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Cops: Social Media App used to Sextort Morrisville Victim

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Morrisville Police reported a resident fell victim to a sextortion scam last week.

According to police the victim using the social media Instagram was tricked after sending   ‘indecent’ images of themselves to another unidentified Instagram account a week ago today.

The victim told police that after sharing risque images, the account operator demanded $500.00 via pay pal or the photos would be sent out to ‘everyone.’

The victim sent $45.00 but the account operator proceeded to send pictures on Instagram to victim’s friends.

Chief of Police George McClay on Thursday said there were no suspects of persons or interest the department is investigating.

Sextortion cases have been in the news in Bucks County recently with the arrest of a Bensalem man, Ian Pisarchuk, 26. He was charged in June for sextorting several victims, some as young as 12. He had 40 additional counts filed against him this week for an additional nine victims, some as young as 14-years-old that have come forward to investigators.

Additional information about sextortion can be found on the FBI website by clicking here. 

 

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Morrisville Borough Manager, Councilman Resign, Interim Mgr & New Police Chief Hired

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Tuesday night’s Morrisville Borough Council meeting was filled with comings and goings of officials.

Almost three years to the day when Lower Bucks Source reported Morrisville Borough hired a new manager, Judith Danko turned in her resignation Tuesday.

She was hired months after the tragic passing of Scott Mitchell.

Her resignation is effective as of June 22nd.

Judith Darko
Credit: Kutztown Borough

Danko, whose salary was prorated upon hire, according to borough documents obtained through an open records request, was paid $135 K annually with a performance review clause.  If approved by council, that will bring her yearly salary to $140,000.00 annually. When hired,  she declined to answer question related to traveling back and forth from Morrisville to her home in the Bethlehem area.  A Lower Bucks Source 2021 open records request of her contract did not spell out the specifics of a pay-back plan for the cash strapped municipality at the time.

The Bucks County Courier Times, around the time budget discussions were ramping up, reported the borough paid for Danko’s  hotel stays and Pennsylvania Turnpike fees.

She brought with her  has over 20 years of borough management experience serving Slatington Borough (2017-2018), Freemansburg on two separate occasions for a total of 15 years and Bath Borough for just over 7 and 1/2 years when hired. 

Bristol Borough Manager Jim Dillon agreed to temporarily take on an interim role in Morrisville as he maintains his fulltime duties in Bristol Borough.  Both boroughs are similar in population size.

Dillon did not respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.

Morrisville Borough Council President Helen Hlahol, at Tuesday night’s meeting, thanked Bristol for allowing Dillon to help.

Council also approved the hiring of Richard Ciampa as the new Chief of Police.

In recent weeks, then Officer in Charge William Smith, turned down offers from Morrisville to lead the police department sources told this publication.

The borough terminated former Chief George McClay late last year. 

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McClay told Patch.com he reached an agreement with Morrisville for $200 K as  part of  a termination settlement, last month.

Councilman John Vitarelli’s submitted his letter of resignation as third ward councilman  effective June 18, 2024.

The borough is currently taking applications to fill the vacancy.

Mayor Gary Wallace did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this story Thursday morning.

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Morrisville Police Seek Help Finding “Run Away” Teen

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On June 12, 2024 at approximately 1700 hours, Ricardo Harding, age 15, ran away from home on the 400 block of Hillcrest Ave. He was last seen at the McDonalds on W. Trenton Ave. wearing a black Champion shirt and grey shorts. He is about 5 feet 1 inches 100 pounds with short black hair. He has light brown skin and brown eyes. He has no cell phone or any other form of communication with him.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Ricardo, please contact d.chrzanowski@morrisvillepolice.org  or call 215-295-8111.

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Morrisville Police Reports: Deep Fryer Oil Stolen, Woman Jailed in Bensalem for Retail Theft, Now Charged for Same in M’Ville

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Morrisville Borough Police Reports June 4 to June 10, 2024

Retail Theft – 06/04/24 @ 14:45 – Report of food stolen from the Giant Grocery Store.  Value: $225.03

Warrant/Arrest – 06/05/24 – A Warrant has been issued for a 48 year old female for a Retail Theft that occurred at the Giant Grocery Store on 05/23/24.  On 06/07/24, the female was taken into custody by Bensalem Police for a retail theft in their jurisdiction.  She was sent to Bucks County Prison.

Arrest/Retail Theft – 06/05/24 – A 50 year old female was cited for incidents that occurred at Giant Food Store on 06/01/24 and 06/02/24.

Retail Theft – 06/06/24 @ 15:15 – A 25 year old male will receive a summons for stealing four cases of Snapple that were stolen from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $55.96

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 06/06/24 @ 16:54 – Report of a wallet stolen from a vehicle while the victim was returning a shopping cart at Giant Food Store.  Value:  $120.00

Theft – 06/07/24 @ 05:14 – Report of deep fryer oil stolen from fuel tanks at three restaurants in the Morrisville Shopping Center that occurred within the past two weeks.  Value: $600.00

Retail Theft – 06/07/24 @ 13:40 – Report three boxes of Red Bull stolen from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $91.41

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 06/07/24 @ 14:20 – Report of jewelry and money stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 200 block of Harrison Avenue.  Value:  $46.00

Arrest/Public Drunkenness – 06/09/24 @ 03:35 – A 54 year old male was cited for an incident that occurred on the 100 block of N. Washington Street.

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 06/10/24 @ 12:40 – Report of money and membership cards stolen from a vehicle on 06/08/24 on the 300 block of Osborne Avenue.  Value:  $5.00

Retail Theft – 06/10/24 @ 13:41 – Report of hygiene merchandise stolen from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $1,994.16

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