6th National Take Back Day a Rousing Success

For Immediate Release

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


On Saturday April 27, 2013 the Lehigh County District Attorneys Office, City of Bethlehem Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Pennsylvania State Police, Allentown Health Bureau, and other Lehigh County Police Departments took part in the 6th Annual National Take Back Day.

The day is designed to allow people to turn in expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs for destruction.  By doing so the drugs can be destroyed properly so as to not contaminate water supplies and landfills.  This years collection was a huge success.  At 17 sites throughout Lehigh County residents turned in 1557.5 lbs of drugs for safe disposal.  At the Bethlehem Site, Westgate Mall 2285 Schoenersville Rd Bethlehem Pa 18018, there were 92lbs turned in.  The last six events have brought in an amazing 4,826 lbs.

Lehigh County District Attorney Martin asked that we pass the results on to those who might not have received the final tally showing the overwhelming success of this initiative.



The Bethlehem Police Department asking the public’s help in the following investigation.

On April 26, 2013 at approximately 1416 hours Bethlehem Police Officers responded to a female witness calling 911 stating she was observing a white male assaulting a small child in the rear yard of a residence in the 500 block of Thomas Street.

DONALD PEMBLETON was arrested by Bethlehem Police and charged with the sexual assault of that 4 year old child. PEMBLETON is currently incarcerated in Northampton County Prison on the following criminal charges:

  1. PACC      3123 (B)  Involuntary Deviate Sexual intercourse with a child F-1
  2. PACC      3125 (A)(7) Attempted Aggravated Indecent Assault with a minor F-2
  3. PACC      3126 (A)(7) Indecent Assault with a child under 13 F-3
  4. PACC      2702 (A)(1) Aggravated Assault F-1
  5. PACC      2705 Reckless Endangerment M-2
  6. PACC      6301 (A)(1) Corruption of Minors M-1
  7. PACC      4304 (A)(1) Endangering the Welfare of Children M-1
Donald Pembleton

Donald Pembleton

Police were informed that PEMBLETON was always hanging around the neighborhood asking about young children.  Police were also informed that PEMBLETON had approached other children in the neighborhood attempting to befriend them.

Based on the conversations with people in the neighborhood and PEMBLETON’S behavior, it is believed that there are possibly other juvenile victims out there.

If you son or daughter was a victim, please contact us so that the proper services can be made available to you and your child.

If  you know anything about DONALD PEMBLETON’S activities, please contact Detective Moses Miller at 610-997-7674 or Bethlehem Police at 610-865-7187.

The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  An arrest, indictment, or complaint being filed is only an accusation.

Got Drugs? Turn in your unused prescription drugs at Westgate Mall

The National Take Back Initiative will take place on Saturday 27 April 2013. This an opportunity to turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. The event will be held at the Westgate Mall in Bethlehem from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The collection point will be inside the main entrance by the information desk. This event will be staffed by Bethlehem Police Crime Prevention Officer Tom DeFrank and was coordinated by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s office.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.



In Memoriam: A Tribute to Officer Daniel E. "Danny" Rice

Bethlehem Police

For Immediate Release

April 25, 2013


Officer Daniel E. Rice
Badge #146

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…

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BPD and Lehigh County Announcement Regarding January 2013 Homicide Investigation


April 24, 2013

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – On April 24, 2013, Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin along with detectives from the City of Bethlehem Police Department, as well as Detectives from the Lehigh County Homicide Task Force announced the issuance of an arrest warrant charging Ulysses Rodriguez, 20 year old male, with Homicide for the shooting death of 21 year old Tyree Wimberly. 

Ulysses Rodriguez

Ulysses Rodriguez

Below are documents related to DA Martin’s press conference as well as the involvement of the Regional Intelligence and Information Center (RIIC).  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rodriguez should call City of Bethlehem Police Department Detective Jason Fulmer at 610-997-7682 or Lehigh County Homicide Task Force Detective Richard Heffelfinger 610-782-3654.

