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Wolf Announces Release Program for Non-Violent and At Risk State Inmates

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On Friday Governor Tom Wolf announced the creation of  a Temporary Program to Reprieve Sentences of Incarceration to help aid the corrections department in the transfer of qualifying individuals to community corrections facilities or home confinement amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programs applies to state prison inmates only who have been identified by corrections officials as being non-violent and or with health ailments. 

Inmates that will qualify are aged 65 or older; anyone with an autoimmune disorder; pregnant inmates; anyone with a serious, chronic medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, bone marrow or organ transplantation, severe obesity, kidney disease, liver disease,[and] cancer; or another medical condition that places them at higher risk for complications of coronavirus as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state officials said Friday. 

The releases could begin as early as Tuesday, April 14 state officials said. 

“We can reduce our non-violent prison population and leave fewer inmates at risk for contracting COVID-19 while maintaining public safety with this program,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am pleased to direct the Department of Corrections to begin the process to release vulnerable and non-violent inmates at or nearing their release dates in an organized way that maintain supervision post-release and ensures home and health care plans are in place for all reentrants.” 

Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai (R- Allegheny) called the announcement an “inappropriate overreach” by Wolf. 

“This decision to let out prisoners – especially while Pennsylvania citizens are adhering to a stay-at-home order – is irresponsible. We need to focus on staving off the virus with appropriate and balanced mitigation efforts and provision of personal protection equipment to our frontline health care professionals. We also need to make sure the economy does not collapse,” said Turzai. 

Corrections Sec. John Wetzel said the program is designed to manage risk for employees and prisoners. 

“We must reduce our inmate population to be able to manage this virus. Without this temporary program, we are risking the health, and potentially lives, of employees and inmates. We can safely release individuals to the community to reduce their vulnerability and allow the department to successfully manage COVID-19,” he said. 

“Unlawfully releasing these prisoners sends the wrong message to law-abiding Pennsylvanians who are counting on government to restore normalcy in a safe and responsible manner,” Turzai said. 

While on temporary release,  state officials said, individuals will be monitored similarly to parolees and will be supervised by parole agents.

Upon expiration of the emergency management order, individuals would be returned to prison to complete any remaining portion of their sentences.

As of  Saturday there are 11 COVID-19 cases at the State Correctional Institute in Montgomery County, but concern for cases spreading to other facilities is another stated reason for the expedited release of eligible inmates, state officials said. 

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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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