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Davis Reopens District Office June 8

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State Rep. Tina Davis has announced that she will reopen her district office by appointment Monday-Friday beginning June 8.

“Over the past two and a half months, my office has remotely offered constituent services to hundreds of constituents,” Davis said. “Now that Bucks County will be entering into the yellow phase, I am glad that my office can take the first steps in safely resuming in-person services,” Davis said.

“I am very much looking forward to the time when my office will be open to in-person services for all my constituents,” Davis said.

Constituents that need assistance must contact the district office by phone 267-580-2660 or email (repdavis@pahouse.net). Appointments will last for an allotted time to allow for proper social distancing. Anyone entering the office must be properly wearing a mask.

Davis said constituents should not come to the office if they are not feeling well or have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.   

Residents with questions should contact Davis’ office by phone at 267-580-2660 or email (repdavis@pahouse.net).

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Encampment Site in Bristol Twp Cleaned Up

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Officials said, a homeless encampment site was cleaned up Thursday and Friday in a combined effort. The site was in Bristol Township, on Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission property, and also took over a resident’s shed on their property.

Community tipsters in the spring started to report the existence of the encampment amid growing fears as more people started to settle in on the state-owned property. Reports of gunshots heard reportedly coming from the 5700 block of Beaver Dam Road only yards away from the make-shift shelter.

In the early hours of  June 7 Bristol Township Police were dispatched to the area for a shots fired report.  On-scene witnesses said responding officers set up lighting on Beaver Dam Road, performing grid search collection techniques for at least one hour, and spoke with a number of individuals. Police officials at the time would only say an active investigation was in effect, declining to confirm or deny bullet casings were collected.

Township Manager Randee Mazur on Friday at the clean-up site said the situation was worse than anyone knew because of countermeasures taken by the street camp.

We had a homeless encampment on the turnpike commission’s property, and they were also living in the shed of an 89-year-old resident who didn’t know because they had boarded up the one side facing the house and they we’re coming in and out of the other side, Mazur said. Adding there was a lot of drugs and other suspicious behaviors happening.

Credit: Joe Nelson Lower Bucks Source

Prior to disassembling the unauthorized camp site, a property owner “tore down” a shed of their own making because the homeless were tunneling in and sleeping there, sources told Lower Bucks Source. The public safety hazards that developed and existed in the wooded area off Beaver Dam Rd and on the privately owned properties is being cleaned up by the commission and township work crews, officials said.

“This morning (Thursday)  the township police, state police, turnpike and township people all showed up. Following a brief foot chase, the cops made at least two arrests. Then they began destroying the encampment and tore it all down. They had dumpsters ready and have been filling them all day long as well as clearing brush and debris to make it more visible from both the turnpike itself and the road here,” said a community observer.

Bristol Township has been encountering this issue for probably a decade now with it becoming more pronounced and often visible post COVID, officials said. The Bucks County Co Responder team who work with Bristol Township, Bristol Borough and Tullytown police were “hopefully” going to ease the homeless encampment problem as one of their targeted goals. One member of the team resigned recently, and the second member is currently on leave, multiple sources told LBS.  It’s not clear currently if co-responder staff working in and with police in surrounding Lower Bucks municipalities are covering the two positions assigned and working out of Bristol Twp. 

Some relief for the homeless issue is coming soon with Family Services Association of Bucks County planning a complete overhaul of the emergency shelter it operates in Levittown. Bucks County recently released data of its Point In Time Count which showed a 27 percent rise in homelessness in comparison to the year before.

Over the last two years in background conversations with township officials, the search for a multi-pronged nuanced response has been fleeting. Council President Craig Bowen has spent a great deal of time along with the rest of council trying to address the challenges of individuals living outdoors on private, state, or locally owned properties. Then he discovered something new on Friday he could not wrap his head around.

We just talked with the police officer and there’s actually a fellow was back there who owns a home and doesn’t want to be there.  He was in the back of the camp site, said Bowen. 

 “He’d rather be outside and that’s hard too hard to rectify that when somebody wants to live out in the woods then in their home.” 

