ANIMAL FOOD BANK OF LEHIGH VALLEY PET FOOD DONATION DRIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 26, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

PET FOOD DONATIONS

Bethlehem Animal Control is sponsoring a pet food donation drive on behalf of the Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley in an effort to assist them with their mission to provide pet food and supplies to local low income families who are struggling, especially around the holidays.

AFBLV Donation Drive Flyer

Thank you and happy holidays!

Officer Scott W. Weber

Animal Control Officer

Bethlehem Police Department

10 E. Church Street

Bethlehem, PA 18018

610-997-7669

NYPD ARREST ASSIST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 26, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, Detectives from the New York City Police Department met with Bethlehem Police concerning information they had on any individual who was wanted in New York City on parole violations and who was also wanted for a Homicide in the City of New York.

The homicide in New York City occurred on November 12, 2014. Information was received that the New York suspect had fled to the City of Bethlehem. Bethlehem Police and NYPD coordinated their information and efforts, and located the suspect in the 1600 block of East Ninth Street, in Bethlehem, Northampton County. Surveillance teams were set up and BPD ERT/CNT Unit was notified.

The homicide suspect, identified as ALEX MARTINEZ, age 23, of Bronx, New York, was located in a multi-unit apartment building at 1612-1614 East Ninth Street. BPD ERT/CNT responded to the location on East Ninth Street.  MARTINEZ failed to surrender to verbal commands from ERT/CNT. ERT entered the apartment building and MARTINEZ was located hiding in the bathroom of an apartment of another person that  he forcibly entered when the building was surrounded by Police.  MARTINEZ was taken into custody by BPD ERT Officers.

ALEX MARTINEZ was arranged as a Fugitive from Justice before the on-duty Northampton County District Judge Jackie Taschner. MARTINEZ was committed to Northampton County Prison awaiting extradition back to New York City to face Criminal Homicide charges. The Northampton County District Attorney’s Office and New York City Authorities will handle the extradition process.

Thank You.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

FATAL CRASH INVESTIGATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 26, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Tuesday evening at approximately 7:59 PM, Bethlehem Police Units responded to a pedestrian versus vehicle crash in the intersection of Main Street & Union Blvd, Bethlehem, Northampton County.

A 53 year old male, identified as Antonio Cartagena from Bethlehem, was attempting to cross Union Blvd. when he was struck by a west bound vehicle. There was an ambulance crew nearby that tended to Mr. Cartagena but he had already succumbed to his injuries.

Mr. Cartagena was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Northampton County Coroner’s office.  Notification was made to the next of kin by the Coroners Office.

The driver of the vehicle stopped just west of the intersection and did make a statement to police. He was not injured in the crash. The driver was suspected of drinking alcohol so he was taken for a chemical test. The accident scene was processed by Traffic Officers and the Forensic Service Unit.

The accident is under investigation and charges will not be determined until after the Coroner’s Office finishes their examination and the driver’s B.A.C. is known. The Northampton County District Attorney’s Office is also involved in the investigation.

The driver’s name will not be released since the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. The investigation process could take several weeks.

If anyone witnessed this crash, they are asked to contact Accident Investigation Officer Jon Desiderio at the Bethlehem Police Department at (610) 865-7187.

Lt. Jeremy Alleshouse

Traffic Division Supervisor

Thank You.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

THANK YOU CONSTABLE FITZGERALD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JANUARY 17, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Thursday afternoon, November 13, 2014, Constable Mark Fitzgerald from the State of Jersey Police Department, Britain, visited the Bethlehem Police Department. Constable Fitzgerald was in town visiting a local business owner. During his visit to BPD, Constable Fitzgerald presented the Bethlehem Police Department with a plaque with the shield of his Department in Britain on it. Thank You Constable Fitzgerald for this beautiful plaque. From one law enforcement Officer to another, Please stop back anytime for a visit. You are always welcome.

