Recent activity as reported by the Newtown Township Police Department:
Saturday, May 24
At approximately 2:45 am, police stopped a motorist on the Newtown Bypass because the vehicle was being operated in an unsafe manner. At the stop the officer formed the opinion that the driver, 43 year-old Kenneth Russell of Elizabeth Lane in Levittown, was operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Gilliam was taken into custody and was transported to Saint Mary Medical Center where he submitted to a blood draw. The blood will be submitted to Bucks County Crime Lab for analysis. Gilliam was then transported home and charges of DUI are pending the lab results.
Around 8:45 am, police received a report from an employee of the Newtown Veterinarian Hospital that an aluminum handrail was broken and bamboo plants had been damaged the night before. The cost to repair the handrail is estimated to be $200.
Sunday, May 25
Zachary Baldwin, 26, of Colonial Lake Drive in Lawrenceville, N.J. was arrested shortly before 1 am after the vehicle he was driving was stopped by police due to traffic violations. At the stop, the officer formed the opinion that Baldwin was driving while under the influence. He was transported to Saint Mary Medical Center where he provided blood to be sent to Bucks County Crime Lab for analysis. Baldwin was then transported to police headquarters where he was released to a family member. Charges of DUI are pending the lab results.
Monday, May 26
Shortly before 9 am, a resident of Society Place reported that a burglary occurred overnight. The victim told responding officers that he left his home for about 15 minutes and someone ransacked his home and took an estimated $100 in cash from the kitchen.
Police were dispatched to the Newtown Athletic Club around 4:15 pm for a report of a stolen bicycle. The victim told police that he parked his bicycle by the fence near the pool and when he came back it was gone. The bicycle is described as a white Tarmac special SL2 valued at approximately $2,000. Police spoke with staff to inquire if they have video of the location where the bicycle was parked and they said there are no cameras in that area.
A resident of Dorset Place called police around 8:30 pm to report fireworks being set off nearby. Police found numerous people in a driveway on Essex Place and told those present that if fireworks continued, they would be cited. A second call was received while police were still at the location but no additional fireworks were being set off and not further calls were received.
Tuesday, May 27
A resident of Essex Place called police around 7:20 am to report that his vehicle was struck and damaged at some point overnight. The vehicle owner told the responding officer that he had parked straight in the spot and this morning found damage to drivers rear quarter panel and brake light area. The rear of the vehicle had been pushed until passenger side came to rest against fire hydrant. The hydrant didn't appear to be damaged, but the Fire Chief Forsyth was notified to have it checked for damage.