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Headstones 100’s of Years Old Found in Bristol



A local man, and his twin brother, with other family and friends came across a discovery that’s going to lead to lot of questions and online sleuthing.

Bill Barnhardt along with his twin brother Frank were out for an afternoon stroll along the Delaware River Canal Path when they discovered several headstones lying in the river ‘s mouth at low tide Monday afternoon.

“I saw something out of place you know. I walked up on it and I’m looking at headstones” Bill said.

The curious find lead to all sorts of speculation as to how the memorials got there and where did they come from, as commenters under the original Facebook post sought to find answers.

Credit: Bill Barnhardt

The plaque in the story feature image engraved in Italian says “β€œ Here Lies Maria G Comegno.”

A second memorial simply has the name Woodward engraved with no other information inscribed.

Bill said he counted as many as five plaques there on shoreline, off of Old Route 13.

Its just really weird to see headstones here Bill said.

Borough Police were notified of the find Monday evening and plan to follow up, Tuesday.

For now, the headstones in the Delaware River remains Bristol’s own version if a 48 Hours mystery of sorts,


Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source


Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

Credit: Bill Barnhardt

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  1. Amy

    March 8, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Wonder if they are from the old church that used to be there at the selecto mart in Bristol boro? Some got moved but I’ve been wondering where all those other stone went?!?

    • Jeff Bohen

      March 10, 2022 at 9:09 pm

      I’m wondering several different things actually- I know the police are looking into it – when answers of any kind become available, there will be a follow up story πŸ™‚

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Turnpike Commission: Traffic Disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township




The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is warning motorists of expected traffic disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township due to an ongoing bridge rehabilitation project.

Starting this week, drivers merging onto I-95 northbound from the Delaware Valley Interchange acceleration ramp will encounter a temporary stop sign. The stop sign is in place through August 11 and is being placed to facilitate safe merging near the Levittown/Bristol Interchange (Exit 42). Additionally, on Friday, July 19, from midnight to 5 a.m. traffic pacing operations will slow vehicles to 20 to 25 mph. The intermittent 15-minute slowdowns at milepost 42.35 are planned for the safety of motorists and construction crews working on the bridge over the East Penn Railroad.

Motorists traveling eastbound and westbound on the Turnpike and northbound and southbound on I-95 in Bucks County are advised to adjust their travel plans accordingly. Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be on-site to guide drivers through the work zones. Travelers can also expect updates from changeable message signs along the routes, according to officials. Officials noted that the work schedule may change depending on weather conditions.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough



Bristol Borough officials announced late Wednesday that due to paving operations in the west ward, street sweeping would cease for one week and restart operations the week of July 24 on those streets.

“Due to paving, the street sweeper will not be sweeping these streets on Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th of this week:Β  Mifflin St., Linden St., Locust St., Maple St. and Green St.Β  The regular schedule will resume next week,” said a press release from the Bristol Borough Police Department.


Paving work being performed in Bristol Borough Wednesday
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Bristol Twp Undercover Operation Nets Alleged Crack Dealer



A Bristol Borough man is facing serious drug related charges after he was arrested by Bristol Township Detectives following two undercover buys of “crack” cocaine.

According to police, James Edwards III, 30, became the focus of a drug investigation in Bristol Township for distribution of “crack” cocaine.Β  On May 29, Edwards allegedly delivered .79 grams of the drug to a confidential informant between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.Β  On the same day, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Edwards is alleged to have delivered .82 grams of the potent drug to a confidential informant.

Edwards was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski on Tuesday on felony two counts of manufacture, delivery, possession of a controlled substance.Β  He was released on unsecured bail andΒ  is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 31 at Bristol Borough District Court.

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