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Shot fired in fight outside bar at closing time, Bethlehem police say

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Police were called at 1:48 a.m. Sunday to the 100 block of East Third Street outside J.P. MacGrady's for a fight in the street including gunfire.

A shot was fired during a fight outside a Bethlehem bar around closing time early Sunday, city police said.

Police were called at 1:48 a.m. Sunday to the 100 block of East Third Street outside J.P. MacGrady’s for a fight in the street including gunfire, Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio said.

The crowd scattered as police drove up and the participants couldn’t be found, DiLuzio said. One shell casing was found in the street; police don’t believe anyone was struck, he said.


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Bethlehem police could not determine where the participants had been before the fight broke out, DiLuzio said.

“When people call it in, they give a landmark,” he said. “We don’t know if they were in the bar.”

Lynn Olanoff can be reached at lolanoff@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @LynnOlanoff. Find Bethlehem news on Facebook.

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Musikfest tents deemed safe under bridge where concrete plunged

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Bethlehem engineering staff on Monday inspected the section of the Hill-to-Hill Bridge's Main Street ramp where the concrete fell and determined that it's secure, Bethlehem City Engineer Michael Alkhal said.

Musikfest tents under a section of a bridge ramp where a small amount of concrete fell Sunday night can reopen, a Bethlehem official said.

Bethlehem engineering staff on Monday inspected the section of the Hill-to-Hill Bridge’s Main Street ramp where the concrete fell and determined that it’s secure, Bethlehem City Engineer Michael Alkhal said.

“We feel that everything looks OK now and it’s unlikely we’ll have any further problems,” he said just after noon Monday.

The city’s inspection and sounding tests likely knocked off any of the remaining loose concrete, Alkhal said.

“After the work that we did, it doesn’t appear there are any more things of concern, but we’ll keep an eye on it,” said Alkhal, who is also Bethlehem’s public works director.


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Only a very small amount of concrete fell Sunday night, he added.

The fallen concrete shuttered a Musikfest information tent Sunday night. The festival reopened at noon Monday.

The city did a full inspection of the ramp arch that goes over the main Festplatz thoroughfare Monday morning, Alkhal said. The city will further inspect the ramp arches that go over less-traveled parts of the festival – including the nearby portable toilets – on Tuesday or later in the week, he said.

Musikfest parent ArtsQuest confirmed on Facebook that the affected tent and Festplatz concourse are fulling open.

“No issues or concerns were found and the site is absolutely safe for all our vendors, patrons and guests,” the organization said on Facebook.

Lynn Olanoff can be reached at lolanoff@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @LynnOlanoff. Find Bethlehem news on Facebook.

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George Bright hopes to guide Moravian athletes to be ‘greatest form of themselves’

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The longtime Lafayette College associate director of athletics says he is preparing for his new challenge.

It appears George Bright is about to begin his dream job.

Bright, the longtime associate director of athletics at Division I Lafayette College in Easton, will start Sept. 1 as the director of recreation and athletics at Division III Moravian College in Bethlehem.

Moravian alumni were alerted to the hire in an email over the weekend. Both schools made formal announcements Monday morning.

“Throughout my career, I have aspired to become a director of athletics at an institution where the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence is a permanent priority and I am most grateful for that opportunity at Moravian,” Bright said a Moravian news release. “I have committed myself to performing at the highest level capable and will uphold the proud traditions of Moravian College. I have always believed ‘loyalty,’ ‘integrity’ and ‘commitment’ to be the cornerstones of my career and that will not change.”


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Bright was in charge of athletic administration, facilities management, event management and operations management at Lafayette.

He played an “integral role” in the planning and construction of the $23 million upgrade at Fisher Stadium as well as assisting in the $36 million construction and renovations at Kirby Sports Center, Lafayette said in its news release.

“George Bright has been the consummate, dedicated champion of Lafayette and our athletics program for 22 years,” Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon said. “We are eternally grateful for his unwavering service to our student-athletes, coaches and staff as well as the impact he’s had on the entire Lafayette community. I am personally thankful for George’s devotion to our college and his friendship to me and wish him great success at Moravian. I know that he will do a fantastic job there.”

