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Fugitive Bucks Couple Arrested by U.S. Marshals

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Late last week the U.S Marshals Service arrested a fugitive couple convicted of child endangerment offenses in absentia earlier this month.

Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force arrested Christine Dunkowski, 47, and Albert Dunkowski, 54, both who were wanted for flight to avoid prosecution and default in required appearance.

The couple fled the jurisdiction while on trial for endangering the welfare of their children on October 6th.

The U.S. Marshals Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force was then asked to assist in the fugitive investigations.

On Friday, October 15th, at approximately 10:30 am, Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers from the Delaware and Philadelphia offices apprehended Christine Dunkowski at a motel located in the 1000 block of south Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Days later Deputies and task force officers from Philadelphia and the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested her husband at a bus stop in the 200 block of Belle Hill Road in Elkton, Maryland.

President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. issued bench warrants when the couple did not show for the third day their trial earlier this month.

Bateman allowed closing arguments to continue, and jurors deliberated for about three hours before returning with guilty verdicts. .

A pediatric emergency room physician testified that the children showed signs of severe neglect and abuse and called it one of the worst cases he’s ever seen.

The doctor said all four of the children in the vehicle were suffering from severe malnutrition and were soaked in urine and wearing diapers that had not been changed in a long time, including a 9-year-old boy. One of the children, a daughter with cerebral palsy, had bed sores on her body from lying in the same place for a long time

Both arrests were made without incident. These apprehensions were a result of a joint investigation including U.S. Marshal’s Offices in Eastern Pennsylvania, the District of Delaware, the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

Crimes against children loom at the forefront of human tragedy. We immensely appreciate the opportunity to support Bucks County DA Matt Weintraub and the Bucks County Detectives’ always diligent efforts to identify, capture and prosecute those that perpetrate such heinous crimes,” said Eric Gartner, of the Marshal Service.

A sentencing date has yet to be set for their original Bucks County case

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Middletown Township

Levittown Brush Fire Sparked by Downed Powerline

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On scene video of a brush fire along Bristol-Oxford Valley Road in the Levittown section of Middletown Township on July 6

Firefighters from William Penn Fire Co. responded to a report of a brush fire and found a wire down across the roadway and a brush fire burning. PECO arrived on the scene shortly after to assure the power was secure before firefighters extinguished the fire. Middletown Police and volunteer Fire Police closed Bristol-Oxford Valley Rd between New Falls and Jollybrook Rd as the fire was put out, reported Ron Roberts.

No one was reported injured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cops, Courts & Fire - Yardley Borough

More than 80 Police Departments across Southeast Pennsylvania to Target Aggressive Drivers during Statewide Mobilization

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that more than 80 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties will join the Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive driving enforcement wave. This collective effort, part of a statewide mobilization running through August 18, is aimed at reducing the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our area roadways, ensuring your safety on the road.

The enforcement wave will target heavy truck violations, pedestrian safety, red light running, and tailgating. Motorists demonstrating unsafe behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions or other aggressive actions, will also be cited.

Law enforcement will utilize strategies such as traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional patrol to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
The enforcement is part of Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Program and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offers these tips:

  • Get out of their way and don’t challenge them.
  • Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact, and ignore rude gestures.
  • Don’t block the passing lane if you drive slower than most traffic.
  • Do not attempt to follow or pursue the vehicle. You or a passenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location.
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    According to 2023 PennDOT crash data, there were 1,363 aggressive driving crashes, resulting in 39 fatalities and 104 suspected serious injuries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Aggressive driving crashes involve at least two aggressive driving factors in the same crash. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless turning or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.

    The goal of targeted enforcement is to reduce the number of aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries, and deaths on roadways throughout the state. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.

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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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