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Cops: Man repeatedly harasses officers in obscene, threatening calls

The caller identified himself by his first name, police said.

A man who reportedly said he dislikes cops got a visit from a few Allentown police officers after allegedly making a…

Man, 44, admits raping boy, Allentown police say

Police were called Saturday night for a reported sexual assault.

A 44-year-old man is accused of raping a 13-year-old boy in Allentown.
Allentown police said they were called Sat…

College student facing trial for allegedly threatening to kill 2 with knife

The Muhlenberg student reportedly told his friend, ‘If you tell anyone about this I will cut your heart and kill you.’

Muhlenberg College student accused of pulling a knife and threatening to kill two women is now facing possible trial in his case.

Harrison Callahan was in court Friday for his preliminary hearing on charges of simple assault and two counts each of harassment and making terroristic threats. 

The 19-year-old Callahan waived the charges, sending them to Lehigh County Court. Callahan, who lives in Chester County, remains free on $15,000 unsecured bail.

Following the hearing, Callahan’s attorney, Maureen Coggins, declined to comment about the allegations against him.

College student reportedly tells friend, ‘I will cut your heart and kill you’

A woman reported that while she was in Callahan’s room the night of Jan. 28, he became agitated over a text message she received that he was able to see. Callahan began punching his desk in his room, and then displayed a knife with a blade about five inches long, city police said.

While holding the knife, Callahan said he wanted to strangle a second woman, a victim who was involved in a disciplinary hearing involving Callahan, police said.

Callahan said he wanted to kill the second woman if he ever saw her again, according to police.

The woman in Callahan’s room told officers she tried to calm him down because she feared he would hurt her, police said.

At one point, Callahan reportedly pointed the knife to the woman’s throat and told her, “If you tell anyone about this I will cut your heart and kill you.”

Callahan put the knife away, and the woman’s friends came into his room to get her, police said. Both victims reported the incident to campus security on Jan. 30, police said.

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Do you know this child? He was found alone on an Allentown street

Anyone with information is asked to call the police desk at 610-439-5944.

A toddler was found Thursday morning walking alone on an Allentown street, and police are trying to…

Man stabbed but has no idea by whom or why, police say

The injuries were not life-threatening, police say.

A man was stabbed in the back as he walked Sunday afternoon in Allentown but he had no idea who did it or why, city …

Allentown police looking for driver who hit, dragged bicycle rider

Anyone with information is asked to call the traffic unit at 610-437-7731 or to use the free Tip411 app.

Allentown police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver inv…

Body found under Allentown bridge, report says

The body was discovered sometime Sunday afternoon by city police.

 
Police are investigating a body found underneath the Linden Street bridge, according to a published repor…

Man accused of severely beating 3-year-old with belt faces trial

The victim had marks and bruises on his back, chest and legs, as well as a severe injury to his genitals, police said.

An Allentown man accused of leaving a 3-year-old batte…

Cops: Drunk man claims he has AIDS as he bites, spits at officers

The man was drinking a beer when he tried to get on a bus headed to New York City, police said.

A drunken man removed from a bus heading to New York is facing more serious charge…

Allentown officer shot by murderer honored with purple heart

Sergeant Christopher Diehl was one of a crowd of officers honored for their work in the case, as part of Wednesday’s department commendation ceremony.

An Allentown police sergeant shot by a murderer was one of 83 officers honored Wednesday at the department’s annual commendation and memorial ceremony.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was the ceremony’s key speaker, and he spoke of not only respecting law enforcement, but appreciating officers and their families.

“I think it’s really important we have a culture in this community, to say thank you to those who serve,” Shapiro said.

Sergeant Christopher Diehl was awarded a purple heart, a commendation for valor and a merit citation. Diehl, a detective at the time, was wounded when Walter Bratvold opened fire on a group of officers serving a warrant at his address in February 2016.

Bratvold pleaded guilty to killing his live-in girlfriend and opening fire of the police. On May 5, he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

A crowd of officers were also honored for their work in the case.

Sergeant Michael Becker and officer Evan Weaver were awarded commendations for valor for the same incident.

Sixteen officers received commendations for bravery in the case: interim Chief Glen Dorney; Sergeants Karl Kozlowski and J. Wesley Wilcox and Andrew Moll; and officers John Brixius, Raymond Ferraro, Robert Flores, Leonard Fritzinger, Joseph Iannetta, Mark Jarrouj, Stephen James, Matthew Karnish, Jason Krasley, Michael Lovett, Miguel Villa and Richard Wehr.

Twenty-four APD officers and Lehigh County Detective Timothy Salgado received merit citations in connection with the investigation: retired Chief Keith Morris; Assistant Chiefs William Reinik and Gail Struss; Captains William Lake and Stephen Vangelo; retired Captain Richard London; retired Lieutenant Andrew Hausman; Sergeants Christie Correa, Kyle Pammer, Raymond Sannie and Ronald Schlegel; and officers Andrew Beky, Kevin Birosik, Emily Bostick, Joshua Brubaker, Alex de la Iglesia, Christopher Diehl, Matthew Diehl, Randy Fey, John Leonard, Damien Lobach, Jorge Medero, Jr., Kevin Mriss, William Skriletz and Michael Vernotica.

Commendations for achievement in the Bratvold case were awarded to Sergeant Jonathan Smith and K-9 Officer Django.

