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Bethlehem, PA

Coroner Names Woman Killed In Bethlehem Fire Coroner Names Woman Killed In Bethlehem Fire
Coroner Names Woman Killed In Bethlehem Fire Officials have identified the Bethlehem woman who died in a house fire on Wednesday morning, May 22.  Ladell Christie, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene on the 900 block of Broadway, according to Northampton County Coroner's Office.  Her cause and manner of death are pending the results of the fire investigation, the Coroner's Office added. 
Bethlehem Police Officer Sexually Assaulted Student At School, Authorities Say Bethlehem Police Officer Sexually Assaulted Student At School, Authorities Say
Bethlehem Police Officer Sexually Assaulted Student At School, Authorities Say A now-former Bethlehem school resource officer is accused of sexually assaulting a student at East Hills Middle School, authorities said in a release.  BPD said they were informed of a "possible inappropriate relationship" between Officer Costas Alestas and a 14-year-old EHMS student on May 1. Alestas was placed on administrative leave and his phone was seized as evidence, police said.  Investigation revealed that Alestas had been texting the victim, "includ(ing) conversations about engaging in sexual acts," according to police.  Authorities said Alestas went on to assault t…
18-Year-Old Wanted In NJ Shots Fired Incident Arrested In Bethlehem: Prosecutor 18-Year-Old Wanted In NJ Shots Fired Incident Arrested In Bethlehem: Prosecutor
18-Year-Old Wanted In NJ Shots Fired Incident Arrested In Bethlehem: Prosecutor An 18-year-old Phillipsburg resident was arrested in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, April 30 and charged with firing gunshots earlier this month, authorities said. On Friday, April 12 at 10:15 p.m., Phillipsburg police responded to the 200 block of Stockton Street on a report of a shooting, Anthony Picione, Acting Warren County Prosecutor, said. While no one was shot, they confirmed a firearm was discharged, Picione said. An investigation identified Javon Singletary as the suspect and he was apprehended in Bethlehem, PA, Picione said.  Singletary was charged with unlawful possession of a ha…
'Large-Scale' Burglary Ring Targeted Homes In Lehigh Valley And Beyond, DA Says 'Large-Scale' Burglary Ring Targeted Homes In Lehigh Valley And Beyond, DA Says
'Large-Scale' Burglary Ring Targeted Homes In Lehigh Valley And Beyond, DA Says Half a dozen people are charged in connection with a "large-scale" home burglary scheme, according to the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office.  At a press conference on Friday, April 26, prosecutors and law enforcement said an organized ring of thieves stole more than $160,000 in goods from homes in Lehigh, Berks and Northampton counties.  They also targeted at least one home in Warren Township, New Jersey, authorities said.  Beginning in 2019, a team of state and local police agencies began investigating burglaries and attempted burglaries in Allentown, Bethl…
New Wawa Opens For Business In Bethlehem New Wawa Opens For Business In Bethlehem
New Wawa Opens For Business In Bethlehem A new Wawa location will open its doors at 3608 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem on Thursday, April 25.  The first customers can enjoy free coffee all day to celebrate the grand opening, a spokesperson said. The shop opens at 8 a.m. with a countdown beginning at 7:45 a.m. Free T-shirts are available for the first 100 customers.  As well, police officers and firefighters will face off in Wawa's signature "Hoagies for Heroes" competition, where first responders compete to build the most hoagies in a three-minute lightning round.  A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. 
Alleged Bethlehem Shooter Arrested By Marshals: Authorities Alleged Bethlehem Shooter Arrested By Marshals: Authorities
Alleged Bethlehem Shooter Arrested By Marshals: Authorities The suspected gunman in a February shooting was taken into custody by US Marshals on Monday, April 1, Bethlehem police confirmed to Daily Voice.  Allen Grimes, 18, was arrested in New York City, a Bethlehem police spokesman said.  Grimes was sought in connection with the Cherokee Street shooting on Feb. 29, police said previously.  A woman in her 20s was hospitalized with "serious injuries," authorities said at the time. 
Coroner Seeking Family Of Late Bethlehem Man, 76 Coroner Seeking Family Of Late Bethlehem Man, 76
Coroner Seeks Richard Biesantz's Next Of Kin Officials are looking for a Bethlehem man's next of kin.  Richard A. Biesantz, 76, died from natural causes on Wednesday, March 6 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Muhlenberg, said Lehigh County Coroner Daniel A. Buglio in a release.  Anyone who can contact his loved ones is asked to call the Coroner's Office at 610-782-3426 or email danielbuglio@lehighcounty.org. 
