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Man Convicted of Murder for Stabbing to Death Cousin in 2021



A 40-year-old man was convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, for the stabbing death of his cousin in December 2021 in Bristol Township.

David Joseph Jenner was also found guilty of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and possession of an instrument of crime by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey L. Finley during a 2-day waiver trial.

Sentencing was deferred to a later date.

Bucks County Deputy District Attorneys Marc J. Furber and Sarah K. Heimbach presented hundreds of exhibits during the trial, including the murder weapon, crime scene photos, and body cam footage from Bristol Township officers responding to the Dec. 19, 2021, stabbing at 605 Veterans Highway.

The footage showed police and emergency responders valiantly attempting to save the life of 43-year-old Charlie R. Thomas Jr., who was stabbed eight times during the attack.

Months earlier, Thomas and his mother allowed Jenner, a distant relative, to stay in their home because he had nowhere else to go.

“What happened after four to five months of this decision: Charlie Thomas is dead,” Furber said in his closing arguments. The victim’s mother was also stabbed in the left arm trying to shield her son from Jenner’s brutal attack.

In securing the first-degree murder conviction, prosecutors successfully argued that the stabbing was not a case self-defense or a suicide frame job, as the defendant had claimed.

Bristol Township police and paramedics were dispatched at 11:01 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2021, to the Veterans Highway home for a reported stabbing. The caller, a resident at the home, told dispatchers Jenner stabbed Thomas, and then walked to the front of the residence holding a knife. A second caller said they heard an argument just before the stabbing.

When Bristol Township police arrived minutes later, they encountered Jenner on the front porch of the home. Also on the porch, police located a large kitchen knife with a bloody 8-inch blade. Jenner was handcuffed, and police noticed he had blood on his hands.

Thomas was found on the living room floor, bleeding heavily. Other residents were attempting to help him by applying pressure to a gaping wound on the left side of his chest. Bristol Township police officers and the Bucks County Rescue Squad continued life saving measures, but Thomas was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Forensic pathologist Zhongxue Hua testified that Thomas was stabbed eight times. The fatal wound was five inches deep to the left side of his chest, which punctured his lung and caused massive bleeding. Thomas also suffered another stab wound to the left side of his chest, one to his left arm, three to his lower back and one on his buttocks, Hua testified.

During the trial, prosecutors presented testimony from other residents in the home and played cellphone video that showed the defendant swinging a knife and yelling at the residents who were attempting to calm him down. Shortly after the video was shot, Jenner stabbed Thomas.

“It has been said that no parent should have to bury a child,” Deputy District Attorney Marc Furber said.  “In this case, the mother of the victim had to watch her son die as she used her body as a shield to fend off the defendant’s repeated attacks.”

“While we can’t change what happened to the victim, we are grateful that the victim’s mother was able to see her son’s killer brought to justice in a court of law.  We look forward to the defendant’s formal sentencing when the public can be assured that the defendant will never again pose a threat to our community.”

This case was investigated by the Bristol Township Police Department and Detectives with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber and Deputy District Attorney Sarah K. Heimbach, with assistance from Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr. \

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Langhorne Man Charged for Assault in Behavioral Health Unit



A Langhorne man has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and a related offense for attacking a security guard at inpatient behavioral health facility earlier this month.

Amen Zion Sheldon Brown was arraigned earlier this week for his assault of the guard on the inpatient unit at Lower Bucks Hospital (LBH)  and sent to Bucks County Jail in lieu of 10 percent of $35,000.00.

According to the probable cause, Bristol Twp Police were dispatched to the mental health inpatient unit on June 12 to meet with the victim. The victim’s forehead was, police said, bandaged and awaiting stiches.

The victim related to the police, that Brown was being abusive and fighting with staff the entire day. Staff members said Brown was brought in on a mental health warrant earlier in the month and since then has been fighting with staff and security guards, according to the probable cause.

The victim along with three other security guards attempted to secure Brown in a room. Brown resisted and started fighting with the victim and other guards before he was pushed into the room. Upon entering the room, Brown started to throw punches. The victim attempted to approach Brown and was punched in the head. The remaining guards were then able to secure Brown. The victim received seven stiches. His other injuries included a swollen eye and blurred vision from the incident. said police.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 9, 2024.


