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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
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
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
October 28, 2012
The drivers in each of two vehicles were killed Sunday in a head-on crash along Rouye 663, officials said. State Police identified those killed as Nicholas Umberger, 23, who was at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza, and Terry L. Carrozzino, 52, also of Quakertown, the operator of a Ford Explorer. Both were reported wearing seatblets in the accident at 7:04 a.m. in the 1700 block of John Fries Highway (Route 663). Each was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said that Umberger's car, traveling south on the highway, crossed into the opposite lane and struck the Explorer.
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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BUSINESS
February 20, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peco Energy Co. will inspect more than 39,000 utility poles throughout Bucks and Philadelphia Counties this year as part of the company's ongoing preventive maintenance program. Inspections include a visual examination of poles and the attached equipment, taking samples from the interior of poles and excavating around the base to check for decay. Any necessary repairs and replacements would then be performed. Peco maintains 390,000 poles across the region and each is inspected every 10 years.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   Once, it was considered off the beaten path, not worth the attention of home builders more interested in Buckingham Township or New Hope or building lots in the Central Bucks School District. Then, as Keller Williams Realty's Laura Blaney tells it, "sleepy" Hilltown Township began to appear on developers' radar. "It happened when the housing market started going crazy, between 2000 and 2006," says Blaney, who works in Keller Williams' Doylestown office.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The family of Thomas French, a Bucks County man who killed himself amid allegations that he and his wife, a prominent Republican fund-raiser, committed a $20 million insurance fraud, maintained his innocence Friday and said, "The facts will prove him right. " The statement was the family's first comment since French's suicide Thursday afternoon at the Buckingham house he shared with wife Claire Risoldi. Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell said Friday that French died from a gunshot wound to the head.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Bucks County man charged in a $20 million insurance-fraud scheme with his wife, a prominent Republican fund-raiser, killed himself outside a Buckingham Township home Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler identified the dead man as Thomas French, the husband of fund-raiser Claire Risoldi. French, 64, was a retired Bucks County sheriff's deputy. Details about French's death were not immediately clear, and detectives at the scene declined to comment Thursday night.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday rejected a controversial application for a Bucks County hazardous waste treatment facility because the business failed to demonstrate compliance with flood-hazard regulations. DEP said it denied Elcon Recycling Services' siting application for a proposed liquid hazardous waste treatment facility in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex in Falls Township, the former United States Steel Fairless Works site. The agency said that Elcon had not complied with its request to provide a hydrologic analysis, including any historical data, to demonstrate that the proposed site has not been flooded in the past.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Risoldi family calls its white-columned mansion "Clairemont. " Surrounded by 10 acres of rolling farmland outside New Hope, Bucks County, it boasts a swimming pool, six bedrooms, and a ceiling mural of family members dressed in flowing robes, looking down from the heavens. The manse has caught fire three times in five years - and the Risoldis could not have been more lucky, state prosecutors said. Receiving $20 million in insurance payouts from the blazes of undetermined origin, the Risoldis allegedly bought six Ferraris and two Rolls-Royces, $1.2 million worth of jewelry, and another house while spending millions to renovate the damaged one. Matriarch Claire Risoldi, 67, a prominent Republican donor and fund-raiser, was charged Thursday on a slew of felony charges, including insurance fraud and corruption.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
AFTER SIX HOURS of deliberation yesterday, a Bucks County jury remained deadlocked on a verdict for ex-sportscaster Don Tollefson, and the judge sent them home for the night. Judge Rea Boylan sent jurors home about 9:30 p.m. and told them to return this morning for more deliberations in the charity-fraud trial that has occupied the nearly vacant Bucks County Courthouse for 12 days. Tollefson sat stoned-faced yesterday morning as chief prosecutor Matt Weintraub lambasted him during closing arguments before a packed courtroom.
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.
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