Credit: Joanne Ames Lower Bucks Source

 

Credit: Joanne Ames,. Lower Bucks Source

 

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Bristol Township Police Reports: Woman Charged For PFA Violation, 2nd Woman Charged with Assault and More

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Bristol Township Police Reports July 5 to July 7, 2024 

Arrest 7-5-24, 0038 hours, Plumbridge Drive, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Terroristic Threats, DUI, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct and several vehicle violations.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Hughes.  Bail was set at $100,000/10% and released to the Constables. Michael Miller, W/M, 44 years old Plumbridge Drive Levittown, Pa.

Arrest 7-6-24, 1135 hours, Groveland Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of a PFA Violation, Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Falcone.  Bail was set at $25,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Rhonda J Heffelfinger, W/F, 59 years old No Fixed Address

Arrest 7-7-24, 0140 hours, Bristol Oxford Valley Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Retail Theft, Possess Controlled Substance and Possess Drug Paraphernalia.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Gambardella.  Bail was set at $30,000/unsecured. Justin Robert Walker, W/M, 35 years old Shellflower Road Levittown, Pa

Arrest 7-7-24, 0351 hours, Palmer Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Simple Assault and Harassment.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Falcone.  Bail was set at $5,000/unsecured. Jamy Nicholson-Friend, W/F, 50 years old Palmer Avenue Bristol, Pa

Arrest 7-7-24, 1706 hours, Pumpkin Hill Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Warrant out of Bethlehem Police Department and remanded to the BCCF. Marcos Vega, W/M, 46 years old Pumpkin Hill Road Levittown, Pa

Theft 7-5-24, 1347 hours, Kenwood Drive, Levittown, Pa. On 7-3-24 at approximately 0430 hours an unknown subject removed two jet skis from a residence.  No value given.

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Local Government – Bensalem Township

Garbage-Yard Waste Pickup Schedule for Independence Day Holiday

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Bristol Borough
Being that July 4th 2024 falls on the 1st Thursday of the month, which is the Yard Waste Collection day, J.P. Mascaro & Sons will be collecting yard waste the following Thursday, 7/11/2024.

Bristol Twp
A refuse and recycling holiday collection schedule is in effect for this week, beginning July 4th through July 6th due to the Independence Day holiday. There will be no Refuse, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection on Thursday, July 4th. Service scheduled for Thursday will be delayed to Friday, July 5th. All subsequent trash/recycling/yard waste collection will be delayed by one day. For example, pickup normally scheduled for Friday, July 5th will be delayed to Saturday, July 6th. Regular collection services will resume the following week. Please call 267-812-2950 for additional information or questions.

Bensalem
Whitetail Disposal
Collection will be completed on a one day delay for service.
Thursday service will occur on Friday. Friday service will occur on Saturday.
For the remainder of our residential customers, your service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Falls Township
If the holiday falls on your regular pickup day, trash will be collected on your next regular service day. Recyclables will be picked up on your scheduled service day the following week.

Langhorne Borough
If a scheduled holiday (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) falls on a regularly scheduled pickup day, pickup will be the following day.

Lower Makefield
Residents have private contractors who set their holiday schedule

Middletown Township
When a holiday falls on a collection day, trash will be collected on the next regular collection day. When a holiday falls on a recycling day, recyclables will be collected the following day.

Morrisville
The holiday collection schedule will be on a one day delay from the day of the holiday. For example, a Monday holiday will be a Tuesday pickup, Tuesday will be Wednesday, Wednesday will be Thursday, Thursday will be Friday, and Friday will be Saturday. All pickup days will be delayed by one day during any holiday week. This includes six holidays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Penndel Borough
Trash and recycling is picked up every Thursday morning. Holiday weeks push trash/recycling pickups to Friday, unless the holiday falls on a Friday.

Tullytown
There will be no bulk or yard waste pickups the week of July 1st through July 5th.  Pickups will resume on Monday, July 8th.

Yardley Borough
Yardley Borough collection days are Wednesday Trash and Recycling – Saturday Trash and Bulk

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