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Large Shipment of Coronavirus Protective Gear Arrives at Bucks County Emergency Operations Center

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                                  The following is a press release from the COUNTY of BUCKS

 

After many days of combing public and private sources for personal protective equipment for first responders, medical workers and others enmeshed in the COVID-19 crisis, Bucks County today received large shipments of several items from a number of suppliers.

Emergency Services Director Scott T. Forster announced that about 21,000 N-95 masks, 21,000 surgical masks, 1,700 face shields, 1,600 surgical gowns and thousands of protective gloves had arrived at the Emergency Operations Center in Ivyland.

While Forster conducted a mid-afternoon news briefing outside a loading bay of the EOC, county workers worked inside the bay to sort and prepare the shipments for delivery to police departments, emergency medical services, hospitals, longterm care facilities and others.

“By the end of this week, these supplies will be in their hands,” Forster said.

Within the next few days, he added, another 10,000 N-95 masks, 2,800 face shields, 8,000 gowns and hundreds of cases of gloves are expected to arrive, followed next week by 10,000 more N-95 masks and additional cleaning supplies.

“These are materials that are very hard to get, and were obtained only after calling dozens of vendors,” as well as the state and federal governments, Forster said. “And little by little, everyone has come through to provide us with the equipment that our folks need to be sure that they’re safe while they take care of our residents.”

All of the N-95 masks received today came from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile, as did about half of the surgical masks. The rest were purchased with county funds, about 75 percent of which Forster said should be eligible for federal COVID-19 reimbursement.

Forster said the new shipments should ensure that workers needing PPE in Bucks County are well-supplied for now. “Unfortunately, in the coming weeks we are going to see an increase in our cases and the number of people we have to take care of,” he added.

The county has also been evaluating two unused medical facilities in Upper and Lower Bucks County to serve as medical surge facilities if needed. “We had an assessment done yesterday by the Army Corps of Engineers, and we are awaiting the results of that assessment to see if we will be able to partner with the owners of those facilities, as well as the state, to open (them) so that we can use them for patient overflow” if it is needed, Forster said.

The deliveries came as welcome news on a day that 55 new COVID-19 cases were identified in the county, raising the total to 373. There were no new deaths, but 32 patients are hospitalized, including 10 in critical condition, said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Department of Health.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Shooting Reportedly Under Investigation at Levittown Trace

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A swift and intense police presence at the Levittown Trace apartment complex on Ford Road Monday night is reportedly part of a shooting investigation by Bristol Township Police, sources are telling Lower Bucks Source Tuesday.

Police were dispatched out to the apartment complex just before 10 p.m. with a number of patrol cruisers arriving on scene. An image of an officer, guns raised pointing towards the F building spelled out last night’s dangerous drama.

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Officers were observed speaking with several individuals adjacent to the building.

Witnesses on scene told Lower Bucks Source, police were seen picking up what appeared to be shell casings.

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Bensalem EMS was seen transporting a victim and shortly thereafter police were seen taking a man into custody after finding what appeared to be drug related paraphernalia. It’s unclear whether or not that individual is connected to the reported shooting. Online court show that a Bristol man was arraigned and jailed early this morning on criminal trespass and drug related  charges.

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Attempts to contact Bristol Township Police for comment on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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Nearby: Feasterville Man Charged with Murdering Estranged Wife

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Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Springfield Township Police Chief Michael E. Pitkow announce the arrest of Kenneth Shea, 37, of Feasterville-Trevose, for the First-Degree Murder of Elizabeth Shea on April 10, 2024, at her home in Wyndmoor.

The victim was found at approximately 7:30 a.m., April 10, 2024, by Springfield Township Police, who responded to a residence in the 1,000 block of Cromwell Lane for a requested wellness check. Police found Elizabeth Shea dead on the master bedroom floor, with obvious cut wounds to her head and neck, said authorities in a press release. 

A joint investigation into the homicide by Montgomery County Detectives and Springfield Township Police determined that an air conditioning unit had been pushed inside the residence, allowing access through the window. In the residence, four hard drives from the home’s digital recording units and three cellphones had been discarded in the bathroom sink and toilet.

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Detectives obtained Uber records that showed that Kenneth Shea had utilized the ride share service in the early morning hours of April 10, 2024. He was picked up at 12:36 a.m. at Comfort Inn in Feasterville-Trevose and dropped off at 12:55 a.m. on Wainwright Road, which is behind the victim’s residence. At 3:37 a.m., the defendant was picked up on Wainwright Road and returned to the hotel at 3:58 a.m., where video surveillance from the lobby showed him arriving and going to Room 314. Location records for Kenneth Shea’s cellphone showed his phone was in the area of the Comfort Inn in the days leading up to the murder and throughout the day on April 10, 2024. At approximately 6 p.m., Bensalem Police S.W.A.T. officers were stationed outside of Room 314 and arrested Shea as he exited the room.

“This is a tragic case, and our hearts go out to the family of Elizabeth Shea,” said DA Steele. “I also want to thank the Bensalem Police for the significant resources they provided, including drone surveillance and a K-9, as well as numerous officers, which enabled this defendant to be taken into custody without incident.”

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Shea is charged with First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder and Third-Degree Murder. He was arraigned on April 11, 2024, by Magisterial District Judge John D. Kessler. There is no bail available for First-Degree Murder charges, and he was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on April 23, 2024, before Magisterial District Judge Katherine E. McGill.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Falls Township

Bristol Man Charged with Sexual Assault Waives Hearing

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A 22-year-old Bristol Township man charged with sexual assault waived his right to a preliminary hearing at Falls Township District Court Tuesday.

Kyle McArthur-Beavers charged for a sexual assault during last year’s holiday season at a friend’s home in Morrisville, “waived” Tuesday’s hearing.

McArthur-Beavers, according to court paperwork, was engaged in a sex act with a 16-year-old victim, who was receptive to the digital stimulation while they were laying together in a Woodside Drive home.

The victim told police she made it absolutely clear to McArthur-Beavers she did not want to engage in sexual intercourse. The suspect, according to the criminal complaint, persisted in seeking sexual intercourse with the victim, she continued to say no.

McArthur-Beavers, according to police, inserted himself without a condom into the victim even though she told him to stop several times. She tried to get up several times,  but he pushed her back down and continued his attack.

McArthur-Beavers was originally arrested and released on unsecured bond  in February charged with sexual assault and corruption of a minor.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May at the Court of Common Pleas in Doylestown. He remains free on bond.

 

 

 

 

 

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