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AG Requests Courts Strike Down Voter Subpoenas, Bucks & Mont Co. Chairs Pen Letters of Support

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) filed a motion Wednesday asking the Commonwealth Court to order that a subpoena issued by State Senators Chris Dush and Jake Corman is illegal. The Senators’ subpoena demands access to personal information of nine million Pennsylvanians, which the Senators then plan to turn over to an unidentified third party.

“Pennsylvanians’ fundamental rights are under attack,” said AG Shapiro.“These Senators are using their position of power to demand voters’ personal information, all so that they may continue to lie about our elections. It is time for public officials to move past the Big Lie and to start reminding the public that our elections are accurate, fair, and secure.”

The motion points out both that Senator Dush (R) has given shifting explanations for why he is demanding voters’ personal information, and also that none of those various justifications have any plausible connection to voters’ identifying information. And neither Senator Dush nor Senator Jack Corman (R) have cited any evidence suggesting why the information is needed.

Meanwhile, Bucks and Montgomery County Commissioner Chairs issued a letter of support for Shapiro’s motion on Thursday in a press release. 

The Bucks County Board of Elections takes great care to guard voters’ identifying information and build public confidence in elections, Bucks County Commissioners’ Chair Diane Ellis-Marseglia (D) wrote in an affidavit filed late Wednesday. But efforts by state senators to pry voters’ information from the Department of State imperil that goal.

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“Recent actions by the Pennsylvania Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee to stoke division, distrust and disinformation threaten to jeopardize the trust we have worked so hard to build and preserve,” wrote Marseglia.

Affidavits from Marseglia and Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chair Dr. Val Arkoosh (D) both appear as exhibits attached to and cited in Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s effort to block the committee’s subpoena in Commonwealth Court. As county commissioners, Marseglia and Arkoosh serve on the boards of elections for their respective counties.

In May Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub charged two Bucks County women with attempting to vote when they each signed mail in ballot applications for their dead mothers.

The case against Buckingham woman was dismissed in September by District Judge Mark D. Douple,

The second case against Melissa Fisher of Quakertown is set for trial on November 5. These are the only two cases in Bucks County in which voter fraud had been alleged.

What makes the voter issue situation far more challenging is late Wednesday the Bucks County Board of Elections said it confiscated a “mock” mail in ballot drop box at the Bristol Borough Municipal Building that was alleged to have been placed there by individual who was scheduled to work for the board.

Officials said six voters placed ballots in the mock ballot box before it was removed.

Calls of wide spread voter fraud have been unfounded, despite what Senate Republicans have repeatedly alleged.

Moreover, according to Spotlight PA in the weeks since approving the far-reaching subpoena seeking access to sensitive voter information, GOP lawmakers in favor of the effort have claimed the vast troves of data are necessary to identify voters who shouldn’t have cast a ballot in either the November 2020 or May 2021 elections.

The senators in charge of the investigation have not defined how they will prove a voter is “illegal” if they suspect fraud, nor have they acknowledged that Pennsylvania has already spent $403,904 for access to a sophisticated voter list maintenance program that regularly performs the analysis Republicans say they are seeking, says the report,

[The subpoena] threatens to deter eligible voters from registering for fear that their personal information might be exposed to third parties,” Arkoosh wrote, “and may erode the trust already-registered electors have in the elections process by lending legitimacy to false and dangerous claims that the Nov. 2, 2020, election was somehow fraudulent,” the chairs said in a joint press release.

The motion points out both that Senator Dush has given shifting explanations for why he is demanding voters’ personal information, and also that none of those various justifications have any plausible connection to voters’ identifying information. And neither Senator Dush nor Senator Corman have cited any evidence suggesting why the information is needed.

The motion notes that the Senate Committee Senators Dush and Corman are using for this effort has not established basic security protocols that would minimize the risk of unauthorized disclosure or misuse of private voter information. Senator Dush has not even ruled out that he may hire a vendor with connections to some of the biggest perpetrators of the Big Lie to review every Pennsylvanians’ personal information.

As has been noted time and again, including by the former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, “[t]he 2020 election was the most secure in U.S. history.”

Marseglia said that since the subpoena was issued last month, she and other elected officials in Bucks have received complaints from more than 300 county voters expressing concerns about the security of their identifying information. Arkoosh said the Montgomery County Board of Elections has received similar complaints.

Rather than wasting taxpayer dollars on what she described in her affidavit as a “a cynical political stunt,” Marseglia wrote that lawmakers should instead be considering commonsense election reforms – such as allowances for earlier pre-canvassing of ballots – that have bipartisan support among county commissioners statewide.

