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Bristol Fire Merger Moves Forward

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The merging of the four Bristol Borough Fire Companies under one umbrella is moving forward at a steady pace as officials prepare for an anticipated official presentation by the newly formed Bristol Borough Fire Association (BBFA)

At this month’s council meeting, Mayor Joseph Saxton provided members and the public with an update on the process, but sources familiar with the work say a press release is currently being devised to announce the creation of the BBFA.

The timing for the press release is unavailable, presently, and most, if not all fire officials among the borough fire  companies have declined to speak on the record in the past about any merger plans.

Saxton said at the meeting the fire companies met and adopted by laws for the now established BBFA and elected an executive board from among members of the four fire companies.

Steve Reeves from Bristol Consolidated Fire Company, will serve as BBFA President, Anthony Malave from, Goodwill Hose Company  as vice-president, Fran Huffnell from Bristol Fire Company as treasurer and Paul McManamon of American Hose, Hook and Ladder will serve as secretary.

Saxton said he hopes a presentation will be ready to be made to council in April.

Saxton said plans include the association coming before council explaining the work that has been done involving the merger process with a presentation most likely to place at the April council meeting.

It’s a little step in everything, but it’s a big step as everybody here knows how long we’ve been trying to get this accomplished, the mayor said.

Saxton said next big steps include council looking at the ordinance for  Chapter 7  for the fire company and figuring out how to fund the merger.

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.

I think that’s a two year process Saxton said.  Adding he thought the work completed already was going to take a year, and its gotten it done in six months.

Consolidating the fire companies under one umbrella was a recommendation of the 20201 Fire Study. 

Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe shared his appreciation for the Saxton’s work and efforts on the what many thought could never happen.

I know your hard work has a lot to do with moving the merger process forward, he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

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

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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

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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

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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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