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Bristol Borough To Vote On Submitting $1.5 Million Grant Application to Build New Fire Station



Bristol Borough will vote, Monday night, to adopt a resolution to apply for state funds to construct a new fire station.

Motion 5 reads: Approval of Resolution for the Submission of an Application for Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant Funding in the amount of $1,500,000.00 from the PA Office of the Budget to Construct a new Fire Station Facility.

Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe said Saturday, we became aware of the grant application recently and felt this is a grant we should apply for.

This is only the first step in the process, he added, we’re a long way off from building a new fire house. Maybe even years.

As to potential locations of a brand-new fire facility, DiGuiseppe said a few have come up like Chestnut and Elm Streets where funds already exist to demolish and redevelop the area.

“We’re a long way from making that decision” he said.

Borough Fire Chief Herb Slack said Bristol officials have been truly supportive of the project and one of the goals is finding a suitable centralized location for the project.

“Several locations have been reviewed. The goal is to have a location that is central to the community to maximize firefighter response times and travel to the station and the apparatus response to emergencies in the community. The Mayor and Council have been extremely supportive in moving the project forward.”

Bristol Borough Fire Association President Steve Reeves echoed Slack’s comments.

When I met with Mayor DiGuiseppe and Council President DiGuiseppe during the summer, I characterized the meeting as “productive and positive”. The Borough recognizes the hard work done by the fire companies and the Directors of the Bristol Borough Fire Association over the last four years. My take on the matter is that the Mayor and Council President are committed to this project and want to see it through to make a strong volunteer organization for decades to come.

Much of the work done among the fire companies and partnered by and with the borough comes as direct result of a study commissioned  and completed by the Pennsylvania Community Department of Economic Development (DCED) in 2021.

The report calls for a revamping and codifying the Bristol Borough Municipal Code Chapter 7 as a means to determine, with the Fire Companies, what the Borough and the citizens need in in the 21st Century in regard to Community Fire Protection and the needs of the fire companies.


The report also called for:

  • Bristol Borough should facilitate, within a reasonable timeframe, agreed upon by the Borough and the Association of Fire Companies, consolidation of operations of Station 50, Station 51, Station 52, and Station 53/25 into a single location, within the area of Prospect Street between Jefferson and Washington Streets. Bristol Borough should finance and construct a new, contemporary Fire Station to facilitate this.

A little more than 15 months ago, America Hose, Hook and Ladder #2 (Station 25) and Bristol Consolidated Volunteer Fire Company (Station 50) announced they would be merging operations as of October 1. 2022.

Before news of the fire facility grant application became public, Reeves told Lower Bucks Source last week, the BFFA plans to appear before council in a couple of months, after we reorganize this month.

Council will meet Monday night, 7 pm, Borough Hall. Click here to view tomorrow night’s agenda.

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Station 51 was built in 1857.  Station 50 built 1927. Station 52 built 1950. Station 25 was built late 1973, Slack said.


Council will meet Monday night, 7 pm, Borough Hall. Click here to view tomorrow night’s agenda.








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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

Cyber Tips Lead to Arrest of Bristol Man for Child Pornography Charges




A Bristol man has been charged with felony related child pornography offenses after tips come in exposing his criminal lust and pornographic need for children as sex objects.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office initiated the investigation, in early April, of two CyberTips that were submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).  MediaLab/Kik submitted both reports from a person with the screen/user name “cptsnacks” to NCMEC, said police.

The first CyberTip report included six different online incidences, four seeking child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and two separate chats, one with a purported 13-year-old and the other with a purported 15-year-old. The six incidences in this report happened in February of this year, ending with four incidences on February 14, authorities said.

The chats seeking CSAM ranged from questions on type of material to payment methods. Chats with the purported minors ranged from location and  preferences to their comfortability of certain acts. In conversation with purported 15-year-old, he questioned her comfort level with his age and marital status, according to the affidavit.

The second CyberTip reported that a Kik Messenger user saved, shared and/or uploaded apparent CSAM, said in the probable cause, on or about February 14 at approximately 2 a.m. The material consisted of two videos and two image files.

The device allegedly used by “cptsnacks” utilized the Android operating system.  Verizon was identified as the internet provider and their records showed the IP address as a Bristol Borough location. PennDOT records identified Joshua Lee Hill, 37. At the time of the alleged incidences, he was 36, married and resides near Philadelphia was consistent with the chat information given by “cptsnacks”, police said.