Bright, who was on the Easton Area School Board and held other leadership roles in the Easton community, will replace Scott Dapp, who is retiring after 28 years as football coach, then athletic director, at Moravian.

“George has had a long and distinguished career in college athletics, and we look forward to having him lead our department into the future,” Moravian President Bryon L. Grigsby said in that school’s release.

Saying it was difficult to leave Lafayette after 22 years in the athletic department, Bright praised McCutcheon and added he is prepared for his new challenge.

“I am ready to work to grasp a clear understanding of the needs and resources at Moravian, and to be a servant leader with thoughtful vision and strategic goals,” he said in a news release. “My overall focus, however, is to inspire student-athletes to become the greatest form of themselves — something that will uniquely be a solid platform to stand on throughout their lives.”

Associate Director of Athletics Mary Beth Spirk said Bright was the school’s “absolute top choice.”

“I know I speak for all the coaches when I say we are looking forward to having an individual of George’s caliber lead the Moravian Athletic Department,” the longtime women’s basketball coach said in the college’s news release. “… His leadership, experience and character are a perfect fit for Moravian.”

Bright and his wife, Sharon, live on College Hill and are parents of U.S. Navy Lt. George Bright II and attorney Tara Bright.

Lafayette said it will immediately begin a nationwide search for Bright’s replacement. 

Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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Color Me Rad 5K paints the town red. And green, and blue … (PHOTOS)

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Runners were bombarded by colors on a path through SteelStacks and some Musikfest platzes in Bethlehem.

Musikfest just got a little more colorful.

The Color Me Rad 5K returned to Bethlehem on Saturday morning.

Runners were doused with colored powder on the route, which wound through the SteelStacks campus and through some Musikfest platzes.

Check out photos of the event above.

Steve Novak may be reached at snovak@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @type2supernovak. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Indoor trampoline park coming to Bethlehem’s Westgate Mall

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The Sky Zone Trampoline Park location is expected to open this winter.

An indoor trampoline park will be opening at Bethlehem‘s Westgate Mall this winter.

The Sky Zone Trampoline Park location will have dozens of trampolines in a 26,000-square-foot space, owner Roseann Cox said.

“It’s going to be a big park,” she said.

“Sky zone’s philosophy is being active – trying to make sure kids are having fun, teens are having fun, adults are having fun – it’s truly something for all ages,” she said. “The kids are burning a ton of calories and they don’t even know it.”

Cox grew up in Bethlehem and was very excited to be able to buy the Lehigh Valley-area franchise rights for Sky Zone. She, her husband, Bob, and partner Christian Richardson also hold the Sky Zone franchises for the Harrisburg and York, Pennsylvania areas.

The three have been researching Lehigh Valley locations for two years and were thrilled when the Westgate Mall became available, Cox said.

“I’m so excited to be in the Westgate Mall because I grew up at that mall,” she said. “It’s right smack in the center of the Lehigh Valley – I couldn’t ask for a better location.”

The Sky Zone location will be in several inside stores that are currently being combined, Cox said. The mall is undergoing other renovations, as well, and Cox believes it’s on the upswing.


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The indoor trampoline park is the second such facility coming to the Lehigh Valley. A location of FreeFall Trampoline Park will be opening in Bethlehem Township, also this winter.

Cox said she believes there’s enough room in the market for two locations.

“It’s just like bowling alleys or anything else – there are multiples,” she said. “The customer base is pretty large.”

Sky Zone is still working on pricing for the Bethlehem location. The park will offer open jump sessions, dodge ball, sky hoops, exercise classes, toddler sessions and birthday parties, Cox said.

The business is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016, Cox said.

Lynn Olanoff can be reached at lolanoff@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @LynnOlanoff. Find Bethlehem news on Facebook.

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Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey players visit Bethlehem (PHOTOS)

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Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight, members of the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, visit a clinic at the Steel Ice Center.

