April 27, 2013 |
Almost a year to the day after Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, a majority of Bucks County voters cast their ballots for his opponent in the 1864 presidential election, Democrat George S. McClellan. Lincoln won Pennsylvania by 52 percent but was outpolled in Bucks County, 7,235 to 6,197 - indicating that many there favored ending the war, according to Cory Amsler, vice president for collections at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. The history of Bucks County during the Civil War, Amsler surmised, "is not all neat and tidy.
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 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.
July 14, 2002 |
The 1860s white-clapboard farmhouse, set on 10 verdant acres with a pond, swans, fresh air, and the quiet tranquillity of countryside, does more to relax a harried executive than any massage. For Cosmopolitan editor in chief Kate White, her Kintnersville weekend home is an oasis - a break from Manhattan, Manolo Blahniks, air kisses and airbrushing - that she stumbled on 14 years ago while visiting a friend in Frenchtown, N.J. "It was a serendipitous discovery," White said.
April 2, 1998 |
President Clinton's scandals are keeping more than just Kenneth Starr busy. Take Jeff Munchak of Bucks County. Munchak is the creator of Gummi Bills, chewy 1-inch replicas of the commander-in-chief's head that are becoming more common than subpoenas from the special prosecutor. Munchak, who first marketed the sticky candy last summer, said sales picked up dramatically in January after allegations surfaced that the preident had an affair with a White House intern. "It was pretty tough until this whole Monica Lewinsky story broke," said Munchak.
April 14, 1989 |
Mention Abbie Hoffman's name in the Apple Jack Bar and Hotel in Point Pleasant and beer pitchers halt at half-pour. Some eyes squint hard, others open warm. Twenty years ago, Hoffman helped divide a nation. But it was only six years ago that his brand of Peck's bad boy radicalism raised hostilities and parted friends along the quiet banks of the Delaware River. Hoffman is dead. What he did in Bucks County is not. "You talking about that idiot ass Abbie Gabby?" asked Rocco, clad in blue jeans and denim jacket, his ponytailed hair tucked underneath a yellow construction hat. "Well, you don't want to talk to me. I'm a Vietnam vet. If Hoffman had heart and honor, I sure didn't see it. I just didn't love the cat. " Dale Stauffer, owner of Apple Jack, glared at Rocco from under his straw hat. "If you're of one viewpoint that's fine, but you gotta listen to the other side," said Stauffer, a big man whose beard and bright eyes make him seem younger than his 53 years.