Bethlehem Press

Monday, January 22, 2018
press photos by bernie O’HareFlanked by Chief Dan Pancoast and Capt. Greg Gottschall, the officers honored are Grimaldi Gonzalez, Robert Stametz, John Meehan, Sgt. Daryl LaPointe and Gretchen Kramer. press photos by bernie O’HareFlanked by Chief Dan Pancoast and Capt. Greg Gottschall, the officers honored are Grimaldi Gonzalez, Robert Stametz, John Meehan, Sgt. Daryl LaPointe and Gretchen Kramer.
Officer Robert Stametz has worked as a school resource officer, and was one of the first officers to respond when Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso was shot and killed in 2011. Officer Robert Stametz has worked as a school resource officer, and was one of the first officers to respond when Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso was shot and killed in 2011.
Officer Gretchen Kramer started as a clerk in NorCo’s criminal division and is a former NorCo Deputy Sheriff. She also worked as a Bethlehem police officer. Officer Gretchen Kramer started as a clerk in NorCo’s criminal division and is a former NorCo Deputy Sheriff. She also worked as a Bethlehem police officer.
Officer John Meehan, who came to Bethlehem Township from Baltimore, narrowly avoided being shot. He was rescued by a Bethlehem police armored bearcat. Officer John Meehan, who came to Bethlehem Township from Baltimore, narrowly avoided being shot. He was rescued by a Bethlehem police armored bearcat.
Officer Grimaldi Gonzalez has been with Bethlehem Township for 17 years. Officer Grimaldi Gonzalez has been with Bethlehem Township for 17 years.

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP - Officers honored for standoff response

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

On Dec. 22, shortly before students were being released from school, Justin Kephart, age 35, emptied 11 bullets into his mother, Marylouise Meixell-Moyer, as she left a family home on Dennis Street. Officer John Meehan was the first police officer on the scene, along with neighbor Douglas Wallace. They were forced to duck behind a car as they both began taking fire.

One of the bullets fired at Meehan whizzed between his hand and head.

Sgt. Daryl LaPointe, who was supervising officer, quickly arrived on location and made decisions to secure a perimeter and warn students about to be released from school. Five Bethlehem Township police officers responded to this standoff with a shooter who fired at least 115 rounds at them after he had already killed his mother.

They were honored Jan. 2 by Bethlehem Township Commissioners.

After a nine-hour standoff, state troopers determined that Kephart was dead. Coronoer Zach Lysek ruled the death a suicide caused by a single gunshot wound to the head. Sgt. LaPointe and Chief Dan Pancoast, in a news conference last week, credited the numerous police departments that provided assistance and helped with traffic management.

They also credited Nancy Run and Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire departments for their assistance. Officers responded from Hellertown, Bethlehem, Freemansburg and Colonial Regional, as well as Pennsylvania State Police. Bethlehem police provided an armored bearcat that rescued Meehan and Wallace.