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Morrisville Felon Convicted for Possession of Ghost Guns Sentenced Five to 10 Years in Prison

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Updated: September 10, 2023 

A Morrisville felon will spend the next five to 10 years in state prison for the illegal possession of firearms, including three ghost guns last week.

Andrew Richard Bizon, 34, was convicted in July following a 2-day trial before Common Pleas Judge Charissa J. Liller.

A Bucks County jury found Bizon guilty of five felony counts of prohibited possession of a firearm and one misdemeanor count of possession of an instrument of crime.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, Liller sentenced Bizon to serve up to a decade in prison.

Trial and links to original arrest story below 

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A Morrisville man was convicted Tuesday, July 18, 2023, of possessing five firearms, including three ghost guns, that he was not allowed to possess because of a prior felony conviction.

Andrew Richard Bizon, 34, was arrested in August 2022, following an investigation by the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force. In addition to the firearms, detectives also seized ammunition and tools used to make and assemble three ghost guns.

During a 2-day trial before Common Pleas Judge Charissa J. Liller, Deputy District Attorney Edward Furman Jr. presented evidence and testimony from two Drug Strike Force Detectives and a firearms expert from the Pennsylvania State Police. On Tuesday, a Bucks County jury found Bizon guilty of five felony counts of prohibited possession of a firearm and one misdemeanor count of possession of an instrument of crime. Sentencing was deferred to a later date.

At 12:32 p.m. Thursday, August 7, Detectives with the Drug Strike Force executed a search and seizure warrant at Bizon’s residence in the 100 block of Harper Avenue. Bizon was detained after he exited the home.

In an upstairs bedroom, the search uncovered the two rifles and three fully assembled ghost guns, described as untraceable firearms without serial numbers. Detectives also seized approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition and multiple magazines including high-capacity magazines, as well as drill and tool kits for firearm assembly.

The investigation found that Bizon was not allowed to possess the firearms because of a 2011 conviction on a felony drug charge.

Additionally, the search of Bizon’s home uncovered two bundles of heroin/fentanyl and three glassine bags containing additional heroin/fentanyl.

“Our Strike Force is saving lives by doing this hard and dangerous work. In order to keep our community safe, we remain committed to taking as many felons possessing guns and drugs off the street as possible,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub, after Bizon’s arrest.

This case was investigated by the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force, with support from the Morrisville Borough Police Department, Quakertown Borough Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the United States Postal Inspector Service. Deputy District Attorney Edward Furman Jr. prosecuted the case.

 

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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
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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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