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Warrington Child Rapist Gets 19 to 40 Years in State Prison

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A 28-year-old man was sentenced on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, to 19 to 40 years in a state prison for the repeated rapes of two boys in Warrington Township.

Rosalio Suchite, of Warrington, pleaded guilty on August 27 to two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a child. Calling his actions unspeakable, Common Pleas Judge Gary B. Gilman sentenced Suchite to up to four decades in prison, citing the need to protect society.

In addition to the prison sentence, Suchite was deemed a sexually violent predator by the state’s Sex Offender Assessment Board.

Gilman commended a babysitter and the mother of the victims for coming forward to report the abuse, crediting them with having protected the community.

In a victim impact statement, the mother of the two boys said, “My heart breaks every time I think of what he put these boys through.”

Suchite was charged in November 2020 after an investigation by the Warrington Township Police Department.

During forensic interviews at the Bucks County Child Advocacy Center, police learned that Suchite repeatedly sexually abused the boys, ages 9 and 7, at his home in the 2200 block of Pileggi Road. The abuse against the older victim happened for at least three years.

Police also learned that the assaults began in Guatemala and continued after Suchite came to the United States.

After being confronted by law enforcement, Suchite packed up his things and fled the area, but was tracked down with the assistance of the U.S. Marshalls Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“While this sentence is lengthy, no sentence can apparently protect our children from this predator,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “I expect that we will oppose his prison release in 19 years, and continue to do so until he has served his maximum sentence of 40 years.”

This case was investigated by Detective Bernard Schaffer of the Warrington Township Police Department and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Mary Kate Kohler.

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Bucks Co Appoints New CEO of Library System

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Bucks County has a new library system director.

The Bucks County Free Library (BCFL) Board of Directors appointed Dana Barber as the library system’s new chief executive officer at their June 17, 2024 board meeting.

She assumed the role beginning on July 15.

Barber has served as director of the Margaret R Grundy Memorial Library in Bristol Borough for the past 10 years, with a focus on creating strategic partnerships to enhance library services.

She received the 2023 Certificate of Merit from the Pennsylvania Library Association in recognition of her leadership skills.

“I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated team at BCFL to continue to enhance library services and foster meaningful relationships with patrons and partners,” Barber said.

Barber is excited by the new opportunity to share her vision for public library services as leader of the county system.

“Our libraries are vibrant community hubs providing access to high-quality information, essential support and education, and equitable spaces. They truly are for everyone!” she said.

Outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Martina Kominiarek, has served as the library’s CEO for more than 20 years.

“With Dana at the helm, I’m confident we’ll continue to thrive and innovate, serving our communities in even more dynamic and impactful ways,” she said.

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Rep Davis: We’re Addressing Constituent Complaints on Proposed Aqua Rate Increase

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State Rep Tina Davis said recently we have heard your concerns regarding the proposed AQUA rate increase and I have signed on to a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission opposing AQUA’s request.

“Aqua made the request to the PUC, citing the need to improve the system’s infrastructure. While I agree that improvements are needed, customers’ bills currently include distribution system improvement charges, indicating that funds are already being allocated for the infrastructure updates.”

Also, the net income of Essential Utilities, AQUA’s parent company, grew 7% in 2023, therefore, it is apparent that the company is profitable and financially stable, Davis said

What can you do about this? Here is the link where you can file your concerns with the PUC regarding this proposal.

The PUC will also schedule public hearings on the proposed rate hike. Please follow my Facebook and X pages as we will update when the dates of the hearings are announced. she said.

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Prokopiak Measure to Increase Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program Becomes Law as Part of State Budget Package

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State Rep. Jim Prokopiak’s bill that will help Pennsylvania’s economy by expanding the state Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program was included in a Fiscal Code bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Josh Shapiro on July 11.

Prokopiak initially proposed expanding the Historic Preservation Tax Credit from $5 million to $20 million, starting in 2025 as H.B. 2358. The language of the legislation was added into the Fiscal Code bill, which is part of the state budget package. 

 “Investing in preserving our historic structures does two things,” Prokopiak said. “It not only helps to better tell the story of our commonwealth’s history, but it also is an economic driver as it helps turn these structures into income-producing properties.”

 Every $1 million invested into an historic rehabilitation project generates 6.4 direct jobs and 5.6 indirect jobs in Pennsylvania, which outperforms every other industry, according to Prokopiak.

 Of the 37 states that have a similar tax credit, Pennsylvania had the fourth-lowest cap of $5 million. The increased investment is necessary, as the need for funding is greater than the cap, Prokopiak said. For the 2022-23 fiscal year, 31 projects requesting a total of $12.7 million in tax credits were forwarded to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for approval of the projects’ rehabilitation plan. With the annual program cap set at $5 million, 22 of those projects were ultimately awarded credits, using 100% of the total amount available.

 Prokopiak represents the 140th Legislative District comprising Falls, Morrisville, Tullytown and part of Middletown in Bucks County.

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