Archive for category Bethlehem

Route 22 West crash slows rush-hour traffic

No one was badly hurt in the wreck, authorities said.

A crash just after 8 a.m. Friday on Route 22 West in Bethlehem Township, approaching the Route 512 interchange, slowed …

Route 22 West crash slows rush-hour traffic

No one was badly hurt in the wreck, authorities said.

A crash just after 8 a.m. Friday on Route 22 West in Bethlehem Township, approaching the Route 512 interchange, slowed …

Bethlehem historic brewery lands on blight list

The planning commission blight designation vote is just one step in a long blight process.

The owner of two properties Bethlehem says are blighted didn’t avoid the designation d…

No longer a wait to speak your piece in Bethlehem

City council has changed its rules for public comment.

Bethlehem residents won’t have to wait for the second public comment any longer. (lehighvalleylive.com file photo) 
Be…

Woman arrested 42nd time on prostitution-related charge

An undercover officer contacted her through a well known prostitution website, police said.

A New York woman was arrested for the 42nd time in relation to prostitution after poli…

How you can recycle old electronics in Bethlehem

The city is hosting an electronic recycling event Saturday.

Got old computers and TVs cluttering your basement or garage?
Unwanted televisions, computers, printers, screens and t…

Homeless man found in street with shotgun, ammo, cops say

The man repeatedly told officers, “I want to go to sleep,” police said.

A homeless man was found lying on a Bethlehem street with a bag containing a shotgun and ammunition, city police said.

Police just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday were called to East Seventh and State streets for a report of a man in the street and clutching a bag. Officers found Jeffrey John Heckman, 58, whose last known address was in the 600 block of Second Avenue in Bethlehem, who immediately tried to run, police said.

Officers asked Heckman if he was OK, and he allegedly replied, “I need to go to sleep.” He refused commands by officers to put down the bag, police said.

“I want to go to sleep,” Heckman allegedly said before admitting to officers he had a shotgun in the bag. Officers ordered Heckman to drop the bag and arrested him without incident.

Police said they seized from the bag a box of five 12-gauge shotgun shells, two loose shotgun shells, a white rope, copper wire and a sawed-off Sears Roebuck shotgun wrapped in a black T-shirt. Police could not make out the serial number of the shotgun due to the barrel being sawed off, according to court records.

Heckman was charged with possession of a shotgun and carrying a firearm without a license. He was arraigned before District Judge Patricia Broscius, who set bail at $1,000.

In lieu of bail, Heckman was sent to Northampton County Prison.

The judge ordered Heckman enroll in Pretrial Services and provide a verifiable address. The judge allowed 10 percent of $1,000 bail if Pretrial Services approves it.

Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at pholzmann@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

 

Just Born union workers walk out in contract dispute (VIDEO)

They voted Friday to strike, and the job action began Wednesday afternoon the union says.

Nearly 400 union employees walked off the production lines Wednesday afternoon at J…

Bethlehem taxpayers to foot Lehigh prof’s $135K repair bill

The city is afraid the old Goodman Furniture building will collapse onto Third Street.

Amid concerns that the old Goodman Furniture building will collapse onto Third Street, the …

Alleged heroin-user subdued by police with stun gun

A Bethlehem police officer was injured during the scuffle Sept. 4.

A Whitehall Township man who allegedly used heroin had to be Tasered by officers after police were called …