March 24, 2013 |
The 2013 annual nationwide count of homeless people, taken on the night of Jan. 30 and 31, found fewer individuals in Chester County and more in Bucks County than were tallied in January 2012. Comparable figures for the nation, as well as for Philadelphia and for Delaware and Montgomery Counties, are not yet available, officials there said this week. The 625 people counted in Chester County this year compared with 666 found there in 2012. But the 476 recorded in Bucks County on the same January night this year were more than the 422 in the 2012 survey, due to a change in how information is gathered.
October 6, 1996 |
A bright red, out-of-control Dodge Viper sports car shot across Woodhaven Road from the left lane to the right at 6 p.m. last night, police said, smashing into the concrete side rail of a bridge and flipping several times. When the car came to rest, its driver had a broken wrist, its 450-horsepower engine was lying a few feet away on the pavement, and a 26-year-old passenger from Richboro, Bucks County, was dead. Police identified the driver as Raymond Scalzo, of Bensalem.
March 6, 1999 |
The owner of a Bucks County teenage dance club where about 250 teens got into a brawl last Saturday night said he has been ordered to close the club. Tony Amato, 34, said he was told to shut down Club Fusion at the Levittown Shopping Center in Tullytown by center management. He is not sure, he said, if it will be closed permanently. Joseph Felix, who manages the shopping center, would not comment yesterday. Thirty-nine police officers from 11 departments went to the club shortly before 11 p.m. last Saturday after a fight between five girls turned into an all-out brawl.
October 6, 1987 |
Bucks County's growing population may bring boom times to the bowling business there. John Rooney, secretary of the Lower Bucks County Bowling Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, said membership now stands at 6,215, but could rise to 6,500 before the year is out. "More people means more membership," Rooney said. "We had 141 leagues last year, and we expect to have 150 this season. " He also said that Philadelphians who bowled at lanes that no longer exist and find themselves without a place to turn to might consider bowling in the Bucks leagues.
May 15, 2014 |
Nydia Neubauer, a former Park Avenue socialite who defrauded Bucks County jewelers, real estate companies, and car agencies out of $170,000, got 71/2 to 15 years in state prison Tuesday. The sentence likely marks the end of the 67-year-old's criminal career, which goes back to 1977 in New York, when she was first charged with felony forgery and grand larceny. She finished a three-year prison sentence last year in New York for similar crimes. Tuesday's hearing was a recitation of Neubauer's schemes in Bucks, which included writing more than $50,000 in bad checks to a New Hope jewelry store and more than $80,000 to a real estate agent in the borough.
September 4, 2013 |
Investigators and those acquainted with the victim struggled to find answers Monday after a Bucks County native was killed near the campus of the small Catholic university he attended in Wheeling, W.Va. Kevin M. Figaniak, 21, was beaten unconscious about 1:30 a.m. Saturday as he and a friend walked from a bar to the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University. Figaniak died early the next day at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The impact of the killing rippled across three communities: the university where Figaniak, a business major, was about to start his final year; Perkasie Borough, where he grew up and attended Pennridge High School; and the tight-knit lacrosse world of which he had become a part.
July 30, 2014 |
THE WORDS comfort Harriet Levin, expressed in letters sent to her Bucks County home, or in emails, or in person when she kneels beside her son's grave at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Israel. There's almost always a crowd there, she said, paying respects to Staff Sgt. Michael Levin, his memorial covered in Phillies and Eagles gear. "Because of Michael," the visitors tell her. "Everybody just wants to leave a piece of themselves there," Levin, 63, said Wednesday from her home in Holland, Bucks County.
January 20, 2015 |
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.
March 16, 2015
A large propane tank at a group home for special-needs children north of Doylestown began leaking early Saturday, forcing evacuation of the residents to an area hospital, according to Doylestown Hospital officials. No children were injured. Dinesh Singh, director of the Pedia Manor children's home on Durham Road in Pipersville, said the 500-gallon tank flipped over about 5:30 a.m. because melting snow made the ground beneath it unstable. That caused the line connecting the tank to the home to rupture and begin leaking gas. The pre-dawn rupture triggered carbon monoxide alarms, alerting five staff members, who discovered the leak, 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.