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“Predator Poachers” Nab Bristol Man Seeking Sex with 13-Year-Old Girl



“We find online child predators and interview them in person all across the country”says the Twitter profile for Alex Rosen’s Texas based Predator Poachers

The Houston based exploiter search group made their mark in Bristol Borough early Monday morning which led to the arrest and jailing of 44 year-old  William J. Rago Jr. for allegedly expecting  to have sex with what he thought was a 13 year-old girl.

The scene  played out just after two am when Bristol police were dispatched to St Ann’s Church on Pond Street to meet with a group of subjects who were with Rago Jr. The police said in court paperwork.

Upon arrival  officers spoke with the group of men called, Predator Poaches. The group has been chatting with Rago Jr for about two to three months through a chat room and then text messages, the criminal complaint alleges, to meet with a 13 year-old girl so they can engage in sexual activity. 

Rago Jr. spoke with the group voluntarily for about an hour prior to officers arriving on scene, according to court papers

Officer’s then took over and Raga Jr. was brought back to headquarters and placed into a cell.

Just after 8 am officer James Ellis went to the cell area and introduced himself and asked the suspect if he was hungry or thirsty. Rago Jr. asked for a drink and was provided coffee and a sandwich. Shortly thereafter he was brought to an interview room,  read his rights and signed the rights form and agreed to speak to police without a lawyer present, court records show. 

Ellis interviewed Rago Jr. for about 45 minutes. He, according to the criminal filing. to chatting and texting a female named “Summer” who he believed to be 13 years-old. The  suspect also admitted to sending naked images of  himself and having explicit conversations with her, the probable cause alleges.

Judge Frank W. Peranteau Sr. arraigned Rago Jr on one felony count criminal attempt – statutory sexual assault: 4-8
years older, one felony count of criminal attempt – unlawful contact with a minor – sexual offenses, one felony count of criminal attempt – corruption of minors – defendant age 18 or above and criminal use of communication facility. Bail was set at 10 percent of $50,000 and he was sent to Bucks County Prison.

Rago Jr.  is currently scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 19.

In recent years the online “vigilante” group, which Rosen calls it, facilitated at least two arrests in Bucks County. One of which was Joseph Solver, 44 of Penndel who  sexually assaulting the 15-year-old deaf girl and was convicted for it, according to court records. covered Solver’s depravity and subsequent conviction. He was sentenced to five to 10 years, in state prison, court records show. .

Devon Weiss of Lansdale was arrested and charged when Predator Poachers posed as a 13 year-old boy. The online activist group lured him to Veterans Memorial Park in Doylestown in June of 2021 where thought he was going to engage in a sexual encounter with the boy. Instead he was met by a member of the group, according to court papers.

Weiss eventually agreed to plead guilty to five sex offenses in a negotiated sentence with  prosecutors in January. He is serving  time at Bucks County Prison where after 90 days of successful jail time and no misconducts, then the court will entertain a petition for work release, according to court data.

Lower Bucks Source throughout the day attempted to contact Rosen and his group about Rago’s arrest . They have often posted videos on various social media platforms of interviews with suspects they are pursuing. Predator Poachers say their work has led to arrests in 41 states. 

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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