Allentown Fraternal Order of Police President Officer Scott Snyder said while anti-police sentiment has grown across the country, officers continue to put their lives on the line at a moment’s notice.

“We believe people are worth helping, the job is worth doing, and our city is worth saving,” Snyder said.

The department honored Allentown firefighters Charles Haydt and James Kutz and EMS employees Alexander Takacs, Michael Zimpfer, Dustin Wentz and Jason Knight for their roles in coming to the aid of officers that night.

Officer Mark Jarrouj received a commendation for bravery for wrestling with and apprehending an armed suspect in June 2016.

Lieutenant John Hill and officers Theodore Kiskeravage and Michael Yetter earned commendations for bravery for their foot pursuit and apprehension of an armed suspect in July 2016.

Lieutenant Glenn Granitz, Sergeant Moll and officer Robert Busch were awarded commendations for bravery for apprehending an armed and dangerous subject in August 2016.

Sergeant Moll and officers Joshua Baker, Talden Cashatt, Victor Diaz-Gonzalez, Bryan Guzley, Joseph Iannetta, Nicholas Lerch, Michael Lovett and Christopher Matthews were honored with a commendation for heroism, for their role in apprehending an armed woman who had already wounded one person and refused to come out of a home where officers found two handguns and a rifle. The gunshot victim in the August 2016 incident survived.

Three commendations for merit were awarded to officer Yamil Castillo, and two were given to Sergeant Eric Brenner and officer James.

Commendations for merit were also awarded to Sergeants Diehl, Wilcox and Stephen Milkovits and officers Busch, Diaz-Gonzalez, Jarrouj, Matthew Diehl, Joseph Beiner, Alfred Boccadoro, Alexander Boehm, Robert Carbaugh, Thomas Cunningham, Roderick Devine, Dean Flyte, Kyle French, Dean Good, Christopher Hendricks, Alexander Komatick, Joseph Koury, Jason Krebs, Dathan Long, Cory Marsteller, Jose Ozoa, Ismael Segarra and David Skutches.

Two commendations for achievement were awarded to officers Guzley, Diaz-Gonzalez, Cashatt, Cunningham, Flyte and Matthews; para police William Mentesana; and officers Brian Branston, Anthony Cruz, Matthew Diehl, Brian Moore, Arthur Owens and William Williams.

Mentesana took a call from a business in Nebraska that reported an Allentown woman took 50 doses of rat poison. Mentesana was able to help police locate the woman, and saved her life, police said.

Other officers helped revive a 4-year-old girl who was found face-down in water, a man who collapsed on a beach where an officer was on vacation, and a one-year-old who had choked.

Officers Krebs and Craig Berger received a commendation for achievement for winning the 2016 DUI Top Gun Award.

Chief’s Awards were bestowed upon officer Jason Krasley, for his work in the vice unit and human trafficking arrests, and William Holler, who was cited for his 40 years of service to the Police Athletic League.

Civilians Jeremy Walker, Andrew Held, Benjamin Komito and Yvette Otero were recognized for their rescue of two elderly persons who crashed their car into Lake Muhlenberg.

Allentown Communications Center dispatchers Matthew Haedrich and David Gatens were honored for their work in helping to catch two armed robbery suspects. Gatens was also recognized for preventing a suicide and Haedrich was also recognized for providing information from city cameras that led to the securing of a firearm during a fight.

City EMT Giovanni Grella and Abimael Dominguez were recognized for disarming a suspect with a knife, as well as rendering aid to a severely injured stabbing victim.

Civilians Porfirio Prestol, Matthew Brand and Todd Siegfried were recognized for stopping a man accused of stabbing his daughter-in-law and his wife, and holding the suspect until police arrived this past February.

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Civilian Jocelyn Rosado was honored for coming to the aid of an injured 11-year-old autistic boy who had wandered more than six miles from his home. Rosado called 911 and stayed with the child until officers arrived, police said.

Dr. Michelle Meyer was recognized for training APD K-9 Officers in the proper administration of Narcan to the department’s K-9s. The dogs can overdose when they come in contact with fentanyl and other opioids during drug investigations.

The department also recognized contributions of items, materials or funds made by businesses, organizations and individuals including PPL Services Corporation, Trustees of the Air Products Foundation, Lehigh Gas Foundation, Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Russo Concrete LLC, Elias Funeral Home, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Iron Falcon Martial Arts, Indian American Association of Lehigh Valley, United Check Cashing, Advance Smile Dental Creator LLC, Big Barker, Porter Lodge No. 284 F & AM Masonic Lodge, Helen Steedle, Patt Infanti, Caitlin Scargle, Jean and William Schmidt and Janel and Travis Shelly.

Twelve students were honored as School Safety Patrol of the Year award winners.

They are: Nicholas Ortiz of Central Elementary, Devante Gaynair of Cleveland Elementary, Connor O’Donnell of Hiram Dodd Elementary, Alexis Barragan-Canete of Jefferson Elementary, Brandon Rodriguez of Lehigh Parkway Elementary, Litzyree Tejada of Mosser Elementary, Jeremiah Stinvel of Muhlenberg Elementary, Arabella Rosario of Luis A. Ramos Elementary, Ebunoluwa Shokunbi of Ritter Elementary, Demiya Blakey of Roosevelt Elementary, Luis Castillo-Lopez of Sheridan Elementary and Calvin Long of Union Terrace Elementary.

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