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Dollar General Hazz Mat Release Contained, to be Sanctioned Officials Say



Bristol Borough Fire Companies worked into the wee hours of Wednesday morning to contain a hazardous materials spill from impacting the surrounding community.
Just after 8pm, firefighters  were dispatched to assist Station 52 with fumes resulting from chemicals being poured into a dumpster in the parking lot, of the 600 block of Bristol Pike, the Dollar General Store officials said.
The dispatch also came after a series of photos of spilled and leaking chemicals onto the stores parking lot and out of its dumpster were posted on social media.

Credit: Bristol Fire Company-Station 51

Fire officials said as fire crews arrived on scene, it was determined a “…a large amount of household laundry detergent and cleaners, were emptied into a large dumpster, and the dumpster was actively leaking” from the dumpster.

Dow Chemical and the Bucks County Hazardous Materials Team were also added for additional equipment and technical guidance on the actions required to safely mitigate the incident.  The PA Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA were also notified, said Borough Fire Chief Herb Slack.

Firefighters immediately began to contain and absorb the liquid leaking from the dumpster and prevent additional liquid from entering the storm sewer which terminates into Silver Lake.   The chemicals had the potential to harm the aquatic wildlife in the lake.  The Borough provided a dump truck with two tons of sand which was used to sand and further contain and absorb the spill, fire officials said.

A limited amount of product did get into the storm sewer prior to the arrival of the fire companies, but was contained close to the spill site and away from discharging into the lake.  The total amount of liquid was estimated to be 150-200 gallons of household cleaning supplies including bleach, laundry soap, fabric softener and other undetermined household liquids, Slack said.

Slack did not hesitate to lay blame for the public hazard.

The spill occurred when Dollar Store employees emptied containers of household cleaning liquids into the dumpster which was not liquid tight. When advised they were responsible for the clean-up, they declined to take any action, he said.

Credit: Bristol Fire Company Station 51

“The Borough is expected to take the necessary legal action to recoup the cost and issue citations for any violations of local laws and ordinances.  State or Federal enforcement actions related to the spill will be determined by the appropriate government agencies” the Fire Chief said.
Crews remained on scene until 845 am the following morning (Wednesday) and the scene was turned over to an Environmental Cleanup Company.


The post this story is partly based upon was pulled down and or deleted after community based digital publications began to request additional information about the hazard and cleanup.
Station 50 Fire Chief  Steve Reeves declined to comment on  why the post was removed from the fire companies page.
Slack also declined to comment on the pulled fire company post.
All four Bristol Borough Fire Companies responded to this incident and were assisted by, the Bucks County Hazardous Materials Team, Dow Chemical Emergency Response, Bucks County EMA, Bristol Borough EMA, Bristol Borough Public Works, PA DEP, Bucks County 9-1-1 Dispatch and the Bensalem Rescue Squad, said Borough fire officials.

Credit: Bristol Borough Fire Company Station 51





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Bensalem Man Charged for Possessing Kiddie Porn




A Bensalem man stands accused of uploading and saving pornographic images involving children to his Google account.

Michael Dunbar, 55, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Gallagher Thursday morning on one felony count of child pornography and one count of criminal use of communication facility with his bail set at 10 percent of $300,000.00.

According to Bensalem Police,  on Thursday, April 25, 2024, a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was received.  The tip referenced a particular Google account that had uploaded and saved numerous videos depicting child pornography, including prepubescent boys and girls engaging in sexual acts with each other. Detectives began an investigation and were able to determine that the owner/user of the Google account was Dunbar.

On Thursday, June 20, 2024, Bensalem Detectives served a search warrant on Dunbar’s residence.  The suspect was interviewed, and he allegedly admitted to intentionally uploading child pornography into his Google account after finding the videos on the Dark Web.

Bensalem authorities did not comment about the results of the  executed search warrant.

Dunbar was unable to post bail as of early Friday morning and was remanded to Bucks County Correctional Facility. He is currently scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 2 and has no attorney of record presently, according to court records.


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Wanna Help Police Find a Way to Cool This Alleged Thief’s Jets Off ?



It takes a certain kind of chutzpah too walk out of a big box home improvement store with just under $1000.00 in merchandise and leave without paying and what appears to be a grin on your face.

