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Man Charged Following Community College Active Shooter Scare

Noah Thomas Andress Credit: Newtown Township police

A Bristol Township man has been charged following a false active shooter report at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown Township campus.

Noah Thomas Andress, 19, of Bristol Township’s Levittown section, was arraigned before District Judge Mick Petrucci earlier this month on charges of terroristic threats causing serious public inconvenience and disorderly conduct.

Around 12:33 p.m. on May 7, balloons set off a fire alarm in the gym area of the community college’s Newtown Township campus. As people were clearing the building, someone was overheard saying there was an active shooter and panic ensued.

Community college security staff learned of the incident and sent a text message alert and email warning of a possible active shooter on campus. Within three minutes of the alert going out, the community college sent an update to announce the report was unfounded.

Police said they learned several students heard a man scream “active shooter” following the fire alarm and launched an investigation with campus security.

Andress, according to police, was identified as the man who yelled “active shooter.” They also “determined that Noah had no prior knowledge of an active shooter being on campus.”

Andress’ bail was set at $50,000 unsecured.

Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001