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Exclusive: Morrisville Borough Manager has “Job Offers”

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Morrisville Borough Manager Scott Mitchell isn’t clear what the new council will do when they meet for reorganization in January. What is clear, is his services will be in demand.

Since Election Day, a number of sources from both sides of the aisle voiced thoughts on whether to retain the borough manager.

Mitchell has held the position since May of 2018.

Mitchell has taken the open discussion in stride, saying “it’s the new councils prerogative to retain me or not, kiddingly adding “I can use the free time to go fishing, if that’s what is eventually decided, he said in late November.

Earlier this week, Mitchell appeared on WBCB’s “Speak Your Piece” with Pat Wandling, and Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks Executive Director Jeff Darwak, and then the volume on Mitchell’s future working for other municipalities got louder, even as he was still on the air at WBCB.

One source who asked to remain anonymous, “he would be perfect for Bristol Township,” said Monday afternoon

A second source said, “If isn’t Morrisville, he’ll be grabbed up by some other municipality, quickly, you can bet on that, after Monday’s radio appearance

Mitchell has helped the borough receive about 2 million dollars in grant money for various community based projects, in prior capacities has served as Langhorne Borough Manager, at the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks, and prior to the manager’s position in Morrisville, was the interim head at the localities senior center.

Mitchell, on Thursday again reiterated the incoming council might very we’ll go another direction for borough manager, and if so, Mitchell said, he’s been contacted by five other jurisdictions, so far, about future employment.

Mitchell did say he’s declined one offer already because it would require moving to a completely new area. Which is something he’s not interested in doing. Mitchell is a lifelong resident of Levittown.

Mitchell would not say which “jurisdictions” have shown interest in hiring him politely saying “I can’t really comment on that at this time.”

One of the rumored destinations, Bristol Township, where Bill McCauley officially retired from managing the municipality earlier this month, was shot down by Council President Craig Bowen on Thursday. Bowen said Bristol plans to move forward with Randee Elton at the helm. Bowen was asked on follow up if the township would be interested in Mitchell services as a manager in the future, he said “no.”

If you listen carefully to the discussion from the radio show on Monday, you’ll come to realize, if Mitchell is not retained by council, he will have at least four options to choose from, if not more.

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FBI Raid in Levittown Part of Multi-State Investigation, Two Lower Bucks Men Arrested

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The raid Tuesday morning in the Middletown section of Levittown was part of a multi state, multi agency investigation coming out of New Jersey, led by Greater Trenton Safe Streets Task Force. 

Thirteen individuals were charged today with various drug trafficking and firearms offenses arising from an investigation targeting unlawful activities in a northeast neighborhood in the city of Trenton, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said. 

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Ten of the defendants were arrested this morning as part of a takedown coordinated by federal and local law enforcement authorities. One defendant is currently detained on related charges with a A 13th defendant, Alterrick Livingston, 42, of Trenton, arrested and charged today in a separate case, officials said. 

Glenn Moore, 29, of Levittown, was among 12 people charged in the raid part and was among 10 of the defendants arrested this morning, along with Clinton “C-Rod” Rodriguez, 46, of Morrisville. 

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They were charged, according to Department of Justice officials, with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, according to court documents. 

The charges filed today are the result of an investigation by the Greater Trenton Safe Streets Task Force. Led by the FBI, the Task Force is comprised of various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and its mission is to combine the resources and intelligence of the participating agencies to enhance the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of individuals involved in gang-related activities, violent crime, and drug distribution in and around the greater Trenton area, a DOJ press release states. 

Wilson was charged with three counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including 100 grams or more of heroin, 28 grams or more of cocaine base, and additional quantities of cocaine. Meekins was charged in three counts with distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Livingston was charged with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. The remaining defendants were charged with varying counts of distribution or possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including heroin, cocaine base, and cocaine. Those arrested today are scheduled to make their initial court appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni in Trenton federal court, Sellinger said. 

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According to number of posts originating on a social media page focusing on Levittown, federal authorities raided a private residence.

The home located on Tulip Tree Road, in Levittown has been swarming with investigators identified by locals as FBI agents.

One person was taken into custody by multiple sources who witnessed it, however that information has yet to be confirmed by any public safety organization.

According to Jones’ post ,the storming of the residence took place just after 11:45 am, Tuesday. 

All of the information collected by Lower Bucks Source so far has been based on witness accounts of public safety activity. Calls to officials from the FBI, Bucks County DA’ office, and Police were not returned as of 12:50 pm.  

