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January 5, 2016
HILLTOWN - Hilltown Township has a plant problem. One thing it doesn't have yet: a solution. The township is working to draft an ordinance to regulate the growth of bamboo. But the quick-growing grass, township officials have discovered, is more complex than they once thought. When left uncontrolled, certain types of bamboo, most notably "running bamboo," can spread quickly, jumping property lines and invading yards, growing as tall as 30 to 50 feet. After residents complained last year, township officials began pursuing a possible ordinance, said Rick Schnaedter, township manager.
NEWS
July 31, 2012
The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit against a Bucks County financial adviser who allegedly persuaded 70 clients to invest $30 million in an Illinois-based Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 400 investors out of $105 million. In the federal lawsuit filed in Philadelphia, the SEC is seeking a permanent injunction against Emanuel L. Sarris Sr., 71, of New Hope, disgorgement of $1.8 million in salaries and fees, and civil penalties. The phone for Sarris Financial is not in operation.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITER
A professional BMX rider from Bucks County has been found dead near the Arizona mountain where he was last seen nearly three years ago. Brian Histand, 25, of Middletown, was disoriented and acting strangely before he vanished in May 2013. Friends and relatives - his father, Michael, is a Lower Makefield Township police officer - speculated that Histand, who sometimes rode without a helmet, had suffered a concussion from repeated knocks on the head he endured on his bike. Maybe, they figured, he was OK somewhere but just unsure of who he was. But Sunday night, his parents confirmed in a page they maintained on Facebook that Histand's remains had been recovered.
NEWS
April 18, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dr. Jorge "George" F. Schuster, 65, of Newtown Township, Bucks County, a former agricultural economist for an international organization, died Friday at Temple University Hospital of complications from heart surgery. From 1972 to 1990, Dr. Schuster worked for a food and agricultural organization supported by the World Bank, with headquarters in Rome. "He was fluent in five languages - Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and English - and led missions to numerous economic development [efforts]
NEWS
February 27, 2013
A worker died after he fell into a sugar hopper Monday afternoon at an industrial plant in Bucks County, authorities said. Janio Salinas Valerda, 50, of Edgewater, N.J., was pronounced dead at the CSC Sugar plant at 80 Roebling Rd. in Falls Township, said Joseph Campbell, the Bucks County coroner. The sugar hopper was not functioning correctly, and Valerda apparently was trying to unclog it with a large pole from a catwalk when he fell in, Campbell said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating.
NEWS
June 8, 1989 | Special to The Inquirer / ROGER TUNIS
A hot time at the Red Ball Gala helped bring down Bucks Fever Saturday night in Doylestown. The finale involved more than dining and dancing, though: There was a dramatic reading of Pearl S. Buck's "The New Year" on Sunday, hosted by David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower. All of which led chairman Ron Watson to conclude that "there is something hot about Bucks County beyond the real estate market. "
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oscar Solomon Bortner, 94, a former Bucks County prosecutor and Common Pleas Court judge, died of natural causes Wednesday, June 24, in his Langhorne home. Mr. Bortner grew up in Philadelphia, where he completed his undergraduate studies at Temple University. After enlisting in the Army in 1943 as a weaponry technician, he completed a law degree at University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1949. His daughter Amy Gialuco remembers her father's time as an amateur actor when she was young.
NEWS
November 23, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man was pronounced dead by New Jersey State Police on Thanksgiving Day shortly after he jumped off the New Hope Toll Bridge along Rte. 202 in Bucks County, police said. Police received the report of a person lying face down in the Delaware River at 1:32 p.m. Rescue units and a dive team were dispatched to the scene, according to Breaking News Network, a firm which monitors police radio traffic. Rescue units lost sight of the floating form until 1:52 p.m., when the man was recovered in full cardiac arrest, the news network reported.
NEWS
February 15, 2016
A fire broke out early Saturday morning at a Bucks County apartment complex, sending two people to a hospital for minor injuries, authorities said. The fire erupted at about 5:20 a.m. at the Foxwood Manor apartments, 2180 Veterans Highway, in Levittown. It was extinguished shortly after 6 a.m., Deputy Chief Robert Johnson of the William Penn Fire Company in Hulmeville said. A man and a woman who lived in one apartment went to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said.
