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Updated: Bucks Co Peitition In Bensalem Special Election Denied

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Updated Monday at 8:50 p.m. 

At 8:45 this evening, after taking testimony, hearing argument and reviewing case law and exhibits submitted to him, Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey G. Trauger denied the petition of the county Board of Elections, and the intervening petition of Bensalem resident Elly McNelis, to postpone the special election for the 18th PA House District scheduled for tomorrow in Bensalem.

Bucks County has no comment on possible appeals, as attorneys said they are considering their options.

The special election is still on.

 

The Bucks County Board of Elections Monday filed an emergency petition in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas for an injunction to postpone Tuesday’s special election for Bensalem’s seat in the State House.

This is in direct response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, which the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have labeled a global pandemic.

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, who has the power to postpone this election in the interest of public safety, has refused to so in statements made over the weekend, after Commissioner chair of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners and chair of the Board of Elections Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia asked for a postponement at Saturday’s press conference in Ivy Land

“We were left with no choice but to file suit,” Marseglia said.

The Board of Elections also includes Common Pleas Court Judge Brian T. McGuffin and County Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo.

“With the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania declaring a state of emergency and under advisement of our county’s Department of Health, we believe that tomorrow’s special election must be postponed. The risk is too great. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our residents,” she said.

In Bucks County, all schools are closed for two weeks, and all dine-in restaurants and non-essential businesses have been ordered to close by Gov. Tom Wolf over the last three days.

“It doesn’t make much sense for us to ask residents to practice social distancing and to stay home from work, but then also encourage them to go out to vote in the middle of a public health crisis. This is no time to play games with people’s lives,” Marseglia said.

This special election would be the first in which the county’s new ClearBallot voting machines would be used. Of the 135 personnel required to conduct the special election, fewer than half have confirmed their availability to work, a statement reads.

Commissioner Marseglia concluded, “It’s the perfect storm. New voting machines, poll workers quitting or calling in sick, and a global pandemic. With the outbreak of COVID-19, we had hoped that Speaker Turzai would have had the good sense to, at the very minimum, move this election concurrent with the April 28 primary, but now we are asking a judge to issue an emergency injunction and protect our citizens.”

The special election is between Democrat  Harold Hayes and Republican K.C Tomlinson. 

 

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“Armed Man” Initiates Lockdown for Levittown Elementary School Thursday, No Charges Filed

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Brookwood Elementary

**Update: Friday 4 a.m.**

Earlier Thursday, Brookwood Elementary in Bristol Township instituted their “Lockdown Procedures” due to an alleged report of a “armed man” in the area of the school.

Parents received a community update notice which said they were in lockdown due to a security concern in a nearby neighborhood.  The notice said updates would be provided as they occur and to please not come to or contact the school.

Police dispatched to the elementary school raced up Haines Road one witness told the publication taking one man into custody, authorities  said.

“There was an incident involving an adult male, who was in possession of a firearm near the school crossing guard post (Kenwood Drive North & Key Lane.) There is no information at this time that he attempted to enter the school. The matter is under investigation. No one has been arrested as of this time,” said Lt. Sean Cosgrove in an e-email exchange with Lower Bucks Source, shortly after the incident.

At 1:30 p.m., the lockdown was lifted without further incident.

 

 

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Morrisville Police Reports: Woman Charged with Harassment, Man Charged with DUI after Crash

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Morrisville Borough Police Reports March 26 to April 1, 2024

Arrest/Harassment – 03/28/24 @ 21:13 – A 24 year old female was cited for Harassment for an incident at an apartment complex on the 300 block of Plaza Boulevard.

Motor Vehicle Theft – 03/29/24 @ 16:08 – Report of a BMW stolen from an apartment complex on the 400 block of Plaza Boulevard. Value:  $10,000.00

Retail Theft – 03/29/24 @ 17:25 – Report of merchandise stolen from the Giant Food Store on W. Trenton Avenue.  Value:  $120.00

Arrest/DUI – 03/30/24 @ 02:59 – A 29 year old male was arrested for Driving Under the Influence after a traffic accident on W. Hendrickson and Harper Avenues.  He was processed and released.

Warrant/PICS – 04/01/24 – A warrant will be issued for a 28 year old male for Unsworn Falsification to Authorities in attempting to purchase a firearm at the Mega Pawn Shop on W. Bridge Street on 02/27/23.

 

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Bridge Construction to Close Newportville Road in Bristol, Bensalem Townships

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced last week that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is planning bridge construction on Newportville Road in Bristol and Bensalem townships, beginning Monday, February 12.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:

Monday, February 12, through Friday, February 16, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a closure is scheduled on Newportville Road between Zimmerman Lane and New Falls Road. During the closure, motorists will be directed to use Zimmerman Lane and New Falls Road.

Local access will be maintained up to the work zone.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because backups and delays will occur.

All scheduled activities are weather dependent. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin. Information about infrastructure in District 6, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov. Subscribe to PennDOT District 6 news and traffic alerts at www.penndot.pa.gov/District6. Follow PennDOT on X and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

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