March 8, 2014 |
A Bucks County man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Thursday for using a supposed mortgage-rescue program to drain nearly $15 million in home equity from homeowners facing foreclosure. In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin ordered Edward G. McCusker, co-owner of New Hope-based Axxium Mortgage Inc., to pay $400,000 for his role in the mortgage-fraud scheme. At a separate hearing Thursday, the judge sentenced McCusker's wife, Jacqueline, to one year of home confinement.
March 8, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - State Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia on Thursday became the first in a crowded field vying for the Democratic nomination in the governor's or the lieutenant governor's race to file nominating petitions. Stack, who is among seven announced candidates running to be the state's second-in-command, collected 4,028 signatures - more than the 1,000 required - to earn a spot on the May primary ballot. The Philadelphia senator, who started the year with roughly $400,000 in his campaign coffers, said he planned to deliver an additional 4,000 signatures by Tuesday's deadline to file nominating petitions.
February 28, 2014 |
BUCKS COUNTY - The most important issue facing Bucks County isn't economic development, the expensive new Justice Center, or any of the other items regularly discussed at county meetings, according to Commissioner Diane Marseglia. It's heroin abuse. Marseglia made that case at a breakfast Wednesday at Bucks County Community College hosted by the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce. Citing statistics and friends who died from the drug, Marseglia, a former social worker, described the growth of heroin in Bucks County in stark terms.
February 26, 2014 |
IF DON TOLLEFSON was stashing his alleged ill-gotten gains, it sure as hell wasn't in the storage units he rented on Columbus Boulevard. Not unless the former sports anchor was splurging on junk with all the money he'd allegedly collected from people who never got the tickets he'd promised. "He was a hoarder!" a man speculated about Tollefson, 61, after peering into one of his storage units at Public Storage near Callowhill Street. Old hockey sticks. A jar of Progresso white clam sauce.
February 24, 2014 |
SOCHI - The skintight, full-body outfits that U.S. short-track speedskaters top with powder-blue helmets are as revealing as they as silly-looking. That's not, however, why Chris Creveling had been avoiding the McDonald's in the Olympic athletes' village. For health reasons and to train more effectively for the men's 5,000-meter relay, a gluten-free diet worked better than two all-beef patties. But on Friday night, after the resident of Kintnersville in Bucks County helped the U.S. team break its speedskating drought with a silver medal in that relay, Creveling knew how he was going to celebrate.
February 24, 2014 |
What a coach , Mike Zolk thought. It was nearly midnight on a Friday in 2011. Zolk and his son were swatting balls at a batting cage in Northeast Philadelphia when Lou Spadaccini walked up. Spadaccini had coached Neumann-Goretti High School to its first baseball championships in decades. Zolk's son, nicknamed Zoom, played second base. The coach knew where to find Zoom that night after seeing a Facebook post by the teen. For an hour, he just watched the father and son swing.
February 22, 2014 |
If you ask Peter Shaw why he rebuilt his Bucks County house 100 feet from the Delaware River after it was destroyed by major floods - three times - be prepared to listen to him talk for a very long time. But the bottom line is: Living next to the river is worth it. And after awhile, it becomes clear that Peter, a financial investor, is confident that the latest version of his Tinicum Township house, designed on stilts by an architect and a structural engineer, is now pretty indestructible.
February 15, 2014 |
Around noon Thursday, during a lull in the storm predicted to dump a foot or more of snow outside his door, Jeffrey Sklute took a break and sized up the situation. Many of the 20 or so workers at his Yardley Flower Co. feverishly cut and arranged roses while others answered ringing phones. His delivery vans, however, were idle. "Everything is kind of working against us, but we're doing the best we can," said Sklute, a florist for decades in lower Bucks County. "We'll probably be here till midnight.
February 13, 2014 |
In Delaware County, some townships are waiting for road-salt deliveries that were supposed to arrive weeks ago. Officials in Northampton, Bucks County, paid a trucking company to bring in salt from a neighboring town rather than risk a late delivery. And in Chester County, where 12 municipalities face a critical salt shortage, the deputy director for emergency management, Robert Kagel, said the state Department of Transportation told him to "be creative. " After back-to-back snowfalls and a catastrophic ice storm that froze roads, downed power lines, and paralyzed the region last week, officials and residents are facing new challenges as they brace for another fierce storm that is expected to start just before midnight Wednesday.
February 7, 2014 |
About 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Maureen Ehret, a married mother of three who lives on quiet Byron Lane in Lower Makefield, felt like going out and grabbing a cup of coffee. Her Acura MDX was parked just in front of her garage. As she raised the garage door, she noticed that snow was coming down in heavy clumps. "That wasn't right," she thought. It had stopped snowing long ago and was now mostly raining. She paused. It was a pause that saved her life. The snow that was raining down came from the upper branches of an old tulip poplar tree.