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Updated: Moors to be Named Bristol Borough Chief of Police



Bristol Borough will be hiring a new Chief of Police as the position has been offered to one of it’s own according to multiple sources with knowledge of the offer.

Officer in Charge, Seargeant  Joe Moors will be the borough’s new police chief the multiple sources told Lower Bucks Source late Tuesday night.

The sources said Moors will be sworn in as Chief at the April Bristol Borough Council Meeting.

Late Wednesday night, Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe confirmed Moors was offered the job

“It’s no secret” he said.

We went through all the interviews and got the number of candidates down from seven to five- two took other jobs- and council, the mayor, our solicitor, all agreed the man who has been serving this community is the right man for the job, DiGuiseppe said.

We offered Joe the position and let the other candidates know our decision.

The process is a contract that needs to be negotiated and approved by both parties -Council in a public meeting. I believe this is premature, until an agreement is signed by both parties, said Borough Manage James Dillon Thursday.

Moors, who has been with the department for over three decades was once called the “consummate street cop and street Sgt” by now retired Chief of Police, Steve Henry.

The position opened up when former Police Chief Henry announced his retirement last year. 

Council in November, said Moors would lead the department as the Officer in Charge while they advertised the Chief of Police position.

In February the process kicked into high gear, as borough officials reviewed potential candidates for the job, which Borough Manager Jim Dillon said about 24 candidates applied for.

At Moors 25th anniversary celebration with the department Mayor Joseph Saxton called Moors one helluva a leader.

Moors was hired by the department in 1992, when Judge Frank W. Peranteau Sr. was leading the department.

He was the judges first hire as Chief of Police

Moors hiring also impacts the police department in two additional ways as he is currently the President of the Borough Police Benevolent Association, which means Chuck Palmer, current vice president, will be elevated to the presidents role. Additionally, Palmer will now become a Sgt for the department, which he was elevated to the acting role in February.

When you talk about community policing. And if you’re involved in law enforcement…its the community aspect of what Joe can do. He gets out of the car and talks to with people There is not a person in the community that doesn’t know Joe. said Henry at Moors 25th anniversary celebration with the police depatment.

Saxton has praised Moors work while stepping into the Officer in Charge role a number of times at council meetings also/

Moors, over the years this reporter has known him, has always openly expressed his love for Bristol and its residents and doing police work to protect the residents.

As of 11:45 pm Wednesday night, Moors did not respond to requests for comment.

Lower Bucks Source expects to update this story Thursday.

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Sources: Borough Police Investigating Sexual Assault of Minor with Behavioral Health Challenges



Imagine being a young female on your way to a local store and an unknown man grabs and fondles you while mumbling incoherently. Apparently this is what happened in the area of the Dollar General 610 Bristol Pike earlier this month.

Multiple sources confirmed to Lower Bucks Source early Friday an investigation is moving forward with a person of interest in the sights of Bristol Borough Police.

The alleged sexual assault which included the suspect grabbing the young girl in the genital region in an alleyway close to the Dollar General. Social media posts and comments about the reported attack say store employees have been cooperating with police providing detailed descriptions of the suspect.

Sources said late Thursday evening, the suspect has a lengthy criminal record and currently has active case filed by Bristol Township Police for stalking, reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint -serious bodily injury and a related offense.

Each source is “very concerned” for the health and welfare of girls and women walking around in the Bristol area.

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A source with knowledge of the police inquiry said Detective William “Billy” Davis  was assigned the case last week.

We’re just hoping an arrest is made soon, one source repeatedly said

“You can’t have an animal like that out there running free,” another said with rage in her voice. .

If you have any information about the alleged October 10 attack you can submit an anonymous tip to police by clicking here. Or you can call Call (215) 788-7813.

Chief of Police Joe Moors did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

At this time, Lower Bucks Source is withholding the name of the suspect to protect the integrity of the police investigation.


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Updated:Three-Alarm Blaze Rips Through Six Borough Homes, At Least 10 Displaced, Sources say



Update: 4:45 pm Tuesday- Sept 19, 2023

The early Tuesday morning fire that ripped quickly through six Bristol Borough homes is now under investigation by the Bucks County Fire Marshal’s office, first responder  sources told Lower Bucks Source, this afternoon.

Multiple residents and sources who could only speak on the condition of anonymity said fire victims were placed at a local church.  Bristol Borough Emergency Management officials are set up there with The American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania assisting,

The fire severely damaged at least three homes and with the remaining three suffering varying degrees of fire and water damage.

Two witnesses earlier this morning saw a “family of five run for their lives with children in tow”

“:It was truly traumatic to see that” the Buckley Street resident said,

Still no official word on the cause of the fire that went from one to a three-alarm blaze in what appeared to be a blink of the eye, a first responder on scene said.

“The response was massive, intense, and loud” the source said.

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A three-alarm fire ripped through Bristol Borough homes on the 600 Block of Spruce Street Tuesday morning.

One witness on scene said they saw a family of five running out of their home to escape the blaze.

Screaming sirens cut through the morning smoke, with onlookers crying as they stood mesmerized by the crazy morning scene of fire companies pouring into Bristol from every direction to battle the raging blaze, one witness described.

Preliminary reports said the fire dispatch came in around 6 am calling is a  “a tactical house fire.”

Police on scene, one source said, advised the fire was spreading to other homes on the block with heavy smoke showing when fire companies arrived on scene.

Second and Third alarms called for “manpower” as first arriving companies battled the blaze with firefighters from outside the three row homes, witnesses said.

Within 30 minutes it turned to three alarms and Buckley and Spruce cross-street blocked off by fire police. 

By 7am there were approximately 20 fire trucks within the confines of Bristol Borough as . 

Fire  companies from as far as Trevose are on hand to assist with firefighters who are now checking adjacent homes for damage and spread, said observers.

Cause of the fire as of 8 am was yet to be determined.

Details and updates as they come in

Joanne Ames contributed to this report.

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Exclusive: Video of Predator Poachers Encounter with Jailed Bristol Man Posted



Disclaimer: The following story and video might not be appropriate for those under the age of 18. Parental Discretion is advised 

The Predator Poachers video encounter with a Bristol man last month leading to his arrest was posted online recently. 

The, what appears to be the, terrified look, of 44 year-old William J. Rago Jr. is the feature image of the video

Rago was allegedly expecting  to have sex with a 13 year-old girl and was charged and jailed last month with the video posted to

The scene  played out just after two am on July 11th when Bristol police were dispatched to St Ann’s Church on Pond Street to meet with a group of subjects who were with Rago Jr., police said in court papers.

The more than one-hour video depicts the encounter from the beginning, ending with Rago being taken into Police custody by Borough officer “Jimmer” Ellis.

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Rago Jr was charged with one felony count criminal attempt – statutory sexual assault: 4-8 years older, one felony count of criminal attempt – unlawful contact with a minor – sexual offenses, one felony count of criminal attempt – corruption of minors – defendant age 18 or above and criminal use of communication facility and remains in jail awaiting a September preliminary hearing.

To men 18 and over who think it’s ok to interact with minors in this way, the activist  group and law enforcement have responded with a resounding NO, in recent weeks





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