Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

State Police welcomes 99 troopers

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced June 25 that 99 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 159th graduating cadet class.

In accordance with statewide measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the graduation ceremony was closed to the public. Friends and family were afforded the opportunity to view the event via live streams on the Academy Facebook page, YouTube Live, and PAcast.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Police and the Lehigh County Coroner’s office report the death of 28-year-old Kayla R. Krotzer around 2:50 a.m. June 29.

According to state police, the Bethlehem resident was traveling eastbound in her Scion on Route 22 and attempted to exit the off ramp to Route 378 South. As she was attempting to negotiate a right curve in the roadway, she lost control and struck a grassy embankment located off the left side of the roadway.

Deputy Coroner Cassandra Schiffner ruled Krotzer died of blunt force trauma due to an accident.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Suspected drug dealer

Bethlehem Police arrested Ian Chavez, 34, of East Garrison Street, for drug possession and related charges June 15. The arrest of Chavez represents the culmination of a monthslong investigation that began with the overdose death of a female in March. During the service of the search warrant, detectives recovered marijuana, over $1,000 in cash, two firearms and about 170 pills believed to be fentanyl disguised as Percocet.

Chavez was committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Lawsuit is filed against township, police

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Police Log

Teens allege ‘unreasonable’ force used during basketball game incident

A lawsuit was filed in federal court June 5 alleging police officers used “disproportionate and unreasonable” force on a group of teenagers during a January basketball game at Whitehall High School.

The teenagers, along with their parents, are suing Whitehall Township and several Whitehall police officers, including Chief Michael Marks, according to the report.

POLICE Philly homicide suspect found

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Police, during a traffic stop May 19, identified and arrested a Philadelphia man wanted in a homicide investigation.

Officers stopped a Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of West Fourth Street and South New Street for a traffic violation, and one of the occupants identified himself as a “Kamar Brown,” age 25, of Philadelphia, who attempted to flee on foot.

He was captured, tried to escape again, and was recaptured.

Overdose death arrest made

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Police have arrested Tomas Santos, 30, of East Sixth Street for his involvement in a drug overdose death which occurred in March.

Around 8:10 a.m. March 29, police officers responded to a report of an unresponsive female in a vehicle parked in the WaWa lot at 741 E. Broad St., and emergency responders determined she was deceased.

In early May 2020, the Northampton County Coroner ruled, after toxicology testing, that the female died as a result of an accidental overdose of Fentanyl.

Philly homicide suspect found

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Police, during a traffic stop May 19, identified and arrested a Philadelphia man wanted in a homicide investigation.

Officers stopped a Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of West Fourth Street and South New Street for a traffic violation, and one of the occupants identified himself as a “Kamar Brown,” age 25, of Philadelphia, who attempted to flee on foot.

He was captured, tried to escape again, and was recaptured.

Information sought

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Bethlehem Police are seeking help in identifying person of interest in an assault.

The Bethlehem Police Department is looking for help finding/identifying a person of interest in a sexual assault that occurred a little after 5 a.m. May 19 on Hillside Avenue. The person of interest is described as a black male in his early 20s with short hair, about 6 feet tall and a medium build. He was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt with the word “Lehigh” in white letters on the front.

State police business warnings

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

The Pennsylvania State Police released data on actions taken through April 8, against non-life-sustaining businesses that failed to comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s order closing their physical locations. Enforcement began March 23.

A map of counties covered by each troop is available on psp.pa.gov.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 8, 2020

TROOP WARNING CITATION

Daily Total Daily Total

A 1 29 0 0

B 0 7 0 0

C 0 9 0 0

D 0 10 0 0

E 0 8 0 0

F 1 27 0 0

G 4 26 0 0

H 4 29 0 0

J 0 15 0 0

K 1 6 0 0

L 0 7 0 0

M 0 11 0 0

Robbery arrests

Monday, April 6, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

The Bethlehem Police Department announces the arrest of two Bethlehem residents, 31-year-old Justin Hale of East Washington Avenue and 32-year-old Quentin Wimberly of Itaska Street, for an armed robbery that occurred in the early evening of March 29. The two men, each armed with a handgun, threatened visitors of a Wyandotte Street home and demanded money and jewelry.