Man Killed In Route 78 Crash: Lehigh County Coroner Man Killed In Route 78 Crash: Lehigh County Coroner
Man Killed In Route 78 Crash: Lehigh County Coroner A 64-year-old New York driver was killed in a crash on Route 78 in Warren County, New Jersey on Sunday, March 10, authorities said. At 5:43 p.m., Carmen Berretta, of Albany, NY, collided with another vehicle on Route 78 eastbound in Pohatcong Township, the Lehigh County, PA Coroner's Office said.  Berretta was taken to St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem, PA where he died of his injuries at 10:04 p.m., the coroner's office said.  The coroner's office and New Jersey State Police are investigating the crash.
Coroner Seeks Family Of Late Upper Saucon Man Coroner Seeks Family Of Late Upper Saucon Man
Coroner Seeks Family Of Late Upper Saucon Man The Lehigh County Coroner's Office is asking for the public's help to locate a decedent's next of kin.  George T. Howard of Upper Saucon died of natural causes at St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem on Monday, Feb. 26, officials said. He was 61.  Anyone who can reach his family is asked to call the Coroner's Office at 610-782-3426 or email danielbuglio@lehighcounty.org.
Woman 'Seriously Injured' By Gunfire In Bethlehem, Police Say Woman 'Seriously Injured' By Gunfire In Bethlehem, Police Say
Bethlehem Shooting: Woman Struck By Gunfire On Cherokee St. Police are investigating after a woman was shot in Bethlehem on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28, authorities said in a release.  Authorities received multiple calls about gunfire on the 400 block of Cherokee Street around 3:15 p.m., the department said.  The victim, believed to be in her 20s, had been taken to an area hospital in a personal car before police arrived, according to officials. She was shot at least once in the body and remains hospitalized with "serious injuries," police said.  No arrests were made at the scene and police are asking anyone with information to call…
Coroner IDs Body Found In Bethlehem Parking Lot Coroner IDs Body Found In Bethlehem Parking Lot
Coroner IDs Body Found In Bethlehem Parking Lot Authorities have named the man whose body was found near a Bethlehem Burger King on Saturday, Feb. 24.  Sergio Barajas of Allentown, 31, was found in the parking lot at 2141 Stefko Boulevard, said the Northampton County Coroner's Office in a release.  His autopsy was completed on Monday, Feb. 26 but his cause and manner of death are pending further testing, Coroner Zachary Lysek said.  According to his obituary from Judd-Beville Funeral Home, Barajas leaves behind a wife.  
I-78 Crash: Multi-Vehicle Accident In Northampton County I-78 Crash: Multi-Vehicle Accident In Northampton County
I-78 Crash: Multi-Vehicle Accident In Northampton County Multiple cars were involved in a wreck on Interstate 78 near Hellertown on Friday afternoon, Feb. 16, according to PennDOT.  It happened between Exit 67 to Hellertown/Bethlehem and Exit 60B to South 4th Street, the department said.  A lane restriction is in effect as of 2:50 p.m., officials said. It's not yet clear if anyone was injured. 
Coroner Seeks Family Of Bethlehem Man Who Died At Lehigh Valley Hospital Coroner Seeks Family Of Bethlehem Man Who Died At Lehigh Valley Hospital
Lehigh Coroner Seeks Family Of Dennis C. Albert The Lehigh County Coroner's Office is looking for the loved ones of a 71-year-old Bethlehem man.  Dennis C. Albert, 71, died from natural causes at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest on Thursday, Feb. 8, authorities said.  Anyone who is able to contact his next of kin is asked to call the Coroner's Office at 610-782-3426 or email danielbuglio@lehighcounty.org.
Bethlehem Man ID'd As Victim In Deadly Lower Nazareth Crash Bethlehem Man ID'd As Victim In Deadly Lower Nazareth Crash
Andrew Mitchell Killed In Lower Nazareth Crash: Coroner The Northampton County Coroner's Office has named the driver in a deadly crash in Lower Nazareth on Tuesday evening, Jan. 30.  Andrew D. Mitchell, 31, of Bethlehem, died from blunt force injuries to the torso at St. Luke’s Hospital, Anderson Campus, officials said. His manner of death was ruled accidental.  The crash happened near Newburg Road and West Mayfield Circle, according to the Coroner's Office. WFMZ reported that a woman and child in a different car suffered minor injuries.  