Constable Fitzgerald

THANK YOU OFFICER EIZENBOIM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Thursday afternoon, November 13, 2014, Israeli Mounted Police Officer Lital Eizenboim from Haisa, Isreal, visited the Bethlehem Police Department and our Mounted Officers. Officer Eizenboim is a Mounted Officer in Israel and communicates with our Mounted Police Unit and others via Facebook and social media. Officer Eizenboim was in the United States and visited BPD in person to say hello to her law enforcement brothers and sisters here. Well Done Officer Eizenboim. Please stop back anytime. You are always welcome.

OFC EIZENBOIM

THANK YOU MCDONALDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the City of Bethlehem Police Department received a generous donation from Mr. Robert T. Hughes, the new owner of the McDonalds Restaurant at 2610 Easton Avenue, in the City of Bethlehem.

MCDS

Businesses like McDonalds Restaurants share a working partnership with their communities and with law enforcement across this country.

On behalf of the City of Bethlehem Police Department, I would like to publicly thank Mr. Hughes for his generous gift to the Bethlehem Police Department Wish Fund. I would also like to welcome Mr. Hugh to the City of Bethlehem and our great business community.

BURGLARY ARREST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at approximately 12:15 pm, Bethlehem Police and Lehigh University Police responded to a burglary that just occurred at 547 Hillside Ave., Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. A female Lehigh student returned home and found a male inside her residence burglarizing it. The male, described as a thin white male with glasses and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, immediately fled the residence on foot.

Bethlehem and Lehigh Police units conducted a search of the surrounding area. At approximately 12:40 pm, Officer William Audello spotted two males. One male fit the description of the male observed by the Lehigh student inside her residence. The two males were stopped by Police units. The two males had in their possession a flat screen television and the remote.  One of the two males, later identified as CHRISTOPHER KRATZER, age 30, was positively identified by the female Lehigh student as the male she found in her residence. KRATZER was also in possession of syringes and heroin. Jewelry recovered from KRATZER was found to have been stolen from 547 Hillside Ave.  The other male was identified as JONATHAN GARCIA, age 24. Both males were placed under arrest and taken into BPD HQ.

Thru investigation, it was established that both males were involved in the burglary at 547 Hillside Ave. Police surveillance cameras, that were funded and installed by Lehigh University as part of a joint partnership program between Lehigh University and the City of Bethlehem, assisted in the investigation by capturing images of both suspects at the scene of the burglary. Additional database searches are being conducted by Lehigh Police and the City’s 911 Center to establish if these two males were involved in any other crimes in this area of the City.

As a direct result of this joint cooperation, additional burglaries in this area were linked to these two males. The flat screen television and remote was found to have been stolen from another residence at 526 Thomas Street in Bethlehem. Detectives were able to physically connect KRATZER to two more burglaries in this area; 410 First Terrace that occurred on November 7, 2014 and 416 First Terrace that occurred on October 16, 2014.

CHRISTOPHER KRATZER, age 30, no address, is being charges by City Detectives with (4) Counts Burglary, (4) Counts Criminal Trespass, (4) counts Theft, (4) Counts Receiving Stolen Property and (8) Counts Criminal Conspiracy.

JONATHAN GARCIA, age 24, 926 E. Mechanic Street, Bethlehem, is being charged by City Detectives with (2) Counts Burglary, (2) Counts Criminal Trespass, (2) Counts Theft, (2) Counts Receiving

Stolen Property and (8) Counts Criminal Conspiracy. GARCIA was also wanted by Whitehall Township Police for drugs.

KRATZER and GARCIA are presently being processed and will be arraigned later tonight before Northampton County Duty Judge Hawke.

Thank You.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL INCIDENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 7, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Friday, November 7, 2014, Bethlehem Police arrested a 16 year old Liberty High School student after he ignited a fire in one of the bathrooms at the school.

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 1:26 pm, a fire alarm was activated at in the Commons Building of Liberty High School.  The building was quickly evacuated and Bethlehem Police School Resource Officers Erik Kaintz and Officer Stephanie Molnar responded to the area and located a large amount of smoke on the ground floor of the Commons Building by the cafeteria.

Officer Kaintz and Molnar discovered a smoldering trash can in the men’s bathroom.  The Bethlehem Fire Department arrived on scene and it was determined the trash can was the source of the smoke.  The building was ventilated and students were permitted back into the building after a short period of time.

