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September 13, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Bristol Township has for decades been one of Bucks County's most troubled places, home to racial tensions, a struggling economy, and corruption investigations. History apparently is repeating itself. In a dispute that recalls past power struggles between local officials and police, Bristol Township's manager is in a bitter feud with the cops and the county's chief law enforcement officer. It began last year as an investigation by Township Manager William McCauley into what he called a potential DUI cover-up by police.
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
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  
NEWS
June 10, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
  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.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The gray Toyota Corolla that Abbie Hoffman drove in Mexico during his fugitive years still sits in upper Bucks County, parked on the old farm where he lived and took his own life 25 years ago. "I've been wondering what to do with it," Michael Waldron, Hoffman's former landlord and friend, said last week. "But I'm not sure who would take it. " They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women. "He was pretty rowdy," said a 64-year-old regular, who didn't want to give his name.
NEWS
March 17, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A armed man barricaded himself late Saturday in a Dick's Sporting Goods in the Fairless Hills section of Falls Township, Bucks County, police said. The incident, on Commerce Boulevard, began about 7:30 p.m. when a man reportedly went to the store's gun department and pulled a handgun, authorities said. He forced a clerk give him a shotgun, police said. The man then took the weapon and ammunition and went to the back of the store. The store was quickly evacuated and no injuries were immediately reported.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Holy Redeemer Health System is expanding in Bucks County, with three outpatient facilities expected to open next year in Warminster, Feasterville, and Richboro. The health system, anchored by a hospital in Meadowbrook, Montgomery County, now has two outpatient centers, in Bensalem and Southampton, and got 30 percent of its $348 million in patient revenue from outpatients in fiscal 2015. The cost of the three new sites is expected to be $20 million, with Holy Redeemer paying $7 million and the developer, MRA Group, responsible for the rest, Holy Redeemer said.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another congressional contender is joining the field in Bucks County. Shaughnessy Naughton, a small-business owner who lost the 2014 Democratic primary for the county's House seat, will file paperwork Thursday morning to run again in 2016, according to her campaign. "We need fresh voices in Washington. We need new ideas," Naughton said last month in discussing her intention to join the race. She described her experience running her family's printing business and her previous career in the pharmaceutical industry as unique qualifiers for a potential officeholder.
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