Published On: Tue, Jul 18th, 2017

Solebury Police Chief to Thank Local Community at Tuesday Night Meeting

Solebury Township Hall.

Police Chief Dominick Bellizzie will thank the public and local businesses at tonight’s meeting of the Solebury Township Board of Supervisors for their support during the grueling murder investigation at a local farm.

He will also take questions from the public, although fresh revelations into the ongoing investigation of the grisly killings of four young men are not expected. Bellizzie’s message will be one of gratitude and reassurance, according to a spokesperson.

“The officers and members of the Solebury Township Police Department extend our extreme gratitude to Solebury and surrounding communities for all of their support, donations, thoughts and prayers during the past 10 days,” said police in a statement. “The list of people and local and large corporate businesses that have supplied us with food, water and sports drinks is so large that we are still organizing the list for a future post on our social media pages.”

“We appreciate everyone, and we ask only for one more item: that all surround the Patrick, Meo, Sturgis, and Finocchiaro families with your thoughts and prayers,” they added.

While the list of generous businesses is long, McDonald’s, Giant, Starbucks and Wawa are said to be among the names. Citizens have also been effusive in their support, both online and in tangible donations of drinks and snacks to police department members working long hours in hot, humid conditions.

Solebury police on Tuesday continued assisting the investigation at the farm where the remains of Tom Meo, Mark Sturgis, Jimi Taro Patrick and Dean Finocchiaro were located last week. Cosmo DiNardo, of Bensalem, and Sean Kratz, of Northeast Philadelphia, are being held without bail in connection with the killings.

The Solebury Township Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. at Solebury Township Offices, 3095 Sugan Road, in Solebury. Also on the docket for Tuesday night’s meeting is the appointment of a new supervisor to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Jim Searing, an update on New Hope Crushed Stone Quarry, adoption of a medical marijuana ordinance, consideration of a bid award for the proposed Laurel Park multi-purpose field, and discussion of the proposed ambulance referendum.

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  1. I am bothered that my information on shots heard fired Saturday evening July 8 went unheeded by Solebury police. I stopped a police officer to ask if he wanted the information and after asking what night, he said they did not need that information. After the killing timeline was released, I realized all aggression towards the 4 boys had been completed by Friday and they were buried. Although we live off Aquatong Road, almost a mile away, on Saturday evening at about 5:15 pm we first heard 4 to 5 shots from a medium powered handgun followed about 10 minutes later by 8 rapid fire shots from a powerful handgun such as a 357 or 44 magnum. I am a hunter and shoot at the rifle/pistol range and know the sound of rifle, shotgun and handguns. When I learned the timeline of the previous shootings, during which time we were out of town, I became very curious about the Saturday gunfire and after the weekend I called the FBI tipline and reported my information. I was a bit discouraged when the person answering prompt number 7 for the missing men, had difficulty getting my information correct. I asked him if he was an FBI agent, to which he replied, he worked for the FBI???
    Your must understand my interest in the case closing, without being concerned about shots aggressively being fired the day after the boys were dispatched!! Do I have to ask, were there other customers who came to see Dinardo, who suffered the same fate and did not live at home to be missed?

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