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$7M in drugs confiscated during second quarter

Monday, July 16, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Police Log

The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that troopers confiscated $7,050,174 worth of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and other prohibited drugs in the second quarter of 2018.

From April 1 through June 30, state police seized more than 22 pounds of heroin and over 21 pounds of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. In its purest form, only a small amount of fentanyl can cause a severe or potentially deadly reaction, putting not only users but also anyone who encounters the drug at risk. The illegal opioids have a combined street value of $1,008,520.

Mayers dead

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Gary P. Mayers, 43, whom police wanted for the alleged stabbing and attempted homicide of a man in November, was found dead July 2, according to published reports.

Police issued a warrant for Mayers’ arrest June 25. His body was found in the evening on a walking trail in downtown Bethlehem and he was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl around 5:40 p.m.

Police seek assault victims

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Police Log

A physical therapist employed by St. Luke’s Visiting Nurse Association was charged June 6 with sexually assaulting a 97-year-old Hanover Township man. Arnee Rubi, 42, of McNair Circle in Northampton, was charged last week with two counts of indecent assault after having been caught in the act by the victim’s granddaughter during a home visit on May 21. Rubi had previously visited the victim on at least three occasions for home treatment of a hip injury.


Monday, June 4, 2018 by The Press in Police Log


Suzanne Smith, 40, of Emmaus, was charged with alleged possession of a controlled substance 12:17 a.m. May 24, while a patient at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest.

Police were called to Laubach Park, 1630 Lehigh Ave., 6:40 p.m. May 24 for the report of multiple juveniles smoking marijuana by the basketball court and the pavilion. When police arrived, four juveniles ran and one remained who knew nothing of the alleged incident.


Monday, June 4, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Receiving stolen property

Pedro Cruz-Avila, 27, of Brunswick, N.J., was arrested for allegedly receiving stolen property, firearms not to be carried without a license, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after an incident at the Bieber Bus Terminal, Hamilton Boulevard, Lower Macungie Township, 6:25 p.m. May 28. According to a media release from Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville, troopers responded to the bus terminal for a report of a person with a firearm.


Monday, June 4, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Police investigated a threat at Broughal MS and arrested the juvenile responsible May 31.

According to police, the school resource officer was warned a student allegedly made an unspecified threat and, with Bethlehem Area School District cooperation, detained the youngster, about whom no information has been released.

The student was transported to Northampton County Juvenile Detention and is charged with terroristic threats and harassment.


Thursday, May 31, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Retail theft

Kirsten Louise Fulkrod, 30, of Bethlehem, was taken into custody for retail theft after she allegedly removed merchandise valued at $619.88 from Target, 749 N. Krocks Road, Lower Macungie Township, 9:31 p.m. May 6, according to Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville.

Nina Marie Speck, 30, of Allentown, allegedly attempted to take numerous items through the self-check out aisle without paying for the items at Walmart, 1091 Mill Creek Road, Lower Macungie Township, 6:58 p.m. May 12, according to Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville.


Thursday, May 31, 2018 by The Press in Police Log


A Mongoose bicycle was removed from the porch of a home in the 1700 block of South Albert Street. The theft was reported to police 10:11 a.m. May 6. The bike is valued at $174.

A resident in the 1100 block of East Susquehanna Street reported to police 11:30 a.m. May 9, the theft of two money orders from a blue mailbox at 13th and Tilghman streets. An unknown person removed the money orders from the mailbox and cashed them. Police are reminding residents to not place mail with checks or money orders in private mailboxes or the blue mailboxes for pickup.