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.
December 26, 2013 |
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.
March 22, 1997 |
Anthony Orazi, 78, a retired stonemason, former Bucks County employee, and church leader, died Tuesday at his Morrisville home. He served as deputy recorder of deeds for the county in the 1970s and as supervisor of roads and bridges in the 1980s. Mr. Orazi was born in Bristol Borough and graduated from Bristol High School. During World War II, he served with the Army in Europe and the Pacific and took part in the invasion of Normandy Beach. He moved to Morrisville from Yardley 46 years ago. He had been active in Republican Party politics for many years and served as a committeeman during three decades.
June 10, 1990 |
Vacationing families from outside southeastern Pennsylvania typically flock to see the sights within a two-mile radius of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, then perhaps take a jaunt to Bucks County. The Bucks County Tourist Commission is working to reverse their itinerary. "We're now selling the idea of 'Come to Bucks County.' It's a reasonable place to stay and take a side trip into Philadelphia," says the commission's president, Albert Giagnacova. The nonprofit agency over the weekend conducted a complimentary tour for a dozen travel writers from outside Bucks and their families emphasizing "family fun" at several of the county's attractions.
November 14, 1988 |
Like rain running off an open umbrella, the people of the Philadelphia region for decades have moved out toward its edges. Now, regional planners say, the pattern has been reversed. The rural northern edge of Bucks County is being invaded, not from inside the region, but from outside. Homeowners in central New Jersey have been crossing the Delaware River into Bucks, fleeing from towns where corporate office headquarters have been growing - depending on one's prejudice - like wild roses or like weeds in an untended graveyard.
July 22, 2014 |
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.
July 18, 2014 |
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.
June 10, 2014 |
When Jean Seaman, a district judge in Jamison, Bucks County, needed civil notices to be served for her court over the last four years, she often called on her daughter, Stacy Wertman. Wertman, an elected constable in Ivyland, works for five district courts in Bucks County, and she made about $11,000 last year completing jobs for her mother. Constables, locally elected officers who perform tasks such as serving warrants and transporting prisoners, are paid by the assignment, and judges can assign any task to any qualified constable they prefer.
March 6, 2013
A person was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Tuesday night in Bucks County, an agency spokeswoman said. The person, whose gender and age were unavailable, was hit by a southbound Acela train 2175 around 10 p.m. in the area of SEPTA's Croydon Station, said Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham. Service remained disrupted between Trenton and Philadelphia at 11:30 p.m., Graham said. Police and the Bucks County coroner were investigating the death. - Robert Moran