Department Announces Deputy Chief Appointment and Promotion

August 26, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

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The City of Bethlehem and City of Bethlehem Police Department are proud to announce the appointment of our new Police Chief, Craig Finnerty, Deputy Chief of Police, Todd Repsher, as well as the Promotion of Lieutenant Ashley Heiberger to the rank of Captain.

Chief Finnerty joined the Department in 1992 and advanced to serve as Sergeant and then Lieutenant in the Patrol Division. He also served as an Operator and then supervisor of the Emergency Response Team.  Chief Finnerty has also held assignments as a Firearms Instructor as well as a Field Training Officer.  After serving as Lieutenant of the Department’s Professional Standards Division, he was appointed Deputy Police Commissioner.  His experience on the street serving the public and inside the halls of the Bethlehem Police Department stand out and we are proud to have Chief Finnerty lead the Department in this important capacity.

Deputy Chief Todd Repsher brings a well rounded 22 years of experience and leadership to his position.  He began his career as a patrol officer. Deputy Repsher has also served as Vice Investigator with the Special Operations Unit, Patrol Sergeant and Lieutenant with the Third Platoon, Lieutenant with the Criminal Investigations Division, Captain of the Operations Division, and he served as an Operator on the Department’s Emergency Response Team and later became the Teams Commander.  In addition, he was a member of the Department’s Community Policing Unit.

The City of Bethlehem Police Department would also like to announce Lieutenant Ashley Heiberger is being promoted to Administrative Captain.  Captain Heiberger has been a police officer for approximately 18 years.  He has served as a patrol platoon commander and was previously assigned to a Staff Lieutenant position, where he was responsible for the accreditation, grants, and training functions.  Ashley was one of the driving forces behind the Department’s initial accreditation efforts with CALEA and PLEAC and three years later he served as Accreditation Manager for the first reaccreditation for both programs.  He has been an integral part of both processes and we are grateful for his leadership.  He is an Executive Board member of the Pennsylvania Police Accreditation Coalition, and has conducted training for accreditation managers and assessors in several states.

 

 

8/23/13 DUI Checkpoint Results

AUGUST 25, 2013

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On August 23, 2013 members of the City of Bethlehem Police Department conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint from 11 pm until 3 am.  The location of the checkpoint was the 500 block E Third St in Bethlehem, Northampton County.

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During the course of the checkpoint, 401 vehicles were contacted.  Out of those 401 vehicles, 9 individuals were administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  Seven individuals were arrested for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substances.  Another individual was arrested on multiple criminal warrants out of Philadelphia, Montgomery County, and Bucks County for DUI, Burglary, Drugs, and Fraud charges.  One vehicle passenger was cited for underage drinking.  Five traffic citations were written.  Two for Expired Vehicle Registration, two for Driving Under Suspension, and one for a learners permit violation.  Officers also issued six faulty equipment notices for various faulty lights, equipment, etc.

 

Police Seek Assistance in Locating Runaway

8-19-13

Bethlehem, PA

BPD are trying to locate a 16 year old young lady named Teayahe GLOVER. She was reported as a runway from her home ihn West Bethlehem. She is described as black female, approximately 5’6″ tall and 140 lbs. (no photo available).

When last seen she was wearing black sweatpants and a black shirt. It is believed she might be in the Center City area or on the City’s West Side.

If you believe you see her, please call 9-1-1 for an immediate response.

Delaware Avenue Detour Starts 8/15/13

Bethlehem, PA

As a part of the ongoing work on Delaware Avenue in Fountain Hill, the contractor will be working on Delaware Avenue in the area of Bishop Thorpe Street.  Delaware Avenue will be closed at Bishop Thorpe Street starting Thursday August 15th.  Traffic will be detoured around the area utilizing Fiot Street and Broadway.  Please be prepared for additional traffic on both Fiot Street and Broadway for the next few weeks.

Traffic leaving Bethlehem will be able to access St. Luke’s University Hospital.  Traffic heading from Bethlehem toward Fountain Hill will be detoured left onto Fiot Street and then right onto Broadway.  See the map below.

Delaware Detour

Press Release: DUI Crash and Arrest

Press Release for 08 August 2013 DUI Crash

Bethlehem, PA

13 August 2013

For Immediate Release

At 0304 Hrs on 08 August 2013, Bethlehem Police responded to a vehicle crash on E. Broad Street at High Street in Bethlehem, PA, Northampton County.  The crash involved a single vehicle that was traveling east and struck a parked vehicle on the south side of Broad Street.  Two additional parked vehicles were also damaged in the crash.

The single vehicle was operated by Richard M. Hoffman, an off-duty Bethlehem Police Officer.  After the crash, Mr. Hoffman was taken by City of Bethlehem EMS to St. Luke’s UniversityHospital for evaluation.  He is not reporting any injury as a result of this crash.  Mr. Hoffman was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and he submitted to chemical testing of his blood at the hospital.

