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Cops, Courts & Fire -Middletown Township

Middletown Man Charged after Search of Home, Storage Units Finds Guns, Drugs Stolen Cars

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A Middletown Township man was charged on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, after an investigation led authorities to a search of his Durham Road home and storage units in Philadelphia where they located a stockpile of guns, drugs, and stolen vehicles.

Law enforcement officers recovered 10 handguns, including two illegally modified to be fully automatic, a bullet proof vest, ammunition, five stolen cars and crystal methamphetamine and other drugs and paraphernalia during the search that resulted in the arrest of 37-year-old Joseph “Joey” Scott.

Scott was charged with eight counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and receiving stolen property and three counts each of criminal use of a communication facility and making repairs or selling a prohibited offensive weapon, and one count of unlawful possession of body armor and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski arraigned Scott and remanded him to Bucks County Correctional Facility under $1 million bail.

“This man possessed all the ingredients he needed to concoct a recipe for disaster,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “I am really relieved that he was arrested without incident and that no one was hurt in the process.” “Another great investigation by our law enforcement officers which resulted in taking a dangerous felon off our streets. More to come.”

The investigation began last month after two Philadelphia police officers received information that Scott was distributing crystal methamphetamine and fentanyl pills in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Police were also told that Scott possessed several firearms and was known to drive different vehicles that include a grey Honda, a grey Audi, and a dark colored pick-up truck.

Philadelphia Police were also informed that Scott is known to always carry a concealed firearm and is prone to violence, even being rumored to have shot several individuals, according to a criminal complaint.

As a result, police conducted surveillance and organized three controlled drugs buys where they observed Scott travel from his home in the 2300 block of Durham Road to two storage units in Philadelphia, one on E. Ontario Street and the other on Pacific Street, where he stored crystal methamphetamine.

Using aerial surveillance, investigators captured images on Sept. 9 of the Durham Road home that showed up to 18 vehicles there, several covered in tarps and behind the house to keep them hidden from outside view.

Days later, an agent with the Attorney General’s Office contacted the Middletown Township Police Department and notified them that they received information that Scott was storing stolen vehicles on the property.

Early Thursday morning, agents with the Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, along with officers with the Middletown Township Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department, executed search warrants at the Durham Road home and the storage units in the 2800 block of Pacific Street and the 2200 block of East Ontario Street in Philadelphia. Scott was observed getting out of the driver seat of a gray Audi and was taken into custody without incident.

Inside the Audi, police located a loaded Glock handgun with an automatic switch attached, a loaded American Tactical firearm, live ammunition, a bulletproof vest, $4,700 in cash and two clear sandwich bags containing 97.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine, two scales, 95 Suboxone strips and a stolen license plate. Police also located the cellphone Scott used in the drug buys. Police recovered 22 doses of Buprenorphine, 47 suboxone pills and 108 tablets of methadone hydrochloride from a shoebox in the master bedroom of Durham Road, and 126 blue pills, believed to be fentanyl, above the refrigerator.

In a Jaguar parked at the home, police located an untraceable ghost gun, a suppressor attachment, and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. In addition, police seized five stolen vehicles on the property: two Dodge Chargers, a Honda Civic, a BMW and an ATV. Police also recovered numerous stolen catalytic converters on the property.

At the Ontario Street storage unit, police recovered six firearms, five of them loaded. The firearms and narcotics were taken to the Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Narcotics Investigations office in Harrisburg, and the stolen vehicles were transported to the Middletown Township Police Department and the reporting agencies were notified.

The investigation was conducted by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, along with Middletown Township Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Edward Furman Jr. is assigned for prosecution.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bensalem Township

Lower Bucks Police Departments Assist with Arrest of Warrington Man on Child Sex Abuses Charges

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A Warrington Township and now suspended Bucks County Corrections officer is behind bars in Montgomery County for alleged child sexual abuse offenses Thursday.

According to a press release  on or about March 6, 2024, the Bucks County District Attorneys Office and the Warrington Township Police Department initiated an investigation into a cybertip submitted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip, advised that a Kik Messenger user shared, disseminated, and/or uploaded apparent child sexual abuse material utilizing their platform.

Authorities say  through their investigation it was found that the account in question was registered to Christos Rallis of Warrington, PA. An arrest warrant was issued for Rallis, who turned himself in to investigators from the Warrington Township Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office on June 7, 2024.

According to the New Hope Free Press,  a spokesperson for the Bucks County government, confirmed Rallis,  was suspended from his correctional officer duties in late May due in part to the investigation.  He was hired to work at BCCF in February the publication said.

A spokesmen for the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said defendants are sometimes moved to neighboring county jails for security reasons.