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NEWS
July 21, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, STAFF WRITER
The Bucks County man wanted on homicide charges in last week's love-triangle killing was sighted in central Pennsylvania on Monday and could be on the lam in the Philadelphia area, police said Tuesday. Jeffrey Gould, 33, of Doylestown, and his companion were spotted Monday in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, driving a truck with a stolen Pennsylvania license plate. Police issued an arrest warrant for Gould on Sunday in connection with the slaying of Edward Dubinsky, 33, who was found dead at his Warwick Township home Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2016
'Functional, fleecy, and cute' How can you resist a name like SnugPups? The Spinnerstown, Bucks County, company will be at Peddler's Village Bluegrass and Blueberries event this weekend, along with several other vendors. But SnugPups has the cutest models. SnugPups founder Gail Thomas, along with a few other stitchers, makes raincoats (starting at $25), fleece coats (starting at $20), cooling coats ($20), bandannas (starting at $5), and more for pooches of all sizes. Thomas started her 1 1/2-year-old company when she still lived in Rhode Island and her papillon Dinah had three "accidental poodle puppies": Dolly, Goji, and Raji.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
The historic Bucks County inn featured on the hit TV show Hotel Hell is completely off the market, the owner said Thursday. "We never have intended to sell," said Verindar Kaur, owner of The Brick Hotel in Newtown Borough. Kaur had retained SVN Commercial Real Estate in hope of finding someone to operate the hotel and she said she thought a document she signed was to lease the property. It wasn't until she received calls from potential buyers did she understand she signed a sales/lease agreement, she said.
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Kathryn Knott, the Bucks County woman convicted in a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City, was paroled Tuesday after five months in prison. Knott, 25, of Southampton, walked out of the Criminal Justice Center after the ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington. In February, Covington sentenced Knott to five to 10 months in prison after a jury found her guilty of misdemeanor charges of simple assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment in the attack on Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught.
NEWS
July 11, 2016
Police in Bucks County are investigating a rash of home burglaries in Morrisville early Saturday. Four burglaries occurred between 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Simons Drive, the Falls Township Police Department said. Meanwhile, two attempted burglaries occurred on nearby Gilbert Drive, which is the next street to the west of Simons. The burglar or burglars got into the four homes through unlocked, rear windows, police said. Wallets, cash, cellphones and laptop computers were taken, among other items.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
 A Bucks County woman who faked having terminal cancer has reached an agreement to pay nearly $50,000 in restitution and penalties. Danielle Kunkel, of Newtown, collected more than $36,000 in charitable donations after falsely claiming to have an aggressive form of lymphoma, according to the state Attorney General's Office. The office said Thursday that it had reached a settlement with Kunkel, who was never diagnosed with the cancer. Kunkel collected the funds after claiming that she faced more than $1 million in medical expenses and needed to travel to Germany for treatment, prompting her family and friends to hold a range of fund-raising events, authorities said.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Grace Toohey and Justine McDaniel, STAFF WRITERS
A Bucks County church fair reopened Friday night, one night after a melee that included three stabbings led police to shut it down. The injuries occurred when several fights broke out among a large group of teenagers at St. Michael's Fair and spilled over into the Levittown Town Center, according to Tullytown police. "This is the first time we've had any kind of trouble like this," the Rev. Michael DiIorio of St. Michael the Archangel Church, which has been holding the carnival for 63 years, said Friday.
NEWS
June 23, 2016
By Debra Schilling Wolfe Thanks to a concerned neighbor, 12 children are a little bit safer. When something did not look quite right, a woman in Bucks County said something. Her action triggered a response that resulted in the arrest of three adults, including the biological parents who "gifted" their then-14-year-old daughter to a man who subsequently impregnated her not once but twice. The now-18-year-old girl, her babies fathered by this man who considered her his "wife," and an additional nine girls suspected to be her younger siblings have ended their captivity and can begin the long process of healing.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Asbury, N.J.-based builders J.G. Petrucci Co. plan to officially start work Wednesday on an eight-building, 151-unit apartment complex across the street from SEPTA's Warminster regional rail station. The development, to be called Jacksonville Station, is expected to open in Spring 2017, the company said in a release. J.G. Petrucci also built the nearby Station at Bucks County residential complex, a 257-unit project that opened in 2012. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
REAL_ESTATE
June 20, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Even if you aren't a fan of Victorian architecture, your first view of the Washington House Hotel as you drive down the North Main Street hill into Sellersville may knock your socks off. The hotel, and the Sellersville Theater next door on North Temple Street, are just two of the many marvels of this Bucks County borough of 4,241 people 30 miles north...
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