Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The intent of a checkpoint is to keep drivers safe, police say.
The Pennsylvania State Police at Trevose on Monday announced the results of a DUI checkpoint it staged over the weekend. Between 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday at an unspecified location in Bucks County police The checkpoints are designed to keep drivers safe, police said. "The goal of a roving DUI detail is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related fatal and serious crashes, and to reduce the number of DUI drivers on Pennsylvania's highways," they said in a written release.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Drowned woman's sons sue party host, judge reduces theft amount for former vet hospital employee also among recent area police news.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, May 19
No one was injured in a shooting that occurred Monday morning in Newtown Borough. The Bucks County District Attorney has taken over the investigation. The police officer who killed an 89-year-old neighbor of the man involved in a shootout with police at a Warminster apartment complex in February has identified himself in court. The sons of Jean Carson, the woman who drowned after falling into Neshaminy Creek while attending a party on Dec. 19, are seeking compensation from the party's host. The Warminster woman who is facing charges for allegedly stealing thousands from the Newtown Veterinary Hospital as a former employee recently had a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Donald Nasshorn.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Pennsylvania State Police will conduct the checkpoints throughout Bucks County.
Pennsylvania State Police at Trevose issued a statement Wednesday of their plan to conduct a "Sobriety Checkpoint" some time or times between Friday and Sunday. "A sobriety checkpoint is a traffic safety checkpoint wherein Pennsylvania State Troopers systematically stop vehicles at selected locations to briefly observe drivers for articulable facts and/or behaviors normally associated with alcohol or drug impaired drivers," the statement said. In other words, troopers will stop drivers and ask them questions. If drivers easily answer them and show no other signs of impairment, there's no problem. The purpose of the checkpoints is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents and to lower the number of impaired drivers on …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Chief M. Barry Pilla, Jr. says he will step down as of July 1.
Northampton Township Police Chief M. Barry Pilla, Jr. will step down as of July 1 according to a written statement he issued Monday. Pilla said Lieutenant Mike Clark, as second in command, will assume command of the Police Department on June 30. "It has been my sincere privilege to serve the majority of my chosen profession of 40 plus years with the Northampton Township Police Department in the service of our great community," Pilla said. "I truly don't have the words to state how proud I am for what [the township's law enforcement professionals] have accomplished and do every single day to protect us...My pride in being a very small part of the success of our Police Department and a member of the finest profession is something that will…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
With the weather warming up and hikers and campers taking to the open air, the Bucks County Health Department urges caution around animals.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Sunday, May 12
The following was provided by the Bucks County Health Department: From its plentiful parks and its scenic natural vistas, bucolic Bucks County provides many opportunities to co-exist with animal life. Hiking, camping, even walking your dog through the neighborhood allows increased insight to the many varied species of animals that share our community home. Unfortunately, with the prominent cohabitation comes a risk. Rabies have been reported in Pennsylvania for more than two decades, and the Bucks County Commissioners continue to join the educational efforts of the Health Department by spreading the word to be mindful of safety protocols when around animals - both wild and domestic - this spring and summer. Rabies is a viral disease of …
The ceremony, to be held at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, will be a chance to honor officers who have paid the ultimate price while serving the community.
The annual Bucks County Police Memorial Ceremony will be held Monday at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church in Newtown. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be a chance to honor officers who have paid the ultimate price while serving the community. The event corresponds with National Police Week, which goes through May 18. President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 in 1962, declaring May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day. Later, President Bill Clinton signed a resolution that all flags at government buildings will be flown half-staff on that day. The memorial is open to the public. Officers begin to line up in advance of the 7 p.m. step off. During the 2012 service, a memorial hat in memory of each Bucks County officer who…
Lawn care worker allegedly gets fired and refuses to leave property; sex offender arrested for failing to register.
Lawn Care Worker Cited for Trespassing A 33-year-old Feasterville woman has been cited for trespassing after refusing to leave the Sunset Memorial Park cemetery after a lawn ca... Sex Offender Arrested for Failing to Register A 38-year-old convicted sex offender was arrested Friday for failing to comply with Megan's Law by registering as a sex offender... Cemetery Thieves Stole From People Visiting Graves, Police Say Police departments in seven Bucks and Montgomery communities believe Bensalem Police nabbed a trio of alleged thieves who stole from cars...
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Bucks County District Attorney said that Officer Timothy Friel should be commended for defending himself against a Feasterville man who had allegedly just shot his ex-wife.
It only took minutes between Kenneth Philipp exiting his car the evening of April 18 and firing three shells from his shotgun and Northampton police officer Timothy Friel to empty his 18-round clip and kill Philipp with three shots, two to his head and one to the shoulder. During a press conference held Friday morning at the Lower Southampton Police Department, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Friel's actions in those two minutes were completely justified and Friel should be commended. The shootout occurred when Friel pulled over Philipp's car that matched an APB dispatched after Philipp shot and killed his ex-wife, Violeta Isackov, and injured her daughter in the parking lot of a dress shop in Feasterville, Heckler said. …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
A 600-gallon spill of industrial bleach is called 'sabotage;' police offer $1,000 to catch an alleged arsonist and more.
Empty Suitcases Cause Bomb Scare Warminster Police responded to a call about a "suspicious person" who allegedly saw two brown suitcases at the rear of 590 West Street Rd... 'Highly Intoxicated' Man Found 'Grunting' on Sunbury Court: Police A contractor at the Poet's Walk construction site on Thursday reported that sometime between 4:30 p.m. on April 24 and 7:30 a.m. on April... Police Offer $1,000 for Help Catching an Arsonist A truck was set on fire April 4 in the 1100 block of Mildred Ave., Bensalem and police and fire investigators want help finding the suspe... Wastewater Plant Cleans Up 600-Gallon Chemical Spill Soil in the immediate area of a 600-gallon spill of industrial bleach is being removed at the Bristol Township Wastewater …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Newtown Township police say the Felony Lane Gang, which is from Florida, is likely targeting vehicles parked at area daycares, fitness centers or other places where mothers leave their purses.
Local police believe a “roaming gang of transient thieves” from South Florida is targeting area fitness centers, day cares and parks to steal valuables from parked cars. According to information from Newtown Township Police Department, there has been an influx of thefts from cars in “targeted locations” that mimic the activity of a group known as the Felony Lane Gang. According to police, the Felony Lane Gang travels up and down the I-95 corridor, targeting vehicles parked at day cares, fitness centers, parks or other places where it’s likely mothers have left their purse or wallet in the car. Police say multiple members of the gang will come to a parking lot and break into several vehicles simultaneously. They will disappear “in under a …