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Police investigating stabbing end up making drug arrest

Pregnant woman claims she was kicked in stomach

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Officers investigating a reported stabbing Sunday morning in Bethlehem ended up charging the recipient of the stab wound with drug possession.

Bethlehem police arrived at a Dellwood Street home about 7 a.m. Sunday to find William H. Nicholson suffering from a stab wound to the arm. But they also allegedly found evidence of drug dealing and a nearby pregnant woman, who claimed Nicholson kicked her in the stomach.

When officers were dispatched to the area, they found the 31-year-old woman lying on the ground in the 800 block of Dellwood complaining of stomach and uterus pain. She alleged that her boyfriend, Nicholson, had kicked her in the stomach and pointed a gun at her inside their home in the 700 block of Dellwood Street, according to court records.

Records indicate they shared the home, but records also list a Union Boulevard address in Allentown for Nicholson.

The woman allegedly admitted stabbing Nicholson. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police arrived at the Dellwood Street home to find Nicholson standing outside, holding a blood-soaked towel over his right arm. He too was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Inside the house, police allegedly found a “large amount of blood splatter,” a blood-covered jacket and a broken knife in the kitchen. Officers found blood in a second-floor bedroom along with blue baggies similar to those used to package heroin, an IOU sheet and an empty holster in plain sight, according to court records.

Police interviewed the pair at the hospital, where Nicholson allegedly admitted having a handgun when he was stabbed. He told officers that he hid the gun in the trunk of his mother’s silver Ford Focus that was parked in front of the Dellwood Street house, according to records.

He also allegedly told police there was a “large amount” of heroin in the trunk.

Authorities said they secured a search warrant for the Focus and found blood on the car and 50 baggies of heroin and a loaded Taurus KP .38 caliber revolver in the trunk. A search warrant for the house allegedly turned up more plastic baggies, rubber bands, a digital scale and an electric grinder.

Police charged Nicholson with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. District Judge Douglas Schlegel arraigned the 26-year-old Sunday afternoon, setting bail at $5,000 with a 10 percent cash option if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

He failed to post bail and was sent to county prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 22.

Court records indicate that an investigation is ongoing regarding the assault with a knife.

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