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Mont Co Woman Charged for Fatal Crash that Killed 2 State Troopers, Pedestrian on I-95

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The Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Montgomery County Woman for killing two state troopers and a citizens in the crash on I-95 Monday. 

A statement from PSU says Jayana Tanae Webb has been charged with following subsequent to their  investigation into the crash.

Webb, 21, of Eagleville, is with the following:

  • murder of the third degree, 18 Pa C.S. § 2502(c), three counts;
  • homicide by vehicle while DUI, Title 75 § 3735, three counts;
  • homicide by vehicle, Title 75 § 3732, three counts;
  • manslaughter of a law enforcement officer in the second degree, 18 Pa C.S. § 2507(d), two counts;
  • involuntary manslaughter, 18 Pa C.S. § 2504, three counts;
  • recklessly endangering another person, 18 Pa C.S. § 2705, three counts;
  • driving under the influence, Title 75 § 3802; and
  • summary traffic violations, which include failing to drive at a safe speed, careless driving, and reckless driving.

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Authorities also released the name of the deceased pedestrian who is identified as Reyes Rivera Oliveras, 28, of Allentown.

Several passing motorists called 911 after observing the pedestrian, identified as Oliveras, walking in the southbound lanes of travel on I-95. Troopers Martin F. Mack III and Branden T. Sisca, of Troop K, Philadelphia, located him and were in the process of securing him in their patrol vehicle when they were struck by Webb just before 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21.

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Updated: Names of State Troopers Killed on I- 95 Released; One a Bristol Boro Resident

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Updated: 11:50 am Monday:

Pennsylvania State Police have released the names of the two state troopers killed early Monday on I-95 South.

They are Martin F. Mack, a seven-year veteran of Bristol Borough and Branden T Sica who joined the sate police last year.

Investigators are still on the scene as the highway remains shut down.

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Commander of Troop K in Philadelphia Captain James Kem visibly shaken by the deaths,  said the troopers were responding to a report of someone walking on I-95 southbound, just before reaching the sports complex. At 12:45, they met with the individual who was in the left hand lane. 

As the two officers were approaching the suspect, a vehicle traveling at a high speed struck all three individuals. The impact was reported to be so great that the troopers went flying into the northbound lane of I-95, he said. 

Upon arrival of backup, witnesses were performing CPR on the officers, but to no avail, said officials. 

“Right now we are conducting an active investigation that is DUI related” Kem said,

Kem said investigation was now an active DUI investigation.

“We’re here today to mourn the loss of two of Pennsylvania’s finest. Troopers Mack and Sica made the ultimate sacrifice this morning while assisting a citizen in need. These Troopers personified our departments core values of honor service, integrity, respect, trust, courage and duty. These values were exemplified this morning as they braved traffic to assist a citizen whose own life was in danger…there is no greater selflessness, said Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police Colonel Robert Evanchick.

“It’s a very sad day for Pennsylvania. Three families mourning the loss of loved ones” said Wolf.

A processional, law enforcement sources report, will take place for Trooper Mack into Bristol Borough later today.

No additional information has been released by police at this time, including the name of the pedestrian struck and killed.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) took to social media to share his condolences to both families

“An incredibly sad day for PA-01 and the entire law enforcement community. Early this morning, 33-year-old Trooper Martin F. Mack III, resident of Bristol Borough and member of the St. Mark Parish community, was tragically struck and killed by a driver on I-95, as he was trying to come to the assistance of a pedestrian. I am deeply saddened for his wife, young children, extended family, and friends, as well as the family of Trooper Branden T. Sisca.” he said.

Lower Bucks Source extends its deepest sympathies to the Mack and Sica families for their loss.

Updates as they come in

Original story is below. J

Josh Thompson Co-wrote this story

 

Two Pennsylvania state troopers and a civilian were killed closing I-95 in both directions north of Broad Street early Monday.

The crash occurred just around 12:40 am police said on I-95 south, near the spots complex.

According to a report from Action News the state troopers were making a traffic stop at the time, when a vehicle struck them.

Credit: Pennsylvania State Police

State Police confirmed the deaths in a social media post at 5 am.

The report says, a civilian was pronounced dead at the scene too.

Additional information about the crash is unknown at this time.

It is suggested motorists traveling to that section of Philadelphia this more find alternate routes of travel because as of 5 am, lanes in both directions remain shut down as police continue to investigate.

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