Bethlehem Press

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Coroner says toddler’s death due to drowning in pool at home

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich says the 1-year-old Weisenberg Township toddler who was found unresponsive in the swimming pool at his home died from drowning.

According to Minnich, King Reyes was pronounced dead 4:18 p.m. July 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

The baby’s autopsy was performed July 22 and Minnich ruled his death an accident.

In addition to the coroner’s office, State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, investigated.

Fatal MVA

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Police said a fatal motor vehicle accident happened the afternoon of July 24, and they are seeking additional witnesses.

Around 12:24 p.m., officers responded to an accident reported at Stefko Boulevard and Glenwood Street between a Toyota RAV 4 and a motorcycle.

The operator of the Toyota was uninjured. The operator of the motorcycle suffered critical injuries. He was treated at the scene by city rescue personnel and transported to St. Lukes Hospital in Fountain Hill, where he succumbed to his injuries. The death is under investigation by the Lehigh County Coroner’s office.

STATE POLICE

Monday, July 22, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

DUI

Jagjit Singh Saini, 29, of Bethlehem, allegedly was found to be driving under the influence at a traffic stop on Brookside Road at Cornerstone Road, Lower Macungie Township, 12:07 a.m. June 23, according to Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville.

Jared Paul Clarke, 21, of Macungie, was taken into custody for allegedly driving under the influence after a traffic stop for lane movement violations on Brookside Road at Indian Creek Road, Lower Macungie Township, 11:26 p.m. June 28, according to Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville.

State Police warning

Monday, July 22, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

The dangers of leaving children, pets in cars in hots days

As the commonwealth prepared for a weekend heatwave, the Pennsylvania State Police reminded parents and caregivers to never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle.

According to kidsandcars.org, 21children have died in hot cars in the United States so far this year. Since 1995, there have been 12 child heatstroke deaths in vehicles in Pennsylvania. The inside of a vehicle heats up very quickly, even with the windows are cracked. Studies show a child’s body overheats three to five times faster than an adult body.

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.

Former Parkland teacher charged with sexual assault

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

More victims sought by Bucks County district attorney

Lehigh and Bucks County District Attorneys Jim Martin and Matt Weintraub announced during a joint news conference June 27 additional charges have been filed against former Parkland and Palisades teacher Christian Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, for allegedly sexually assaulting four Parkland High School students.

Weintraub began the news conference.

Arson arrest

Monday, July 8, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

An arrest has been made in a July 3 fire on East Morton Street which police and fire investigators deemed arson.

Emergency responders arrived at the residence in response to an early morning call and were forced to break down the door to wake and extract the residents, who were moved to a safe location.

Officers, with the assistance of arson detection dog Silver, determined the fire was set intentionally and arrested Terrence C. Morgan, 39, of Coplay.

The investigation is ongoing.

Two charged with setting barn fires

Friday, June 7, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Police Log

A Northampton woman and a former junior firefighter have been charged with setting multiple barn fires in Northampton County.

Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say Samantha Rose Keeney, 24, was charged April 4 in connection with the fires.

The first fire was at 3646 Cedar Drive; the second at 786 Fir Drive, both in Lehigh Township, and on March 29 there was another at 4413 Cherryville Road, Allen Township.

Just looking for a place to cool off

Friday, June 7, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Police report an unwelcome but gentle guest made himself comfortable in the Cloverleaf Street neighborhood over the weekend. Apparently as eager to cool off from the blistering sun as we two-legged folks, a black bear crossed through a number of yards, climbing over fences to take a dip in a resident’s pool. Police Chief Mark DiLuzio said in a statement, “The skinny-dipping bare - I mean “bear” - was corralled by Bethlehem officers and Pennsylvania Game Commission officers in a yard.

Retail thefts

Friday, June 7, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Police are investigating a number of retail and personal thefts, namely from the Union Boulevard Giant supermarket. These include hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise.

Multiple incidents of theft have also occurred at the Eighth Avenue CVS and the Easton Avenue Wawa, from which a woman’s purse was taken. Anyone with information that can assist police can call the BPD Tip Line: 610-691-6660 or email: bethlehempolice@bethlehem-pa.gov

More information, including surveillance photos, is available at https://www.facebook.com/BethlehemPolice/