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Falls Police Veteran Bids Farewell to Canine Partner



Since Cpl. Steve Langan met Tag, the dog who would become his 11-year partner in April 2008, the two were virtually inseparable. The K-9 officer and his four-legged partner lived and worked together. Tag accompanied the Langan family on annual vacations to Myrtle Beach and even traveled with them to Disney World. 

“I took him everywhere with me,” the 23-year Falls Township Police officer said. “I literally spent every waking moment with him.”

When he speaks of the 14-year-old Belgian Malinois who stole his heart and always had his back, it’s clear to see how Tag could make such an impact on the officer and the community they worked together to protect and serve. 

“Everybody’s lost a pet, but he was my partner,” said Cpl. Langan of Tag, who died recently. “He would’ve done anything for me. It’s a little bit harder to explain. He would’ve given his life for me without any question.”

Tag served with Cpl. Langan from 2008 until his retirement in August 2019. He continued to live at home with Cpl. Langan, his wife, their four kids and two dogs until his recent passing.

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“He wasn’t having any health problems per se. He was just getting older,” he said. “He just seemed to be slowing down a bit.”

Even with his active-duty days behind him, Tag continued showing up with his long-time partner for career day, school functions, K9 demonstrations, and community events. 

“Everybody liked Tag,” he said. “If you start petting him on his back, he will roll into you and let you pet his belly. Not every dog’s going to give you his belly like Tag would. When nothing was going on he was like a regular dog.”

But Tag was a police dog. His instincts saved lives and helped police on numerous occasions. Cpl. Langan recalls a roadway stop where he was attempting to take a suspect into custody. The man resisted arrest and initiated a physical altercation. At the time, Tag was in the back of the police car, Cpl. Langan reached for the remote, hit the button, heard the clicking noise of the door opening and then Tag’s nails hitting the ground as he came running. 

“He saved me,” Cpl. Langan said. “He helped me for sure.”

Other times, someone was “thinking about fighting and Tag would start barking in the back of the car. That would change their train of thought too.”

At home, Cpl. Langan remembers the day Tag singlehandedly saved his young daughter from harm. Unbeknownst to her parents, the toddler was playing outside. From inside the house, Tag began running back and forth and was “all worked up.” His wife let the dog outside and Tag started “running at top speed” toward their young daughter. At the last second, Tag went around her and grabbed a groundhog that was crawling toward the youngster.

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“His cool status was elevated,” Cpl. Langan said.

Tag was trained to serve in dual patrol, tracking and building searches and handler protection. His specialty was narcotics.

He won a national award in 2009 for bravery for apprehension of two robbers the previous year. 

His nose has helped police find countless amounts of illegal drugs and even assisted in locating lost children and adults with dementia. 

In one instance, Tag recovered seven kilos of cocaine from underneath the passenger floor of a vehicle stopped in Bensalem Township. Pennsylvania State Police had searched the entire car and could not find anything, so officers enlisted Tag’s help.

“He smelled it right away,” Cpl. Langan said of the cocaine, which had been wrapped several times and smeared with motor oil. “You could be somewhere (searching) for days potentially, and the dog would find it within minutes.”

Cpl. Langan, who got his start as a Temple University police officer 25 years ago, was new to K9 policing when he met Tag 13 years ago. The two trained for two months together in Canada before the pooch’s official enlistment with the Falls Township Police Department began in June 2008. 

Two weeks after the two returned home, Cpl. Langan’s daughter was born. She grew up with Tag, even using him as a guide as she learned to crawl and later walk.

“I was very close with him. He was part of my family,” he said of Tag. “He was a great partner and friend.” 

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Levittown Man Charged for Shooting Up Falls Twp Home in 2022, After Brawl at Local Elementary School



In 2022, a large-scaled fight with no report of first-hand police knowledge led to a shooting the same day, an arrest followed in 2023 and a finally a second apprehension this week.

