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March 28, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson will be released from jail Friday and transferred to an inpatient drug-treatment facility as he awaits trial on felony fraud charges involving an alleged travel-package scam, officials said. The petition to release Tollefson was filed by a public defender - not the two high-profile attorneys who flanked him at his arraignment in Warminster in February, according to court documents. Bucks County Judge James McMaster granted the order on Tuesday, reducing Tollefson's bail from $10,000 to zero.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Traffic backups throughout Bucks County soon might become more common, but for once it's for the right reason, County Commissioner Charles Martin said. Millions of dollars will soon flow in to repave roads, replace bridges, and more. Bucks is one of many counties that can look forward to major road improvements this year after an announcement last week that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is pushing to fix roads and bridges. That means roadwork delays, Martin said.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A COMMON PLEAS jury has awarded $7.25 million to the estate and family of a man who was exposed to asbestos when he worked at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard more than 40 years ago and later died of cancer. Edward Merwitz, of Langhorne, Bucks County, was diagnosed with mesothelioma - a cancer in the lining surrounding the lungs - in January 2010. He died six months later at age 62. On Wednesday, a jury "found liability among a variety of companies that sell electrical wires, pumps and motors, which are not your typical suppliers of asbestos," according to partner Lawrence R. Cohan of the Center City firm Anapol Schwartz, who represented the Merwitz family.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON The Democratic field seeking to replace retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) has narrowed to one. Manan Trivedi, who made unsuccessful runs for the Chester County-based seat in 2010 and 2012, has a clear path to a third Democratic nomination after Malvern businessman Michael Parrish dropped out of the party's primary race Tuesday. Parrish's decision means Trivedi, a physician and former Navy battalion surgeon, will face Republican Ryan Costello, a lawyer and Chester County commissioner.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOYLESTOWN A former softball coach at a Bucks County high school pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with one of his players last year, five years after he had been allowed to quietly resign from another school where he made sexual advances toward girls. Eric Romig, 36, is expected to face up to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to institutional sexual assault and possession of child pornography, for having sex and trading explicit videos and photos with a 16-year-old girl at Pennridge High School.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just in time for Christmas, Gov. Corbett's administration posted the names of 58 developers, industrial plants, corporate and nonprofit hospitals, museums, private colleges, and other institutions that will share $133 million in state matching grants for favored projects across the commonwealth. It's the latest installment of the Redevelopment Authority Capital Program grants, a program that has been popular with lawmakers and developers since the 1980s, defended by local construction interests, and denounced from the left and the right as corporate welfare.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUCKS COUNTY - The most important issue facing Bucks County isn't economic development, the expensive new Justice Center, or any of the other items regularly discussed at county meetings, according to Commissioner Diane Marseglia. It's heroin abuse. Marseglia made that case at a breakfast Wednesday at Bucks County Community College hosted by the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce. Citing statistics and friends who died from the drug, Marseglia, a former social worker, described the growth of heroin in Bucks County in stark terms.
NEWS
November 6, 1996 | For The Inquirer / JOHN SLAVIN
Morris Rosenfeld (left) leaves a poll at Rolling Hills Elementary School in Holland, Bucks County, where candidates' campaign signs cover a wall.
NEWS
November 30, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former school bus driver and Boy Scout leader in Bucks County has been charged with sexually assaulting two boys since 2010, police said Wednesday. Fred Brimmer, 60, of Valley Hill Trail in Upper Southampton, drove a bus for the Centennial School District until Upper Southampton Township police began their investigation last month, police said. Until this fall, Brimmer had also been active with the Scouts through Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Southampton, police said. He was a scoutmaster there in the 1990s, they said.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Police on Friday said that following publicity about the case, an eighth alleged victim came forward. Joshua Ray Benson was a juvenile at the time of the assault and was charged as a juvenile, police said. The victim was 17 at the time. Earlier story BENSALEM Joshua Ray Benson was a casual user of Internet dating websites, going online in pursuit of female companionship, police said Thursday. As a Bucks County teenager, Benson looked for girls in the Philadelphia area between the ages of 14 and 16, police said.
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