police found a man in the street in front of Scoobie’s Gentlemen’s Club. City paramedics treated the man at the scene, and took the victim to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.

The victim, Tyree Wimberly of Allentown was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:40 a.m. The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office ruled the death a homicide. Police and Task Force detectives have released photographs of individuals who are considered potential witnesses and may have information about the shooting death.

Anyone who may know the identity of the individuals is asked to contact Bethlehem Detective Brad Jones at 610-865-7146, Bethlehem Detective Jason Fulmer at 610-997-7682 or Task Force Detective Richard Heffelfinger at 610-782-3654.


Dedicated Young Men and Women of Bethlehem’s Police Explorer Post


On the evening of January 23rd one of many classes was held for the Bethlehem Police Explorers Post.

Sgt. Karb, Officer Kaintz, and Officer Schlegel – the post’s advisors, were present at this meeting to introduce the subject matter to be covered by their guest.

The topic to be covered during this class was use of force by the police. Presenting was Deputy Chief of Police Craig Finnerty, who has covered this topic with many Explorers in the past, as well as with numerous attendees of our department’s Citizen’s Police Academy.


The classroom at the Wells Fargo BPD Training Center

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Looking for Information: Maple Street Hit and Run

Bethlehem, PA


On Wednesday January 23rd, at 10:03 PM, the Bethlehem Police Department responded to the 700 Block of Maple Street on report of a hit and run accident.  A white or gray minivan or possible SUV struck a 14 year old boy, leaving him seriously injured.  The offending vehicle will likely have front end damage and a broken windshield.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Ben Hackett, Bethlehem Police Hit and Run Investigator at 610.997.7666.  Please leave a message if no one is available to take the call.  You may remain anonymous, if you wish.

Our original post about this incident is here.

Press Release: Altercation outside Allentown club leads to Bethlehem shooting

Bethlehem, PA


The Lehigh County’s District Attorney’s office and Bethlehem Police Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred outside the Scoobies Gentlemen’s Club located at 2327 Hanover Avenue, Allentown, Pa 18109.

At 0136 Hrs on January 26th, 2013, Bethlehem Police were dispatched to a shooting in the 2200 Block of West Broad Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County 18018. Upon arrival, a male was found in the street in front of Scoobies Gentlemen’s Club located at 2327 Hanover Avenue, Allentown, PA 18109. Bethlehem City Paramedics treated the victim at the scene and transported him to St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, Lehigh County.

At 0340 Hrs, the victim was pronounced deceased.

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

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Jason Fulmer at 610.997.7682, the Bethlehem Police Communications Center at 610.865.7187, or the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office at 610.820.3100.

No further information will be released at this time.

Theft Suspect: Do You Know Him?

Bethlehem, PA


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On Thursday January 3rd 2013, at approximately 6:29 PM, the male pictured here entered the Giant Food Store located at 2174 West Union Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18018.  The male stole $132.00 in Gillette brand refill razor cartridges.  He is also a suspect in another theft in Bethlehem Township.  This male exited the store and left the are in a dark colored mid-sized car.

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If anyone has any information regarding the identity of this male, please contact Detective Jason Fulmer at 610.997.7682 or our Communications Center at 610.865.7187.

Hit and Run Crash: Vehicle v. Pedestrian

Bethlehem, PA

A hit and run occurred tonight in the 700 block of Maple Street in the City of Bethlehem’s east side.  A pedestrian was struck by a white minivan, that fled the area.

Update (1/23 @ 2258): The accident occurred at 10:03 PM. The van is reported to have a cracked windshield as a result of this crash.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact us at 610.865.7187.

More information will follow as it becomes available.

Bethlehem Police Confirm Jets’ Rex Ryan Crash

For Immediate Release

Bethlehem Police Department

22 January 2013

UPDATE: [1/23/13 1517 Hrs]: Bethlehem Police Report No BC-13-01914

Contact: Police Chief Jason Schiffer 610-865-7150

Police release details about three-vehicle rush hour car accident

Bethlehem, Pa. – Pursuant to media requests received by the City of Bethlehem on Jan. 22, Bethlehem Police are releasing details concerning the ongoing investigation of an accident which occurred during evening rush hour Jan. 14 at the intersection of Wyandotte/Route 378 and West Third streets. No injuries were reported.

According to a police incident report, traffic was heavy when police arrived on the scene and observed three vehicles in the west bound lane of West Third Street just west of Wyandotte Street. All three drivers provided information to police.

Officers reported the accident occurred at 6:13 p.m. when the driver of a Ford Mustang, identified by police as Rex Ryan of New Jersey, traveling west on West Third Street collided with another vehicle which was proceeding through a traffic light on Wyandotte Street/Route 378.

According to the report, the driver said the impact caused his vehicle to strike a third vehicle which was turning from Wyandotte Street/Route 378 onto West Third Street.

Police declined to identify the other drivers.

According to the report, one witness told police he observed the driver of the Mustang pass through the red light at West Third and Wyandotte streets.

As of this afternoon, Bethlehem Police are awaiting a return call from another witness before completing the investigation.

Johnston Dr Crash: Car vs. House with Minor Injuries

Bethlehem, PA

At approximately 3:00 p.m., an adult female driver was driving west on Johnston Drive when she lost control of her vehicle. She drove off the road and through three yards prior to striking the side of the house at 510 Johnston Drive. She was able to get out of the vehicle and remove a small child from the back seat who was seated back there with his mother. They had minor cuts and scrapes and were taken to the hospital for further evaluation. An adult male passenger had to be assisted out of the vehicle by the Bethlehem Fire Department and Bethlehem City Paramedics due to a leg injury. He was also taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital. 

The vehicle struck an enclosed porch area of the house and fortunately, the residents were located further inside the house and were not harmed during the crash. The Red Cross was notified but after an inspection by a Bethlehem Housing inspector, it was determined that, other than the front porch area, the house was structurally sound so the residents could remain. The homeowner contacted a contractor who arrived before emergency workers cleared the scene to board up the side of the home for the evening. The crash is still under investigation and the names of the involved parties are not being released at this time. NO MORE INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AT THIS TIME.


Photo courtesy of Christopher Post

Photo courtesy of Christopher Post

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Bethlehem, PA


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