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Randall Ave Bridge Restoration Project to Begin Next Week



The long awaited and much anticipated work to the Randall Avenue Bridge in Bristol Township will begin in earnest next week, township manager Randee J. Mazur said Thursday.

We have an executed agreement with Haines and Kibblehouse based in Chalfont H & K) in the amount of  $1,085,260.00. The project was originally planned to start June 21st and was pushed back a week by Amtrak to now begin Friday, June 28th,” she said.

Mobilization for the work began earlier today, with  setting up the construction laydown areas. They plan to use a portion of Pitt Avenue that is closed and will set up temporary chain link fence with a lock to secure all materials and equipment, officials said.

The Project Schedule is as follows:

6/28/24 to 7/1/24 – 55 Hour Outage on Track 3 with nighttime outage on Track 2

7/12/24 to 7/15/24 – 55 Hour Outage on Track 2 with nighttime outage on Track 3

7/26/24 to 7/29/24 – 55 Hour Outage on Track 1 with nighttime outage on Track 2

The bridge work, with no delays to the schedule, should be completed by the end of July, Mazur said.

Randal Ave Bridge Closed
Credit: Lower Bucks Source

“Gilmore and Associates is finalizing the abutment project bid and details, should be completed early July and then we will solicit bids for this work.”

If the abutments are ready for work, then with contract awarded, this work could start as early as July or August and is estimated to take three months. The abutments are what is required for the 3.5-ton limit and there is discussion with the work being done that it may be able to be increased once completed. The township manager said, our police department was advised we will need truck enforcement for the bridge to enforce whatever weight limit there is while we continue to work on design and funding for a full bridge replacement.

The 169-foot span bridge in the Edgely section of the township has been closed since February of 2023 after chunks of the bridge fell onto the ground and onto the Amtrak and SEPTA rail lines below. For the 16 months township officials have worked feverishly reviewing solutions, applying for grants, speaking, and meeting with  civil construction companies and leveraging county, state, and federal officials seeking help and support.

A community meeting held by the township in January involving officials from state, federal, and Amtrak offices seems to have put the project in motion. For almost a year there was little to no movement on what exactly should be done, due in part to Amtrak’s specific guidelines and requirements, one official, who asked not be identified said.

The project has gone back to using hi rail equipment for some of the work. H&K has their hi rail inspection scheduled for June 26th. H&K is planning to mobilize today and start setting up the construction laydown areas today and tomorrow (6/20 & 6/21). They plan to use a portion of Pitt Avenue that is closed and will set up a temporary chain link fence with a lock to secure all materials/equipment, Mazur said.



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Bristol Woman Charged for Pulling Fire Alarm, Shutting Power at Villager Lodge Motel



A Bristol woman with a long history of mental health issues and convictions walked into a local motel grabbed a fire extinguisher, discharged its contents and subsequently pulled its fire alarm leading to her arrest early Thursday morning.

According to police, Chrystal Brewington, 33 walked into the Villager Lodge Motel located on the 5300 block of Bristol Pike at just after 4 a.m., Thursday, June 20. She grabbed the fire extinguisher from the wall and discharged its contents in the parking lot. A motel employee implored her to leave the premises immediately. Brewington, not following directions,  returned to the hotel lobby and pulled the fire alarm which led to police and the Third District Fire Company being dispatched to the motel.

Brewington was told to leave again by the establishment’s overnight clerk.

She walked  outside, returning moments later, headed for the breaker panel and shut off the electricity in the motel, the criminal complaint alleges.

Police noted the senselessness of Brewington’s actions since there was no actual fire at the motel.

A second motel employee told police Brewington damaged the alarm system with needed repairs costing $700.00.

She was charged with three misdemeanor offenses- false alarm, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, She was jailed with bond set at 10 percent of $20,000 and tentatively scheduled for preliminary hearing on July 3.

Prior to this incident Brewington was involved in an incident at the Rodeway Hotel in which Alfred Camp allegedly stabbed her in the leg. 

His preliminary hearing was scheduled for today, however case information has yet to be updated online.





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