Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Michael 'Pooh' Brooks was found guilty of murdering Daniel Buchanan in Bristol Township.
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Tuesday, February 5
A jury in Doylestown found 28-year-old New Jersey man Michael “Pooh” Brooks guilty in the murder Daniel Buchanan, the Bucks County Courier Times reported in Tuesday's print edition. Brooks murdered 33-year-old Buchanan by gun after he saw him drive into the Bloomsdale-Fleetwing section of Bristol Township in 2007. Witnesses said previously that Brooks had been attacked by the victim during a prior altercation. The newspaper story said that Brooks will be facing life in prison with no chance of parole. Buchanan's murder was one of several that occurred in the Bloomsdale-Fleetwing section during the middle part of the last decade. One murder remains unsolved. Another was recently solved by police. Ckaron Handy will be going to trial in …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
A 12-year-old is recovering at the hospital after being struck by a Nissan in the 4300 block of New Falls Road Saturday night.
A 12-year-old boy was struck by a car near the intersection of New Falls Road and Veterans Highway (Route 413) in Bristol Township at around 7 p.m. Saturday. The Langhorne teen was trying to cross from New Falls Road from Middletown across to Bristol Township. He was struck as he tried to maneuver between two vehicles in the 4300 block of New Falls Road, Bristol Township Sgt. Sean Cosgrove said. The 12-year-old was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the sergeant said. A 53-year-old Trevose woman driving a 2009 Nissan Murano struck the 12-year-old and waited at the scene, Cosgrove said. No charges will be filed against the driver. The accident caused little significant …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Two suspects are being sought in connection with an incident in the Indian Creek home invasion in Bristol Township.
Bristol Township police are looking for two black men wanted for an armed home invasion that happened last Friday night in the Indian Creek section of the community. The suspects walked in the unlocked front door at 11:30 p.m. and held up the homeowner and stole money, Lt. Terry Hughes said. No injuries were reported. Hughes said the home invasion is not believed to be a random incident and detectives are still investigating. Police, citing the ongoing investigation, did not release a detailed description of the suspects and failed to identify the exact street where the home invasion was reported.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A 33-year-old was caught in a suspicious situation in Bristol Township earlier this week.
A black handgun, duct tape, screwdrivers and a pair of tan work gloves were discovered by police when they stopped to question a man who claimed he was waiting for a friend in Levittown’s Violetwood section before dawn on Monday. A Bristol Township patrol officer spotted Joseph Piazza, 33, of Vista Road, kneeling down, remaining still in front of a parked truck in the driveway of a home in the 100 block of Violetwood Drive, according to an affidavit of probable cause. The officer shined a car-mounted spotlight in the area. Piazza then walk down the driveway and told the patrolman he was waiting for his friend, court documents said. The officer reported that the 33-year-old was wearing the tan gloves and was dressed in gray wool hat and a …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Police are testing Smith's DNA in a national database. Also, Smith's former sister-in-law speaks about the Levittown man and more details on his arrest record come out.
Investigators in Philadelphia will run DNA samples taken from alleged murderer and Levittown resident Jason Smith through a national crime database, police said. NBC10 reports that police are comparing Smith’s DNA to that of the Fairmount Park Rapist and samples gathered after several sexual assaults near Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia. City police say the suspect in the Fairmount Park is connected to at least three violent sexual assault cases. All the crimes happened between 2003 and 2007. One of the cases includes the 2003 murder 30-year-old Rebecca Park, a medical student, whose death was caused by strangulation. The suspect in the murder and rapes was described to Mt. Airy Patch in 2011 as a Hispanic male with scars on his …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Several who knew Crabtree resident Jason Smith, who is accused of murdering a Philadelphia doctor, say he had temper issues in his past.
Prior to his arrest on charges of murder last week, Levittown pest exterminator Jason Smith had a relatively clean criminal record. However, several people close to the 36-year-old father said he had a somewhat troubled past. A former friend of Smith’s who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Patch that the Crabtree section resident could have a temper, but murder was not something he felt his old friend was capable of. Smith's fiance, who shared the two-story Crabtree section house with him, her young daughter and other family members, told 6abc the whole family is upset and knew nothing about the her partner of six year's alleged crime until authorities took him away and shot the family dog Wednesday night. On the WebSlueths.com …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Police release more details about the murder of Philadelphia doctor Melissa Ketunuti, who was allegedly killed by a Levittown exterminator, Jason Smith.
He was an exterminator; she was a young pediatrician at one of the nation’s most esteemed children’s hospitals. Late Monday morning, police allege, Melissa Ketunuti, 35, and Jason Smith, 36, of Levittown, crossed paths when the freelance exterminator came to her brick-faced townhome at 1728 Nauddain Street in Center City for a scheduled appointment to take care of rodents in the home. Philadelphia police homicide unit Captain James Clark said at a Thursday morning press conference that the two got in some type of argument while in the basement of the doctor’s home. At some point, the argument went “terribly wrong” and escalated to Smith striking Ketunuti, knocking her to the ground. He immediately jumped on top of her and strangled her to …
Police say that Jason Smith, 36, of Levittown, has been charged with the murder of Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti.
Thursday, 11:13 a.m.: During a press conference, Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark, Commanding Officer of Homicide Unit, stated that Jason Smith has been charged with the murder of pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti in addition to an arson and related charges. Detectives used "every bit" of surveillance footage in the area of the victim's home to develop Smith as a suspect. At 10 p.m. Wednesday night, Philadelphia Police, U.S. Marshals and Bristol Police went to Smith's house in Bristol Township and transported him back to the Philadelphia Police homicide unit for questioning. Clark stated that Smith gave detectives a statement, which along with evidence collected, were sufficient enough for murder charges. Ketunuti needed an exterminator…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
According to police, an armed robbery occurred on Cherry Lane in Bristol Township on Tuesday.
Bristol Township police are investigating an armed robbery that happened Tuesday evening in the 100 block of Cherry Lane in the Crabtree neighborhood of Levittown. A man was attacked outside his home and hit several times with a handgun, police told PhillyBurbs.com. Police said the suspect took "miscellaneous" items from the victim during the evning attack. Click here for all the latest crime news on Levittown Patch The white male suspect is decribed in further detail on PhillyBurbs. In recent weeks, several armed robberies have happened throughout the township. The Taco Bell was robbed and several residents accosted at gunpoint in the final days of 2012. Just days into the new year, a gunpoint robbery happened on Pearl Buck Road. The …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Video Store on New Falls Road remains open after a pickup truck struck the building Thursday morning.
A medical emergency is believed to be the reason the driver of a maroon Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck veered across New Falls Road, hit a homeless man on a bicycle and then a building Thursday morning in Bristol Township, police said. The homeless bicyclist was struck and treated by EMTs at the scene. A friend latear took the man to the hospital for further evaluation, police Sgt. Chuck Burns said. The middle-aged man behind the wheel of the pickup suffered minor injuries from the crash and was transported by ambulance to St. Mary Medical Center, Burns said. An initial investigation revealed the truck was traveling westbound on New Falls Road when it went across the opposing lane of travel and into the shopping center. The truck struck…