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

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8 thoughts on “Musikfest 2013 Police Activity: Final Report

  1. great job on you guys for creating more awareness and steps of prevention BUT in the case of Taylor Massey listed above where its described that he was found stumbling.. is an arrest really necessary? Would I be wrong in saying that Musikfest kinda encourages public drinking? I know Law Enforcement isn’t a taxi but during a festival where they distribute a million beer mugs a year, couldn’t ya just make sure the kid got home and not ended up in jail?

    • Honestly, Josh, I have to say that the BPD have gotta be the most level-headed force I’ve dealt with. They don’t ever arrest “just ’cause.” If anything, MF is a ginormous festival and it’s best not to leave this kind of stuff to chance. The sooner people stop treating MF like a frat house party, the better it is for all the attendees of all ages to enjoy. Plus, had they allowed him to just stumble on, he could have drank more when he already obviously had enough, you know? I’d personally like to thank the men & women of the BPD for taking on the huge task of keeping people safe in what could make for some hairy messes. Before, during AND after MF.

    • Evan, actually in Pennsylvania, and many other states, according to the statute the word is spelled “marihuana”. Under the Unconsolidated Pennsylvania Statute, Title 35: Section 780-113. Prohibited Acts and Penalties, the word is spelled “marihuana”. Also, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Controlled Substances, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act of 1972 defines “marihuana” as all forms of the genus Cannabis sativa L. So, when we use that term, for our purposes, the correct spelling is with an “h”, not a “j”.

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