A girls ice hockey clinic had some internationally accomplished visitors Friday.

Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight, members of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, visited the Olympify Hockey clinic at the Steel Ice Center on South Side Bethlehem.

The team won the silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Scroll through the above photos for a look at Friday’s visit. Below is the 2014 gold medal game, won by Canada.

Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Bethlehem man asks to borrow mom’s TV, steals it instead, cops say

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Harley David Staboleski-Dearholt, 19, of the 1700 block of Barrett Drive, was arraigned Thursday on a theft charge, according to court records.

Bethlehem man asked to borrow his mom’s TV to play video games in her garage but then stole it, police report.

Harley David Staboleski-Dearholt, 19, of the 1700 block of Barrett Drive, was arraigned Thursday on a theft charge, according to court records.

On July 30, Judy Ortiz reported to police that her son had asked to borrow her 42-inch television to play video games in the garage, which Oritz allowed, police said. Her son removed the TV from her room.

When Ortiz went to the garage a short while later, her son was gone and so was the television, police say. His mother was unable to make contact with her son and didn’t know where he’d gone, cops said.

On Aug. 4, the investigating officer was notified that police had arrested Staboleski-Dearholt for another incident at his neighbor’s home, police say.


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Staboleski-Dearholt admitted to police he had sold his mom’s TV to someone for $25, records say.

He’s also accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and stealing from her while she was hospitalized, court records state.

Staboleski-Dearholt was arraigned on Aug. 3 on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property and theft. He was sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $50,000 bail with a 10 percent option.

Staboleski-Dearholt’s bail in the theft case was set at $3,500 with a 10 percent option.

Sara K. Satullo may be reached at ssatullo@lehighvalleylive.com.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Duran Duran full of fun at Musikfest 2015 preview night

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Though they had their peak about 30 years ago, Duran Duran still puts on a great show and Simon Le Bon can still sing.

“Hungry Like the Wolf” is hands down my favorite Duran Duran song and I went into the band’s show at Musikfest on Thursday night expecting it to be the concert highlight.

But the British pop band put on such a fun show, it ended up not even ranking in my top five.

Though they had their peak about 30 years ago, Duran Duran still puts on a great show and Simon Le Bon can still sing.

Their upbeat songs were the concert highlight, especially “Rio” and “The Reflex.” I was somewhat familiar with the entertaining “(Reach Up for the) Sunrise,” but was surprised to find out it was released in 2004 because it has that same 80s fun as the hits that made the band famous. It, too, was another high point of Thursday’s show.

Duran Duran played the first-ever Musikfest main stage preview night to a crowd of 4,489 at the 6,500-person Sands Steel Stage in Bethlehem. Duran Duran last played Musikfest in 2000 when the main stage was on Sand Island.

Le Bon said he was quite impressed with the new venue and called the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. blast furnaces “quite amazing.” The festival officially opens Friday and runs through Aug. 16.

Le Bon also still looks good, even though he’s now 56. Fit and sporting a trimmed beard, I kept having to do double takes that it wasn’t Jason Bateman up there. (Anyone else see the resemblance? I think it was totally the beard.)


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Guitarist Dom Brown was great on the guitar solos in “Ordinary World,” and backup singer Anna Ross added a lot of energy to the show, especially her vocals on “Come Undone.”

Ross also sang Janelle Monae’s part on the band’s latest single “Pressure Off.” While the song is upbeat like some of Duran Duran’s biggest hits, I’m not sure if it’s memorable enough for the band to really make a mark on the current music scene.

“Ordinary World” was maybe Le Bon’s only misstep. What’s great about the song is it’s sort of quiet, haunting quality, and Thursday, Le Bon sang it forceful and loud. While it can be good to deviate from the studio version – often the point of a live concert – Le Bon didn’t do the great song its full justice.

Duran Duran got in 15 songs into the almost hour-and-a-half show, which was overall very satisfying.

