Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 15, 2018

For attempted homicide

Monday, July 2, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Police are seeking a local man in connection with a stabbing last year and request residents’ help in the apprehension of Gary Paul Mayers, 43.

On Nov. 10, 2017, at approximately 3:21 p.m., a stabbing was reported to the Bethlehem Police 911 Center. The caller reported that the stabbing occurred in the 500 block of Ontario Street, and a crime scene was established in the neighborhood.

PSEA, board prezes praise senate education move

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Dolores McCracken, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, last week praised members of the state Senate Education Committee for their unanimous vote advancing legislation introduced by state Sen. Thomas J. McGarrigle (R-26), which will provide all students with additional options to fulfill high school graduation requirements.

Two early-morning shootings reported

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio in a release Monday said two people were found dead at separate locations early that morning.

DiLuzio said a dispatch to Bayard Street around 3:25 a.m. to check on the welfare of an individual led officers to discover the first body. Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said John Schmoock, 33, died of gunshot wounds in a manner suggesting a homicide.

A roommate and vehicle were missing.

KidsPeace reportedly hosts migrant children

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Amid the growing backlash against separating migrant families at the southern border and the president’s subsequent policy reversal, reports have spread of where children are being filtered across the country. WHYY in Philadephia is reporting one specific destination is KidsPeace on Broadway in Salisbury Township.

HIAS Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project of Pa.’s Supervising Attorney Elizabeth Yaeger told WHYY last week at least nine youths had been moved to the Lehigh Valley, and that her organization is their legal representation.

Community Wellness Center opens

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Following three years of work and $2 million in fundraising, a broad partnership of various city and Southside organizations finally celebrated the opening of a new Community Wellness Center on East Fourth Street.

“This is a vision for a renaissance in the Southside,” said Hispanic Center board President Donna Taggart, who listed St. Luke’s University Hospital, Pinebrook Family Solutions, Lehigh University, the Fowler Foundation and the city’s Health Department as but a sample of the cooperative effort in play.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

‘A hero is in all of you’

Amid an ecstatic throng of thousands, years of grueling work now behind them, Freedom HS’s graduated seniors were nonetheless unable to focus squarely on the vacations, vocations, friendships and adventures to come.

For the past is prologue, and the June 6 commencement at Stabler Arena was themed, “Reflections in the Mirror,” and it was marked by reminders of all they’d leaned thus far, the people who helped them, and how their experiences can inform successes to come.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

‘Hit opportunities head-on’

“Go big,” he said, and it was certainly keeping with the evening’s theme. Liberty HS lives up to that advice, and School Board President Michael Faccinetto knew it.

From the giant crowd filling Stabler Arena to the brim, to the opening trumpet fanfare, to the night-long pageantry, no other local school hosts a commencement like Liberty.

The class of 2018 was given the send-off it deserves June 7, with a special guest, multiple award recognitions, and musical interludes by the chorus and world-famous band and bagpipers.

BETHLEHEM Authority’s wind turbine fight continues

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Ongoing litigious issues continue to plague movement on the authority’s planned wind energy project, as some in Carbon County’s Penn Forest Township seek to stop the construction of giant electricity-generating turbines over the rural landscape.

An important testimony scheduled for a zoning hearing board meeting April 24 never happened, as it bogged down in three and a half hours of cross examination. Authority Executive Director Stephen Repasch said the testimony will (theoretically) be given at the May 22 meeting.