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Philly Man Arrested for Gun Straw Purchases in Lower Bucks

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A Philadelphia man was taken into custody last week in a joint operation by Detectives with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, the Office of Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the illegal straw purchase of firearms from gun shops in fours area counties

Deon Hudson 25 of Philadelphia was charged with 39 counts of unlawful sale or transfer of a firearm and conspiracy to commit of unlawful sale or transfer of a firearm

He was arrested last Friday in Philadelphia and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Frank W. Peranteau Sr., who sent him to Bucks County Correctional Facility under $200,000 bail, 10 percent.

An arrest warrant for Hudson was filed at the court in February by Bucks County Detectives.

“Illegal firearms purchases like the ones this prolific straw firearms purchaser has repeatedly made are often linked to other, violent, gun crimes,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “By putting him out of commission and out of illegal commerce, we have undoubtedly saved lives.”

Investigators say between August 2020 to November 2021 Hudson purchased 16 9-mm firearms at eight different locations across Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Delaware counties. Investigators determined Hudson would then illegally transfer the purchased weapons to others who are not legally able to purchase firearms. Two of the firearms were recovered on teenagers in Philadelphia within 50 days of the date of purchase, and one of those guns was traced back to two shooting incidents in Philadelphia.

Investigators obtained an extensive, but not exhaustive, list of all guns purchased by Hudson and found he purchased all 9-mm handguns, including seven in a two-week span in August 2021. He purchased two of the guns in a suspicious transaction from Johnston’s Sporting Goods in Croydon section of Bristol Township.

Investigators used data to discover the straw purchases, including the purchase of guns within days and sometimes weeks from each other from various gun dealers located in several different counties; the purchase of the same make, model, and caliber of firearm; and a lack of stolen gun reports. “By using data and intelligence facilitated by our Track & Trace program, this joint investigation linked two of the guns straw purchased by the defendant to at least two shooting incidents in Philadelphia,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

“Purchasing a gun for someone who isn’t legally able to carry one is a crime that often leads to shootings and murders. This case shows how guns travel illegally across county lines and end up being used in violent crimes in Philadelphia.” “Let it be known — our Gun Violence Task Force traces these crime guns and continues to collaborate with our county, state and federal law enforcement partners to hold straw purchasers accountable,” Shapiro said.

This case is being prosecuted by the Bucks County Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr.

Hudson is currently scheduled to appear in Bristol Borough District Court on March 30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turnpike Commission: Traffic Disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is warning motorists of expected traffic disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township due to an ongoing bridge rehabilitation project.

Starting this week, drivers merging onto I-95 northbound from the Delaware Valley Interchange acceleration ramp will encounter a temporary stop sign. The stop sign is in place through August 11 and is being placed to facilitate safe merging near the Levittown/Bristol Interchange (Exit 42). Additionally, on Friday, July 19, from midnight to 5 a.m. traffic pacing operations will slow vehicles to 20 to 25 mph. The intermittent 15-minute slowdowns at milepost 42.35 are planned for the safety of motorists and construction crews working on the bridge over the East Penn Railroad.

Motorists traveling eastbound and westbound on the Turnpike and northbound and southbound on I-95 in Bucks County are advised to adjust their travel plans accordingly. Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be on-site to guide drivers through the work zones. Travelers can also expect updates from changeable message signs along the routes, according to officials. Officials noted that the work schedule may change depending on weather conditions.

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Bristol Twp Undercover Operation Nets Alleged Crack Dealer

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A Bristol Borough man is facing serious drug related charges after he was arrested by Bristol Township Detectives following two undercover buys of “crack” cocaine.

According to police, James Edwards III, 30, became the focus of a drug investigation in Bristol Township for distribution of “crack” cocaine.  On May 29, Edwards allegedly delivered .79 grams of the drug to a confidential informant between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  On the same day, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Edwards is alleged to have delivered .82 grams of the potent drug to a confidential informant.

Edwards was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski on Tuesday on felony two counts of manufacture, delivery, possession of a controlled substance.  He was released on unsecured bail and  is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 31 at Bristol Borough District Court.

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Citizens Tip Leads to Beach’s Hardware Burglar Caught Red-Handed

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A Milwaukee, Wisconsin man is in Bucks County Jail charged for breaking and entering into a very popular hardware store in Bristol Township last week thanks to the help of a vigilant citizen

According to court records at just after 2:30 a.m. on July 12 an officer was approached by a witness who told him the front window to Beach’s Hardware Store 3101 Veterans Highway was smashed noting it was the window on the Ford Road side of the business. Upon arrival officers checked the doors to the business, finding them secure and located the broken window on Ford Rd. While looking through a glass door with his flashlight an officer observed man, later identified as Myron Vacca, 41, inside the business standing behind the front counter to be manipulating the cash register. The suspect ignored police commands to come out of the hardware store leading officers to establish a perimeter around the business as Vacca sought a pathway to escape. The suspect finally came out and surrendered to police.

The business was checked and cleared by other responding officers and a K-9 unit. Officers located a large piece of lumber that appeared to be used to smash the Ford Rd side window. Mr. Robert Beach told police the cost to fix the broken glass would be $750.00, court records show.

Vacca was charged with felony burglary, felony trespass  and one count of possessing an instrument of crime. He was jailed in lieu of 10 percent of $100,000.00 and scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 31. Vacca has no attorney of record at this time, according to court records.

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