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Bethlehem woman allegedly raises holy heck in house of worship

Police said she bit an arresting officer

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Northampton County woman is facing charges after police alleged she bit an officer and created an obscenity-laced ruckus during Sunday services at a Bethlehem church.

Authorities charged Crystal A. Butz, of the 700 block of Wyandotte Street in Bethlehem, with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment following the incident at Cathedral Church of the Nativity.

District Judge Antonia Grifo arraigned the 35-year-old Sunday afternoon, setting bail at $15,000.

Bethlehem police were called to the church at 321 Wyandotte Street shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday to investigate reports of a “loud and disruptive” woman causing a stir inside the church, according to court records.

A pair of parishioners told police Butz was shouting obscenities and throwing about books and other church literature, according to records. There were parishioners in the church, including children, as Butz spewed obscenities, according to records.

Police found her near the front entrance and tried to take her into custody. Butz allegedly “violently thrashed” about and bit one officer on his forearm as they tried to arrest her.

Butz failed to post bail after her arraignment, so she was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 6.

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