Bethlehem police arrested two young men following investigations into an armed robbery at the Center Street Shell Station Sept. 12.
Police said two men wearing bandannas and displaying pistols entered the business around 7:20 p.m. and fled on foot once they had taken an undisclosed amount of cash.
Angelo Melendez, 18, of Sixth Avenue, and a 15-year-old were arrested the following day, charged with robbery, theft, conspiracy, and possession of an instrument of crime.
Melendez’s bail was set at $60,000, while the juvenile is charged as an adult with a $50,000 bail.
Fewer crashes were investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) over the 2018 Labor Day holiday weekend compared to the same period last year.
The official holiday driving period was Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, 2018. Troopers investigated 722 crashes over the holiday weekend, which marks a decrease from the 794 investigated during Labor Day weekend last year. In those crashes this year, six people were killed and 224 others were injured.
Police from several Lehigh County municipalities participated Aug. 10 in a sobriety checkpoint along Broadway in Salisbury Township, near its border with Fountain Hill Borough, under the auspices of the Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force. Twenty officers from Salisbury, Allentown, Emmaus, Macungie, Upper Macungie, South Whitehall and Whitehall participated in the checkpoint.
A 31-year-old female resident of Wind Hill Road, Lower Macungie Township, reported her debit card information was stolen and used without her permission to make several fraudulent transactions 11:32 a.m. July 12, according to Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville.
The FBI is seeking assistance with obtaining identifying information about an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
The male is referred to authorities as John Doe 40.
Police arrested an allegedly suicidal man with a semi-automatic weapon following a standoff at his home in the early hours of Aug. 13.
According to police, around 9:45 p.m. Aug. 12 a woman reported she had been communicating with a friend via phone when he picked up a pistol, threatened to kill himself, and fired several shots off his fire escape.
Police from several Lehigh County municipalities participated Aug. 10 in a sobriety checkpoint along Broadway in Salisbury Township, near its border with Fountain Hill Borough, under the auspices of the Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force.
Broadway is a busy corridor for drivers going to and from the 10-day Musikfest activities held every August in Bethlehem. The safety detail began 11 p.m. Aug. 10 and lasted through 4 a.m. Aug. 11.
A license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle parked along Susquehanna Street 11:56 a.m. Aug. 2. The resident reported an unknown person is using the plates because tickets have been issued and are being sent to the resident.
An unknown person removed an Samsung phone and a sweatshirt from an unlocked vehicle in the 1700 block of South Albert Street. The theft was reported 12:45 p.m. Aug. 2.
A resident in the 800 block of East Paoli Street reported 1 p.m. July 20, an unknown person threw eggs on the deck of the home and chocolate on the lawn. A neighbor also reports eggs in the pool and said this has been going on for quite some time in the neighborhood.
Police were called to the 1200 block of South Cedar Crest Boulevard 9:28 a.m. July 23 for the report of two drivers arguing over a parking spot. There were no arrests.
Each year, Police Chief Mark DiLuzio releases an amusing digital pamphlet outlining the protocols, safety issues, and best practices for visitors and residents alike at Musikfest.
This year’s safety issue, weighing in at 16 pages of helpful advice and humorous photographs, is available for reading on the department’s and Bethlehem Press’ facebook pages.