Monday, May 6, 2013
Police arrest three people for allegedly breaking into cars at cemeteries while the owners visit graves.
Police departments in seven Bucks and Montgomery communities believe Bensalem Police nabbed a trio of alleged thieves who stole from cars in cemetery lots while people visited the graves, according to reports. Phillyburbs.com reported that court records link the three – Pamela Hummel, 30, of Morrisville, Jose Leon, 44, no fixed address, and Nathan Phillips, 29, of Bristol —to thefts at cemeteries in Glenside, Cheltenham, Lower Moreland, and Horsham in Montgomery County and Bensalem, Middletown, and Lower Southampton in Bucks. They mostly targeted women at the cemeteries, Bensalem police sergeant Andy Aninsman told CBSPhilly, stealing purses from unoccupied cars at the cemeteries. About $5,000 was stolen in cash and unauthorized credit card…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Officials said the investigation into the alleged $1.5 million conspiracy included a grand jury, search warrants, investigative work and tips.
A letter from an anonymous tipster is what sparked the investigation that ultimately lead to the arrest of 20 people connected to $1.5 million in thefts from the Bensalem School District, officials said. Bensalem's Superintendent Dr. David Baugh, who took his job in 2011, said he received a letter in February 2012 filled with allegations that school employees were not working. After only an hour and a half of investigating during a break in his schedule, the district head realized something was wrong. The letter appeared to be correct. According to court records, the letter was submitted by a "hard working current employee of the district." More tips on possible corruption in the district came pouring in over next few days, Baugh said. The…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Several Levittown area residents were arrested in connection with a massive conspiracy investigation involving thefts from the Bensalem School District.
A year-long corruption investigation culminated in the arrest of 20 people, some from the Levittown area, associated with the theft of more than $1.5 million from the Bensalem School District, officials announced Tuesday morning. Bensalem investigators made the arrests after they launched two separate investigations into alleged misdoings involving district staff. One investigation focused on “ghost employees,” the other on theft and illegal distribution of vehicles and related parts, township Public Safety Director Fred Harran said. District Attorney David Heckler and Harran both said the investigation is not finished and more arrests are possible. Jack Myers, the retired Bensalem School District business manager, was among those arrested…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident turned himself in to authorities, Bensalem Police say.
The man responsible for a Tuesday morning hit-and-run accident that killed at 71-year-old pedestrian turned himself in to authorities, police said. Mario Rodriguez-Morales, 40, of the 2900 block of Knights Road, turned himself in to Bensalem Police after leaving the scene of a hit and run at Knights Road just north of Dunksferry Road that killed a pedestrian, according to police. Bensalem Police reported to the scene at 6:09 a.m. Police identified the victim as Madanago Bakthavatchalu, a 71-year-old resident of the 2500 block of Knight Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Bensalem Police Department. At 6 a.m., police said the striking vehicle—a light-colored pick-up truck—was traveling north on Knights Road at the …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Bensalem Police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing New Jersey man with dementia; he was last seen at Parx Casino.
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Sunday, January 6
Police are asking for hel finding a missing 82-year-old man who suffers from dementia, accorind to a news release from Bensalem PD. Dominick Paparella, of West Windsor N.J., was last seen at the Parx Casino at about 5 a.m. Saturday morning, Jn. 5.. He was last seen operating 2001 silver Infiniti I30 New Jersey plate # KUK66X, but he has not driven a vehicle for over 1 year. Get police news delivered to your inbox with Patch's free newsletter. Sign up here. Sometime Friday, he was driven to the casino by his wife. His wife was in the Casino when Paparella took the vehicle. A silver alert has been activated in New Jersey. Paparella may have travelled back to New Jersey, but his whereabouts now is unknown. He is unaware of locations and may …