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May 16, 2007
Terms of office are four years, unless otherwise indicated. Nominating one per office in each party, unless otherwise indicated. Judge of Court of Common Pleas (10-year term) Jahn S. Chesnov. . . 1,135 Diane Gibbons. . . 15,759 Gary Gilman. . . 10,737 Jahn S. Chesnov. . . 1,804 Diane Gibbons. . . 23,900 Gary Gilman. . . 6,599 County Commissioner Diane Marseglia. . . 16,240 Sandra A. Miller. . . 10,017 Steve Santarsiero. . . 12,529 Andrew L. Warren.
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
August 3, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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
January 16, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 13-year-old girl from Bucks County has been charged with distributing a "child porn" video via smartphone to about a dozen students at her Bristol Township middle school, according to police. Ralph Johnson, acting police chief in Bristol Township, said the girl would not be named because she is a juvenile. He said the girl and her family have been cooperative with police. He did not say what the video contained, but last month authorities said it showed sexual conduct between two juveniles.
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
September 1, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a private boarding school that prides itself on being progressive and close-knit, it was a jarring admission. In a letter mailed to alumni and posted on its website, the Solebury School for the first time acknowledged and apologized for sexual abuse of former students at the hands of faculty from the 1950s to the 1970s. Administrators said that the claims surfaced only in the last two years, and that they hoped their announcement would help the victims while holding the small Bucks County school to its own standards.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don't call it an invasion. A black bear was spotted in central Bucks County on Wednesday morning - the third time in less than a month that a bear has been seen wandering through Philadelphia's suburbs. This particular bear, first spotted Wednesday morning around Chalfont, had apparently made its way toward New Britain Township just before noon, where police were warning residents not to approach it. From there, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said, the bear's trail went dark.
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.
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NEWS
August 22, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 13, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 3, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 14, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 5, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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