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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information, including surveillance photos, is available at https://www.facebook.com/BethlehemPolice/
Police arrested James D. Capozzolo, 31, of Bangor, April 17, as part of a five-month child pornography investigation.
The investigation was performed by the Bethlehem Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit.
State police arrested 55-year-old Bernice Lynn Eustice, of Bangor, on a city on-ramp for driving under the influence of alcohol March 17.
Around 1:15 a.m. troopers allege observing Eustice’s vehicle on Route 378 near the Eight Avenue interchange drifting from its proper lane five times and driving entirely on on-ramp shoulder. She was stopped and tested.
Eustice is charged with DUI.
Following a police and grand jury investigation, Lehigh District Attorney Jim Martin is bringing numerous charges against a group of five men for gang-related activities committed in Lehigh, Northampton and Allagheny counties during 2015-18.
Police arrested two young Easton men after they attempted to scam a resident using fake currency.
According to police, officers responded to a report around 5:20 p.m. April 2 of a theft victim following the thieves on Hecktown Road. He said he agreed through an online transaction to meet the presumed buyers of a PlayStation 4 at Colonial Regional Police Department as a safe location, but during the exchange noted the $500 had an improper look and consistency.
Police arrested 28-year-old Dennis Hodge of Easton following an unspecified incident at Sands Casino March 25. He was allegedly so drunk staff feared he was a danger to himself and others, and he was placed in custody around 2:45 a.m.
About a half-hour earlier on Broadway, officers made a similar arrest.
Police found 49-year-old homeless man Jeffery Nuding passed out with his pants down.
Hodge and Nuding are both charged with public drunkenness.
Police arrested 30-year-old Brandon Moore of Allwood Drive around 3:45 p.m. March 25 after he had an altercation with his girlfriend. He allegedly threatened her with a compound bow, and is charged with harassment, threats and simple assault.
Around 9:20 a.m. March 25 police arrested Rey Ramirez, 68, of Linwood Street, for allegedly assaulting his 14-year-old stepson.
Ramirez is charged with child endangerment, harassment, reckless endangerment and simple assault.
A 35-year-old Fountain Hill man suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a train along railroad tracks in Macungie borough.
In a media release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center, authorities identified Gregory Wippel, of Fountain Hill, as the man pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl 10:24 p.m. March 30 on the railroad tracks east of Route 100 in the borough.
The cause of death was found to be multiple traumatic injuries due to a train versus pedestrian collision, according to the coroner’s office.