Bethlehem Press

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Attempted homicide

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Police arrested 50-year-old Jeffrey Leroy Saeger around 10:53 p.m. Jan. 23 for allegedly trying to kill his wife.

Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance on East Church Street and found a woman with visible injuries, covered in blood. She said her husband struck and chocked her. She was admitted to St. Luke’s University Hospital.

Saeger is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated and simple assault, strangulation and threats. He was remanded to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $2.5 million bail.

Two dead in murder-suicide in borough

Monday, January 8, 2018 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Police Log

Two people have died in a reported murder-suicide Tuesday night in the Borough of Northampton.

According to Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek, Matthew Eberhardt, 45, shot his wife, Kristin Eberhardt, 42, then turned the gun on himself inside the couple’s home, in the 300 block of West 27th Street.

Police responded to a report of gunshots about 9:45 p.m. The coroner’s office was called.

Lysek said Matthew and Kristin Eberhardt died of gunshot wounds. Kristin Eberhardt’s death was ruled a homicide, Lysek said, while Matthew’s was ruled a suicide.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots heard in the 1500 block of Irene Street around 2:34 a.m. Oct. 26.

A victim was located shortly thereafter outside a residence on Abbe Court in Freemansburg, shot in the leg and chest. The victim was transported to a hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Brad Jones at 610-865-7187 or the Police Tip Line at 610-691-6660.

Homicide arrest

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

A Bethlehem man has been arrested for the shooting death of a man in Fountain Hill Aug. 28.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced in a release Friday that Emmanuel Lopez, 29, of Market Street, is charged with criminal homicide and carrying firearms without a license.

Officers responding to a reported shooting on Seneca Street the evening of Aug. 28 found 36-year-old Johnathan Diaz wounded in the chest, and he was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s University Hospital.


Monday, October 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log


Julien Torres, 23, of Bethlehem, was charged with suspicion of driving while under the influence and failure to drive within lane following a crash in the 1400 block of East Emmaus Avenue 6:02 a.m. Sept. 21. He was taken to the hospital with injuries.

Inappropriate sayings were found on a shed at Dodson Park 7:55 p.m. Sept. 22. Public Works has been notified for removal.

A resident in the 800 block of Public Road reported 10:20 p.m. Sept. 22 an unknown person purchased food at a store in Lansdale with the resident’s credit card. The purchase was $41.75.

Underage drinking

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Police busted a college party among common Lehigh University off-campus housing following a noise complaint early morning Sept. 2.

Police cited 20-year-old Drew Greenberg with several charges at his East Fifth Street address, including furnishing alcohol to minors, underage drinking and disorderly house.

Fifty-five others, all underage and identified as Lehigh students, were also present and cited for participating in what must have been a memorable event.


Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Police arrested three men suspected in two robberies at the Center and Broad streets 7-Eleven Sept. 7.

According to police, the men stole cash and merchandise around 1 a.m. and fled. They were detained by officers a short distance away, and two were since identified as responsible for a similar incident three weeks prior.

Lawrence Smith-Tyson, Demaire Brunson, and Anthony Cahoe-Jackson, all of Philadelphia, are charged with robbery, conspiracy, receiving stolen property, theft, and other related crimes.

Fountain Hill homicide

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grimm announced in a release recently the death of a young Bethlehem man in what he determined was a homicide.

Around 8:45 p.m. aug. 28, 26-year-old Jonathan Diaz-Santos was allegedly shot in the 900 block of Seneca Street in Fountain Hill. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital about 35 minutes later.

The police, coroner’s office and Lehigh County homicide task force are investigating.

Fountain Hill Police Chief Ed Bachert said this was the first homicide in the borough in over 19 years.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grimm has ruled a Fountain Hill shooting death a homicide.

Jonathan Diaz-Santos of Bethlehem was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem Campus, at 9:18 p.m. Monday.

According to a press release from Grimm’s office, the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the body.

The shooting took place Monday, Aug. 28, at approximately 8:45 p.m. in the 900 block of Seneca Street in Fountain Hill. An autopsy was planned for Tuesday morning.