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Man Who Shot Police Drone, Charged with Drug and Gun Offenses, Sentenced to 11 Years in State Prison

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A Middletown Township man was sentenced on Friday, June 30, 2023, to 11 to 22 years in state prison on several drug and gun violations, including shooting at a police drone during an arrest attempt last summer.

John Palaio Jr., 51, of Pleasant Avenue in Middletown,hn  was found guilty of 19 charges, including seven felonies, by Common Pleas Judge Charissa J. Liller during a waiver trial in May. Palaio was convicted on several counts of prohibited possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, making repairs to or selling offensive weapons, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing or attempting to elude police, possession of an instrument of crime, criminal use of a communication facility, and criminal mischief.

Middletown Township Police attempted to serve an arrest warrant at his home on drug and weapons charges on July 6, 2022. Police received information that Palaio was at his home and used a police drone to confirm that he was on the property.

While flying the drone, a Middletown officer heard it being shot and lost connection with it. The officer recovered the damaged drone.

A short time later, Palaio was observed riding away on a motorcycle. Middletown police activated their lights and sirens and followed Palaio, and he failed to stop.

Palaio then fled into his garage. Fearing Palaio would arm himself, police established a perimeter.

Police ordered Palaio to come out and advised him that they have a warrant for his arrest, but he never responded.

Palaio was then seen by officers on the train tracks, fleeing on foot. Police lost sight of Palaio, but he was arrested days later by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Police served a search warrant on the garage and located several pellet guns, brass knuckles, paraphernalia for packaging and ingesting methamphetamine. Police also recovered a revolver from the red toolbox in the garage.

During a June 2022 investigation at his home, police located 200 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside Palaio’s garage, along with two firearms.

One of the guns had an obliterated serial number. Palaio was also charged with fleeing Middletown police in January 2022.

This case was investigated by the Middletown Township Police Department, with assistance from Bucks County Detectives, and the U.S. Marshals Service. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Thomas C. Gannon.

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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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