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Bucks Breaks Ground on $25 Million Government Services Center in Levittown

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Last month ground was broken along New Falls Road in Bristol Township for the future redevelopment of the Lower Bucks Government Services Center site.  Bucks County Commissioners broke ground where the updated Lower Bucks Government Services Center will be constructed. This project will greatly improve public access to county government.“ For far too long, essential government offices and services have been difficult, if not impossible to access for too many residents of Bucks County,” said Chief Operating Officer Margie McKevitt. “This administration considers it our obligation to ensure the county government serves everyone who lives and works here, and we’re proud to be taking this tremendous step today toward meeting that goal.”

The future two-story, 39,000 square foot building will house accessible offices for 13 County departments, including some row offices and court offices. The ceremonial ground-breaking came just days after Bristol Township Council approved the massive undertaking at the site that sits along New Falls Road in Levittown.Currently the  site houses an annex for county government, a homeless shelter operated by Family Services the district attorney’s warehouse, the Levittown Branch of the Bucks County Free Library, and District Judge Terry Hughes’ court. The new building will replace the existing, outdated 8,600 square foot county government providing updated workspaces for departments in the existing building, while offsite departments will be housed into a single, convenient location.

The existing Lower Bucks County Government Services Center building has been in place for 30 years. Permanent offices in the new building will accommodate the following departments:
Adult Probation
Board of Elections
Children & Youth Social Services Agency
Consumer Protection/Weights & Measures
District Attorney’s Office
Domestic Relations
Health Department
Juvenile Probation
Prothonotary
Register of Wills
Sheriff’s Office
Veterans’ Affairs
Workforce & Economic Development

Construction costs are estimated at about $25 million, but it is not yet finalized. Some work is still out to bid. The bidding process for this project is expected to conclude by the end of the year, officials said.  Construction is set to start in early 2024, with anticipated completion slated for 2026. County officials said the facility will “greatly improve public access to county government.

Designs for the new building have been produced by Erdy McHenry Architecture. Land Development Engineering Services provided by Carroll Engineering. Construction Management will be performed by TN Ward Company.

Township Manager Randee Elton said the county committed to adding sidewalks around the area, but when that happens depends on grant funding for the undertaking along Wistar and Woodbourne roads.

Officials said 70 employees will work out of the new facilities when fully operational, whereas about 40 do so presently.The existing wing will be torn down by the county. The county said it had no plans to demolish any of the other buildings at the site.   Bristol Township Council President Craig Bowen said the lower end of the county has always felt left out of county government, but that has changed over the past decade.  No other buildings will be  removed officials said and the space that houses the probation and parole department and other official offices will go back on to the “tax rolls” for a private entity to purchase and develop.Bowen was really excited  about that prospect. It’s a win, win for us (Bristol Twp) he said,  we get a new office center and a property back on the rolls “This is definitely what we needed down here,” he said. 8888 County Chief Operating Officer Margie McKevitt said it’s the county’s duty to make its offices accessible to all residents of  Bucks County. For far too long, essential government offices and services have been difficult, if not impossible to access for too many residents of Bucks County,” she said “This administration considers it our obligation to ensure county government serves everyone who lives and works here, and we’re proud to be taking this tremendous step today toward meeting that goal.” 

Ms. Joanne Ames is a Falls Twp resident who handles financial transactions, and for feature and important stories copy edits content when she's not working her other job as retail manager at a local cigarette/vape outlet. Ames' free time is dedicated to hanging out with her "Mom" ensuring she is cared for, comfortable, and loved at all times. Ames is also a crazed Eagles fan and who spends much of her Sunday's reminding LBS Publisher/Editor Jeff Bohen "The Giants Suck.." Ames recently has gotten the reporting bug and is in the midst of preparing for her first big story.

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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. 

Credit: Pam Jones

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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