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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Christopher Durang has many fans, not least of whom granted his Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike a Tony Award for best play in 2013. A longtime resident of Bucks County, he's also a mainstay around these parts. Princeton's McCarter Theatre premiered the comedy in 2012, and with this production, Philadelphia Theatre Company continues its long association with him. At its best, Durang's satirical vision is sharp, merciless, and hilarious. At its worst, he aims low at easy targets.
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
December 26, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  In a state that has the most police departments in the country, Pennsylvania's number will shrink by one next month when two Bucks County boroughs combine forces. New Britain and Doylestown don't share a border, but they sit within a couple miles of each other in central Bucks County. The regionalization will save the boroughs $130,000 the first year, officials said. "Over the years we anticipate the savings to increase to the point where it would have made no economic sense not to regionalize," said New Britain Mayor David Holewinski.
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
July 30, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE WORDS comfort Harriet Levin, expressed in letters sent to her Bucks County home, or in emails, or in person when she kneels beside her son's grave at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Israel. There's almost always a crowd there, she said, paying respects to Staff Sgt. Michael Levin, his memorial covered in Phillies and Eagles gear. "Because of Michael," the visitors tell her. "Everybody just wants to leave a piece of themselves there," Levin, 63, said Wednesday from her home in Holland, Bucks County.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County videographer has settled claims by the state that he failed to provide dozens of couples with their wedding videos over several years, the state Attorney General's Office announced Friday. Kenneth H. Stillman, owner of Kenneth Stillman Video, was accused by 83 couples of failing to provide videos or other services he promised, the office said. Stillman was also accused of neglecting calls and complaints from couples who tried to recoup the items. The agreement calls for Stillman to give the couples any outstanding videos he has within 30 days and pay $20,500 in restitution and fines, the Attorney General's Office said.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The most haunting part of Devon Butler's first night in a Honduran prison was the darkness. Tossed into a cell the size of a backyard shed with about 20 other inmates, Butler, who grew up in Doylestown, could barely see where all of his cellmates were sleeping. Some were in bunks bolted to the walls, others in hammocks made of sheets. Butler sat near the gated door that looked onto the central yard, talking to inmates who spoke broken English, trying to stay composed. "Pitch black, all these faces coming out of the dark," he said.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
His answers were lies. The form asked if he'd ever been convicted of fraud, theft, or deception. Did he commit crimes as a home-improvement contractor? Were civil judgments filed against him? Bucks County roofer Steve Dunner wrote "no" to each question on the Pennsylvania contractor registration form. He failed to mention a theft conviction for stealing a Holland couple's $900 down payment the year before. And he forgot a long list of civil judgements throughout the 2000s, including the $20,000 business loan he didn't pay back.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prosecutor called David Gentile a "serial shoplifter," an unrepentant thief who over nine months last year struck Target stores in four counties, pilfering only high-end Texas Instrument graphing calculators. Gentile's lawyer laughed at that, calling her 35-year-old client a "completely unsuccessful criminal," a drug addict who couldn't help but get arrested. Both descriptions may be apt, but Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo's sentence - three to 23 months in prison followed by three years' reporting probation - satisfied neither side.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Nile virus has been discovered in more mosquitoes in the region, Pennsylvania officials said Wednesday, but thus far the season appears to be off to a mild start. In its daily update, the state West Nile virus Control Program said mosquitoes had tested positive for the virus in two instances each in Philadelphia and Bucks Counties, and one each in Delaware and Montgomery Counties. With the fresh numbers, a total of 64 positive samples have been verified in 25 of the state's 67 counties this year, but no human, avian, or veterinary cases have been reported, according to the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Despite a controversy attached to them, Bucks County has already joined other areas in the region and ramped up its use of field drug tests. Police use the mobile test to confirm a drug's authenticity at the beginning of an investigation as they await official lab results. Recently, Bucks County started presenting the mobile results as evidence at preliminary hearings, at which judges decide whether to hold defendants for trial. Although the tests will not replace official lab results at the trial level, they still have drawn concern among defense attorneys over the potential for "false positive" results that have mistakenly landed people in jail.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yet another round of strong thunderstorms rumbled through the region late Tuesday, just in time for the peak commuting period, and once again they had a particular ferocity in South Jersey. Flash-flood warnings were in effect for parts of Camden and Gloucester Counties, and flood advisories were posted for just about the entire southern half of the state. Hailstones an inch in diameter - about the size of a quarter - were reported in Tabernacle, Burlington County. With rains forecast to continue well into the night, the National Weather Service extended its flash-flood watch for the entire region through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
July 11, 2014
WITH THE wonderful Marilu Henner heading the cast, there's already enough of a reason to see Christopher Durang 's 2013 Tony-winning comedy, "Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike" at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse. But if you still need a nudge, know that you'll also be seeing Durang's debut in the role of Vanya. The July 17 to Aug. 10 run marks the first time that Durang, 65, who has sporadically performed for decades, will be on the boards since 2005, when he co-starred with Tony recipient Debra Monk in a Boston production of his two-person "Laughing Wild.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The flames filling the building singed the hair of Officer Albert Costantini and clogged the air with smoke so opaque that he couldn't see more than a few inches in front of him. The heat rolling off the fire melted Officer Frederick Williamson's flashlight when he stepped through the window. But, within moments of entering the burning Bucks County home that night in December 2012, Southampton police officers Costantini and Williamson rescued a man who was trapped inside as the fire climbed his walls.
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