January 28, 2016 |
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.
January 22, 2016
A Bucks County couple were sentenced to federal prison for stealing Social Security benefits intended for a relative who died in 1998, prosecutors said. Roger White, 58, and Audria White-Nunnally, 61, both of New Hope, pleaded guilty in October in federal court in Philadelphia to collecting $68,462 in retirement payments intended for a relative of White. The couple also tried to fool Social Security Administration employees during a visit into believing another elderly relative was the dead relative, prosecutors said.
January 10, 2016 |
A local preservation group has acquired 80 acres in a heavily populated section of Bucks County - at a deep discount. The purchase price, just over $2 million, was about one-third the actual value of the Croydon Woods parcel, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The land, in Bristol Township, is one of the last wooded wetland forests remaining in that area. A subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Co. owned the property and sold it to Heritage Conservancy, a nonprofit based in Doylestown, as part of what the company said was its plan to respect nature in its business decisions.
January 10, 2016 |
A 42-year-old Bucks County man faces charges of soliciting sex with a minor after allegedly traveling to meet with a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office said Friday. David Chandler of Telford was arrested Wednesday after sending explicit messages online indicating he wanted a "sex slave," authorities said. Posing as a 13-year-old girl, an agent within the Attorney General's Office responded to a Craigslist advertisement Chandler allegedly posted seeking sex. The two communicated for more than a month, court records show, during which Chandler requested repeatedly for the pair to meet as he used his girlfriend's computer to communicate.
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.
December 26, 2015 |
Holy Redeemer Health System is expanding in Bucks County, with three outpatient facilities expected to open next year in Warminster, Feasterville, and Richboro. The health system, anchored by a hospital in Meadowbrook, Montgomery County, now has two outpatient centers, in Bensalem and Southampton, and got 30 percent of its $348 million in patient revenue from outpatients in fiscal 2015. The cost of the three new sites is expected to be $20 million, with Holy Redeemer paying $7 million and the developer, MRA Group, responsible for the rest, Holy Redeemer said.
December 20, 2015 |
It's another holiday season, and that means another Bucks County Playhouse production of a Joe Landry holiday classic. This time, it's a reprise of 2012's It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play . Though some of the credits have changed, traditionalists needn't fear. Rob Bissinger's set, with backdrop highlighting important Bedford Falls landmarks, and Nicole Moody's warm costumes, the cranberry velvet and warm, woolen plaids, remain. Broadway veteran Hunter Foster directs, and although the show lacks the shimmer of star power that American Idol 's Justin Guarini brought last time, this cast carries with aplomb the spirit of George Bailey, guardian angel Clarence Odbody, and the rest of those friendly upstate neighbors.
December 15, 2015 |
Kathryn Knott, the 25-year-old woman accused of yelling slurs at a gay couple and punching one of the gay men during a fight, took the stand in her own defense Tuesday morning. Knott, of Southampton, Bucks County, told a Philadelphia Common Pleas jury of eight women and four men that she did not hit anyone that night or say anything demeaning toward the couple. "No, I did not," Knott, dressed in a light-blue sweater, glasses and dark slacks, calmly replied under questioning by her attorney Louis Busico.
December 15, 2015 |
The defense launched its case Monday in the trial of Kathryn Knott, with four witnesses saying they did not see her hit anyone or yell any slurs at a gay couple in Center City last year. "I didn't see her do anything," John McCabe testified. "She was standing off to the side. " McCabe, his girlfriend Elizabeth Foley, and Knott were part of a group of 15 friends who were walking north on 16th Street about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2014, when one person in their group - Kevin Harrigan - said something to a gay couple walking on Chancellor Street, near 16th.
December 12, 2015 |
The Coaches vs. Cancer High School Basketball Classic, featuring several of the area's top boys' squads, is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Archbishop Wood. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. The four-game showcase tips at 1:30 p.m., with Plymouth Whitemarsh matched against fellow Suburban One League and perennial power Pennsbury. The Colonials' spark plug is 6-foot-3 senior wing and Rider recruit Xzavier Malone. The Falcons are spurred by guard Rob Daly and pair of junior forwards, 6-7 Mark Flagg and 6-8 Isaiah Carpenter.