September 1, 2014 |
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.
March 6, 2015 |
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.
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
April 14, 2014 |
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.
March 17, 2013 |
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.
September 16, 2013 |
A Bucks County man was reported dead Friday of West Nile virus, officials at the state Department of Environmental Protection said. The man, whose name and address were not released, began exhibiting symptoms Aug. 20. Human cases of the virus were also reported last week by a woman in Philadelphia and a woman in Delaware County. The state has reported seven human cases of the virus in five counties; the other cases have been in York and Montgomery Counties. There are no medications to treat the virus, and no vaccine will prevent it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop symptoms.
July 15, 2012
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Authorities say a Pennsylvania man has died after he was found unconscious at the bottom of a friend's in-ground swimming pool in central New Jersey. Hopewell Township police say Collin Abrams, 21, of Washington Crossing in Bucks County, was found early Saturday. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident. Authorities say Abrams had last been seen swimming by himself about 30 minutes before he was found. When police arrived , Abrams had been taken out of the 8-foot deep end of the pool and CPR was being administered.
March 27, 2012
Mary Ann DeSantis Kulka, 77, a former public elementary school teacher in Bucks County, died of heart failure Friday, March 23, at her home in Barnegat, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Kulka graduated from Little Flower High School in 1952 and after years of evening classes earned her a bachelor's in 1958 at what is now St. Joseph's University, her husband, John, said in a interview Monday. She was among the first women to graduate from St. Joseph's, became editor of The Nighthawk, the evening school's newsletter, and played on the women's basketball team, he said.