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Bristol Twp Police Reports: Stolen F250 Truck, Woman Fugitive From Justice Arrested and More

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Bristol Twp Police Reports: June 5, 2024 – June 9, 2024

Arrest 6-5-24,0927 hours, Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Bradley Kent Aug, W/M, 62 years old Limekiln Park Chalfont, Pa

Arrest 6-5-24, 1701 hours, Veterans Highway, Croydon, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Warrant out of Bensalem Township and released to the Bensalem Police. Christopher Kijee Thompson, B/M, 26 years old Riverside Avenue Trenton, NJ

Arrest 6-6-24, 0104 hours, Green Lane, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charge of Fugitive From Justice.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Gaier.  Bail was set at $50,000/10% and remanded to  BCP. Katelin Nickels, W/F, 33 years old Fairhill Road Morrisville, Pa

Arrest 6-6-24, 0018 hours, Bristol Pike, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Mitchell Eugene Johnson, B/M, 33 years old Blair Mill Road Horsham,  Pa

Arrest 6-6-24, 1400 hours, New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Forgery, Access Device/Counterfeit, Identity Theft and Possess Marijuana.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Wagner.  Bail was set at $100,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Sirod Asian Pennewell, B/M, 24 years old Brown Street Wilmington, De

Arrest 6-8-24, 0400 hours, Mitchell Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Alyssa Tahnyi Handy, B/F, 35 years old Fleetwing Drive Levittown, Pa

Arrest 6-9-24, 1532 hours, Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Local Warrant out of Bristol Township.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Galloway.  Bail was set at $10,000/unsecured. Jamaal Singleton, B/M, 44 years old Willits Road Philadelphia, Pa

Arrest 6-9-24, 1858 hours, Bristol Pike, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Local Warrant out of Bristol Township.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Galloway.  Bail was set at $200,000/10% and released to the Constables. Richard Phillips, W/M, 47 years old No Fixed Address

Burglary: Residential 6-9-24, 1325 hours, Winder Drive, Bristol, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject(s) made forced entry into a vacant home and removed copper pipes. The estimated value is $20.00.

Theft 6-7-24, 1445 hours, Silvi Avenue, Levittown, Pa. Sometime between 6-5-24 and 6-7-24 an unknown subject(s) removed between 30ft-40ft of copper pipes from a work trailer.  No value given.

 Theft 6-7-24, 1827 hours, Bristol Pike, Bristol, Pa. On 6-6-24 at approximately 2230 hours an unknown subject stole a F250 Ford truck.  The estimated value is $45,000.

Theft 6-9-24, 1729 hours, Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. On 6-9-24 at approximately 1725 hours an unknown subject stole an IPhone 14 valued at $900.00.

Theft: Retail 6-8-24, 1653 hours, State Road, Croydon, Pa. On 6-8-24 five unknown subjects removed several items passing all points of sale.  The estimated value is $70.00.

Theft: Retail 6-9-24, 1532 hours, Bristol Pike, Bristol, Pa. On 6-9-24 at approximately 1530 hours an unknown subject removed several items passing all points of sale.  No value given.

Theft 6-6-24, 0632 hours, Green Lane, Bristol, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject stole several work tools from a 2011 GMC truck.  The estimated value is $1,500.00.

Vandalism 6-5-24, 0549 hours, Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject broke out a front window to a closed business.  The estimated damage value is $1,000.00.  

Vandalism 6-5-24, 2223 hours, Fourth Avenue, Croydon, Pa. On 6-5-24 between 2200 hours and 2220 hours an unknown subject poured acrylic paint onto a 2013 Nissan. No damage value given.

Vandalism 6-8-24, 1108 hours, Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject(s) poured an unknown chemical on three vehicles. No damage value given.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bensalem Township

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

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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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