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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
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
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
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
June 9, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 47-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a woman in a Bucks County shopping center while trying to rob and sexually assault her Monday night. Angel Ramos, 47, whose last known address was in Hatboro, Montgomery County, was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, indecent assault, and related offenses, and is being held in the Bucks County jail on $7.5 million bail. About 10:45 p.m. Monday, Ramos allegedly attacked a 33-year-old woman who was sitting in her car in the Center Point Place Shopping Center in Warminster.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Richard Harling has written a number of works populated mainly by female characters that show a deft understanding of his subject matter. While the "not about us without us" crowd might frown upon a man writing fairly exclusively about women, Bucks County Playhouse's engaging, star-studded production of Harling's 1987 Steel Magnolias teems with realities that transcend the localized, historical flair of this play. Steel Magnolias obliquely refers to the six women of Harling's cast, three generations of resilient Louisiana small-town wives and mothers that congregate regularly at Truvy's beauty salon.
NEWS
May 30, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out early Saturday in a building that houses high-end vehicles for sale in Bedminster Township, Bucks County. The fire occurred at Import 1 Motorsport, 6773 Easton Road, which according to its website, sells "quality used cars. " Its inventory includes Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Porsche vehicles, according to its website. A man named Robert who answered a phone number for the business Saturday morning said he did not have time to speak, then hung up. A Bucks County dispatcher said the fire was reported at 12:20 a.m. and was placed under control an hour later.
NEWS
May 28, 2016
More than a dozen Bucks County middle school students were sent to area hospitals Thursday after suffering apparent heat-related dehydration. The students, sixth-graders at William Penn Middle School in Yardley, had attended an end-of-the-year field trip to a Trenton Thunder baseball game. Temperatures were in the high 80s. When they returned to the school, around 1 p.m., "a number of students exhibited symptoms of heat-related illness," the Pennsbury School District said on its website.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
For a woman who has played villains and decidedly nasty women for most of her career - from Clint Eastwood's tormentor in Play Misty for Me to Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development to the voice of Malory Archer in FX's spy send-up Archer - Jessica Walter is unfailingly polite. She was late for our phone call and apologized profusely throughout our conversation. "I never do this!" she said over and over again. Walter is in Bucks County for the next month to play another nasty piece of work: Ouiser in the Bucks County Playhouse's Steel Magnolias . Shirley MacLaine famously played the part in the 1989 movie version.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
After a public uproar over Elcon Recycling Services' plans to build a hazardous-waste treatment plant near the Delaware River in Falls Township, Bucks County, the proposal has yet to move forward. Elcon is two months behind a self-imposed schedule to submit the next part of its application to the state. On Monday, three months after a raucous meeting that drew a crowd of 300, the company would not say when the application would be ready. Representatives said it was still a work in progress.
NEWS
May 21, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
The two men who were insulted by anti-gay slurs and viciously attacked in Center City Philadelphia nearly two years ago filed a lawsuit earlier this week against the three Bucks County defendants who were criminally charged in the assault. Andrew Haught, 28, and Zachary Hesse, 30, filed the suit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on Tuesday against Kathryn Knott, 25; Philip Williams, 25; and Kevin Harrigan, 27. Andrew Youman, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys at the Center City firm Kline & Specter, said Thursday that the lawsuit is not just about getting compensation for medical expenses.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
When the twin girls arrived at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in March, just two months after they were born, both had broken legs. One also had a fractured rib and an injury of the spine - indicative of shaking. Both were malnourished. Some injuries were new, others old. Both girls, Bucks County authorities allege, were hurt at the hands of their mother and father. In court documents filed Sunday, investigators described a pattern of abuse inflicted by a Tullytown couple on their infant daughters - at times so severe that investigators say the injuries could have resulted in death.
REAL_ESTATE
May 16, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Here's something you can't do in most Pennsylvania communities: walk back and forth between two counties without leaving town. But you can on North Main Street in Telford, part of which lies in Bucks County and part of which is in Montgomery County. All of it is about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, not far from Route 309. It's been that way since Jan. 11, 1935, when the Boroughs of Telford and West Telford became one with a stroke of Gov. Gifford Pinchot's pen. Telford was incorporated in 1886, West Telford in 1887.
NEWS
May 7, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A 9,000-gallon chemical storage tank at a Bucks County water treatment plant sprang a leak Thursday morning but the chemical was quickly contained by a county hazardous materials team, officials said. The leak of ferric chloride, a chemical used to treat water, was at the Lower Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority plant in Levittown, said county spokeswoman Juliet Kelchner. The chemical did not "go into the environment" and there was no concern about the health of people nearby, Kelchner said.
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