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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
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
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 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
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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April 10, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Milton Berkes, 90. of Langhorne, a longtime Bucks County Democratic Party chair and a former state lawmaker whose legislation fundamentally changed how Pennsylvania treats addiction, died Friday, April 3, in hospice care in Newtown, Bucks County. Mr. Berkes died of natural causes, his family said. A former Philadelphia schoolteacher, Mr. Berkes led the county's Democrats on and off between the 1960s and 1990s. His friend James A. Michener, the Bucks County author, once called Mr. Berkes the "quickest mind" in the county for his political abilities.
FOOD
April 10, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2008, the economic crisis that crashed down on Wall Street and rippled around the globe eventually washed over the impoverished Kisii region of Kenya, where Sara Holby, then 21, was volunteering for a nonprofit that provided food and medicine to HIV/AIDS patients. It swept away the organization's funding almost overnight. "When people came to the office looking for help every day, we basically had nothing to offer them," recalled Holby, who is from Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terence Farrell, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, sent a text message to the county's 911 center that read: "Help! I'm trapped. " He said he was hiding from burglars in his home. Farrell sent the fake message Tuesday to test a new system that will allow residents in Chester County who are not able to call 911 in an emergency to text for help. Chester County became the first in the five-county Pennsylvania region to allow residents to text for help when it launched its Text-to-911 system Tuesday.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just days before the battle at Hoengsong, South Korea, Army Cpl. Robert Higgins wrote a few words to his mother, Edith, in Philadelphia. He was hoping for more news from home. "When I get mail, I only get one letter that is from you," he wrote in his last letter, on Feb. 9, 1951. "I would like to have someone else write me, too. "It's like you said a long time ago, when all others stop writing, you will still write," he wrote. "Thanks for everything. Bob. " A few days later, Chinese forces overwhelmed his unit and others, killing hundreds and taking more than 100 prisoners in what became known as the Hoengsong massacre.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Columbus Academy, a state-approved private school in Warminster run by a for-profit firm, abruptly closed last week amid bankruptcy proceedings. The shuttering of the Bucks County school is the latest development in a three-year saga that has included a federal probe of the company's operations and its relationship with Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., who was once its chief operating officer. The school, which was previously known as Delaware Valley High School-Bucks, ceased operations Thursday.
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Her jaw was broken. Fractures lined her skull. Burns covered her thighs. Two weeks shy of her first birthday, the girl had just arrived at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Social workers immediately placed the infant in foster care. But arresting the alleged abuser - her mother - took eight months. At first, Ashley Reichard, 26, of Bristol Township, blamed the girl's father, police said. And then she allegedly pretended to have ovarian cancer, shaving her head and eyebrows and forging medical forms as a Bucks County grand jury investigated.
NEWS
March 27, 2015
THE BASEBALL season doesn't commence in South Philadelphia until April 6, when the Phillies host the Boston Red Sox. But in New Hope, Thursday will be Opening Day as "National Pastime" debuts at the Bucks County Playhouse. "National Pastime," which runs through April 19, is billed as a musical love letter to baseball. The plot of the set-in-Depression-era-Iowa comedy centers on a struggling radio station that broadcasts the "games" of a make-believe team in order to boost ratings.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Tollefson's sentencing Wednesday proved no less bizarre than his trial, with a psychologist claiming that the former sportscaster told him that his mother forced him to sleep in her bed throughout his childhood and well into college. But the proceeding mostly focused on the fallen icon's future and his potential for redemption. After fleecing 200 people in a sports ticket-selling scheme, Tollefson was sentenced by a Bucks County judge to two to four years in state prison and 15 years' probation for felony money laundering, fraud, and theft.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
An attorney for Don Tollefson has asked a Bucks County judge to go easy on the former sportscaster, arguing that Tollefson should be credited with time served and be assigned a "grueling regimen of community service. " Instead of prison, when she sentences Tollefson on Wednesday for his $340,000 sports-ticket scam, the judge should allow Tollefson to help "society's children" and "permit him to teach hope and respect and promise to those who are hungry and open for this counsel," Robert Goldman wrote in a sentencing memo filed Tuesday.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 65-year-old Bucks County man who owned a Center City jewelry store likely shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Northampton Township Police Chief Michael Clark said it appeared that Boris Sereda, 65, shot his wife, Ena, 61, in the couple's second-floor bedroom before shooting himself with a handgun. The Seredas, of Lempa Road, owned B. Sereda Co. jewelers on Seventh Street between Sansom and Walnut Streets, Clark said.
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