Homicide Charge Filed Against Man in Fatal Shooting Near Scoobie’s Gentlemen’s Club in Bethlehem

Summary of RIIC Involvement in Homicide Investigation


Arrest Warrants Issued


On Friday May 3rd Angelo Lopez turned himself in to Bethlehem Police on the warrant charging him for his involvement with the shooting on April 22, 2013.  He was arraigned and committed to Northampton County Prison on $500,000.  Dan David Hernandez remains at large.  If anyone knows his whereabouts they are asked to contact City of Bethlehem Police at 610-865-7187 or Detective Moses Miller at 610-997-7674.

Tuesday April 23, 2013

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – On April 22, 2013 at 5:34pm, the City of Bethlehem Police Department responded to the area of the 1400 block of Marvine St on a report of a shooting incident that had occured.  On arrival officers located a male, 34 years old who had suffered multiple gun shot wounds.  The male was transported to St Luke’s University Hospital where he was treated for his wounds.  He is listed in critical condition. 

During the course of the investigation, officers received information regarding the potential location of one of the subjects.  Information received was that one of the subjects had gone into a residence on Fritz Dr.  The Police Department’s Emergency Response Team was activated and ended up making entry into the residence in question.  The residence in question was vacant.

Through the course of the investigation the two males depicted below were identified as the suspects invloved in the shooting.  Angelo Lopez 38 year old male, approximately 5’8″ tall and weighs approximately 260 lbs.  Dan David Hernandez 28 year old male, approximately 5’8″ tall and weighs approximately 160 lbs.

Angelo Lopez

Angelo Lopez – IN CUSTODY

Dan David Hernandez

Dan David Hernandez

Arrest warrants were obtained from Magesterial District Judge Romig-Passaro’s office charging Lopez and Hernandez with the following offenses: 

1.  PACC 2501 Attempted Criminal Homicide

2.  PACC 2501 Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Attempted Homicide

3.  PACC 2702(a)(1) Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault

4.  PACC 2702 (a)(4) Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

5.  PACC 2705 Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Reckless Endangerment

6.  PACC 6106(a)(1) Firearms to be Carried without a License

7.  PACC 907  Possession of instruments of a Crime


If anyone knows the whereabouts of either suspect, contact the City of Bethlehem Police Department at 610-865-7187 or Detective Moses Miller at 610-997-7674

Congrats to Officer DelRosario on his Book

Congratulations to our very own Officer Sam DelRosario who, along with his partner Mr. Louis Savelli (Retired NYPD Detective) collaborated on an excellent resource for online relationship safety.  The book, “Before You Date Him, Investigate Him” is available through Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Before-You-Date-Him-Investigate/dp/0615686958/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_V-CDrb1GJSZ6J_im  51vOpFF19FL__SL500_OU01__SL240__


Fritz Drive Incident Press Release

Bethlehem, PA


At 1735 Hrs, Bethlehem Police responded to the Marvine-Pembroke area on report of a male who had been shot. Officers arrived to find a male who was the victim of more than one gunshot wound. The male has been transported to St. Luke’s University Hospital where he is undergoing treatment for his wounds. No further information is available about his identity or the extent of his injuries at this time.

At this time, the Bethlehem Police Department is conducting a tactical operation with our Emergency Response Team in the immediate vicinity to the shooting. This operation is related to the shooting incident. Area residents have been asked to shelter in place or are being evacuated.

No further details are available at this time. More information will be released as the situation develops.

UPDATE 4/22/13 @ 8:35 pm: As of approximately 8:00 pm, all tactical operations in the Marvine-Pembroke area have ceased. All residents have been permitted to return to their homes and/or resume their normal activities.

No further details are available concerning the shooting investigation this time.

Wanted Person

The City of Bethlehem Police Department has an arrest warrant charging Maximo Nunez with violating PACC 2929(a) Concealment of the whereabouts of a child and PACC 2904(a) Interfering with the custody of children.

Maximo Nunez

Maximo Nunez

Nunez is described as 5ft 11in, weighing approximately 315 lbs.  Nunez is believed to be in the  New York area.  Nunez is believed to be in the company of a runaway juvenile Yohany Javier, 16 year old female.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Nunez or Javier are asked to call the City of Bethlehem Police Department at 610-865-7187, reference incident number BC-13-15610.