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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
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
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
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.
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.
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April 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 26-YEAR-OLD Bucks County man was indicted Wednesday on charges of producing and possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Norman Ridgeway of Croydon is accused of forcing a minor, who was about 2 to 3 years old, to engage in sexually explicit conduct from January 2015 to March 24, 2016, so he could record the toddler and distribute the images, according to the indictment. The gender of the toddler was not revealed. On March 25, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Ridgeway's home.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating the death on Monday of a 2-year-old Bucks County girl who was flown to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with serious injuries the night before. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Tuesday that the child, Athena Wolfe, of Falls Township, had been taken to a local hospital on Sunday "in very bad shape" with "respiratory distress" and suspected bleeding of the brain. She was flown by helicopter to CHOP, where doctors tried to save her. But the toddler was pronounced dead at 6:57 a.m. Monday, he said.
NEWS
April 26, 2016
Pennsylvanians have an unusual opportunity, in an unusually ominous year, to influence the parties' presidential nominations Tuesday. Democrats and, in one local district, Republicans will also decide contested U.S. Senate and House races. The competition to replace the state's disastrous attorney general, Kathleen Kane, offers both parties a choice. In a Republican presidential field marred by demagoguery and extremism, Ohio Gov. JOHN KASICH has courageously stood for reason and pragmatism.
NEWS
April 25, 2016
Pennsylvania delegate Jan C. Ting has pledged to support Donald Trump. He was incorrectly listed as uncommitted in a chart in Sunday's Inquirer. In a story Sunday, the Inquirer incorrectly reported the number of residents in Warminster, Bucks County, with a high school diploma or some college. The story should have said that 63 percent of residents have a high school diploma or some college.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 23-year-old fugitive wanted in Philadelphia in a sexual-assault case from earlier this year was arrested in North Wildwood on Tuesday after an eight-hour standoff with police, authorities said. North Wildwood Police Chief Matthew Gallagher said Wednesday that Jamik Washington, of Beech Lane in Bensalem, Bucks County, was arrested without incident at 6:24 a.m. Tuesday. The Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit, which has an active warrant out for Washington's arrest, had contacted North Wildwood on Monday with information that Washington might be staying in a residence in the South Jersey shore town, North Wildwood police and the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office said in a joint statement.
NEWS
April 19, 2016
With so much of America demonstrably fed up with the way politics is practiced these days, it was disappointing to watch how the brother of retiring U.S. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick became the front-runner in the Republican primary to replace the congressman. Brian Fitzpatrick retired from his supervisory special agent job with the FBI in California late last year and, within weeks of buying a house in Bucks County, became the favorite of the county Republican Party. State Rep. Scott Petri, who had raised nearly $300,000 for the Eighth District race, decided it was best to drop out. The district, which includes Bucks and part of Montgomery County, has survived gerrymandering elsewhere to remain the most competitive district in the commonwealth.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
The primary battle between two Bucks County Democrats vying in one of the nation's most-contested congressional races is heating up, with both candidates trading accusations. A supporter of State Rep. Steve Santarsiero threatened Monday to file a Federal Election Commission complaint against Shaughnessy Naughton, Santarsiero's primary opponent. Meanwhile, Naughton's campaign has hammered the other side over taking credit for gun legislation that never became law. After an independent science-related political action committee founded by Naughton sent a mailer blasting Santarsiero, a board member of the PAC complained Monday.
NEWS
April 13, 2016
One person was killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Bensalem, Bucks County, on Monday afternoon, police said. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on Hulmeville Road near Galloway Road, the Bensalem Police Department said. Information about the person who was killed was not immediately available. Police said at least three vehicles were involved in the crash and one vehicle's engine caught fire. Firefighters put out the blaze. At least two occupants in the vehicles were taken to area hospitals, including the person who died, police said.
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