Opposition to today’s brief is due by October 22, with the Office of Attorney General’s reply due by October 29. The Senate’s final reply is due November 5. Arguments have yet to be scheduled.

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Nearby: Wellness Check Turns into Homicide Investigation, Son in Custody

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What started as a wellness check of an elderly woman turned into a homicide investigation in Northampton Township  and the victim’s son says he’s responsible , said police.

The woman was identified as Dolores Ingram and lived in a condominium on Beacon Hill Drive in the Holland section of the township.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Northampton Township Police Department are continuing their investigation into the killing of the 82-year-old woman. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday, June 18, authorities said.

Northampton Township Police said they were dispatched to do a wellness check of a resident on Sunday, June 16, 2024, after her son, William Michael Ingram, 49, had been taken into custody in Washington D.C. for allegedly assaulting an officer and damaging a police vehicle. During his arrest, he told several Metro D.C. police officers, he killed his mother.  On Monday, he was charged with stealing his mother’s vehicle, authorities said.

The victim was located inside her home after Bucks County radio dispatchers received a call from the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department to check on her well-being.

Northampton Township police officers responded to the address. From the outside of the first-floor condo, they observed blood on a windowsill and more blood smeared on the walls, window, and floor inside. The furniture inside appeared in disarray. Police forced entry through the locked front door. The living room appeared to have been cleared out, with the exception of a pile of clothes, towels/linens, furniture, and other household items on the far-right side of the living room. One of the officers began to pull items off the pile and move the couch. As he moved the couch, he observed a foot, which felt cold to the touch. The officer noted there appeared to be no signs of life, police said.

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Northampton Township Police and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office launched a death investigation. Investigators obtained a search warrant, and the deceased female was identified. authorities said, she appeared to have sustained severe head trauma. She was buried under a pile of household items, including furniture and clothes, in the main living room area

The Bucks County District Attorney’s office said, a witness reported being awakened at 1 a.m. Saturday to the sound of loud banging. While the witness was awake, she reviewed her home camera and at 1:42 a.m., the camera showed William Ingram running out of the condo shirtless. He walked back a minute later. Hours later, at 10:03 a.m., the camera showed him leaving the residence. He was wearing a shirt and carrying a duffel bag. The witness said she had not seen him since.

Police located +Ingram’s vehicle in the complex’s parking lot, but his mother’s white 2015 Honda Civic was missing. Using license plate readers, investigators tracked the vehicle to two locations: at 10:13 a.m. at the 413 Bypass and Route 332 East in Newtown Township, and at 10:21 a.m. on Route 332 and Stony Hill Road in Lower Makefield Township. Based on the readings, the vehicle was traveling away from the residence. During a search of the residence, police could not locate the keys to Dolores Ingram’s Honda Civic, but they did locate a key fob for William Ingram’s vehicle next to his mother’s body, said police.

Detectives with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Northampton Township Police Department are handling the investigation, with help from the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department. This case is assigned for prosecution to Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber and Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Reckner, said Bucks County District Attorney’s Office spokesman, Manuel Gamiz Jr.

Court records show William Ingram is currently charged with two felony counts with the theft of his mother’s car. .

He remains in custody in Washington D.C. Additional charges against him will be filed at the appropriate time, said the Bucks County District Attorney’s office.

 

 

 

 

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PennDOT: Overhead Sign Installation Scheduled Thursday Night U.S. 1

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PennDOT announced overhead sign installation is planned at night Thursday on U.S. 1 in Bensalem Township, under a $116 million project to reconstruct, widen, and improve a three-mile section of U.S. 1 in Bucks County.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:

  • Thursday, June 20, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, periodic 15 minute stoppages are planned in both directions on U.S.1 between the Route 132 (Street Road) Interchange and the Bristol Road overpass.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays may occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent and subject to change.

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Health - Bensalem Township

Bucks County Cooling Centers while Excessive Heat Warning in Effect

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An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect in Bucks County from 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday evening.

With an extended stretch of days with temperatures forecast in the 90s, cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks will be open for the duration of the advisory to seniors and people experiencing homelessness who are seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567
*CLOSED WEDNESDAY 6/19 AND SATURDAY 6/22*

Palisades Middle School, Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
HOURS 10 A.M. –  5 P.M.
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726

YMCA of Bucks County – Warminster Branch
624 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
267-387-9622
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

YMCA of Bucks County – Fairless Hills Branch
601 S. Oxford Valley Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-949-3400
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

Senior centers throughout Bucks County are also open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

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