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Levittown Woman Charged for Slaying Husband at Bristol Wharf

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Update 3: 4:30 pm  Murder suspect Sammar Khan, 40 of Levittown is being walked into  Bristol Borough District Court for her arraignment on charges of one count homicide, one count of murder, and two related offenses

Credit: Joe Nelson

Here is a brief synopsis of the criminal complaint filed with the court:

The criminal complaint filed by Bristol authorities alleges Khan and the victim were down at the waterline in Bristol Lions Park when she shot and killed her husband while in the company of their young son.

Detectives with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Bristol Borough Police Department spoke to multiple witnesses who told them Khan and 38 year old Faisal Iqbal, the suspects husband and victim had been talking in the area of the coastline. Khan, they said, was speaking loudly in another language.

Shortly after, a pop sound was heard witnesses told police.

Iqbal, who had been seated, stood up and began wrestling with Khan and additional gunshots were heard, witnesses observed.

The victim while sitting on the grass was shot once and he then headed towards the parking lot, where his wife shot him several more times, court papers allege.

Witnesses told police they saw Khan shoot the victim in his head after she shot him two other times

A Smith and Wesson 9 millimeter handgun was found at the scene.

Khan told police they were at the park to discuss their relationship and it didn’t go very well, the complaint says.

Khan prior to her arrest called a “boyfriend” so he could pick up her son.

Police said in the criminal complaint  said it was for sole purpose  to establish probable cause alluding to the possibility there is more information and or evidence to be collected by authorities.

She is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 26th, at pm.

Lower Bucks Source readers recognized the victim’s name once his name began to circulate The suspect’s victim,/husband,  according to Bristol Township Police press releases, violated Protection from Abuse orders in March of 2022, and April 2022.  He was  arrested and jailed. Both violations occurred at the suspects home on Freedom Lane, in Levittown. Serving 26 days in Bucks County Prison.

Update 2:  1:20 pm Chief of Police Joe Moors said there is no “active threat to public safety,”  He said further details about the apparent killing of a man would be released later today.
Update 1:  12:30pm Sources on scene say a woman shot and killed a man in the area of the walking path adjacent to the Wharf overhang. Police have not confirmed that information.
Images taken yards away from the shooting show a white sheet covering body in the walkway.
11:15 am  A person has been shot and killed at the Bristol Wharf.
Tipsters say one person in custody and police have control of the scene. Working on details as conflicting reports are coming on circumstances surrounding the alleged killing.
Calls to police were not immediately returned Tuesday morning.
Editor’s Notes:
The above story was taken and derived from the Lower Bucks Source Facebook Page beginning at about 11:45  Court records and the probable cause were also used and the date of publication is the same as date of incident.
On July 25th Attempts to reach Khan’s attorney Pantellis Palividas, Esq of Ellis Legal in Philadelphia for comment were unsuccessful.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Patch.com the hiring was an important piece of the consolidation process.

 

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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. 

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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.

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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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Thunderstorm Rips Through Lower Bucks Area Friday Evening

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A Friday evening thunderstorm ripped through the Lower Bucks County area causing power outages, trees to come down, and other related damage.

The storm swept the area beginning around 6 p.m. just as the evening rush hour for motorists was ending.

Scattered wind gusts were expected, with up-to 1/4 inch sized hail and intermitted lightening were called for by forecasters before the storm landed.

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In the Winder Village section of Bristol Township, public safety officials say a tree landed on a vehicle while the motorist was operating the vehicle. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle under his own power with no injuries, Third District Fire Company officials said.

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In the Bensalem -Bristol areas, dozens are still without power, as of 7 a.m. Saturday morning, Information, according to PECO, is still pending assessment in the Croydon  and West Bristol sections of Bristol Twp.

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No information on any injuries sustained as a result of the storm at this time.

Approximately 400 customers remain without power, PECO officials say in the Lower Bucks County area as of publication time.

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