Bethlehem Press

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Gov. Wolf proposes charter school reform plan

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Citing rising costs to taxpayers and lack of ethical oversight, Governor Tom Wolf announced recently a three-part plan to address Pennsylvania’s flawed charter school law.

As part of his three-part plan to address Pennsylvania’s flawed charter school law, Wolf announced the Department of Education will institute new fees to fund the growing costs of administering the Charter School Law and recoup the rising costs to taxpayers.

Two charged in Parkhurst trash fire homicide

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Police Log

Police Chief Mark DiLuzio announced in a release Friday that two M.R.E. gang members are now charged in the stabbing and burning death of a young man in a trash bin at the Parkhurst apartment buildings at Nicholas and Barbara streets in April 2018.

Money Rules Everything members Miles Harper, 20, or Allentown, and Yzire Jenkins-Rowe, 22, of Bethlehem, are facing charges of kidnapping, possessing instruments of crime, criminal conspiracy and homicide in the death of 18-year-old Tyrell M. Holmes.

State education ranking report possibly overhyped

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

A recent report comparing state education systems nationwide has placed Pennsylvania’s primary schools around the middle of the pack.

According to WalletHub, a personal finance website, Pennsylvania ranks 27th out of 51 (including the District of Columbia).

The report weighed numerous criteria, from dropout rates to reading and math scores, to pupil-teacher ratios and bullying incidents, and has been published on websites including Forbes, NBC News and Fox Business.

Rental assistance offers new way of stabilizing those families in need

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

New Bethany Ministries announced last month that a state grant fund will enable the continuation and expansion of a successful family sheltering program.

The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) awards include $75,000 for rental assistance to families in need.

Southside lightning strike-not

Monday, July 22, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Police Log

Reports that a little boy was struck by lightning Sunday evening were found understandably untrue by Monday afternoon.

According to Police Chief Mark DiLuzio, the 6-year-old was riding his bike on Argus Court during a period of storms when lightening struck a tree nearby. He fell at the same moment, causing neighbors to think he’d been struck.

DiLuzio posits the boy fell from fear, and at the hospital it was determined the lucky fellow sustained only an abrasion on his lip.

SteelStacks incident concludes safely

Monday, July 15, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City police report that a man climbed high onto the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces at ArtsQuest SteelStacks Friday evening, causing concern and forcing the cancellation of events held on the grounds.

Police Chief Mark DiLuzio said in a public statement the man continued to climb to the very top of a structure and took up a position on a single steel beam approximately 300 feet above the ground.

City honors 35 lost in Vietnam

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The Vietnam War officially ended in 1975, and today represents a tumultuous period of American history. The politics and social upheaval resulted in an era we now reflect on with anger, shame, regret or simple bafflement.

But unlike the conflicted feelings of the time, in which soldiers were drafted and sent overseas to fight a war often against their will, only to return to wholesale spite for their actions while there, today Americans largely honor their service.

Church arson arrest made

Monday, April 29, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Police arrested a man allegedly responsible for two fires at a Pembroke Road church last week. Forty-three-year-old Wilmer J. Ortiz Torres of West Chew Street in Allentown, arrested Friday, is a former member of the Iglesia Pentecostal de Bethlehem (Pentecostal Church of Bethlehem) and faces charges of trespassing, burglary and arson.

Investigation at the scene using the city’s trained arson dog Silver indicated the use of an accelerate, and video surveillance in the area indicated someone was lingering around the building for about two hours before the second fire began.