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Nearby: Ullman Reopens District Office Today

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State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, has announced that she will reopen her district office beginning today. The office will be open by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“My office has served over 1,500 constituents remotely over the past two and a half months,” Ullman said. “Now that Bucks County has entered the yellow phase, I’m glad my office can begin to safely offer in-person services.”

“I am very much looking forward to the time when my office will be open as usual to walk-ins,” Ullman said.

Constituents that need assistance must contact the district office by phone at 267-768-3670 or email at RepUllman@pahouse.net to set up an appointment. Anyone entering the office must be properly wearing a mask.

Ullman 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 Ullman’ office by phone at 267-768-3670 or email (RepUllman@pahouse.net).

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Waiving Vehicle Fees for Decorated and Injured Veterans Heads to Governor’s Desk

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 An omnibus transportation bill –HB 2301- including language from a bill introduced by state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, to waive vehicle title and registration fees for Veterans who were captured, injured or received the Congressional Medal of Honor while serving has been sent to the governor’s desk.

The proposal had been previously introduced by Ciresi as a standalone bill (HB 105), which passed the House unanimously in April. With its inclusion in and the passage of HB 2301, it is now on its way to be signed into law.

“When veterans return home, the impact of their traumatic experiences are further compounded by financial hurdles such as relocation, finding new homes, applying for jobs and registering their vehicles,” Ciresi said. “These heroes deserve our compassion and gratitude, and that’s why I introduced this legislation to help relieve some of the pressure by waiving vehicle registration fees. By permanently removing registration fees for veterans who were injured, captured, or received our highest military decoration, we would show our permanent appreciation for their sacrifices and service.”

Currently, recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, seriously injured veterans, and former POWs pay a $10 vehicle registration processing fee. Under the recently passed legislation, this fee will be removed, and they will no longer be subject to titling fees.

For recipients of the Purple Heart, who currently must pay titling and registration fees in full, they will no longer be subject to paying either.

The bill passed 202-0.

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Tomlinson, Hogan Bill for Stiffer Penalties for Street Racing Passes House

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A measure authored by state Reps K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks) and Joe Hogan (R-Bucks) to increase penalties on those convicted of street racing passed the House Friday.

House Bill 2266 increases penalties on those convicted of street racing. According to Tomlinson and Hogan, their legislation increases the fine from $250 up to $2,000 per violation and on the second violation, the driver’s vehicle will be taken away to stop them from using it in future street races. Organizers of the street racing event would also be held accountable. This would update the current penalties outlined in Title 75.

“The safety of my constituents is always my top priority. When I learned that in my district alone we’ve had over 40 incidents in the last year and a half, I knew this was something we needed to address. Adults, children and law enforcement have been hurt or even killed at these events. By increasing the penalties for those convicted of street racing, we will keep both our streets and law enforcement safe,” Tomlinson said Friday.

Many of these illegal races include many different drivers and are usually organized on social media as “meet up” events. Those who organized the event should face penalties for creating and fostering these dangerous events. This bill will also hold the organizers accountable, the state reps said when introducing the bill last year. 

The bill now moves onto the state Senate for consideration.

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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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