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September 29, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The country's leading car-rental companies have agreed to back legislation barring rentals of recalled vehicles before they have been repaired - a controversial practice that led to the deaths of two California sisters in 2004 in an Enterprise rental and to their bereaved mother's long campaign for change. A spokeswoman for Enterprise Holdings, the largest car-rental company and owner of the Enterprise, National, and Alamo brands, said the company had already changed its practice but had initially resisted a legislative mandate.
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March 16, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia man was arrested on murder charges yesterday for allegedly starving his 82-year-old father to death, the District Attorney's Office said. Medics responded to a home on Kirkwood Road near Eden Street on Dec. 26 to treat Thomas Hauck's mother - who was malnourished - and found Leonard Hauck, 82, dead in the basement, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the D.A.'s Office. Thomas Hauck, 57, told officials that his father had died days earlier and that he was unsure what to do with his corpse.
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April 13, 2000 | By Stephanie Doster, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Trenton man who was charged with second-degree murder for his role in a fatal robbery pleaded guilty to third-degree murder yesterday after agreeing to testify, if called, in the trial of another man charged in the case. Courtney P. Boone, 21, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, robbery and related charges before Bucks County Court Judge Edward G. Biester Jr. yesterday morning, shortly before a jury was scheduled to begin deliberations in his case. Boone could face up to 40 years in prison for the murder.
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March 13, 1998 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Bristol Township couple has been arrested on charges of repeatedly forcing their 7-year-old daughter to participate in sexual acts with them, police said. Bucks County District Attorney Alan Rubenstein announced the arrest yesterday of the parents, both 30 years old, and described the circumstances surrounding the charges as "revolting. " The couple's names are being withheld by The Inquirer to protect the identity of the child. If convicted on a total of 10 counts each, each parent could face up to life in prison, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Terry Houck, who prosecutes sex-related offenses.
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April 12, 2000 | By Stephanie Doster, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Trenton man should be convicted of second-degree murder for his "cold-blooded" role in a robbery that left an avid gambler dead at a Bristol Township strip club, a Bucks County prosecutor said yesterday in his closing arguments. Assistant District Attorney Terence P. Houck said Courtney P. Boone, 21, aided and encouraged another man in a robbery that resulted in the shooting death of Charles Bethea, 52, of Yardville, N.J., in February of last year. Houck said Boone and DeWayne Housley, 23, the alleged triggerman, planned to rob Bethea, a gambler known to carry rolls of cash in his pockets, when they followed him from a Trenton gambling club to Diva's International Gentlemen's Club, a strip club on Route 13. "There is no question, no dispute, that the reason the car went down there was to rob this man," Houck said.
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November 19, 1994 | By Doug Donovan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Colson A. Derby Jr. knew exactly what he was doing when he fired five bullets into the head and back of a South Philadelphia man on June 3, a Bucks County Court jury decided yesterday. The jury yesterday rejected the defense contention that Derby, 40, of Levittown, was temporarily insane when he rolled his wheelchair up to a car and shot Patrick S. Mooney. It convicted him of first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence without parole or the death penalty. Within 10 days, Judge Edward G. Biester will pronounce sentence after a hearing.
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December 6, 1990 | By John P. Martin, Special to The Inquirer
A New Jersey man has been ordered to spend his life in prison for the September 1989 beating death in Bristol Township of a man described as a "neighborhood pal. " David Lennitt Jr., 23, of Mount Holly, was sentenced Monday in Bucks County Court to a mandatory life sentence in state prison for the murder of Van Paxton, 29, of Beverly, N.J. Paxton's body, clothed only in underwear and socks, was found Sept. 21, 1989, in a field behind an adult bookstore in the 6900 block of Route 13 about 3:30 a.m., about an hour after neighbors were awakened by groans and cries for help from the field.
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November 8, 1995 | By Doug Donovan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Bucks County jury yesterday acquitted a Levittown man of charges that he sexually molested a teenage girl but found him guilty of simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The girl, who was sent to jail for not testifying last week, sobbed in the front row of the courtroom as the jury announced six not-guilty verdicts for three charges of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure. The members of the jury could not reach a verdict after eight hours of deliberation on Monday that kept them at the courthouse past midnight.
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September 10, 1996 | By Jennifer Van Doren, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The trial of a former Civil Air Patrol captain accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old cadet repeatedly in 1985 began yesterday with the news that the former cadet, now a 23-year-old man, may not be alone. Chief Deputy District Attorney Terry Houck said he planned to support the young man's allegations by calling other men to testify that Edward Leidy assaulted them, too. Houck said 11 had come forward. Leidy's attorney announced he would object to any such testimony, and the judge said he would review the admissibility of each witness individually.
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June 11, 1997 | By Erin Einhorn and Stephanie Stanley, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
From his jail cell in the Bucks County Prison, Christopher Antimary persuaded his high school counselor to help him graduate. Awaiting trial on charges that he was involved with a spree of armed robberies in Middletown and Falls, he asked friends to bring him his homework in jail, and teachers to prepare assignments for him do behind bars. For a while, it was a well-coordinated effort that culminated last week with Antimary winning an extremely rare, one-day-only bail reduction that enabled him to graduate with his Bensalem High School class in commencement ceremonies tomorrow.
