September 12, 1995 |
As the sun dips below the trees and day fades into dusk, the Sciarrones pull their car into the parking space and unpack: snacks, card table, lawn chairs, mini-chairs for the children, radio, extra batteries, blankets, cooler, beach balls. They line up the kids in the chairs, divvy up the soda, chips and cookies and wait for the darkening sky to turn midnight blue, a sign from nature that the show is about to begin. Welcome to Friday night at the movies, outdoors-style. "I've been shopping and packing all afternoon," said Kathy Sciarrone, setting a bucket of fried chicken on the card table.
June 25, 1999 |
When writer Pearl S. Buck marched to the farm next door to her Bucks County home carrying a squirming baby in her arms, David Yoder became a first. Yoder, then 1 year old, was fresh from a Rochester orphanage. He was a biracial child, the son of an unmarried 17-year-old American girl who got pregnant while her family lived in India. In the 1940s, that meant ostracism and shame. No adoption agency could place him. Buck would have none of that. So, as she succinctly put it in an interview before her death, "I founded my own damned agency.
September 17, 2014 |
A Bucks County band teacher was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student three times during the 2012 school year, police said, twice on school property and once in a car near the home of the student's parents. The District Attorney's Office said Bridgett Szychulski, 31, of Philadelphia, was a teacher at Lenape Middle School in Doylestown when she had a sexual relationship with the boy. Szychulski, who has been suspended by Central Bucks School District while her criminal case plays out, was charged with deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, and related charges, according to court documents.
July 21, 2014 |
His answers were lies. The form asked if he'd ever been convicted of fraud, theft, or deception. Did he commit crimes as a home-improvement contractor? Were civil judgments filed against him? Bucks County roofer Steve Dunner wrote "no" to each question on the Pennsylvania contractor registration form. He failed to mention a theft conviction for stealing a Holland couple's $900 down payment the year before. And he forgot a long list of civil judgements throughout the 2000s, including the $20,000 business loan he didn't pay back.
November 30, 2014 |
The walls of Jim Cawley's Harrisburg office are lined with portraits of his predecessors. Most, he hadn't met. And many, he conceded, he had never even heard of. Such can be the life of a Pennsylvania lieutenant governor. As second-in-command of a Republican administration just soundly booted from office, Cawley now serves with an expiration date delivered by the voters, the first lieutenant governor in the modern era with that kind of lame-duck period-in-waiting. "It is, for me, both personally and professionally different," the 45-year-old acknowledged last week over coffee in Doylestown.
September 11, 2013 |
A day after he allegedly stabbed a homeless man to death in Doylestown, Dale Wakefield told his sister he "just snapped. " Calling from his cellphone on July 3, Wakefield told her he was drinking at Mugs to celebrate his 21st birthday and then started to walk home to her apartment. "He said there was a man who said something to him next to the bus station, asking him for money," Wendy Wakefield testified Monday in Warrington District Court. "He tried to ignore him. And then the man kept on asking him for things and shoved him. And my brother just snapped.
March 14, 2013
POLICE in Warrington, Bucks County, say that a secretary for a Bucks County ambulance company stole $642,000 from the nonprofit over four years, allegedly to support a gambling habit. The Bucks County Courier Times reports that Danette Lewchick, 56, was sent to Bucks County prison Monday after being unable to post $25,000 bail on theft and related charges. Authorities say she became the Warrington Community Ambulance's financial secretary in 2008. She allegedly took money from the company's account and put it toward her personal use. Her attorney, Jeffrey Solar, says she has "a severe gambling addiction.
November 6, 1996 |
Morris Rosenfeld (left) leaves a poll at Rolling Hills Elementary School in Holland, Bucks County, where candidates' campaign signs cover a wall.
November 18, 2014 |
A Hatboro man with a history of mental-health treatment admitted Monday to sending a scratch-and-sniff birthday card laced with the deadly poison ricin to a man dating his ex-girlfriend. And Nicholas Todd Helman's journey through the Bucks County court system is hardly over. He is facing new charges that allege he plotted from jail to kill the Warminster detective investigating the ricin case and kidnap the deputy district attorney prosecuting it, telling a former cellmate to rip out the attorney's tongue.
July 14, 1999 |
Every Tuesday, the Delaware Valley Woodcarvers Club meets at the Churchville Nature Center in Churchville, Bucks County. Members come prepared - with anecdotes to relate, and, of course, with wood to carve.