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Philadelphia Man Convicted of Murdering Mom’s Ex in Middletown

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A Bucks County jury convicted a 34-year-old man on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, for the murder of Christopher M. Wilson in Middletown Township in December of 2020.

Kahlill Saleem Brown, of Philadelphia, gunned down Wilson, a 52-year-old father of nine, while Wilson was waiting to start his shift at Kuusakoski Inc., a recycling facility located at 900 Wheeler Way in Middletown Township. Wilson had been in a relationship with Brown’s mother, Joyce Brown-Rodriguez, who is also charged in the murder.

During the 3-day trial, Deputy District Attorney Alan J. Garabedian presented testimony from witnesses of the shooting, which included Wilson’s co-workers and Brown’s mother. He also presented evidence from Middletown Township Police and Bucks County Detectives that included cellphone data that placed Brown at the scene of the crime.

After about three hours of deliberations, the jury found Brown guilty of first-degree murder, criminal conspiracy to commit murder, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of an instrument of crime, false swearing, and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. Additionally, Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey L. Finley found Brown guilty of persons not to possess a firearm.

Following the conviction, Finley deferred sentencing for 60 days.

His mother, Joyce Brown-Rodriguez, 56, pleaded guilty in December to third-degree murder, criminal conspiracy, and related charges. She is scheduled for sentencing next month.

Brown and his mother were arrested following an investigation by Detectives with the Middletown Township Police Department and Bucks County District Attorney’s Office with assistance from the Bucks County 20th Investigating Grand Jury.

The investigation found that Wilson and Brown-Rodriguez had been romantically involved since 2018, but Wilson had ended the relationship. Upset, Brown-Rodriguez repeatedly called and texted Wilson before going to his workplace on Dec. 9, 2020, the day before the shooting.

While sitting in the parking lot that day, she texted her son, Kahlill Brown, asking for his help. She testified she admitted to Brown about her relationship. Brown said he would talk to him, Brown-Rodriguez testified on Tuesday.

The next day, Brown-Rodriguez drove the two of them to Wilson’s workplace, parking in a corner of the lot. When Wilson got out of his car to talk to a co-worker, her son got out of the car and walked toward Wilson, she testified. She said she then heard several pops.

Witnesses reported the shooter approached Wilson on foot and shot him several times, continuing to shoot when the victim fell to the ground.

Brown-Rodriguez testified she drove over to her son, and he got back into the vehicle. They then drove home to Philadelphia.

During the drive, Brown-Rodriguez told him, “What the (expletive) did you just do? I thought you were going to talk to him.” She said he responded, “I didn’t feel like talking.”

Cellphone evidence presented during the trial showed that Brown was in the immediate vicinity of Wilson’s workplace at 5:10 a.m. and 5:51 a.m., the time the shooting was reported.

This investigation was conducted by Detectives with the Middletown Township Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office with the assistance of the Bucks County 20th Investigating Grand Jury. District Attorney Alan J. Garabedian prosecuted the 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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