This morning, Officers Kaintz and Officer Molnar continued their investigation.  After reviewing the video surveillance cameras and conducting a number of interviews, it was determined that a 10th grade student ignited the fire in the trash can.

The student was arrested at the school and transported to Bethlehem Police Headquarters.  The student is being charged with Arson, Causing or Risking a Catastrophe and Institutional Vandalism. The case will be referred to the Northampton County Juvenile Probation Department.  The student was released to his family and was placed on house detention by the juvenile probation department while awaiting his court hearing.

Bethlehem Area School District Officials and the Bethlehem Fire Department assisted in the investigation.

Thank You.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

ARREST ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 7, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

While on patrol in the 200 blk. of W. 4th Street, Bethlehem, Northampton County, at 0020 hours this morning, Police observed a 26 year old male  being assaulted by three male suspects.

Two male suspects, identified as 28 year old Jorge Luis Espada of 712 Hanover Ave. Allentown, and 30 year old Kuwas Wellington of 538 Walnut Street, Allentown, were arrested by Police Officers at the scene of the altercation.

While Espada and Wellington were being taken into custody, the third male suspect, later identified as William Colon Jr. age 33, fled on foot.

The male victim was found to have sustained two puncture wounds to the upper torso. The victim was treated a Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenburg, but later transferred to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest where he is currently listed in stable condition.

During follow-up interviews, several civilians identified Colon as holding a knife just prior to, and during the altercation. Searching the area in which Colon fled, Officers recovered a knife believed to have been discarded by Colon.

William Colon Jr. of 1940 W. Linden Street, Allentown, was later taken into custody. He is being charged with Aggravated Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Possession of Instruments of a Crime and False Identification to Law Enforcement. Colon was arraigned and bail set at $75,000.00 and he was committed to Northampton County Prison.

Espada is being charged with Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness.

Espada was released when sober and will receive a criminal Summons in the mail.

Willington was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness. He was released when sober.

Anyone who may have witnessed this assault or has any information about this assault is being asked to contact Det. Christopher Beebe at 610 997-7681.

Thank You.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

DUI CHECKPOINT RESULTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 7, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

The Bethlehem Police Department conducted a DUI sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, 31 October 2014 in the 1000Blk of Pembroke Road.  During the checkpoint hours of operation (11:00PM and 3:00AM), 199 vehicle drivers were stopped briefly and given a pamphlet on the possible penalties of DUI driving.

Of the 199 drivers, Five (5) were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  A passenger in one of the vehicles was also arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana when he was observed with a small baggie of suspected marijuana in his lap as the vehicle he was driving in entered the checkpoint.

In addition to the DUI and Drug arrests listed above, several summary citations were issued for the following offenses:

One (1) -Driving under Suspension

Four (4) -Driving without insurance

Three (3) -Seat belt violations

One (1) -Unregistered vehicle

One (1) -Driving with a suspended registration

One (1) -Driving on wrong side of roadway

One (1) -Permitting violation of title

One (1) –Rear Lighting requirement

One (1) –Unlawful Activities/ Missing heat shields for exhaust stacks

Additionally, 5 warnings were issued for various vehicle inspection items (2 faulty headlights) (1 Faulty brake light) (2 Cracked Windshields).  Those drivers are allowed 5 days to correct the issue to avoid receiving a citation.

The Bethlehem Police Departments make no secret about our DUI enforcement activities. The Media is notified prior to conducting checkpoints and of arrests. On a frequent basis we actively seek out and arrest DUI drivers.  Additional enforcement activities will occur in conjunction with the coming holiday season and into 2015.

DUI drivers account for a significant number of motor vehicle crashes.  DUI crashes too often result in fatalities.  These fatalities are an avoidable tragedy.  We ask that you use a designated driver, make alternative travel arrangements or don’t drive after using alcohol or drugs.

If you drive under the influence in Bethlehem, you will be arrested and prosecuted.  A DUI arrest is expensive and can impact your license, your job, and your family, but it is nothing compared to losing your life or killing someone else because of a very bad decision.

Please Don’t Drink and Drive.