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“Bridging the Gap” with Coffee in Bristol Twp.

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If you visited The Bridge Coffee Shop  in Levittown on Saturday, there was a good chance the barista serving you also moonlights as a Bristol Township Police officer for the community.

Dozens showed up and were greeted by officers from the township who were on hand to greet the community and answer any police related questions locals might have.

Sgt. Jason Mancuso said the focus of the event was to bridge gaps that might exist between locals and the department.

Credit: FB – Bristol Township Police

“All we’re trying do is bridge the gap in the community. A lot of people are often afraid to call the police because it creates anxiety, or they think the department is too busy. That’s not what we’re here for. We’re here for the community, they’re not here for us. We want to partner with the community,” he said.

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Coffee lovers were greeted by officers from the department and customers with young children in several instances introduced and shared a first time experience with a in person police officer.

The Bridge, which opened for business late last year and started out as an idea to create a  community gathering space for fellowship, is supported by Restoration Church.

It’s the perfect place for a community gathering such as a coffee with a cop event, said Andrea Newtown who helps run the day-to-day operations at The Bridge.

 

We just want the community to know the department is for them to help and assist in any way possible, said Mancuso, we want to humanize the badge and let people know we live and work here too just like the community. We will do everything in our power and within the boundaries of the law that we can.

Prior to his promotion to Sgt, Mancuso took over a case in which a Croydon family was being terrorized for reasons that still remain a mystery to many. His work, the victim (s) said, was instrumental in putting that man behind bars and is one such example this publication was privy to see up close.

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

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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

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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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Two in Custody after Police Chase Rips Through Lower Bucks Saturday Night

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Two men are in custody, early Sunday with a third identified, as a result of a police chase that started in New Jersey Saturday night around 7:30 p.m., law enforcement officials said.

New Jersey State Police were pursuing a red vehicle into Bucks County through sections of Morrisville Borough, Falls Township, and ending in Lower Makefield Township (LMT). The vehicle was abandoned and the suspect(s) reportedly fled on foot.

LMT police Chief Ken Coluzzi said late Saturday,  New Jersey State Police were leading the investigation as the chase is believed to have started with an armed carjacking in New Jersey.

The beginning of the pursuit by police in Morrisville lit up social media for at least 90 minutes with a New Jersey State Police helicopter pursuing the chase from above and attempting to block the vehicle’s entrance onto 295 from the  Route 1/Oxford Valley Road location. LMT officials took precautionary measures issuing a shelter-in-place, which lasted for about 20 minutes and was lifted once no threat to the public existed, officials said. 

Credit: Kelly Yura – Morrisville PA Town Watch FB Comment

People on social media commented on the sirens, police chase, helicopters, and bridges closed to NJ. Pictures showed helicopters over the bridges and armed police activity on the street combing the area for the suspects who fled on foot. Tipsters on the Lower Bucks Source Meta page helped to pinpoint the actual location of the police activity, Route 1/Oxford Valley Road interchange, where police were seen loading the red vehicle they chased onto a flatbed tow truck. 

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During the hot pursuit, police and the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission reportedly  blocked its bridges so the fleeing vehicle would not escape into Trenton, officials said

New Jersey State Police did not respond to requests for comment on the chase or the identities of the suspects taken into custody as of publication time.

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