August 22, 2015 |
HONESDALE, Pa. - As she addressed the defendant in the packed courtroom, Lisa Lesher choked back tears. "Your decision to be the 'cool dad' devastated our community," the Bucks County mother told Michael Ware. "How could a father allow this?" Ware had acknowledged sometimes letting his unlicensed teenage daughter drive. But when he gave the 15-year-old the keys to his SUV last Labor Day weekend, it set in motion a chain of events that ended with the vehicle overturned on a winding Poconos road, three Bucks County boys dead, and an indelible impact on multiple communities.
August 13, 2015 |
For months, investigators were unsure how - and, more important, why - a 2-year-old Bucks County boy ingested a fatal dose of prescription painkillers while in his father's care. So they charged Coco Wallace with a general count of criminal homicide, which covers a range of possibilities, from negligence to murder. Their perspective changed in June, when an informant in the Bucks County prison told police that Wallace admitted to him that he killed his son, Sebastian, at their Middletown Township apartment in October to get back at the boy's mother, according to a new police report admitted into evidence this week.
August 7, 2015 |
June Goodrich came downstairs from the bedroom of her Bucks County home Tuesday afternoon and stumbled upon a gruesome scene, according to court documents. Her 67-year-old husband, Alan, was sitting in a chair with a sword protruding from his stomach. And her 26-year-old son, Eli, was standing beside him. "Don't worry, mom. It's a fake sword," Eli Goodrich said, according to a criminal complaint. "It collapses. " He then pulled the sword from his father's stomach, the complaint said.
August 6, 2015 |
A 66-year-old man was fatally stabbed late Tuesday afternoon in Bucks County, and his son was being held as a suspect, police said. Police were called at 4:53 p.m. to the 500 block of Trappe Lane in Middletown Township by a woman who reported that her son had just stabbed her husband, said Middletown Police Chief Joe Bartorilla. When police arrived, the victim was seated in a chair, with a wound to his lower abdomen. He was taken to St. Mary Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:31 p.m. The 26-year-old son was also at the home and was taken into custody.
August 3, 2015 |
The first signs of success - or trouble - related to Pope Francis' visit aren't likely to emerge near the Center City zone where the pontiff will draw historic crowds. They'll pop up miles away and hours earlier in towns such as Tullytown, Bucks County, or the Pennbrook neighborhood of Lansdale, Montgomery County. That's where tens of thousands of Philadelphia-bound pilgrims may flock into parking lots and train platforms more accustomed to crowds in the hundreds. Last week, Bucks County's Middletown Township said it would declare a state of emergency to pay for police overtime and other resources to accommodate the crush on the fourth weekend of September.
August 2, 2015 |
Tucked away in a leafy corner of Bucks County, the Moland House commemorates 13 stressful days that George Washington and his Continental Army spent there during the Revolutionary War. It also recalls another bygone era: when Washington and Harrisburg had more money to fund historical preservation. The government programs that two decades ago helped salvage the 18th-century farmhouse - it had become a teenage hangout, replete with spray-painted pentagrams - have been gutted since the economic downturn.
July 15, 2015 |
He adjudicates from a wheelchair now, oxygen tubes nestled under the rims of his glasses as he speaks. But Albert Cepparulo's voice - coated in a thick Port Richmond accent - remains strong and steady, handing down sentences that range from empathetic to staggering. Last year, for example, the Bucks County Common Pleas Court judge gave an 81-year-old man 935 to 1,870 years for sexually assaulting a girl and videotaping the abuse. More recently, he spared a man from jail time for drug possession, concerned he could lose his job. Cepparulo has stayed on the bench even when his fellow judges thought he was too ill to work.
July 14, 2015 |
In 2007, Brian Middleton, a businessman in Bedminster, Bucks County, received an awkward phone call from a friend. "He'd met a guy at his church who'd written a musical, and he asked if I would come over to listen and consider investing," Middleton said. "In all candor, I thought it was going to be a really uncomfortable meeting. " The aspiring composer, Christopher Smith, was an amateur who didn't know how to read or even write music. But Middleton thought he couldn't say no - so he listened to Smith sing love songs for two hours.
July 5, 2015 |
For much of the last 27 years, the vacant lot at Seventh and Market Streets in historic Perkasie has been like a missing tooth in an aging smile. It was the center of the business district until a fire in 1988 leveled the Victorian-style American House Hotel, a five-and-dime, and other businesses. The blaze was the final act in the downtown's decline. Other historic buildings already had been lost by the late '60s, taken under a federal program that encouraged their demolition in the hope they would be replaced with modern ones.
July 2, 2015 |
James A. Nolan, 59, of New Hope, who worked in the family title insurance company his entire adult life, died Sunday, June 21, of liver cancer. The lifelong Bucks County resident, a 1974 graduate of Neshaminy High School, began working at Tohickon Abstract Co. in Holicong soon after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1978. At the time of his death, he was president and co-owner. His brother Patrick called him a "super-hard worker in the family business. " His wife, however, said his family came first.