During a June search of his residence, multiple electronics were seized and an interview with Hill was conducted. In the interview, Hill stated that “cptsnacks” and the email address associated with it were used in the past. He did not acknowledge any activity alleged in the CyberTips prior to his invocation of counsel, said police.

Analysis of the electronics was not available at time of criminal filing. One electronic device held in excess of 50 CSAM images and also included a chat thread in which he allegedly provided the email address, he stated he no longer used,  to another party.

Hill  was arraigned by District Judge Terrence Hughes who set bail as unsecured. His next court date is scheduled for July 17 and will be represented by  Ethan William Paraboschi, Esq. of Philadelphia .



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Cops, Courts & Fire - Yardley Borough

More than 80 Police Departments across Southeast Pennsylvania to Target Aggressive Drivers during Statewide Mobilization




The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that more than 80 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties will join the Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive driving enforcement wave. This collective effort, part of a statewide mobilization running through August 18, is aimed at reducing the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our area roadways, ensuring your safety on the road.

The enforcement wave will target heavy truck violations, pedestrian safety, red light running, and tailgating. Motorists demonstrating unsafe behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions or other aggressive actions, will also be cited.

Law enforcement will utilize strategies such as traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional patrol to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
The enforcement is part of Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Program and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offers these tips:

  • Get out of their way and don’t challenge them.
  • Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact, and ignore rude gestures.
  • Don’t block the passing lane if you drive slower than most traffic.
  • Do not attempt to follow or pursue the vehicle. You or a passenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location.
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    According to 2023 PennDOT crash data, there were 1,363 aggressive driving crashes, resulting in 39 fatalities and 104 suspected serious injuries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Aggressive driving crashes involve at least two aggressive driving factors in the same crash. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless turning or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.

    The goal of targeted enforcement is to reduce the number of aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries, and deaths on roadways throughout the state. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

Bristol Man Pleads Guilty to Assault of Federal Officer at U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia in 2023



The knife-wielding Bristol man who tried to attack a federal security officer outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia in January of 2023 has pled guilty to assault, authorities said late last week.

Anthony Lombardo, 46, who was shot twice in the chest after he lunged at a courthouse security officer could be spending up to eight years in prison, according to federal statutes and a prior criminal conviction in Bucks County.

Federal authorities said Lombardo parked in front of the federal courthouse on the east side of 7th Street between Market and Arch Streets- an unauthorized area – on January 17, 2023,  and when a security officer approached the vehicle Lombardo got out of the van with a large knife in his hand. Investigators said Lombardo then approached the officer who pulled out his service weapon and opened fire wounding him, the federal filing said.  Lombardo then began pulling out an unknown object from his sleeve, according to officials. The officer opened fire again, shooting Lombardo a second time, authorities said.

Lombardo was then provided medical aid by the officer, authorities said.

The Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s office later that day charged him with attempting to murder and forcibly assault, intimidate, and interfere with a federal law enforcement officer.

Prior to the January 2023 incident, Lower Bucks Source reported on Lombardo’s penchant for cutting his neighbors cable wires repeatedly. He was charged with three felony counts of criminal mischief-tampering with property and three felony counts for theft of services, court records show. Those then “active cases” no longer exist as criminal cases in Bucks County.

Sources distinctly familiar with Lombardo said, his motivation for the cable wire cutting stems from a long battle with a serious and persistent behavioral health condition. Multiple community sources contacted Lower Bucks Source after his April 2021 arrest to say Lombardo does have a long history of mental health issues and those challenges were the real reason he pursued cutting any and all cable wires near his Pearl Street home in Bristol Borough.

Ronald H. Elgart, Esq., Lombardo’s attorney for the now apparently erased Bristol Borough cases said in January of 2023 as investigators searched for rhyme or reason as to why he went after a security guard outside the courthouse, his  “problems” had to be a contributing factor.

Lombardo spent a significant amount of time under medical care for two gunshot wounds, sources told LBS late last year.

In 2007 he plead guilty to aggravated assault, and criminal homicide in Bucks County Court of Pleas and was sentenced serve up to four years in state prison. 

Lombardo is said to been wearing makeshift body armor underneath his clothing when he was shot, federal court paperwork says.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 19 at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia where the original attack took place, said Carrie Adamowski, U.S Attorney’s Office Spokeswoman.



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