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Bristol Boro Police Reports: Locall: Man Jailed for Aggravated Assault, Bristol man Jailed for Illegal Gun Sale and More



Bristol Borough Police Reports September 1 to September 30, 2023

September 2

10:57 p.m., Hayes St./Farragut Ave.  Matthew Jones, age 35, Bristol Twp., PA, cited for public drunkenness.

11:39 p.m., Jefferson Ave. at Lagoon, Kristopher Luis Fontanez, age 27, Bristol, PA, cited for disorderly practices.

September 5

10:04 a.m., 2000 block Farragut Ave., Shawn Way, age 30, Levittown, PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

September 7

12:40 p.m., 1801 Wilson Ave., two juveniles cited for disorderly conduct.

September 11

12:07 a.m., 100 block Buckley St., Kieph Valentine, age 39, Bristol, PA, arrested for aggravated assault, F-2; terroristic threats, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.  He was sent to Bucks County Prison to await court hearing for said charges.

September 13

3:34 p.m., 600 block Pine St., Paige Barowsky, age 43, Bristol, PA, arrested for a bench warrant and was transferred to Adult Probation.

September 14

12:00 p.m., 1801 Wilson Ave., two juveniles cited for disorderly conduct and harassment.

September 15

1:50 p.m., 1801 Wilson Ave., juvenile cited for Borough Ordinance Violation.

2:44 p.m., 100 block Buckley St., Dominic Williams, age 56, Bristol, PA, cited for criminal trespass.

4:45 p.m., Bristol Wharf, Patrick Syron, age 62, Bristol, PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

9:25 p.m., 400 block Washington St., Madeline Korpalski, age 58, Bristol, PA cited for harassment; Jacques Zachariah Kula, age 31, Levittown, PA, cited for harassment.

September 16

5:36 p.m., 1200 block Porter Ave., Richard D. Newell, age 57, Bristol, PA, cited for public drunkenness.

September 17

9:34 a.m., 100 block Buckley St., Dominic Williams, age 56, Bristol, PA, cited for criminal trespass.

September 19

12:15 p.m.,  100 block Radcliffe St., Brandon D. Walker, age 35, Bristol, PA, arrested on a warrant from Bucks County Sheriff’s Dept.  He was taken into custody and released to Bucks County Sheriffs. 5:33 p.m.,  1020 Bristol Pike, Todd J. Ritchey, ae 49, Croydon, PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

September 21

10:55 a.m., 200 block Lafayette St., Heriberto Velazquez, age 64, Bristol Twp., PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

5:47 p.m., Dorrance & Canal Sts., Sabastian Farnsworth, age 21, Bristol, PA, arrested for persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms, prohibited acts; penalties.  He was sent to Bucks County Prison in lieu of $40,000.00 @10%.

September 22

1:00 p.m., 1801 Wilson Ave., two juveniles cited for disorderly conduct.

6:00 p.m., 1020 Bristol Pike, Dawn Montgomery, age 49, Bensalem, PA and Robert Dell Smith, age 35, Levittown, PA, both cited for harassment.

September 23

10:52 a.m., 75 Commerce Circle, Jamishad Zairyab Ali, age 41, Levittown, PA, cited for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

6:50 p.m., 1100 block Radcliffe St., Robert John Galindez, age 46, Bristol, PA, arrested on a bench warrant and released to Bucks County Sheriff’s Dept.

September 24

8:43 p.m., 500 block Otter St., Rachel A. Griffith, age 37, Bristol, PA, arrested for violation of a PFA Order, she will appear in court to answer said charges.

2:40 p.m., Trenton Ave./Jackson St., two juveniles cited for disorderly conduct.

September 27

8:30 a.m., 1801 Wilson Ave., juvenile cited for disorderly conduct.

September 29

6:27 a.m., 65 Commerce Circle, Gary Kazanjian, age 42, no fixed address, cited for disorderly conduct.

Cops, Courts & Fire -Bensalem Township

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.

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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 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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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bensalem Township

Thunderstorm Rips Through Lower Bucks Area Friday Evening



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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“Armed Man” Initiates Lockdown for Levittown Elementary School Thursday, No Charges Filed



Brookwood Elementary

**Update: Friday 4 a.m.**

Earlier Thursday, Brookwood Elementary in Bristol Township instituted their “Lockdown Procedures” due to an alleged report of a “armed man” in the area of the school.

Parents received a community update notice which said they were in lockdown due to a security concern in a nearby neighborhood.  The notice said updates would be provided as they occur and to please not come to or contact the school.

Police dispatched to the elementary school raced up Haines Road one witness told the publication taking one man into custody, authorities  said.

“There was an incident involving an adult male, who was in possession of a firearm near the school crossing guard post (Kenwood Drive North & Key Lane.) There is no information at this time that he attempted to enter the school. The matter is under investigation. No one has been arrested as of this time,” said Lt. Sean Cosgrove in an e-email exchange with Lower Bucks Source, shortly after the incident.

At 1:30 p.m., the lockdown was lifted without further incident.



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