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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
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
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.
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
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.
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NEWS
September 3, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
The parents who allegedly "gifted" their 14-year-old daughter to a Bucks County man who got her pregnant have pleaded not guilty to child endangerment. Lawyers for Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus, a Lancaster County couple, waived arraignment hearings that had been set for Friday after entering the pleas Wednesday. Attorneys for Lee Kaplan, 51, the man accused of statutory rape for impregnating the teen, did the same Tuesday. The now-18-year-old female, the two daughters she has had with Kaplan, and her sisters were discovered in his Feasterville house in June.
REAL_ESTATE
August 22, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. For most people, the word Solebury means expensive . It's true that this Bucks County township has within its borders some very high-priced houses. Martin Millner, of Coldwell Banker Hearthside Real Estate in Yardley, says the average list price of the 165 houses on the market here today is a remarkable $1.293 million. Forty-six percent of those 165 listings are priced at $1 million and above, Millner says.
NEWS
August 20, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Bucks County District Attorney David W. Heckler, whose term is to expire in January 2018, announced Thursday he will retire in two weeks. County judges will choose an interim district attorney to serve until the November 2017 election. Heckler said that while any prosecutor in the office would be qualified, Chief of Prosecution Matthew D. Weintraub was "sort of the obvious choice" and he predicted Weintraub would win an election. In explaining his decision, Heckler, 69, said he had accomplished most of his goals and felt his value was coming to an end. "This was never going to be a long-term proposition for me," he said.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Tandigm Health said Thursday that 65 primary care physicians in a group affilated with St. Mary Medical Center, in Langhorne, had joined its network, bringing the Tandigm total to 440. Tandigm, based in West Conshohocken, is a joint venture of affiliates of Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners. Its goal is to help primary doctors coordinate patient care in a bid to improve quality and reduce costs. hbrubaker@phillynews.com 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker  
NEWS
July 24, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A juvenile died after falling from a railroad trestle into Neshaminy Creek in Bucks County this week. Northampton Township police said child fell about 4 p.m. Wednesday from a SEPTA trestle behind the Village Shires community in Holland. Police didn't release the juvenile's name, age or gender. The child received medical treatment at the scene and was flown in a medical helicopter to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, but later died. Further details about the incident weren't available.
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.
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