Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), issued the following statement March 22 on the agency’s enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s order closing physical locations of non-life-sustaining businesses:
“The priority of the Pennsylvania State Police is protecting lives and maintaining order in the commonwealth. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, troopers and liquor control enforcement officers are prepared to ensure compliance with Governor Wolf’s order.
City of Bethlehem Police detectives, assisted by the Department’s Emergency Response Team, successfully served a search warrant in the 500 block of Montclair Avenue Feb. 26, arresting 30-year-old Joesyan Miranda Nieves.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has determined the death of 48-year-old Luis Nieves on Jan. 19 in Allentown was a homicide.
According to a release, Nieves attempted a home invasion and robbery on North 11th Street around 5:30 p.m., forcing open a door to attack a juvenile occupant. While Nieves was allegedly beating the victim with a metal cane, the victim struck back with a knife.
Nieves died at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Allentown, and it was ruled justified as self-defense.
Bethlehem police are searching for Quanique “Nova” Gordon, 21, of Bethlehem, on a warrant for attempted homicide.
Police say Gordon attacked and repeatedly stabbed another person on Dover Lane Jan. 15. It is unknown if she remains armed, but police caution she should not be approached.
If anyone knows of Gordon’s whereabouts, call 911 or the Bethlehem police tip line at 610-691-6660.
State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say Steven Spong, of Morrisville, reported the front passenger side window on his silver 2012 Hyundai Sante Fe was shattered between 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at Route 873 and Mountain Road, Washington Township.
According to police, nothing was taken from inside the vehicle.
A neighborhood canvass was completed with negative results, police say.
Members of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) investigated 460 crashes over the New Year’s holiday enforcement period from Dec. 31, 2019 through Jan. 2, 2020. Of the collisions investigated, 30 involved alcohol, 87 people were injured, and one person was killed in a single fatal crash.
Troopers also arrested 279 people for driving under the influence during the three-day holiday enforcement campaign. The total is a decrease from the 406 DUI arrests made over the holiday period last year, which spanned four days.
Police have apprehended a man who allegedly robbed a woman at Wind Creek Casino Dec. 11.
According to police, Hykeem Sessoms, 38, of Bethlehem, approached the elderly woman at her car, said he was armed, and ordered her to drive him away.
He eventually fled the vehicle on foot, and he was found by officers shortly thereafter.
During the search for the suspect, several local schools were placed on a brief lockdown out of a preponderance of caution. The victim was treated at a local hospital for injuries she sustained in the assault.
District Attorney Jim Martin has announced that charges have been filed against two men who were allegedly involved in multiple burglaries and thefts in a seven-county area earlier this year.
Joshua Torres-Ruiz, 20, and Efrain Santiago-Colon, 24, both of Allentown, are each charged with around 30 counts of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and other crimes.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation needs help identifying an unknown female who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
Photographs, a sketch, and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as Jane Doe 37, are available to the public and can be found online at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap/unknown-individual-jane-doe-37.
The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 1,116 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1, 2019, including seven collisions in which eight people were killed.