Emmaus Man Killed On Route 378 Crash In Bethlehem: Coroner Emmaus Man Killed On Route 378 Crash In Bethlehem: Coroner
Emmaus Man Killed On Route 378 Crash In Bethlehem: Coroner One man is dead after his car hit a tractor-trailer on Route 378 in Bethlehem on Monday night, Jan. 29, according to the Lehigh County Coroner's Office.  The crash happened in the northbound lanes just south of Route 22 around 10:15 p.m., officials said.  Ricardo Lee, 40, of Emmaus, was taken to the emergency department at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg and died from multiple blunt force injuries, the coroner said. His death was ruled accidental.  Bethlehem police are also investigating the crash, officials added. 
Naked Bethlehem Man Masturbates While Crawling In Public Park, Police Say Naked Bethlehem Man Masturbates While Crawling In Public Park, Police Say
Naked Bethlehem Man Masturbates While Crawling In Public Park, Police Say A 42-year-old man who was reportedly naked and crawling was found by officers masturbating, the Carlisle Police Department explained in a release.  Brian Ardell Jones, original of Bethlehem most recently of Harrisburg, was seen "crawling naked on the ground near the railroad track bridge" at 11:18 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, police said.  When officers arrived at the wooded area of Biddle Mission Park, located at 311 East North Street, Carlisle Borough, they found Jones "with his pants pulled down, exposing his genital area, and engaging in a sexual self-gratification act," as stat…
46 Grams Of Fentanyl, Meth Seized From Woman In Palmer Township, Armed Man Sought: Police 46 Grams Of Fentanyl, Meth Seized From Woman In Palmer Township, Armed Man Sought: Police
46 Grams Of Fentanyl, Meth Seized From Woman In Palmer Township, Armed Man Sought: Police Fentanyl meth, and crack cocaine were seized from a Pennsylvania woman while a man wanted in connection to the case is at large, and considered armed and dangerous, police said. Marci Jo Clayman, 42, is facing various drug offenses and was charged with endangering the welfare of children following the investigation, police in Palmer Township said Friday, Jan. 26. The investigation began in Bethlehem but led officials to the 2700 block of Swanson Township Thursday, Jan. 25, where police seized about 2.5 pounds of methamphetamines, 46 grams of fentanyl, 18 grams of crack cocaine, digital…
Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Northampton County Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Northampton County
Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Northampton County Officials are advising residents across southeastern and central Pennsylvania to take caution ahead of the snowstorm predicted for Friday, Jan. 19, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.  Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, and parts of lower Bucks and Montgomery counties are under a winter storm warning as of 5 p.m. Thursday. In Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, and upper Bucks and Montgomery counties, a winter weather advisory is in place.  NWS's Mount Holly, New Jersey station says snow will begin to fall around 4 to 7 a.m. …
Fingerprints On Noodle Cup Led To Bethlehem Robber's Arrest: Police Fingerprints On Noodle Cup Led To Bethlehem Robber's Arrest: Police
Fingerprints On Noodle Cup Led To Thyler Blakes' Arrest: PD A Bethlehem man is charged with multiple robberies after police identified him using fingerprints on a cup of instant noodles, authorities said in a release.  A convenience store on the 1100 block of East 4th Street was robbed just before noon on Dec. 29, police said. The suspect "violently ripped" the cash box from the store's register and fled on foot with about $500 and some food items, according to BPD.  Investigators recovered a cup of instant noodles that the robber dropped on his way out of the store, and a forensic examination revealed the fingerprints of 21-year-old Thyle…
Pair Sought For Robbing Elderly Woman At ATM: Bethlehem Police Pair Sought For Robbing Elderly Woman At ATM: Bethlehem Police
Pair Sought For Robbing Elderly Woman At ATM: Bethlehem Police Authorities are looking for two people who they say conspired to rob an elderly woman in Bethlehem just days before Christmas.  It happened on Friday evening, Dec. 22 at the 1107 Butztown Road Bank of America branch, city police claim.  Investigators believe the pictured woman "forcibly" robbed a senior in the ATM drive-through line, taking cash and a debit card. Police said she gave the car to the male suspect who used it to withdraw more cash from an ATM inside.  Anyone who can identify the suspects is asked to call BPD at 610-865-7000 or email tips to bethlehempolice@beth…
