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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

Bristol Borough Police Reports: Motorcycle Stolen Recovered in NYC, Diner Charged for Theft and More



Bristol Borough Police Reports July 10 to August 8

July 13

12:00 p.m., 400 block Washington St., Keiph Valentine, age 38, Bristol, PA, cited for disorderly practices.

3:20 p.m., 599 Beaver St., Thomas Burns, age 33, Bristol, PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

8:23 p.m., Maple Beach Rd., Kristen Herbine, age 35, Pottstown, PA, cited for Borough Ordinance Violation.

July 14

7:04 a.m., theft, 320 Pond St., actor stole four tires from a vehicle in the parking lot.

July 15

7:24 a.m., theft, 231 Rt. 13, actor kicked in doors to two video machines, stole the currency inside and fled the store.

2:24 p.m., 452 Pond St., Stephen Nutret, age 41, Bristol, PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

July 16

2:36 p.m., 100 block Buckley St., Gina Dietz, age 24, Levittown, PA, arrested for simple assault and harassment.  She will be summoned to court.

July 18

7:22 a.m., criminal mischief, 200 Bristol Pike, actor threw a brick through front window.

July 19

1:26 a.m., 800 block Fourth Ave., Dominique Reyes, age 27, Bristol, PA and Kersait Zamor, age 40, Philadelphia, PA, both cited for disorderly conduct.

7:14 a.m., theft, 2201 Hunter Rd., actor damaged and stole internal metal parts from a 30 KV electrical transformer valued at $2,500.00.

8:41 a.m., theft, 1200 block N Cedar St., a SCCY CPX-2 9 mm firearm stolen.

4:12 p.m., Rite Aid,  retail theft, 452 Pond St., actor stole a large amount of pills, possibly Tylenol, and ran from the store.

July 20

5:54 p.m., retail theft, Wine & Spirits, 238 Commerce Cir., actor stole approx. $250.00 worth of items from the store.

July 21

1:07 a.m., criminal mischief, 900 block Beaver St., actor kicked in window air conditioning unit and cut a fabric tent in yard.

July 22

2:45 a.m., 231 Bristol Pike, Michael McGovern, age 39, Bristol Twp., PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

5:48 p.m., theft, 416 Green Lane, actor stole $5,000.00 worth of generator cable from vehicle sometime overnight.

July 23

4:00 p.m., 100 block Mill St., Mark Kornstedt, age 55, Bristol, PA, arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

July 24

3:36 p.m., criminal mischief, 300 block Penn St, actor broke a passenger window of vehicle overnight.

Credit: Matthew Markey

July 25

1:45 a.m., Golden Eagle Diner, 300 Bath St., Philip Frattara, age 40, Philadelphia, PA, arrested for disorderly practices.

9:13 p.m., 600 block Wood St., Marika Borowycka, age 64, Bristol, PA, cited for Borough Ordinance Violation.

July 26

8:46 p.m., 205 Pond St., Mark Kornstedt, age 55, Bristol, PA, arrested for disorderly conduct.

July 27

9:20 a.m., criminal mischief, 800 block Jefferson Ave., actor spray painted graffiti on side wall under the railroad underpass overnight.

July 28

9:44 a.m., criminal mischief, 600 block Pine St., actor damaged passenger side window of vehicle overnight.

July 29

2:30 a.m., 1400 Farragut Ave., William Miccio, age, 26, Roebling, NJ, arrested for disorderly practices and public intoxication.


July 30

4:03 a.m., 200 block Dorrance St., Kaleena  Conn, age 39, Bristol Twp., PA, cited for Borough Ordinance Violation and pubic intoxication.

6:07 a.m., Golden Eagle Diner, 300 Bath St., Taquise Hill, age 26, Trenton, NJ, cited for theft of services.

August 1

12:01 a.m., Otter St., juvenile cited for harassment.

1:54 a.m., burglary, Pasco Battery, 1108 Bristol Pike, actor entered through a window, possibly removed several batteries from store.

August 2

5:57 a.m., 700 block Mansion St., Rachel Williams, age 37, Levittown, PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

12:21 p.m., 800 block Mansion St, Rachel Williams, age 37, Levittown, PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

9:28 p.m., Jefferson Ave., juvenile cited for disorderly conduct.

August 3

7:17 a.m., burglary, Auto Zone, 93 Commerce Cir., store found in disarray, unknown what was taken at this time.

3:56 p.m., warrant arrest, Mansion & Beaver Sts., Anthony Johnson, age 33, Bristol, PA, arrested on an active warrant out of Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

7:42 p.m., Otter St., Mark Kornstedt, age 55, Bristol, PA, arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication.  He will be summoned to court.

August 4

5:02 a.m., criminal mischief, 500 block Maple St., actor smashed rear window of a vehicle overnight.

7:13 a.m., 1800 block Farragut Ave., Roniqua Rankins, age 22, Bristol, PA, cited for  harassment.

9:00 a.m., stolen motorcycle,  200 block Madison St., 2017 Yamaha stolen overnight and later recovered in Bronx NY.

7:18 p.m., criminal mischief, 500 block Locust St., actor shot rear window of vehicle with a BB gun on one vehicle and rear side fender and side door of another vehicle

7:36 p.m., theft, 200 block Cleveland St., actor stole a catalytic converter from vehicle.

August 5

10:35 a.m., criminal mischief, 500 block Locust St., actor shot driver side window of vehicle with a BB gun overnight.

August 6

1;07 p.m., theft, 200 block Hayes St., PA Reg: XLD-1286 stolen from vehicle. 4:00 p.m..

600 block Wood St., Marika Borowycka, age 64, Bristol, PA, cited for disorderly conduct.

August 8

2:11 p.m., theft, 100 block Monroe St., actor catalytic converter stolen from vehicle. 3:02 p.m., criminal mischief, 900 block Garden St., actor smashed windshield and rear window of vehicle.

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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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