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Edgewood Rd to Close Beginning Friday for Traffic Circle Installation

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Edgewood Rd in Lower Makefield Township will be detoured in the area of the railroad tracks between Schuyler Drive and Mill Road officials announced on Tuesday.

Installation of traffic circles will be installed at Edgewood Road at Schuyler Drive beginning Friday and at Edgewood Road and Mill Road beginning August 10, 2021, officials said in a press release.

Credit: Lower Makefield Township

Dates of closure are approximate and dependent on weather and other unforeseen events.

Depending on your location and direction of travel you may use either the purple or red route to access areas east and west of Edgewood Road.

The orange route remains the current detour for the Sandy Run/Fairway/Reading residents. Residents will continue to have access to their property and the businesses near the closings. Additional details on the official reopening of Sandy Run Rd at Edgewood will be forthcoming. Access to the Municipal Complex shall be taken from the Oxford Valley Road (east) side of the project throughout the duration of construction. For additional project details and plans, go to the township website.

 

 

 

 

 

Cops, Courts & Fire -Lower Makefield Township

Lower Makefield Man Flees Police for No Apparent Reason, Charged with Assault

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An on-duty Lower Makefield Township Police officer on patrol spotted something that set off his ‘spidey senses’ and now a Yardley man is charged with aggravated assault, fleeing, resisting arrest and two traffic summary charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Thomas Anthony Carelli Jr was sitting in a white in color SUV parked in the area of the Lower Makefield Twp community pool. The patrolling officer notified the Bucks County Radio Room he was leaving his patrol unit to make contact with the as yet unidentified suspect. As the officer approached, the suspect began to flee the area despite commands to stop.

Officer Reardon jumped back into his marked patrol unit, initiated lights and sirens, pursued the suspect east onto Edgewater Rd. as his myriad commands to stop were ignored. The fleeing motorist stopped his vehicle at the registered address, got out of the vehicle while still disobeying commands, and had to be taken physically to the ground even though a taser shot was deployed, court records show.

Police staff noted on Wednesday morning, Carelli Jr was so defiant that a booking photo was not taken and he would be detained at Bucks County Correctional Facility.

Carelli Jr. was arraigned at midnight Wednesday by a Bucks County Judge and posted  bail of 10 percent of $30,000. His next court date is currently scheduled for July 30 and he has no attorney of record listed at this time.

It’s the second time in three days LMPD were involved in a fleeing suspect pursuit. Two in Custody after Police Chase Rips Through Lower Bucks Saturday Night

 

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Lower Makefield Township Police Reports: Cell Phone Hacked, Juveniles Charged for Vehicle Theft and More

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Lower Makefield Township Police Reports July 5 to July 10, 2024 

7/10/24 – Theft from Vehicle –  Unit block of Berkley Dr. reported at 7:35 a.m. Complainant reported sometime overnight, unknown person(s) entered their unlocked vehicles and removed approximately $120 worth of items. 

7/10/24 – Theft from Vehicle – Unit block of Berkley Dr. reported at 7:50 a.m. Complainant reported sometime overnight, unknown person(s) entered their unlocked vehicles and removed approximately $5 worth of change. 

7/10/24 – Theft from Vehicle – 1200 block of Linden Ave. reported at 11:20 a.m. Complainant reported sometime overnight, unknown person(s) entered the unlocked vehicle and removed approximately $300 worth of items. 

7/9/2024 – Identity Theft  – 1600 block of Quarry Rd. reported at 1:07 p.m. Complainant reported unknown person(s) hacked their cell phone and used their data to make changes to their mortgage account. 

7/9/24 – Theft from Vehicle – 1100 block of Edgewood Rd. at Stoddart Field reported at 8:54 p.m.. Complainant reported unknown person(s) smashed their vehicle’s window and removed their purse. 

7/9/24 – Theft from Vehicle -1100 block of Edgewood Rd. at Stoddart Field reported at 8:41 p.m. Complainant reported unknown person(s) smashed their vehicle’s window and removed their purse. 

7/8/2024 – Motor Vehicle Theft – Unit block of Brook Ln. reported at 6:20 a.m. Complainant reported sometime overnight, unknown person(s) removed their 2018 GMC Acadia from their driveway. While awaiting police arrival, the victim received a notification from their bank that a withdraw was attempted at a Wawa in Feasterville, PA. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was in Philadelphia, PA. Upon arrival of LMT Detectives and Philadelphia PD, subjects fled and a foot chase ensued. Two juveniles were taken into custody by PPD. 

7/8/24 – Wanted Person – Rt. 332 & Stony Hill Rd. reported at 2:04 p.m.. While conducting traffic enforcement in the area, police received an LPR alert for a felony warrant out of Upper Dublin. A felony car stop was conducted and the 69 year old male from Philadelphia, PA was taken into police custody. He was turned over to Upper Dublin Police Department for his warrant. 

7/8/24 – Theft – 800 block of Duchess Dr. reported at 4:42 p.m. Complainant reported theft of a package containing a laptop from their back porch. 

7/8/24 – Retail Theft -1600 block of Big Oak Rd. at Shop Rite reported at 4:51 p.m. Loss Prevention detained a 43 year old female from Philadelphia, PA for taking $102.16 worth of merchandise without paying. She was taken into police custody and will be cited for Retail Theft. 

7/8/24 – Criminal Mischief – Rt. 1 & Oxford Valley Rd. reported at 5:41 p.m. Complainant reported being involved in a road rage incident where another driver banged on their door and ripped their car door handle off. After getting back into their vehicle, the offender threw a bottle at the victim’s vehicle. 

7/7/2024 – Receiving Stolen Property Arrest – Rt. 1 & Oxford Valley Rd. reported at 10:35 p.m.. Police on patrol received an alert for two stolen vehicles in the area. Police proceeded to the location to intercept them. After a brief pursuit, one of the vehicles turned onto a dead end street, where multiple juveniles fled on foot. A juvenile male from Trenton, NJ was taken into police custody and will be charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Fleeing & Eluding and traffic offenses. 

7/6 – Theft – 1200 block of Yardley Rd. reported at 3:17 p.m. Complainant reported theft of robotic lawnmower from their yard on 7/5. 

7/6 – Theft – 900 block of Hunt Dr. reported at 8:37 p.m.. Complainant reported theft of a bench from their property. 

7/6 – Retail Theft – 1600 block of Big Oak Rd. at Shop Rite reported at 4:13 p.m.. Loss Prevention reported known person neglected to scan $133.92 worth of merchandise at self-checkout since March. Store to handle internally. 

7/6/24 – Public Drunkenness – Stony Hill Rd. & Township Line Rd. reported at 8:35 p.m.. Police responded to the report of an intoxicated female pushing a stroller with two young children in the area. The 53 year old female from LMT was cited for Public Drunkenness. The children were turned over to a family member. 

 

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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. 

Credit: Todd Ecksel

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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