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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
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
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
September 11, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joseph Mannello, 57, of Lower Makefield Township, a well-known Bucks County restaurateur, died Sunday at Delaware Valley Medical Center in Falls Township of an apparent heart attack. Since January, he had owned and operated Mannello's Italian Garden Restaurant on Bustleton Pike in Feasterville. Before that, he owned and operated the Anchor Inn, a historic restaurant in Wrightstown, and the Red Lion Inn in Bensalem. Mr. Mannello was born in the Italian province of Calabria and came to the United States at 15 with his family.
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.
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NEWS
January 20, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
  The new Congress had been seated for less than 48 hours when State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks) announced plans to run for a seat in Washington in 2016. Others seem eager to follow. At least one other Democrat and a Republican already have floated their names as potential replacements for U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), who has said he won't run again in Bucks County's Eighth District, split nearly evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Speculation has begun anew in the nearby Sixth District, too, as Chester County Democrats search for a candidate to take on Republican Ryan Costello, who won his first congressional election in November.
NEWS
January 17, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The drama continued at Don Tollefson's fraud trial Thursday, when the former sportscaster complained of high blood sugar levels, ending the day's proceedings less than two hours after they began. Tollefson, 62, who has type 2 diabetes, had faced a second round of cross-examination by a Bucks County prosecutor over his charity's expenses. But Tollefson was instead taken to Doylestown Hospital by a Bucks County sheriff's deputy. Tollefson had told Bucks County Court Judge Rea Boylan that his blood-monitoring device showed dangerously high levels of blood sugar before arriving at court.
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.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. James Cawley, soon to be out of his current job, takes the helm of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey next month, he will find an organization at a crossroads. Around the nation and locally, the payroll-deduction donation that has been the United Way's mainstay is on the decline. "Workplace giving is down," said Laura Otten, director of the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University. "Is there an alternative model, and what do they want it to be?
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Jenkins is still thinking about last winter. The 26-year tree-service veteran saw crushed homes, smashed vehicles, and a lot of property damage after February's epic ice storm. "It seems like it took us all year to get everybody cleaned up that had damage in our specific area," said Jenkins, owner of Top Notch Tree Service in Downingtown, Chester County. For the rest of the year, he saw about a 20 percent hike in business from customers looking for preventive tree work, he said.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has been a good year for jobs in cities and their surroundings throughout the nation, as employment has increased and the unemployment rate declined. But not Philadelphia, and not Atlantic City. Casino job losses put the Atlantic City area in an unfortunate leadership position - the metropolitan area with the largest annual job loss, both by number and by percentage, in the United States, the U.S. Labor Department reported Tuesday. And the Philadelphia region - consisting of the city and surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery - had the dubious distinction of being the only one of 32 studied by the Labor Department to lose jobs, 16,700 in total, from November 2013 to November 2014.
NEWS
December 27, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Armed with binoculars and spotting scopes, birders are fanning out this month across the region's fields and forests for an annual Audubon Society project to create a snapshot of bird populations in the western hemisphere. "I really enjoy knowing that my hobby is providing scientific value down the pike," said Bob Mercer, a volunteer and bird enthusiast who compiled data in Bucks County. Mercer is one of an estimated 70,000 volunteers who will participate in the Christmas Bird Count, which began Dec. 14 and continues until Jan. 5. The event dates back to 1900, when it was a response to an early-20th-century competition to shoot the most wildlife after Christmas dinner, said Paul Zeph, director of conservation for Audubon Pennsylvania.
NEWS
December 20, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
    The investigation into the fatal accident that killed a Bucks County 16-year-old near a stopped school bus is continuing, and no decision has yet been made on whether any charges will be filed in the incident, police said Thursday. Minete Zeka, a sophomore at Bensalem High School, was struck and killed early Wednesday by an SUV driven by an 18-year-old driver who failed to stop for a school bus even though its stop arm was deployed and its lights were flashing, officials said.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
President Obama granted a presidential pardon Wednesday for a 1980s drug crime to a Bucks County woman who is now chief executive officer of a nonprofit company that operates halfway houses. Diane Mary DeBarri of Fairless Hills was pardoned for a 1984 conviction on federal charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 90 days in prison and five years' probation. DeBarri, formerly known as Diane Mary Wilhelm, is CEO and chairman of the board of the Kintock Group, which is headquartered in King of Prussia and runs facilities in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
James George Douris says he's unemployed. But he's found a way to bide his time. Over the last decade and more, the Upper Makefield resident, 59, has filed more than 30 lawsuits against municipalities, government officials, and others, often claiming discrimination because of his physical disabilities, and seeking damages. Nearly all have been dismissed. Still, Douris' suits have kept coming - from a crudely justified argument that bidets should be installed in a courthouse bathroom, to an assertion that he should be able to keep an unregistered SUV as an "off-road wheelchair for hiking.
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