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Morrisville Police Chief Voices Concerns about Hookah Bar



At last months council meeting Morrisville Chief of Police George McClay cited recent issues at a business in a residential district, seeking guidance on how to proceed, citing public safety issues.

McClay during his monthly report to council said the business located at 630 Crown Street is becoming a problem – the Nebula Hooka Lounge  Multiple fights there recently and its starting to escalate, the chief said.

I’m just afraid the violence is going to escalate there and these fistfights are going to turn to gunfights.” said McClay.

McClay said he sent a memo to the Mayor Dave Rivella and council members on the issue.

“That is a business that does not work in a residential area” he said.

Council members discussed the issue for a short while, with some seeking an immediate fix, however that discussion was tampered down in tone when when borough solicitor Scott Holcomb said borough officials were very much aware of the issue and were in the process of performing their due diligence for coming up with possible resolutions.

Morrisville in recent years, has earned court victories with businesses violating local ordinances, such as a recovery house operating “illegally” on North Delmoor Avenue and a private home that came to be known as “The Party House” which was a private home owned by Morrisville resident Jean Augustin in which parties were held weekly.

“Neighbors should continue calling the police to report issues. The Manager, Solicitor, and Code Enforcement will work with the Police Chief and police reports to document issues and develop a paper trail to support whatever they can do within the confines of Borough ordinances and Pennsylvania law to bring the business either into compliance or have it shut down through the Court system. It will take time, it’s not a fast process, and with the Court system backed up more than normal due to Covid, residents need to be patient. It’s taken years to fix other issues through the Court system and I expect this situation to follow the same course” said Councilman Justin Bowers, who represents the ward which the hookah bar resides in.

McClay said last month police responded to approximately 25 complaints since January involving the business.

Borough officials declined to information pertaining the number of community complaints and code violations, f any, have been given to the owner of the popular night spot.

Owners of the business did not return requests for comment from the publication.







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  1. Georgia Cinq-Mars Tashjian

    May 10, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Thank you for the update! Did the Mayor make any comments?

    I wonder if the establishment could pay for their own security or be charged for using MPD as their own personal security. Should the tax payers have to pay for what it costs to keep a place like that open and safe?

  2. Ralph

    May 10, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Nebula Hookah Lounge has never reported any type of fights in the facility to the police department since the time we have been opened. We have three security guards that make sure nobody comes in with weapons checking Ids and making sure everything is under control. Most of those 25 complaints are coming from a racist neighbor that has issues with us being foreign. He calls for no reason most of the time. Nebula Hookah lounge has been working with the neighbors by cutting our hours and days of operations. We are not doing anything illegal and again we have never reported any type of fights or issues in our facility. Thank you!

    • Jeff Bohen

      May 14, 2021 at 11:25 am

      Raplh, they don’t have to be “reported” by the lounge. Anyone in the proximity of the business for example can. Have a nice day.

  3. Kathy

    April 29, 2024 at 6:46 pm

    So Ralph, if I crossed the river at 2 or 3 in the morning, went to your family’s home revved my car, blasted loud music, smashed bottles and threw trash everywhere, urinated and vomited in your parent’s garden, blew my horn, drunkenly stomped your mother’s flowers, would you be a racist for complaining about it? Calling others racist does not excuse your lack of common consideration for the rights of others in your ongoing flagrant disregard.

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



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. 

Credit: YouTube Screen Shot

McClay told 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






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  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




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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