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Man Gets 7 to 15 for Shooting at Foxwood Manor Apartments

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A 34-year-old man will spend up to 15 years in state prison for firing 18 shots toward a man, the man’s girlfriend, and her child in Middletown Township two years ago, the bullets striking occupied apartments but missing anyone inside.

Eric J. Dawson entered an open guilty plea in November, admitting to felony counts of aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure. \

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, he appeared before Common Pleas Judge Raymond F. McHugh who sentenced him to 7 ½ to 15 years in prison.

Prior to sentencing Deputy District Attorney Jovin Jose read an impact statement from one of the victims who said her son has been traumatized by the experience. “This is the most horrific things our son has ever had to experience, being told to get down on the floor only to see bullets entering at floor level then needing to re-seek shelter in the bathtub of his lifelong residence while his home was under fire is more than enough trauma to last a lifetime.”

The shooting happened at 10:21 p.m. on July 22, 2020, at the Foxwood Manor Apartments in the 2100 block of Veterans Highway.

An investigation by Middletown Township Police and Bucks County detectives determined that a man who lives in one of the apartments confronted Dawson, who he knew as “Trenton,” after seeing him trying to enter his car, which was parked in the apartment’s parking lot.

Dawson lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun and threatened to shoot the man. The man told Dawson to put the gun away and fist fight him, but Dawson walked away, and the man went back to his apartment.

A short time later, Dawson returned and yelled for the man to come out and fight him. As they began to fight, Dawson swung at him and missed and then went to a nearby car and got his handgun. The man ran back to his apartment and Dawson started firing, hitting four occupied apartments.

Fortunately, no one was struck or injured.

Dawson fled before officers arrived and was arrested months later in North Carolina. Because of past felony convictions on gun and drug violations, Dawson was not permitted to possess a firearm.

This case was investigated by Detectives with the Middletown Township Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. Deputy District Attorney Jovin Jose prosecuted this 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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