Bethlehem Man Shoved Victim Down Concrete Stairs At Hotel: PSP Bethlehem Man Shoved Victim Down Concrete Stairs At Hotel: PSP
Bethlehem Man Shoved Victim Down Concrete Stairs At Hotel: PSP State police investigators have arrested a Bethlehem man who they say sent a 40-year-old to the hospital with a broken femur.  Jacob Washington, 32, is charged with aggravated and simple assault, troopers said in a release.  Detectives believe Washington and another man got into an argument at the Red Roof Inn, 1846 Catasauqua Road in Hanover Township, on Dec. 5.  Later, Washington was caught on video pulling the victim down the stairs, according to police. After the 40-year-old fell six steps and landed on a concrete base, authorities said Washington kicked him again a…
Senior Killed In Nazareth Crash ID'd By Coroner Senior Killed In Nazareth Crash ID'd By Coroner
Lorraine Grider Killed In Nazareth Crash: Coroner Authorities have named the 87-year-old who died in a car accident in Upper Nazareth on Wednesday, Dec. 20.  Lorraine Grider of Moore Township was seriously hurt in a wreck and taken to St. Luke's Hospital, Anderson Campus in Bethlehem where she died from multiple blunt force injuries, the Northampton County Coroner's Office said.  The manner of her death was ruled accidental, officials added. Daily Voice has reached out to Upper Nazareth police for more details. 
Teen Caught Breaking Into Car Was Armed With Stolen Gun: Bethlehem PD Teen Caught Breaking Into Car Was Armed With Stolen Gun: Bethlehem PD
Bethlehem Car Break-In Ends In Teen's Arrest: PD A 17-year-old who smashed the back window of a Bethlehem resident's car Tuesday morning was armed, according to city police.  Authorities said they were called to the 1300 block of East 5th Street just after midnight on Dec. 19 for an attempted vehicle burglary.  The victim said their car window had been shattered, triggering the alarm. Police searched the neighborhood and spotted a teen running near Edwards and Deschler streets, about a block north of the victim's driveway.  Officers said they saw the 17-year-old ditch a handgun from his waistband before they took him into …
Bethlehem Crash Kills Easton Woman: Coroner Bethlehem Crash Kills Easton Woman: Coroner
Nora Coronado Killed In Bethlehem Car Crash: Coroner (Note: This story has been updated with new information from the Lehigh County Coroner's Office.) A passenger was killed when two cars collided in Bethlehem on Sunday evening, Dec. 17, officials say.  Nora H. Coronado, 62, was riding along near the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Eaton Avenue when her car was struck by another vehicle around 4 p.m., according to the Lehigh County Coroner's Office.  Coronado, of Easton, was taken to the Emergency Department at St. Luke's University Hospital where she died around 4:40 p.m., the Coroner said.  Her cause of death was blunt fo…
Armed Driver Was Going 100 MPH In NJ-PA Pursuit That Ended In School Bus Crash: Cops Armed Driver Was Going 100 MPH In NJ-PA Pursuit That Ended In School Bus Crash: Cops
Armed Driver Was Going 100 MPH In Nj-pa Pursuit That Ended In School Bus Crash: Cops A 28-year-old New Jersey man remains hospitalized after police say he shot at multiple vehicles before leading a high-speed pursuit into Pennsylvania that ended in a school bus crash back in Phillipsburg, NJ. Brett M. Wyatt Jr., of Phillipsburg, began the terrifying ordeal around 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, when he fired shots at a parked truck on Uniontown Road in Lopatcong, Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer said. A responding officer found Wyatt’s vehicle, a yellow hatch bag sedan, heading west on Route 57 near the Rt. 519 intersection, the prosecutor said. Wyatt continued west …
On The House: Free Coffee On Opening Day At New Bethlehem Wawa On The House: Free Coffee On Opening Day At New Bethlehem Wawa
