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Morrisville to “Seek Relief” in Court against Lounge Owner

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The council of Morrisville Borough on Monday night announced it plans to move forward with legal action against a local business.
As previously reported, the Nebula Hookah Lounge, according to borough officials has become a “public nuisance” and the borough will be seeking relief in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, officials said at last nights meeting.
Council held a an executive session prior to the meeting to discuss the reported ongoing issues of the lounge situated in a mostly residential section of the borough on Crown Street.
“The Borough will be filing in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, a Civil Complaint for Relief, and other relief necessary to cure ongoing and substantial violations of the Morrisville Borough Zoning Ordinance and to abate a public nuisance against Rafael Valdez owner of the Nebula Hookah Lounge” was posted to third ward  Councilman Justin Bowers social media page Tuesday morning. 
At the April council meeting, Chief of Police, George McClay cited concerns about incidents taking place in and around the lounge.
In short, McClay said said the business was becoming a problem and he was  just afraid the violence is going to escalate.
“These fistfights are going to turn to gunfights,” he said.
Valdez, after the Lower Bucks Source story ran in April commented on Facebook that he has gone to the police with ideas for solutions to some of the problems reported.
Borough Solicitor Randy Flager on Tuesday morning, while putting the finishing touches on the complaint said he it would be filed today.
They haven’t been the best of the neighbors, said Flager.
The borough has tried to work with them. Yet problems still exist even after a number of court decisions where they where fined, plead guilty, etc. and now after months of discussions with the lounge the borough is seeking relief at the county level, Flager said.
“You will see in the court filing exhibit’s all the problems the borough has cited involving this business” Flager said.
McClay said police responded to approximately 25 complaints since January involving the business, as of the April meeting.
Valdez was not available for comment as of publication time.
Lower Bucks Source expects to update this story once the court filings are made public.

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Morrisville Borough Police Reports: Honda Power Washer, Britton and Stratton Push Mower Stolen and More

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Retail Theft – 06/11/24 @ 11:34 – Report of a lawn mower stolen on the unit block of S. Lafayette Avenue.  Value:  $200.00

Arrest/Disorderly Conduct/Harassment – 06/11/24 @ 22:05 – A 40 year old female was cited for an incident that occurred at an apartment complex on the 200 block of W. Bridge Street.

Fraud – 06/12/24 @ 10:44 – Report of victim’s bank credit card was used for five charges totaling $177.95.  Card has been cancelled.

Theft from Building – 06/12/24 @ 14:35 – Report of a Honda Power Washer and Britton and Stratton Push Mower stolen on the unit block of Chelton Avenue.  Value:  $500.00

Retail Theft – 06/13/24 @ 07:13 – Report of miscellaneous items stolen from Giant Food Store.  Value:   $26.00

Arrest/Disorderly Conduct – 06/13/24 @ 21:45 – A 38 year old female and 36 year old male were cited for a domestic incident that occurred on the 100 block of W. Bridge Street.

Arrest Warrant – 06/14/24 @ 09:56 – A 28 year old male was taken into custody on an arrest warrant from Derry Township Police Department.  Incident occurred on the 500 block of Melvin Avenue.  He was released to their custody.

Warrant/Aggravated Assault – 06/15/24 @ 13:37 – A warrant has been issued for a 38 year old male for an incident that occurred on the 100 block of Robertson Avenue.

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 06/16/24 @ 00:00 – A  Northface Jacket was stolen from a vehicle overnight on the 500 block of Prospect Avenue.  Value:  $100.00

Theft from Motor Vehicle – 06/16/24 @ 11:24 – Report of various items stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 600 block of Rutland Avenue.  Value:  $600.00

Retail Theft – 06/17/24 @ 16:21 – Report of various items stolen from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $71.35

Warrant/Retail Theft – 06/17/24 @ 17:40 – A warrant was issued for a 24 year old male for stealing health and beauty products from the Giant Food Store.  Value:  $94.00

Bicycle Theft – 06/17/24 @ 19:28 – Report of a pink NFI bicycle stolen at an apartment complex on the 400 block of Plaza Boulevard.  Value:  $20.00

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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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