He was arraigned before  District Judge Stacy Wertman who set bail in the amount of $250,000.00/10%. Rallis posted bond the same day

The Warrington Township Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Warwick Township Police Department, the Bensalem Township Police Department, the Middletown Township Police Department, the Hilltown Township Police Department, the Falls Township Police Department, and the Lower Makefield Police Department for their assistance with this investigation, a public safety spokesperson said.

Rallis is scheduled to appear for  preliminary hearing on August 5  and according to court records is represented by Parlow & Lang LLC of  Bensalem.

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Cops, Courts & Fire - Yardley Borough

Local Lawmakers Want to Expand DNA Sampling in Criminal Cases

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Last week a group of Bucks County Republican lawmakers with local authorities held a press conference to discuss changes they said need to be put in place regarding the collection of DNA from potential criminals.

State Senator Frank Farry state Rep. K.C. Tomlinson, Rep. Joe Hogan, Rep. Kristin Marcell, Rep Labs, joined First Assistant District Attorney Ed Louka, Bucks County Sheriff Fred Harran, Chief of Lower Southampton Police Department Ted Krimmel, and local law enforcement officials at Comic Collection, in Feasterville to discuss the importance of DNA technology in Pennsylvania’s Criminal Justice System.

Specifically legislation the legislators  are working on would expand the number of DNA samples in the criminal justice system by requiring post-arrest testing of anyone charged with a felony or certain misdemeanors.  This sample-taking would be much like the established process of taking an arrestee’s fingerprints.  Nineteen states currently collect post-arrest DNA samples.

The press conference highlighted the impressive work by the Lower Southampton Police Department in an investigation of a violent robbery at Comic Collection in September 2022, where a DNA match led to the charging of two Michigan men 18 months after the crime.

It will also in mind the importance of conviction integrity served by advanced use of DNA identification. A sample can prove the innocence of someone else who has been incorrectly accused or convicted and imprisoned for a crime when the DNA ends up matching someone.

SB988, and its companion bill HB2030, would also expand the collection of DNA samples for those offenders convicted of criminal homicide, which under Pennsylvania law are their own classification of crime and technically not classified as felonies. This legislation would close that loophole and require collection of DNA samples from these offenders to solve other cold case murders and crimes.

 

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Middletown Township

Police Said Attack at Redner’s Was Fake, Man Cleared, Woman Charged

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It’s the kind of incident that has to make women all over cringe as a  Bristol Township woman now stands accused of falsely reporting rape allegations.

Last month, an attempted rape and kidnap incident was reported to Middletown Police. A day later, a man was arrested based on the report given by a 20-year-old woman and jailed for 31 days. A month later, the man was cleared of all charges based on an investigation that led to charges against the woman for filing a false complaint, said officials. The man is free and now the woman is in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing.

Anjela Borisova Urumova, of Bristol Township was charged on Monday, May 20, 2024, with filing a false police report about an attempted rape and kidnapping in the parking lot of the Redner’s in Middletown Township last month. She was charged with one count each of false alarm to an agency of public safety and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, two counts of false reports and three counts of unsworn falsification to authorities. Urumova was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Charles D. Jonas who remanded her to Bucks County Correctional Facility under $30,000 bail, 10 percent, according to spokesperson, Manuel Gamiz Jr, of the Bucks County District Attorney’s (DA) office.

Anjela Borisova Urumova – Credit: Bucks County DA Office

Daniel Pierson, the man Urumova implicated in the April 16, 2024 attack, was freed from Bucks County Correctional Facility (BCCF) on Friday, May 17, 2024 and charges against him were withdrawn, shown in court records.

Shortly after Pierson’s arrest, the DA’s Office and the Middletown Township Police Department received information that warranted further investigation, said the DA’s Office.

As part of the investigation, police collected and reviewed available surveillance video from multiple retailers in the area of the reported attack, and a detective with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office conducted a forensic review of Urumova’s cellphone data. The review led to the discovery of multiple inconsistencies and contradictory information with Urumova’s account of the attack at the Redner’s parking lot, said Gamiz.

On Friday, May 17, 2024, detectives confronted Urumova with the findings of their investigation, and she admitted to lying about the entire incident and that no assault occurred in the Redner’s parking lot on April 16, 2024, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

This investigation concluded that Urumova falsely reported an attack to police on April 16, 2024 and specifically targeted, and later identified, Pierson as her attacker. Urumova said she gave a description of his truck and identified him because she had seen him and the truck in the past, according to the complaint.

As a result of Urumova’s false accusations, Pierson was charged with multiple felony offenses and remained incarcerated for a total of 31 days before the investigation concluded that Urumova had lied, Gamiz said.

This case was investigated by the DA’s Office and the Middletown Township Police Department. The case is assigned for prosecution to Chief Deputy District Attorney Kristin M. McElroy.

Urumova awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 6, 2024.

 

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