It all started with a large fight between two groups of juveniles and young adults on August 23, 2022. The fight occurred on the grounds of the Penn Valley Elementary School and was reportedly due to accusations over a fake Instagram account used to desecrate the memory of a young man. 

After the fight where one or more person(s) utilized knives or other cutting instruments, three adults and one juvenile were injured, and a little before midnight, Falls Township Police were dispatched for a report of a shooting in the area of the Levittown Parkway and Willow Way, police said. 

The police were informed that it was a road rage incident in which the caller said he was cut off by a vehicle and occupants of two white vehicles. One of the white vehicles was described as a sport utility vehicle and an occupant(s) shot at him. The vehicles then fled into the Willow Wood section of Levittown,  court records show.

Officers arrived in the area and began checking for the  reported involved vehicles.  A few minutes later, a police sergeant reported that he was in the 100 block of Willow Drive where a resident reported that someone shot at her house. Officers checked the street in front of the residence and located seven 9mm and one .45ACP fired cartridge casings (FCCs) in the street. Seven projectiles were recovered from numerous areas in the residence. It was noted that one of the projectiles penetrated a bedroom striking a pillow on a bed. The damage to the residence was in excess of $5,000.00. Eight people, five adults and three juveniles, were in the residence at the time of the shooting. One adult and two juveniles were at the earlier fight, where one of the juveniles was injured, the probable cause alleges.

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Shortly after midnight, one of the shooters was last seen on Willow Drive heading  towards Mill Creek Road police said. 

A neighbor’s video surveillance footage for that night, police were able to identify the vehicles. One vehicle was a black sedan. The white sport utility vehicle was identified as a white Dodge Durango after matching motor vehicle credentials and was located at the registered address. An officer went to the registered address and observed the Durango, which sported damage to the driver side and mirror. The driver was identified as Corey Tulband, 20, Levittown, Falls Township, and the Durango was registered to his mother. The vehicle was impounded and contact was attempted with Tulband with negative results, court records allege.

A search warrant was executed on August 31, 2022 for the Durango, suspected in the shooting at the Levittown residence.  Seized as evidence was a black folding knife, and four .45ACP FCC’s. A search warrant was also executed for the vehicle’s registered address.  Found in the residence was a blue Smith & Wesson M&P.45 pistol box, and a Bladetech BLK pistol holster, police said.

In November of 2022, detectives spoke with Gavin Stanec. Stanec and his girlfriend received a call, on the day of the fight, from Tulband. Tulband was upset because two people were stabbed in the fight. Tulband told Stanec to meet him at Tulband’s home. Stanec said, he and Tulband went with one other person to the school where the fight occurred. Stanec sat in the front passenger seat of the Durango. When they did not locate anyone at the school, the group went to the residence in Willow Wood, where Tulband and the other person discharged their firearms at the residence on the 100 block of Willow Drive. Stanec noted that Tulband shot his own vehicle. They specifically shot the residence in retaliation for the stabbing at the fight, police allege. 

After the shooting, the three returned to the Tulband’s residence, and subsequently, went to another associate’s residence, only identified as “Kevin”, to dispose of the firearms. Stanec and his girlfriend stayed at Tulband’s residence that evening and saw Tulband remove the license plate from the Dodge Durango the next morning, the criminal filing says. 

On January 22, 2024, police spoke with Stanec, who admitted that he was not honest during the first interview. He then presented a second scenario and police told him he was still not being honest. Stanec then admitted to being the second shooter with Tulband and admitted to shooting at the residence while driving his girlfriend’s car.

Stanec was arrested on March 10, 2023 for the August 2022 shooting into the occupied residence on Willow Drive.

In December of 2023, Stanec was sentenced to 23 months after pleading guilty to discharging a firearm into an occupied structure. He was granted immediate parole for time served from March 2023,

On Wednesday, July 17, 2024, Tulband was arraigned on 16 felony counts of aggravated assault with extreme indifference, 16 felony counts of firearm discharge, one felony count of unlicensed firearm, two felony counts of criminal mischief and a slew of lesser degree related offenses. Free after posting 10%/$100,000 bail, he awaits his next court date, which is set for September 17, according to court records.

