by Alex Lloyd Gross
Aug 14, 2023
Valerie Travis, of Bensalem Pa was arrested for allegedly making over 100 calls or texts, or other submissions via social media sites to kill local District Justice Kevin Wagner and Joseph Falcone. The threats started in April of this year and continued, police said until late July.
During one threat, she is alleged to have threatened to “Bomb the courthouse on Bath Road, This was done in honor of Patricia Travis and any survivors would be shot dead”. That threat prompted an evacuation of the courthouse and the cancellation of court for that day. Patricia Travis is Valerie’s mother. She was present in court that day for an eviction hearing from the Village Lodge on Bristol Pike. No bombs were ever found and that threat was unfounded. Her mother’s case was continued.
Travis also allegedly made 13 threats of mass shootings or explosions by submitting electronic tips to the FBI National Threat Operations Center, the Bristol Township Police Crimewatch page and the Bensalem Township Police Crimewatch page. These threats were submitted between April 28, 2023, and August 1, 2023.This includes a threat against a pride event in Philadelphia and a threat to bomb city hall.
The investigation also found that Travis submitted threats against two other Magisterial District courthouses, an employee with the Bucks County Department of Human Services, the Bristol Township Police Department, two Bristol Township motels where Travis had lived with her mother, Philadelphia City Hall, and LGBTQ/Pride events.