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Updated: Bucks Co Detectives Take Bristol Man into Custody, Remove Evidence from Levittown Home

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Updated: 2 am Tuesday June 8 

Levittown resident Nicholas Pentz was arraigned at midnight by on-call Judge Daniel Baranoski Wednesday. According to online court records, Bucks County Detectives are credited as the arresting agency.

Pentz is charged with one count felony possession of a fire arm and two counts of misdemeanor drug related offenses. Baranoski sent the Bristol Township man, who turned 29 just weeks ago, to Bucks County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $75,000.00 bail.

Late Tuesday night on a tip from a local source who said detectives from the Bucks County District Attorney’s office was involved in the arrest. Spokesperson for the DA’s Office, Manuel Gamiz said he would respond Wednesday to our request for comment on the, at the time, police activity Macintosh Road home in the Levittown section of Bristol Township.

As first reported by Lower Bucks Source, public safety officers were seen carrying out bags of evidence from the home Pentz lives at with his family. He is currently scheduled to appear in front of Justice Terrence Hughes for a preliminary hearing on June 21.

Pentz has been arrested a number of times in the past with law enforcement, most recently in 2017 when he was arrested by Bensalem Township Police on drug distribution charges which were subsequently combined with other arrests and was sentenced to serve three to six years in state prison beginning in April of 2018, according to online county court records.  

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Bristol Township Police and plainclothes detectives with the help of the K-9 unit were seen Tuesday night taking one man into custody and coming out of a Macintosh Road residence with bags of evidence.

Images captured by neighbors on the 50 block of Macintosh Rd show officers and a K-9 unit engaged in a search of the property.

Witnesses told this publication a man living at the address was placed into a police vehicle handcuffed. Those witnesses also said they saw police personnel carrying out a black duffel bag which appeared to be evidence in raid from the Levittown home.

Lower Bucks Source contacted Bristol Township Police officials for comment on the law enforcement activity at the home, but they did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Credit: Joe Nelson

A long tine resident of the area said the man police took into custody is named “Nick” and they alleged he’s been involved in criminal activity related to theft and illicit substances.

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Bristol Twp Police Reports: Mountain Bike Theft, Verizon Wires Removed and More

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Bristol Twp Police Reports June 17, 2024 – June 20, 2024

Arrest 6-17-24, 1819 hours, Bristol Pike, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Jimmy Lee Wilson, B/M, 65 years old No Fixed Address

Arrest 6-19-24, 1208 hours, Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Local Warrant out of Bristol Township.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge O’Neill.  Bail was set at $25,000/unsecured. Nitza Vasquez, W/F, 45 years old 7th Street  Philadelphia,  Pa

Arrest 6-19-24, 1139 hours, Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Local Warrant out of Bristol Township.  The subject was  processed and arraigned by Judge O’Neill.  Bail was set at $35,000/10% and released to the Constables. Amen Zion Sheldon Brown, B/M, 24 years old Cabot Blvd Langhorne,  Pa

Arrest 6-20-24, 0421 hours, Bristol Pike, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of False Alarm To Agency, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Hughes.  Bail was set at $20,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Chrystal Nichole Brewington, B/F, 43 years old Spruce Street Bristol, Pa

Arrest 6-20-24, 1307 hours, Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of MFG/DEL/POSS of a Controlled Substance, Possess Controlled Substance, Possess Drug Paraphernalia and Evading Arrest.  The subject was processed  and arraigned by Judge Wagner.  Bail was set at $300,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Nicholas Campbell, W/M, 43 years old Penguin Drive Bensalem, Pa

Theft 6-17-24, 0834 hours, State Road, Croydon, Pa. Sometime between 6-14-24 and 6-17-24 an unknown subject(s) broke into a welding truck and removed several work tools.  The estimated value is $7,000.00.

Theft 6-17-24, 1730 hours, Green Lynne Drive, Levittown, Pa. On 6-16-24 at approximately 1841 hours an unknown subject removed a mountain bike from the front of a residence.  The estimated value is $200.00.

Theft 6-18-24, 0836 hours, Bristol Pike, Croydon, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject(s) removed several Verizon cables wires.  The estimated  value is $2,000.00.

Theft 6-18-24, 1054 hours, Fairway Avenue, Bristol, Pa.  Sometime overnight an unknown subject(s) removed a 2020 carry on trailer and a Cub Cadet mower from the front of a residence.  The estimated value is $1,450.00.

Theft 6-18-24, 2359 hours, Schumacher Drive, Bristol, Pa. On 6-18-24 an unknown subject stole a cell phone and a wallet between Marie Lowe Drive and Tacoma Street.  No value given.