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Bucks Judge Orders Triple Killer Committed for 60-Day Mental Health Evaluation



The man accused of killing three family members, hours before the Levittown St. Patrick’s Day parade causing it to be cancelled followed by a hours long manhunt, has been ordered to be evaluated at a state behavioral health facility.

Andre Gordon 26, a homeless Trenton, N.J man who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, and three counts of second-degree murder in connection to his March 16 rampage in Lower Bucks County has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation by a Bucks County Judge Raymond F. McHugh.  The evaluation period is not to exceed 60 days, court records show.]

Mr. Gordon is to be committed to Norristown Hospital or Torrance State Hospital under the Mental Health Procedures Act (AKA 302 and 302 b.) for psychiatric evaluation and treatment, said Manuel Gamiz Jr., director of communications for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. He added the facts about the petition are publicly available at this link. 

Killed in Gordon’s alleged killing spree was his 52-year-old stepmother, Karen Gordon, 13-year-old sister, Kera Gordon, and 25-year-old mother of his children, Taylor Daniel.

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In May, Gordon was charged with aggravated assault and disarming a law enforcement officer —and eight related offenses stemming from an incident in the Bucks County Correctional Facility.

District Attorney Jennifer Schorn said she is seeking the death penalty, if the case goes to trial.

Marcel Johnson, now 31, is the last Bucks County resident sentenced to death. He was convicted in 2015 for the 2013 killing of five months pregnant Ebony Talley, 22, and daughter R’mani Rankins, 4. Rankins murder is what earned Johnson the death penalty.  The last person executed in Pennsylvania was Gary Heidink in 1979 by lethal injection.


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NJ Man Charged With Felony Assault of Officers After Suspicious Person Call




A New Jersey man who attempted to elude police now faces felony charges of aggravated assault and lesser related offenses after responding to a suspicion person call.

Falls Township Police responded to a call of a suspicious person on the 100 block of Canterbury Road in Fairless Hills, last Thursday (July 11). The caller reported a white male is thirties or forties approached her door, then took off running when confronted.

At approximately 4:06 pm, police said they arrived on scene and spoke with the resident who described the subject as a bald white male in late his thirties or early forties wearing a light blue tank top with light khaki pants and a backpack that appeared empty. She told police she came from behind her house, saw the man walking away from her house toward her neighbor’s driveway, and when she called out to him asking what he needed, she stated he took off running through the backyard of her neighbors property.

The area was checked by multiple officers on foot and in patrol vehicles with negative contact, said police.

Later, the suspect was observed by police at the Sunoco on the 300 block of Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills. The suspect fled when the officer attempted to stop him for identification, said in the probable cause.

Officers pursued the suspect, giving lawful commands for the suspect to stop running. He ignored those commands and continued to flee. The suspect resisted numerous lawful commands, as well as physically resisted efforts to take him into custody.  The suspect was tackled to the ground and after some resistance to being handcuffed, he was eventually taken into custody. Injured in the takedown were two officers,  according to the criminal complaint.

The subject was later identified as Anthony Dibattista, Jr, 42, of Roebling NJ. He was arraigned by Magisterial District Court Judge Joseph P. Falcone on two  felony charges of aggravated assault and lesser charges of simple assault, evading and resisting arrest. Unable to post bail of 10%/$100,000, Dibattista was remanded to Bucks County Correctional Facility (BCCF). His preliminary hearing is currently set for July 24. He has no attorney on record at this time, according to court documents.

It’s the second time in a little more than two weeks a person has been charged with assault related offenses against a Falls Twp Police officer. Last month Karen Stevens-Nunez,  pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun, and pointed it at an officer, police said. she is currently in jail awaiting her next court appearance.


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