On The House: Free Coffee On Opening Day At New Bethlehem Wawa A new Wawa will open for business in Bethlehem this Thursday, Dec. 14, the company says.  The first customers at the 770 Hellertown Road location can enjoy free coffee all day to celebrate the grand opening, a spokesperson said.  Limited-edition "Wawa Coffee, Hoagies & Kindness" T-shirts will also be on hand for the first 100 customers. As well, Bethlehem police officers and firefighters will face off in Wawa's signature "Hoagies for Heroes" competition, where first responders compete to build the most hoagies in a three-minute lightning round. At the end, Wawa will…
Schuylkill County Crash Into Woods Kills Lansford Woman: Coroner Schuylkill County Crash Into Woods Kills Lansford Woman: Coroner
Schuylkill County Crash Into Woods Kills Lansford Woman: Coroner Authorities have identified the driver who died after crashing in Coaldale Borough on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7.  Nicole Oplinger, 42, was near the intersection of West Water and West Miner streets around 3 p.m. when she lost control of her car and struck multiple trees, said the Lehigh County Coroner's Office.  Oplinger, of Lansford, was taken to St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem where she passed from multiple traumatic injuries around 1:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, the coroner said. Her manner of death was ruled accidental.  Stat troopers in Frackville are investigat…
Pair Of Teens Broke Into Saucon Valley High After Hours, Police Say Pair Of Teens Broke Into Saucon Valley High After Hours, Police Say
Pair Of Teens Broke Into Saucon Valley High After Hours, Police Say Police have charged two teenagers with trespassing after they were allegedly caught on camera breaking into Saucon Valley High School.  Authorities said the pair entered the building after 9:30 p.m. last Saturday, Nov. 25.  They made their way inside after gaining access to the roof and climbing through a hatch, according to investigators. Opening the hatch triggered an alarm but both were gone by the time police arrived, the department said.  By Friday, Dec. 1, they had been identified as 18-year-old Marcus Flowers of Bethlehem and a 15-year-old Hellertown boy whose name wa…
Young Motorcyclist Killed In Thanksgiving Crash Was 'Extraordinary,' Bethlehem Family Says Young Motorcyclist Killed In Thanksgiving Crash Was 'Extraordinary,' Bethlehem Family Says
Young Motorcyclist Killed In Thanksgiving Crash Was 'Extraordinary,' Bethlehem Family Says Support is on the rise for the family of a motorcyclist killed in a Lehigh County crash on Thanksgiving. More than $5,800 had been raised on a GoFundMe as of Saturday, Nov. 25 for the family of Luis Enrique Rivera Ocasio, of Bethlehem. A 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed around 12:45 p.m. on East Emmaus and Taskill avenues in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County Coroner Daniel Buglio said. Major accident on E. Emmaus Ave at Gaskill. Roadway will be closed for an extended period of time. Please use alternate routes. Posted by Salisbury Township Police Department on Thursday, November 23…
Motorcyclist, 20, Dead In Lehigh Valley Thanksgiving Crash Motorcyclist, 20, Dead In Lehigh Valley Thanksgiving Crash
Motorcyclist, 20, Dead In Lehigh Valley Thanksgiving Crash A 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a Lehigh County crash on Thanksgiving, officials said. Luis Enrique Rivera Ocasio, of Bethlehem, was identified as the motorcyclist killed around 12:45 p.m. on East Emmaus and Taskill avenues in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County Coroner Daniel Buglio said. Major accident on E. Emmaus Ave at Gaskill. Roadway will be closed for an extended period of time. Please use alternate routes. Posted by Salisbury Township Police Department on Thursday, November 23, 2023 Rivera Ocasio was rushed to St. Luke's University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead…
NJ Man Steals $8K+ From Woman Using Passport At Bethlehem Bank: Police NJ Man Steals $8K+ From Woman Using Passport At Bethlehem Bank: Police
NJ Man Steals $8K+ From Woman Using Passport At Bethlehem Bank: Police An elderly woman has lost nearly $9,000 from her bank account after a New Jersey man used a fake passport card at a bank in Bethlehem, PA, police announced on Wednesday, Nov. 22.  Dax Perez Velazquez, 49 of West New York, NJ, somehow obtained a US passport card with his image on it but the elderly woman's name, and used it at a Member's 1st bank in Bethlehem, PA on September 30, Lower Allen Township police detailed in the release. The man initially made a cash withdrawal of $6,800 using the woman's account info and his fraudulent passport card at a teller window inside the bank and the…