Theft 6-19-24, 1003 hours, New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa. On 6-19-24 between 0055 hours and 0103 hours an unknown subject removed several old vehicle parts from a lot.  The estimated value is $20.00.

Theft: Retail 6-19-24, 1351 hours, South Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills, Pa. On 6-19-24 at approximately 1330 hours an unknown subject removed several items passing all points of sale.  The estimated value is $220.00.

Theft 6-20-24, 1231 hours, Arch Lane, Levittown, Pa. On 6-19-24 between 1211 hours and 1300 hours an unknown subject removed a package from a residence.  The estimated value is $459.00.

Theft: Retail 6-20-24, 1520 hours, New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa. On 6-20-24 at approximately 1106 hours an unknown subject removed a bottle of liquor.  The estimated value is $28.00.

Theft 6-20-24, 1527 hours, Runway Road, Levittown, Pa. On 6-18-24 at approximately 0726 hours, an unknown subject removed a Great Dane trailer from  a lot.  No value given.

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Kayden’s Law Signed by Gov.

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A bill to better protect children in child custody situations, has been signed into law by Gov. Josh Shapiro, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Kayden’s Law, years in the making, received final passage by the House last month and went to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s desk.

Officials said a ceremonial signing of the bill into law most likely happen in the coming weeks.

In honor of Kayden Mancuso, a seven-year-old from Lower Makefield Township, who was killed in August 2018 by her biological father during a court-ordered, unsupervised visit granted following a year-long custody dispute.

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State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) said Kayden’s Law wll:

  • Strengthen the current factors that judges must consider in making custody and visitation decisions, to make it clear that the most important issue is the protection of the child.
  • Ensure that if there is a finding by the court of an ongoing risk of abuse, that any custody order includes safety conditions and restrictions necessary, including supervised visitation, to protect the child.
  • Encourage the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to implement an annual educational and training program for judges and relevant court personnel on child abuse, adverse childhood experiences, domestic violence, and its impact on children.

“Today is a great day.  Today we are one step closer to protecting children in custody cases.  This has been a years-long collaborative effort led by the tireless advocacy of Kayden’s mom Kathy Sherlock, along with family law advocates and experts.  Kayden’s Law is finally headed to the Governor for signature and, when signed into law, will save children’s lives by ensuring the safety of the child is paramount in custody cases and that no child will ever again be placed alone in a dangerous environment,” Santarsiero said when the bill jumped over its final hurdles.

He also thanked his Senate colleague Lisa Baker (R) and state representatives Perry Warren (D Bucks) Tina Davis (D-Bucks) for shepherding the House version of the bill.

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Falls Approves Just Under $79 Million 2024 Budget, Millage Held at 8.97

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Falls Township will maintain its current municipal tax rate in 2024, while continuing to provide the services residents have come to appreciate.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Falls Supervisors unanimously adopted its 2024 budget. The 2024 spending plan holds the line on the current 8.97 millage rate.

As part of the spending plan, property owners will continue to pay $269.10 for an assessment of $30,000 under the township’s 2024 budget. The owner of a similarly assessed Bristol Township property, by comparison, paid $1,069.40 in local taxes for 2023, said officials.

Unlike neighboring communities, Falls residents are not assessed for trash and leaf pickup.

Even with keeping taxes flat, the township is planning several upgrades in 2024. Falls has earmarked $500,000 to construct a new playground with wheelchair accessibility at Falls Township Community Park Phase II. The equipment, which is geared for youth ages 2 to 12, will replace the existing playground and will allow for all children to play, particularly those with disabilities, as well as kids on the autism spectrum.

The 2024 budget also includes a new Falls Cares blight remediation program.

Next year’s budget allocates $34.7 million for the design and construction of an expanded and renovated municipal campus, which is expected to be completed in December 2024, said officials,

“It’s been a long time coming,” Supervisors Chairman Jeff Dence said of the municipal building project, of which construction began in fall 2023.

The budget also allocates $2.4 million to cover several culvert replacement projects and drainage projects, Falls announced also.

In addition, Falls plans to spend $470,000 on four new police vehicles, computer equipment, firearms training and supplies; and $469,700 to replace seven aging pieces of equipment in the Public Works department.

For decades, Falls officials have worked hard to do more with less. For every $1 paid in taxes, Falls Township receives just 4 cents. Yet, year after year the township sees spiraling pension contribution increases. Over the last decade, the township has seen its pension obligation nearly triple. Pension contributions surged from $1.3 million in 2012 to $2.6 million in 2017, with over $3 million projected for next year, all while the state contributions have remained relatively flat, a press release explains.

The township’s Earned Income Tax, which was enacted Jan. 1, 2023, is expected to contribute $7 million to the township’s general fund in 2024, the township

In all, $78,821,601 is projected to be spent in 2024, said officials.

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