Mr. Hoffman was immediately placed on paid administrative suspension, as per departmental policy, pending the outcome of this criminal matter.  An internal investigation is being conducted.

On 12 August 2013, Bethlehem Police received results of the chemical test indicating Mr. Hoffman’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.16%.  The following charges will be filed at District Justice Manwaring II:

  • PAVC 3802(c) – DUI – Highest Rate of Alcohol (Misdemeanor)
  • PAVC 3802(a)(1) – DUI – General Impairment (Misdemeanor)
  • PAVC 3714(a) – Careless Driving (Summary)

Musikfest 2013 Police Activity: Final Report

Bethlehem, PA

BadgeOnce again, we are releasing the comprehensive statistics from our police activity during Musikfest 2013. We are pleased to announce another downturn in arrests during the festival.  As Mayor John Callahan has stated, “Public safety is always a priority in the city.  Bethlehem is the safest city in Pennsylvania and we want to ensure that Musikfest is the safest festival in Pennsylvania.  If you are going to welcome over a million people to Bethlehem, we certainly want them to feel safe.”

2011 was the first year for the festival to be split on both sides of the Lehigh River.  At that time, our department deployed officers in a more dynamic fashion, utilizing an increased number of bicycles and horses to deal with the extended areas of coverage.  In 2011, we arrested a total of 84 people.  In 2012, we launched a public information campaign to increase awareness and to educate all festival attendees on how to have a good time and not get arrested.  We did not change our deployment of officers or our tactics from the previous year and in 2012, we arrested just 43 people.  In 2013, we again launched an extensive campaign on social media to further educate all those who attend Musikfest. Other than some minor adjustments to accommodate some scheduling changes, we continued with the same deployment of officers and operations plan.  This year, we had just 34 arrests.

Yearly Comparison Chart

Charges filed as a result of Musikfest 2013 fell into the following categories:

  • Disorderly Conduct – 16
  • Public Drunkenness – 13
  • Underage Drinking – 7
  • Narcotics Violations – 3
  • Harassment – 3
  • One count each of: Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Robbery, Institutional Vandalism, Criminal Mischief, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Escape, and Indecent Assault

The arrests during the 2013 festival started slowly with just nine occurring over the first three days.  During the mid-week portion of Wednesday and Thursday, we actually experienced no arrests at all.  The weekend finished strong with six arrests on Friday night and ten more on Saturday.

Summary of Musikfest 2013 Arrests:

Friday August 2nd

  • 19 y/o Blake Longerbeam of 1520 Siegfried St., Bethlehem, PA for Disorderly Conduct for fighting on Main Street.
  • 18 y/o Austin Winter of 4505 Bayard St., Easton, PA for Disorderly Conduct for fighting on Main Street.
  • 20 y/o Julian McKenna of 662 Franklin Ave., Philadelphia, PA for Disorderly Conduct/Fighting and Underage Drinking on Main Street.

Saturday August 3rd

  • 20 y/o Rachael Cleaver of 502 Plaza Drive, Woodbridge, NJ for Underage Drinking on Sand Island.
  • 20 y/o Meghan Cunninghamof 363 North Ave., Fanwood, NJ for Underage Drinking on Sand Island.
  • 22 y/o Aaron Genovese of 1481 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, PA for Disorderly Conduct on Main Street.
  • 23 y/o Maxwell Rutkowski of 90 Gun Club Road, Barto, PA for Disorderly Conduct on Main Street.

Sunday August 4th

  • 25 y/o Michael Ronzano of 1105 Bridlepath Drive, Quakertown, PA for Public Drunkenness at Steel Stacks.
  • 30 y/o Jessica Marcantoni of 301 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA for Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct at Broad & Guetter Streets.

Monday August 5th

  • 19 y/o Brendon Stone of 1266 E. Evergreen Dr., Phoenixville, PA for Public Drunkenness and Underage Drinking on Walnut Street.
  • 32 y/o Christopher Womer of 116 S. 3rd Street, Quakertown, PA for Public Drunkenness on Lehigh Street.
  • 22 y/o Ian Jones of 1565 Valley Road, Bethlehem, PA for Disorderly Conduct on Main Street after he smashed a bottle against a tree during argument with his girlfriend.

Tuesday August 6th

  • 18 y/o Beverly Rivera of 1982 Brookside Drive, Bethlehem, PA for Disorderly Conduct/ Fighting on Main Street.
  • 24 y/o Lee Poole-Smith of 715 Maple Street, Bethlehem, PA for Aggravated Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Institutional Vandalism and Harassment on Main Street after an argument with a volunteer led him throw a table into a parked car, bite a BPD Explorer.  As he was taken into custody, he smashed his own head into the trunk and rear window of the police car , breaking the glass.

