Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The son of Detective Sgt. Luddie Austin from the A&E reality show, "Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force" was shot dead on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old son of a reality television star was shot dead in a Tuesday afternoon murder across the Delaware River in Trenton, N.J. NJ.com identified the gunshot victim as James Austin, son of former Trenton police Detective Sgt. Luddie Austin and one of stars of the A&E reality show, "Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force." James Austin was shot in the chest while visiting the mother of his two children on East State Street in the afternoon hours, The Trenonian reported. Both news organizations said a suspect had not been captured. Luddie Austin served on the Trenton police force years and the military overseas before retiring from law enforcement in 2011. The officer, who served on the task force featured on the small screen, said in his A…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Andrew Cairns pleads innocent to charges of attempted murder after police say he engaged them in a firefight Tuesday evening.
Andrew Cairns was brought to a Warminster courtroom Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary arraignment on multiple charges stemming from an alleged shootout he had with Police Tuesday. Police said Cairns’ 90-year-old neighbor was killed in the exchange of gunfire. Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Matt Weintraub said Cairns knowingly risked the life of up to six police officers when he shot at them, attempting to kill them Tuesday evening. Cairns pled not guilty to District Justice Daniel Finello on charges of attempted murder, assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, multiple counts of recklessly endangering another person and other related offenses. He told the court he has lived in apartment 2004 at the …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Police converged on a Warminster apartment building Tuesday night where a man allegedly exchanged gunfire with police, leaving a 90-year-old dead, according to reports.
UPDATED: 1:50 a.m. Warminster police are evacuating an apartment complex and nearby residents while a standoff with an alleged gunman continues. Police were called to the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex, 675 E. Street Rd., Warminster, for a domestic disturbance at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and "were met with gufire," according to Warminster Police Chief Mike Murphy. The police and the gunman had a "firefight for a short period of time" before the man barricaded himself and his common law wife inside the apartment, Murphy said. The woman eventually got out of the apartment and is being interviewed by police. No police officers have been injured so far, Murphy said. "We're settling in for what we feel is going to be a prolonged …
Friday, February 15, 2013
A middle-aged man is in critical condition after shooting himself Friday night in Bristol Borough.
A middle-aged Bristol Borough man shot himself and then asked a responding police officer to kill him Friday night. The man, who police have had contact with before, is in critical condition at Aria Hospital after a self-inflected gunshot wound to the head, Detective Sgt. Randy Morris said. According to Morris, arriving officers found the seriously wounded man walking and pleading for them to shoot him dead. Morris commended the officer on how the situation was handled. For more news and updates about Levittown, subscribe to our free newsletter, "like" us on Facebook at or follow @Levittownpatch on Twitter. The shooting happened of Madison Street at 8 p.m. Police and fire police closed down the intersection where Madison Street meets …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A bizarre weekend incident in Levittown involved three shots fired in Colbolt Ridge.
A alleged wild night led to shots being fired over the weekend in Levittown. Francis Zydzik, 56, of Circle Road in the Levittown section of Middletown, is charged with felony aggravated assault charges and several misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and simple assault, according to a docket sheet. The incident is alleged to have started Saturday at about 10 p.m. with a son picking his intoxicated father up from bar and ended with three shots fired at from a handgun. Zydzik’s son picked his father up at Miller’s Ale House on East Lincoln Highway Saturday evening. His father was out earlier in the evening at a concert with family in Philadephia, court documents state. A police complaint mentions the 56-year-old left after getting “…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A man was hit with multiple shotgun blasts in Levittown early Saturday. The two suspects then fled the scene and tried to run.
Two young Bristol Township men were arrested after a foot pursuit following a robbery that left a man shot early Saturday morning. Aaron Day, 20, of Fleetwing Drive, and Jacob Pemberton, 18, of Pacific Avenue, were taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery, aggravated assault, theft, fleeing and eluding police other related offenses. According to an affidavit of probable cause, the robbery incident started in front of the J and R Check Cashing and Pawn Shop at Five Points and ended with a large amount of blood and “human tissue” behind the New Falls Road Acme store in the Levittown section of Bristol Township. Pemberton told police he and Day talked about “getting some money” leading up the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
A government agency has produced a video that shows what to do in an active shooter situation.
With several incidents involving active shooters over the past few months, a video from Houston's disaster preparedness agency shows viewers how to react if confronted with an active shooter situation. Police in Levittown and around Bucks County often practice drills that involve active shooter situations. Click here to see a booklet compiled by the Department of Homeland Security on what to do if confronted by an active shooter.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
When tragic news breaks, it's important not to get caught up in the anxiety of the event, said one expert.
One of the things that parents worry about in the wake of violent news is how to talk about it with their kids, and after the Connecticut school shooting, many of our readers might be struggling to answer some questions. Dr. Joanne Plescia, Director of Special Services for the Collingswood Public School District in New Jersey offered some guidance that might be helpful in having these conversations. Above all, she says, the most important thing you can do is to be calm and present to your children and their feelings throughout the conversation. 1. “If they don’t ask questions, it’s okay.” A school shooting is like any kind of tragedy, Plescia said: the more we focus on it, the more our general level of anxiety climbs. She suggests that …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Police are looking for two suspects that fired four shots in a makeshift apartment on Haines Road. Two bullets struck a man.
The investigation into the Bristol Township shooting that left a 49-year-old man with a bullet to the thigh and ankle continued Wednesday, police said. Lt. Terry Hughes said officers responded to a possible robbery and shooting in a structure behind My Brothers Pub at 1542 Haines Road in Levittown just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The arriving patrol officers found a 49-year-old white male suffering from two gunshot wounds. The man was taken to St. Mary Medical Center by the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad and treated, Hughes said. The victim told police that two "younger-looking" black males arrived in two vehicles and shot him. Investigators are not sure if the two men took anything, Hughes said. The duo were reported to have fled in the …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
A Trenton man is in custody for firing two shots at a Bristol Township gas station.
When police officers stopped a gold 2000 Dodge Intrepid on Monday, a 22-year-old man stepped out with a handgun. Police were able to safely take Trenton resident Bias Robinson into custody after he is alleged to have fired two rounds from a Ruger .40 caliber gun just minutes earlier, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Bristol Township authorities. Police said the suspect fired two rounds at the Sunoco gas station in the 1200 block of Veterans Highway (Route 413) just after 8:30 p.m. on Monday. Robinson was said to have fired the weapon after he told another male he was “not playing,” a witness told authorities. The 22-year-old made statements to investigators saying he fired the .40 caliber gun as an act of "self defense…