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Bristol Twp Police Reports: Newtown Man Arrested on Parole Warrant, ATV’s Stolen and More

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Bristol Twp Police Reports August 8, 2022

Arrest 8-8-22, 0515 hours, Bristol Pike, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Jackson Daniel Cofer, W/m, 30 years old Randall Avenue Crum Lynne, Pa

Arrest 8-8-22, 0857 hours, Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Philadelphia.  The subject was transported to the Philadelphia Sheriff’s. Daniel Joseph Russo, W/M, 50 years old Belardley Avenue Bristol, Pa

Arrest 8-8-22, 1319 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 Wagner.  Bail was set at $50,000/unsecured. Sean Bronner, B/M, 50 years old Pond Street Bristol, Pa

Arrest 8-8-22, 1925 hours, Williams Street, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Jason B Palmer, W/M, 46 years old Adler Drive Morrisville, Pa

Arrest 8-8-22, 2300 hours, Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a State Parole Warrant and released to the State Constables. Brett Huckfeldt, W/M, 41 years old Lafayette Street Newtown, Pa

Theft 8-8-22, 1026 hours, Pearl Buck Road, Bristol, Pa. Sometime over the weekend an unknown subject removed the catalytic converter from a 2011 Ford F250 work truck.  No value given.

Theft 8-8-22, 2003 hours, Silvi Avenue, Levittown, Pa. Sometime in the past two months an unknown subject(s) stole a 2001 Kawasaki 650 ATV and a 350 Trail Boss ATV.  The estimated value is $1,000.00.

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Bristol Twp Police Reports: BMX Bike Stolen, Man Charged with Assault, and More

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Bristol Twp Police Reports June 15 to June 16. 2024

Arrest 6-15-24, 0028 hours, Beaver Dam Road, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and Philadelphia.  The subject was released to the Philadelphia Sheriff’s. Jamaal Danelle Singleton, B/M, 44 years old Willits Road Philadelphia, Pa

Arrest 6-16-24, 1145 hours, Bristol Pike, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Brittany Ann Knoll, W/F, 33 years old Main Avenue Croydon, Pa

Arrest 6-16-24, 1713 hours, Gamewood Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Simple Assault and Harassment.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Wagner.  Bail was set at $25,000/unsecured. Joan Proffitt, W/F, 62 years old Gamewood Road Levittown, Pa

Theft 6-16-24, 0524 hours, Indian Creek Entry, Levittown, Pa. On 6-15-24 between 2000 hours and 0000 hours an unknown subject removed a Thruster BMX bicycle from a residence.  The estimated value is $500.00.

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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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