Wednesday August 7th and Thursday August 8th: No Arrests

Friday August 9th

  • 17 y/o male juvenile for Disorderly Conduct/Fighting on Main Street.
  • 18 y/o Zach Feenstra of 208 Brakley Ave., Lopatcong, NJ for Disorderly Conduct/Fighting on Main Street.
  • 25 y/o Jason Jagielski of 3738 Apple Road, Orefield, PA for Public Drunkenness at Steel Stacks.
  • 22 y/o Matthew Fing of 2702 Wycliff Ave., Roanoke, VA for Public Drunkenness at Steel Stacks.
  • 23 y/o Taylor Massey of 1843 Robin Way, Bethlehem, PA for Public Drunkenness at  Festplatz after he was found stumbling on Conestoga Street.
  • 21 y/o Jayson Cruz of 343 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA for Public Drunkenness after being found highly intoxicated sitting on the sidewalk.

Saturday August 10th

  • 27 y/o Timothy Walter of 2012 Hay Terrace, Easton, PA for Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness after he climbed “The Bridge”, a flaming steel art sculpture at Steel Stacks.
  • 24 y/o George Myers of 4208 Ravenswood Rd., Allentown PA for Disorderly Conduct/Fighting on Main Street.
  • 18 y/o Brian Nieves of 8342 Milky Way, Zionsville, PA for Public Drunkenness and Underage Drinking after he was observed in a verbal confrontation with another male behind a lemonade stand.
  • 20 y/o Shane Stewart of 109 Anjou Ct., Telford, PA for Public Drunkenness and Underage Drinking after he was observed in a verbal confrontation with another male behind a lemonade stand.
  • 17 y/o juvenile male for Robbery and Receiving Stolen Property after he took cigarettes and a lighter from another juvenile male at knife point on Main Street.
  • 21 y/o Feliz Ferrer of 423 Main Street, Freemansburg, PA on Sand Island for Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance-Marihuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after being found with another male and 17 bags of marihuana, a digital scale, packaging materials, a marihuana grinder and US currency.
  • 17 y/o juvenile male on Sand Island for Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance-Marihuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after being found with another male and 17 bags of marihuana, a digital scale, packaging materials, a marihuana grinder and US currency.
  • 22 y/o Brian Mocey of 1350 Village Way, Lansdale, PA for Public Drunkenness after fighting with his friend and arguing with his girlfriend on the Fahy Bridge.
  • 20 y/o Andrew Labanz of 224 E. Carlisle Street, Bethlehem, PA for Public Drunkenness and Underage Drinking on Main Street.
  • 29 y/o Kyle Taglang of 307 West Street, Bethlehem, PA for Disorderly Conduct for causing a disturbance and refusing to leave Main Street.

Sunday August 11th

  • 16 y/o juvenile male for Theft and Receiving Stolen Property after being caught stealing $510.00 worth of Musikfest Food and Beverage Tickets at Handwerkplatz.
  • 32 y/o Jeffrey Bubori of 1508 Brickote Lane, Hellertown, PA for Disorderly Conduct at Festplatz.
  • 17 y/o juvenile male for Simple Assault and Harassment after he punched another male in the face on Sand Island.
  • 23 y/o Michael Cerruti of 613 Maple Street, Bethlehem, PA for Indecent Assault, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness, Escape and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after he inappropriately touched/kissed two females.

Here is some more data from our 2013 Musikfest activity:

Musikfest 2013 Overall Arrests

Musikfest 2013 Offenses ChargedMusikfest 2013 Adult ArrestsMusikfest 2013 Juvenile ArrestsMusikfest 2013 Arrest Locations

Shooting Incident

AUGUST 3, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On August 3rd, 2013 shortly after midnight, Bethlehem Police Officers responded to the 600 block Ontario St for a report of a shooting.

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A juvenile male was injured during this shooting.  He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Anyone who may have information regarding this shooting is asked to call City of Bethlehem Police at 610-865-7187 or Detective Christopher Beebe at 610-997-7681.

BPD Awarded CALEA Accreditation

8/3/13

Columbus, OH

Representatives of the City of Bethlehem Police Department had the honor of representing the department before the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Lt. William Dosedlo and Deputy Police Chief Craig Finnerty went before the commission this morning to describe our agency and to review the CALEA Assessment Report that was prepared after CALEA assessors conducted their on-site assessment of our organization.

After answering questions the Commission had prepared for them, the Commission voted, once again, to award accreditation to the City of Bethlehem Police Department.

This process came to fruition only as a result of the hard work, dedication, and cooperation of the fine men and women of BPD. A special “well done” goes out to Lt. Dosedlo for managing this latest accreditation process.

Lt. Dosedlo and Deputy Chief Finnerty will be present this evening to accept the award.