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New Falls Twp Police Officer Sworn In



A recently hired Falls Township Police Officer was sworn in Monday in a brief ceremony held at District Court. 
Falls Township Police welcomed  Officer Michael Mraw who was sworn in this morning by Judge Jan Vislosky.  Prior to being hired as one of Falls Finest, Officer Mraw  was an officer in Broward County, Florida for the last four and a half years on patrol in the Hollywood.
Mraw, a native of Hamilton, N.J., graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree and is enrolled in a master’s program. He served in the Army National Guard and rose to the rank of First Lieutenant. Mraw has worked for the last four and a half years as a police officer in Hollywood, Fla.
Earlier this year  Falls announced Mraw’s hiring with four other officers as part of a what township officials characterized as first since the 1970’s with the hiring of the five simultaneously. 
“This is the most officers we’ve had sworn in since 1979,” Police Chief William Wilcox said, thanking the Supervisors for their diligence. “This certainly helps us, and it looks like we have a fine crop of candidates.”
Welcoming Officer Mraw this morning were Chief WIlcox with Lieutenant’s  Hank Ward and Nelson Whitney. 
“The search has been on for a couple years now,” Supervisors Chairman Jeff Dence said in January  swearing in of three of the five officers. With the new officers, the Falls Township Police Department has 55 sworn police officers,” 
Supervisors Vice Chairman Jeff Boraski said in February the board and police are “looking forward and ahead to having replacements in place as long-time officers plan retirement. 
Mraw, a native of Hamilton, N.J., graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree and is enrolled in a master’s program. He served in the Army National Guard and rose to the rank of First Lieutenant. Mraw has worked for the last four and a half years as a police officer in Hollywood, Fla.
Additional officers could be hired this year if current active duty police officers retire, said Lt. Whitney. 

Ms. Joanne Ames is a Falls Twp resident who handles financial transactions, and for feature and important stories copy edits content when she's not working her other job as retail manager at a local cigarette/vape outlet. Ames' free time is dedicated to hanging out with her "Mom" ensuring she is cared for, comfortable, and loved at all times. Ames is also a crazed Eagles fan and who spends much of her Sunday's reminding LBS Publisher/Editor Jeff Bohen "The Giants Suck.." Ames recently has gotten the reporting bug and is in the midst of preparing for her first big story.

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“Bridging the Gap” with Coffee in Bristol Twp.



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.

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“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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Morrisville Stepfather Guilty of Raping Stepdaughter, Jury Says



A 33 year-old step father was found guilty of repeatedly raping his step daughter by a Bucks County Jury Friday

Cory Hegelein, of Morrisville, Falls Township was found guilty of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, aggravated indecent assault on a person less than 13 years old, indecent assault on a person less than 13 years of age, and corruption of minors.

According to Falls Police last November they attended an interview with the victim and a child advocate organization with regards to the possibility of inappropriate sexual contact with an adult. In the interview the child victim disclosed the week before, November 18 and had been raped again by her stepfather, Hegelein as recent a week prior. The suspect, according to police was 10 and the suspect 31 at the time of the interview.

The victim told police that on some days she stays with her mother and the suspect in their Lower Makefield home. Police ran the mother and suspects name through a state database for address and identification purposes, court records show and they were able to confirm the addresses of both as 1 Makefield Road.

According to court records, the victim told police Hegelein calls her into his room and sticks it in. This has happened more than once the 10 year-old victim told police and as most recently as the week before.

In his closing arguments Friday morning, Deputy District Attorney Jovin Jose said Hegelein used his access to the victim to rape her for years. Hegelein had previously been in a relationship with the girl’s mother.

While most girls her age were enjoying the end of the school year, Jose said, the victim was in court testifying about the worst moments of her life. On Tuesday, the young girl, now 12, bravely testified about Hegelein repeatedly raping her in different rooms in the apartment, describing in detail the horrors he inflicted.

“This is the second time this week I have had the privilege of commending the strength of a young victim who faced the predator who preyed upon her,” District Attorney Jennifer Schorn said. “Thanks to her strength, and the outstanding work done by the prosecutorial team, this defendant stands convicted of these heinous crimes.”

Police interviewed the little girls brother who was able to confirm his sister’s movements and added that Hegelein would call out to  the victim “come in her so we can snuggle.”  Additionally police were able to find out the alleged rapes have been happening for at least two years prior to when the victim was 8 years old. Moreover investigators also confirmed the child’s mother works overnight and was not present during the alleged rapes, court records show.

The victim, according to the criminal complaint, told police of other instances where she was allegedly raped. One being while she was taking a shower, and after he penetrated her a white she saw a white substance come out and was wiped off with a red towel. She additionally alleged he stepfather showed her pornographic images on his digital devices.

Police executed a search warrant locating, clothing, towels and other items she was wearing during and after the alleged rapes. Those items were submitted for biologic testing by police to the Pennsylvania State Police lab, court records show.

Police were able to match DNA taken from the blanket matched Hegelein ‘s DNA and the victims profile.

Police were also granted a search warrant to download Hegelein ‘s  cell phones On it they found pornographic images and a video a what appeared to be a man masturbating in a room with what appears to be the same computer desk and black box, with red lettering  as the one in his home.

The trial before Common Pleas Judge Gary B. Gilman began Monday. Sentencing was deferred for 120 days as Hegelein undergoes a pre-sentence evaluation and an evaluation by the Sex Offender Assessment Board.



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Bristol Man Charged with Ethnic Intimidation, Harassment



A Bristol man has been charged with one misdemeanor and a summary offense for an incident that occurred last month at the Bristol Elks Lodge in which the accused allegedly used racially incendiary term to intimidate the victim in the presence of his teenage son, police say.

According to the criminal complaint, incidents dating back to July of 2022, the victim told police, and were initiated by another member of the club, located on Wood Street, Carl Kilgore, 59.

The victim said, on Saturday, May 18, he was shooting pool with his son, when Kilgore walked up and “got into his face.” The victim asked him to walk away because his son didn’t need to see or be a part of the confrontation, the probable cause alleges.

Kilgore, the victim said him a ‘S**c’ twice and threatened him.

The victim also told police, days before Kilgore shoved him with his shoulder as he was leaving an office from inside the Elks Club.

A mail summons with a preliminary hearing  date scheduled for July 24 has been sent to Kilgore, court records show.


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