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September 29, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The country's leading car-rental companies have agreed to back legislation barring rentals of recalled vehicles before they have been repaired - a controversial practice that led to the deaths of two California sisters in 2004 in an Enterprise rental and to their bereaved mother's long campaign for change. A spokeswoman for Enterprise Holdings, the largest car-rental company and owner of the Enterprise, National, and Alamo brands, said the company had already changed its practice but had initially resisted a legislative mandate.
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March 16, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia man was arrested on murder charges yesterday for allegedly starving his 82-year-old father to death, the District Attorney's Office said. Medics responded to a home on Kirkwood Road near Eden Street on Dec. 26 to treat Thomas Hauck's mother - who was malnourished - and found Leonard Hauck, 82, dead in the basement, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the D.A.'s Office. Thomas Hauck, 57, told officials that his father had died days earlier and that he was unsure what to do with his corpse.
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November 9, 2005 | By Christine Schiavo, Leslie Pappas and Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The narrow gap that put Diane E. Gibbons in the district attorney's seat four years ago widened slightly yesterday, earning the incumbent Bucks County prosecutor a sound victory over the same Democratic opponent she beat in 2001. Several county races came down to the wire in Republican-dominated Bucks County, where Democrats put up tough fights for judge and sheriff. An upset in Bensalem earned a Democrat a seat on the all-Republican council. Unofficial results showed Gibbons with a strong win over Terry Houck in a county where Republicans outnumber Democrats by about 30,000.
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November 4, 2005 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Both candidates for Bucks County district attorney say they aren't politicians. But just as in their bare-knuckled fight four years ago, the recent mudslinging would suggest otherwise. Once coworkers and friends, Diane E. Gibbons and Terry Houck became adversaries when their former boss, Alan M. Rubenstein, left the district attorney's position to become a judge in 2000. Gibbons, a Warminster Republican, was appointed to finish Rubenstein's term. She fired Houck, a Chalfont Democrat, after he announced his candidacy for the job in February 2001.
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November 3, 2005
In 2001, the race for Bucks County district attorney was a close call, decided by about 3,700 votes. It's a close call this year, too. The same two candidates are involved. Both are well-qualified and well-respected prosecutors. The incumbent is Republican Diane E. Gibbons, 47, of Warminster. She's been a Bucks County prosecutor since 1984, and was named district attorney in 2000. Before that, she was chief deputy.. Democratic challenger Terry Houck, 49, of Chalfont, was a Philadelphia police officer for eight years, earning his law degree from Temple while on the force.
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November 2, 2005 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons suggested yesterday that her reelection may be decided by radio ads being aired by Democrat Terry Houck - and paid for by state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo - that she cannot afford to answer. Gibbons said the Houck campaign is being funded chiefly with $140,000 in contributions made last month by Fumo, a Philadelphia Democrat, most of which has gone for radio ads. "It's a smear campaign being bought and paid for out of Philadelphia," Gibbons said at a news conference at the county's Republican Party headquarters in Doylestown.
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May 18, 2005 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bucks County voters are gearing up for round two of a bare-knuckles bout that started four years ago when incumbent Republican Diane E. Gibbons squeaked by Democratic challenger Terry P. Houck. With 99 percent of the districts reporting last night, unofficial results showed Houck beating Lawrence M. Otter by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio. "If it's possible, I'm probably more passionate than I was in 2001 because I think the issues are more pronounced," Houck said during a victory party in Doylestown last night.
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May 9, 2005
One of the questions Bucks County Democrats have to answer on May 17: Who's the best candidate to go up against Republican District Attorney Diane E. Gibbons in November? Though the county's Democrats have two experienced professionals to choose from, it's an easy call: longtime prosecutor TERRY HOUCK of Chalfont. Houck, 49, has been involved in law enforcement since 1977, when the rookie police officer was assigned to the 16th District in West Philadelphia. During his nine years on the force, he went to school part-time, eventually earning his law degree from Temple University.
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November 8, 2001 | By Larry King and Zlati Meyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Having ducked a looming upset, Bucks County District Attorney Diane E. Gibbons emerged from Tuesday's elections angry and unrepentant. Angry with Democratic challenger Terry Houck, a former employee who assailed - unfairly, she says - her office's competence. Unrepentant about her management style, which became the centerpiece of Houck's campaign. "This District Attorney's Office," she told cheering supporters late Tuesday night, "is better than it's ever been. " Yet, owing largely to Houck's bare-knuckle tactics, plenty of voters seemed to think otherwise.
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November 7, 2001 | By Larry King and Matthew P. Blanchard INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Republican incumbent Diane E. Gibbons and Democrat Terry Houck, longtime colleagues who turned fiercely on each other in their quest to be Bucks County district attorney, were running neck-and-neck last night in early returns. With 226 of 301 precincts counted, Gibbons was ahead slightly in a race where voters faced starkly contrasting messages: the incumbent's stay-the-course mantra of proven success, and Houck's portrayal of her as a bumbling manager who soured and drove away her best and brightest assistants.
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