That is the case, Bensalem Township Police say happened last week at the Home Depot. 900 Rockhill Drive on June 10, 2024. and reported at approximately 7:30 p.m.

An unknown white or Hispanic male entered the store and selected two air conditioner units, a Dewalt Saw and a Milwaukee grinder, valued at $946.00. The suspect, exited the store without paying for the merchandise and fled the area in a black sedan, possibly a Mercedes Benz, Bensalem authorities say.

Please look at the photos closely. If you have any information regarding “this bandit’s” identity, please submit an anonymous tip here or contact Bensalem Police at 215-633-3719.

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Bensalem Twp Council To Vote On Volunteer Fire Company Consolidation Monday Night



Just under two years ago at a Bristol Borough Council meeting, officials were getting an update on the then planned fire company consolidation effort by Steve Reeves,  president of the Bristol Borough Fire Association. At the time, talk of consolidating fire companies in the borough and Bristol Township was a hot topic.

During his presentation Reeves mentioned consolidation talks of the Bensalem fire company volunteer services were also in progress. At the time tidbit was not in the public domain.

Credit: Submitted

Now after two years of planning, the Bensalem Township Council will vote on a resolution to form The Bensalem Volunteer Fire Department at its next meeting Monday night.

If the resolution is passed, the six legacy fire companies, including Cornwells, Eddington, Newport, Nottingham, Trevose, and Union, will be consolidated into one volunteer fire department. This consolidation plan is necessary to ensure adequate fire/emergency response within the township because of reduced membership amongst the current companies, a press release announced late Friday afternoon.

Credit: Submitted

Reeves knew what he was talking about at the time. Lower Bucks Source in the following days reached out to area first responder sources, officials and Bensalem area volunteer firefighters. No one anywhere would go on or off the record. LBS was directed, by Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Robert Sponheimer, to the Deputy Director of Public Safety Robert Race who politely declined to respond to a request for comment at the time.

Credit: Submitted

Late last year, according to a Lower Bucks Times report, Bensalem officials spoke rather openly about dwindling volunteer numbers.  This led William McVey, director of public safety, to ask for council approval to apply for a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant through FEMA, which was subsequently approved in November by council.

This past February the township announced the hiring of Mark Antozzeski as the first career Fire Chief in Bensalem history. He is leading the volunteer fire services, as well as Bensalem Fire Rescue, career staff. McVey told Bensalem the hiring was an important piece of the consolidation process.


Credit: Submitted

Earlier this month,  Nottingham Fire Department Chief Ron Harris was named the Bensalem Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief as part of the consolidation effort, according to published report. 

Credit: Submitted

Beginning Friday evening, shortly after receiving the Bensalem announcement on the expected consolidation vote, first responder sources Lower Bucks Source contacted said that back in 2022 when first contacted they declined to comment because the topic was sensitive in nature and a real possibility of backlash existed and concerns about “sabotaging” the process were also omnipresent. Those sources again declined to comment on the record.

Consolidation Efforts in Bristol Borough & Bristol Township

In February, Bristol Borough voted to consolidate their volunteer fire services. Prior to that step the borough approved applying for a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant in the amount of $1.5 to build a new fire house at a yet to be determined location.

As far back as February of 2022, a smaller plan in size and scope was being discussed in Bristol Township involving Newportville Fire Company #1, Third District Fire Company with career fire personnel from the township which came off the heels of  a fire study completed in 2020.  That plan is no longer in play, fire officials say. Third District Fire Chief Howard McGoldrick said it’s a “complete mystery” why Newportville ultimately decided against the discussed move and merger.

” Volunteer fire services in Bucks County are changing right before our eyes” one first responder said last year.

Credit: Submitted

In each of the consolidation efforts, public safety, declining volunteer numbers and increasing costs have been cited repeatedly by officials publicly.

“It’s just not sustainable anymore financially for fire companies, the municipalities they serve, and taxpayers. It’s consolidate or die”, a high ranking first responder source said Friday.

Bensalem Council is expected to pass the resolution with its vote tonight.

Editor’s Note:  Each of the images in this story come from the volunteer fire companies serving Bensalem Township.

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