Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Drug use

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

Police arrested two men at the 1162 Pembroke Road Green Door adult book store around 6 p.m. Oct. 1.

According to police, both men were observed in the parking lot injecting heroin into their arms. Numerous drug-related items were found on and around them, police said.

Ines Rios, 63, of Woodbine Street, and Juan Cordova, 58, of Bethlehem, are charged with possession of paraphernalia, and Cordova is additionally charged with disorderly conduct and possession of controlled substances.

Burglary

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

A resident in the 800 block of East Ninth Street reported a swath of dangerous items were stolen from his home sometime between 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sept. 25.

According to police, two pistols – a Beretta and a Luger, both 9mm – were stolen, along with gun locks, cases, magazines and ammunition. Additionally, at least four knives, including a vintage World War II bayonette, were taken.

Police said a number of video games were stolen as well.

Method of entry into the residence and the nature of the weapons' security were not disclosed.

DUI

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

Colonial Regional Police arrested a man following a citizen report of a reckless driver in Bath borough around 4:20 p.m. Sept. 2.

According to police, a driver used a mobile phone to call in another driver whose Honda was allegedly "all over the road." Officers located the Honda on South Walnut Street with operator Jeffrey M. Ecklof, 28, of Valley Park South, asleep at the wheel. An open bottle of vodka was on the passenger seat, police said.

Ecklof is charged with DUI and open container violations.

Shoplifting

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

Colonial Regional Police arrested two young men for stealing from the Nazareth Highway Walmart around 4 p.m. AUg. 22.

According to police, Alewdy Rivera, 20, of Hottle Avenue and Jamie Mink, 21, of East Laurel Street, were observed by loss prevention officers taking items and then fleeing the store.

Rivera tried to drive off in a Honda Accord but was stopped by police at the rear of the store. Mink successfully fled on foot but turned himself in to police two hours later.

They allegedly had 77 items valued at nearly $700, and are both charged with retail theft.

DUI

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

State Police arrested a 23-year-old man for driving while intoxicated on Route 378 in Bethlehem around 1:50 a.m. Sept. 8.

According to police, Salvatore Joseph Ruffino, of Churchill Lane in Allentown, was stopped for a traffic violation and found to be intoxicated. He is charged with DUI.

Theft

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

A man reported he was a victim of theft following an incident at the Wyandotte Street McDonald's restaurant around 8:35 p.m. Sept. 13.

According to police, the victim advertised on Craigslist he had an unspecified type of phone for sale and met an unnamed buyer at the store.

When the victim handed over the phone the man said he was under cover, patted the victim down and then left with the phone.

Stabbing

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

Police arrested 50-year-old John Bragg, of East Goepp Street, after he severely wounded his uncle with a knife attack around 12:20 p.m. Sept. 3.

Bragg is charged with reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted homicide.

The victim was treated at St. Luke's Hospital and reported in stable condition.

Burglary

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

Residents of Fasnacht student housing in the 400 block of Birkel Avenue reported to police an alleged burglary around 9:15 a.m. Sept. 7.

According to police, overnight, between 4 and 8:30 a.m., unknown persons removed the screen from a large open front window to gain entry.

A mobile hard drive, three laptop computers and an iPhone are reported stolen.

Theft from cars

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

Police responded to two reported thefts from cars within 10 minutes the morning of Sept. 9.

According to police, a resident in the 1600 block of Watkins Street reported around 11 a.m. $130 in gift cards and loose change were stolen.

Another resident in the 300 block of Sixth Avenue reported around 11:07 a.m. a theft of a blue bag containing unspecified belongings. The bag was found with nothing missing several blocks away by a citizen.

Attempted burglary

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

A resident in the 400 block of East Goepp Street reported unknown persons in the building around 3 p.m. Aug. 12.

According to police, the actors used a ladder from the property to scale the wall and enter a second-story window. A resident was home, however, and when this became clear the actor fled through a back door.

The resident did not observe the burglar and no items were stolen.