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Township Police Promote Lieutenant to Deputy Chief

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At this month’s Bristol Township Council meeting 36 year police veteran Lieutenant Ralph Johnson was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.

Johnson in for at least the last six years has acted as the departments Public Information Officer often drawing up and sending our press releases and responding to media requests from print, radio and television stations.

Johnson was hired in February 1986 graduating from the Philadelphia Police Academy working patrol until  June of 2000 serving with his K-9 partner “Ice”. Johnson also worked on Narcotics investigations for 12 years, while serving in that capacity he was promoted to Sargeant in 2007 and detached for several years working with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on high profile investigations, returning back to Bristol Twp Police serving as Patrol Sargeant from February 2012 to December 2014, and was appointed “acting” Chief of Police in 2014 serving in that leadership role for a little more than six months and subsequently promoted to Lieutenant in June of 2016.

Over the last few years Johnson has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department, officials said.

With the recent promotions of Sean Cosgrove and CJ Winik to Lieutenant  will now divide those responsibilities between them, with Johnson “training and mentoring” the new Lt’s, Chief of Police, Robert Coulton said.

“I arrived here 7 1/2 years ago with the task of making changes within the agency; to make refinements and improve the departments overall level of professionalism. These refinements take the will, time, effort and resources to match. With my arrival as an agency outsider. Knowing no one within the department the odds for success were slim without buy in of key personnel. Ralph Johnson was one of those and has assisted me throughout my tenure” said Coulton.

“He has never wavered with the task at hand large or small.”

Johnson was sworn in by the Honorable Kevin P. Wagner then stood for pictures with family and fellow officials but did not offer any comments on his promotion.

Law enforcement officials from other organizations to show support for his promotion were in attendance.

 

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Langhorne Man Charged for Assault in Behavioral Health Unit

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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

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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

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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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