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Cops: Township Man Charged for Assaulting Child & Girlfriend During Car Ride

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Bristol Borough Police have charged a Bristol township man with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and related offenses for allegedly stabbing a toddler in the leg with a knife and striking his girlfriend. during a late night car ride that was filed in court last week

Eric Scott, Jr,  27 of Croydon has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault and several misdemeanors in connection with an alleged roving domestic incident occurring on November 13, police say in court records.

According to police,  a Bristol Twp officer observed an occupied vehicle on the shoulder of south bound Bristol Pike across from the Plaza 13 shopping center, just after 3:30 am court records show. The responding officer called Officer in Charge, Sgt Joe Moors of the Bristol Borough Police to the scene because the incident was in Borough’s jurisdiction.

Also called to the scene were  Scott’s parents, according to  court records.

According to the criminal complaint, being first on the scene, the township police officer spoke with Scott first and for safety purposes, and due to “Scott’s behavior,” at the scene, he was patted down by the officer. The pat down revealed Scott had a pocket knife in his possession. The knife was turned over to Moors who was not aware of any alleged assault with the weapon when it was turned over to Scott’s mother.

Police requested the children be picked up by relatives,  Scott contacted the uncle of I.S. and brother to Derek Seip, father of I.S. The uncle took custody of both children, court records show.

Later that same morning township police were called just before 6 am by the uncle, and he reported the four year old  had three puncture wounds and a scratch on her upper left thigh. The child  was taken to a local medical facility for treatment by her uncle and father, the criminal complaint states.

Childline was contacted by Bristol Township Police and Bucks County Children and Youth were also called to the hospital for investigative purposes, according to the criminal complaint.

On November 19, at 3:30 pm, Bristol Borough Police conducted a recorded interview with J.W who was an alleged victim and is the mother of the child allegedly attacked too.

The mother told police that Scott and her children were staying at a home in Morrisville. She woke at approximately 3:00 a.m. to change her son’s (E.S.) diaper. Scott then woke and stated he needed coolant for the car. The mother and her two children (I.S. and E.S.) rode with Scott to a WaWa to make the purchase, the criminal complaint reads

Along Bristol Pike, Scott pulled over and attempted to take his girlfriend’s phone from her. The victim and Scott struggled for possession of the phone. Once she regained possession, Scott proceeded to hit her on her head with his hand, court records state.

During this time, her four-year old daughter (I.S.) needed to go to the bathroom. She originally was in a car seat and transferred her daughter to her lap and then proceeded to get out of the vehicle. Scott continued to strike the child’s mother while her daughter was on her lap, court records show.

According to the mother, at one point in the altercation, her daughter still on her lap, Scott pulled out his pocket knife, leaned over to his significant other and (I.S.) and said he was going to stab her, the criminal complaint alleges.

The mother screamed at Scott that her daughter was hurt. Scott tried to comfort the child .

The mother said to Scott, “you hurt her, now you have a problem. Don’t touch her, you already did the damage.”

The daughter said Scott hurt her with his keys the complaint alleges

On November 23, Bristol Borough Police met with the the Morris’ at their home and inquired about the knife that was in their possession and they refused to return the weapon to police, court records show.

Scott is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on February 2, at Bristol Borough District Court.

Editors Note: Joanne contributed to the publication of this story.

Ms. Joanne Ames is a Falls Twp resident who handles financial transactions, and for feature and important stories copy edits content when she's not working her other job as retail manager at a local cigarette/vape outlet. Ames' free time is dedicated to hanging out with her "Mom" ensuring she is cared for, comfortable, and loved at all times. Ames is also a crazed Eagles fan and who spends much of her Sunday's reminding LBS Publisher/Editor Jeff Bohen "The Giants Suck.." Ames recently has gotten the reporting bug and is in the midst of preparing for her first big story.

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  1. Eric

    January 4, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    That story is a lie and want to now sue and file for falsified allegations, delete this or else.

    • Jeff Bohen

      January 4, 2022 at 9:07 pm

      Eric the story is based upon the criminal complaint filed by Bristol Borough Police. Good luck with suing.

  2. Crystal Shreck

    January 5, 2022 at 6:31 am

    What this story doesn’t tell tell you is that the childs mother used her daughter as a human shield so she wouldn’t be stabbed and thats how the daughter was stabbed.

    • Jim

      January 5, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      So…he was going to stab the mother?

  3. Alicia

    January 5, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Next time how about not stabbing anyone

  4. Eric

    January 5, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    If it’s really the truth then why did they give the weapon to the parents? Then later came back to retrieve it? Why did they say the assault on her and child when in reality the police report said no such thing? Get your facts right opon the situation before u publish and try to slander a person’s name. None of that other than an argument happened and a person’s stuff was thrown about the street whole while to use children to cover a lie of what really happened. Feb 2nd couldn’t come sooner.

    • Jeff Bohen

      January 9, 2022 at 3:53 pm

      Eric: the story is based upon the criminal complaint that was filed by Bristol Borough Police. Your issue (s) with the story, and alleged crimes are with the police involved. Good luck with Suing.

  5. WhatTheEf

    January 5, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Round of applause for the comments from lower bucks counties finest up here lmaoooooooo

  6. WhatTheEf

    January 5, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Round of applause for the comments from lower bucks counties finest up top lmaooooooo

  7. Janae

    January 6, 2022 at 1:27 am

    Crystal shut yo ugly crack head hillbilly toothless ass tf up . I already checked out your fb you don’t have not one damn tooth in your mouth to be talking all that shit .. I used her as a shield ? Stop listening to her lying ass coke sniffing fatass dad when he wasn’t even there. My daughter was crying that she had to “pee real bad” so I took her out of her car seat put her on my lap then tried to get out of the car with her to take her to pee.That’s when my sons father took out his knife and tried to stab me but got my daughter instead. Get your facts straight before you talk shit you toothless hillbilly

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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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