Lynn Olanoff can be reached at lolanoff@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @LynnOlanoff. Find Bethlehem news on Facebook.

Duran Duran full of fun at Musikfest 2015 preview night

Posted by Real-Time News.

Though they had their peak about 30 years ago, Duran Duran still puts on a great show and Simon Le Bon can still sing.

“Hungry Like the Wolf” is hands down my favorite Duran Duran song and I went into the band’s show at Musikfest on Thursday night expecting it to be the concert highlight.

But the British pop band put on such a fun show, it ended up not even ranking in my top five.

Though they had their peak about 30 years ago, Duran Duran still puts on a great show and Simon Le Bon can still sing.

Their upbeat songs were the concert highlight, especially “Rio” and “The Reflex.” I was somewhat familiar with the entertaining “(Reach Up for the) Sunrise,” but was surprised to find out it was released in 2004 because it has that same 80s fun as the hits that made the band famous. It, too, was another high point of Thursday’s show.

Duran Duran played the first-ever Musikfest main stage preview night to a crowd of 4,489 at the 6,500-person Sands Steel Stage in Bethlehem. Duran Duran last played Musikfest in 2000 when the main stage was on Sand Island.

Le Bon said he was quite impressed with the new venue and called the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. blast furnaces “quite amazing.” The festival officially opens Friday and runs through Aug. 16.

Le Bon also still looks good, even though he’s now 56. Fit and sporting a trimmed beard, I kept having to do double takes that it wasn’t Jason Bateman up there. (Anyone else see the resemblance? I think it was totally the beard.)


RELATED: Who are the 2015 Musikfest headliners?

Guitarist Dom Brown was great on the guitar solos in “Ordinary World,” and backup singer Anna Ross added a lot of energy to the show, especially her vocals on “Come Undone.”

Ross also sang Janelle Monae’s part on the band’s latest single “Pressure Off.” While the song is upbeat like some of Duran Duran’s biggest hits, I’m not sure if it’s memorable enough for the band to really make a mark on the current music scene.

“Ordinary World” was maybe Le Bon’s only misstep. What’s great about the song is it’s sort of quiet, haunting quality, and Thursday, Le Bon sang it forceful and loud. While it can be good to deviate from the studio version – often the point of a live concert – Le Bon didn’t do the great song its full justice.

Duran Duran got in 15 songs into the almost hour-and-a-half show, which was overall very satisfying.

Lynn Olanoff can be reached at lolanoff@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @LynnOlanoff. Find Bethlehem news on Facebook.

Bethlehem Health Bureau Reports Alarming Increase in Synthetic Marijuana ODs

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FROM BETHLEHEM BUREAU OF HEALTH: Overdoses due to the use of synthetic marijuana remain a concern in the City of Bethlehem. The Bethlehem Health Bureau has been working with the Bethlehem Police Department and Bethlehem EMS to collect data on the number of emergency calls from individuals who have used synthetic marijuana. Although the dangers have been widely publicized, the City of Bethlehem has steadily seen an increase in the number of overdose related calls. A total of 55 calls were made to 9-1-1 from April through July and 49 resulted in a transport to a local hospital. The majority of the overdose victims have been young males.

Marketed as a “legal high”, the use of synthetic cannabinoids or synthetic marijuana can cause dangerous side effects, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, psychotic episodes and seizures. The use of synthetic marijuana also creates a hazard to public safety because of the violent reactions the drug can produce. Newer versions continue to appear on the market because manufacturers change their chemical compounds to create a “new” drug to circumvent existing laws. The Bethlehem Health Bureau warns that synthetic marijuana is dangerous and poses a serious threat to public health. The Bethlehem Health Bureau will continue to work with the police department and EMS to monitor data on overdoses related to synthetic marijuana in an effort to effectively develop and target prevention efforts. In addition, the Bethlehem Police Department is urging store owners to pull synthetic marijuana products from their shelves.

If someone you know has used synthetic marijuana, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Dial 9-1-1 immediately if someone has stopped breathing, collapses or has seizures.