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March 10, 1994 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Aswad Brown hit two free throws with six seconds to play to clinch Morrisville's 73-70 victory over New Hope-Solebury last night at Wissahickon High School, giving the Bulldogs their first PIAA District 1 Class A boys' basketball championship since 1984. Morrisville (16-6) seemed to break the game open in the first period by jumping out to a 19-7 lead, but New Hope's free-throw shooting and the inside- outside bombing of the Lions' Chad Hopenwasser had the game tied at 51 after three periods.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
MORRISVILLE Two months before her term ends, Morrisville's mayor finally will be getting her own office in the borough hall and a borough-issued phone. She'll no longer have to file right-to-know requests - and pay 25 cents a page - to access government records. And if she gets the chance, she'll have a say in the hiring of the borough's next police chief. That's all according to a court agreement reached this week between the mayor and council of the Bucks County borough of about 8,700 residents.
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February 11, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FALLS TOWNSHIP Bucks County teenagers Roy Summers and Clarissa Price welcomed their daughter into the world on Feb. 2. Six days later, police said, Summers stabbed Price and her mother multiple times and then attempted suicide. Summers, 19, of Morrisville, was arraigned Saturday night on eight charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, according to court records. He was being held in the Bucks County jail with bail set at $100,000. The violent dispute occurred about 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Pennsbury Woods Apartments in Falls Township, where Price, 18, lives, police said.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A retired New York City police officer has joined Morrisville's mayoral race as a write-in candidate, claiming his background will help him quash the turmoil that plagues the borough and its police department. Bill Pepitone retired from the city force in 2009 and has lived in Morrisville since 2007. He's on the campus security staff of the New Hope-Solebury School District. Officers within Morrisville's police department are suing each other, alleging harassment and a hostile work environment.
SPORTS
March 27, 2013 | By Joey Cranney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sophomore Lauren Weidler gave up five runs, three hits, and a walk and committed an error - all in the first inning of a nonleague game at Morrisville - but Christopher Dock coach Wayne Benner kept his pitcher in the game. He said he had no choice. "I stuck with her," said Benner, who coaches a softball team with an 11-girl roster. "I need her to pitch well and continue to pitch well. " Weidler held Morrisville to one more run over the next five innings, as Christopher Dock came back to defeat Morrisville, 18-6, Tuesday in a game stopped after six innings because of the mercy rule.
SPORTS
September 14, 1998 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Morrisville had just 27 players in uniform for Saturday's game at St. Joseph in Hammonton, N.J., but that was a lot better than the 18 it had for the season-opening win over Harriton the week before. Unfortunately for coach Hank DeGeorge, one of the players not in uniform long enough was star running back Juan Jones, and the Bulldogs went down to a 56-0 defeat. Jones had scored five touchdowns and rushed for more than 200 yards the previous week, but he lasted just one offensive series on Saturday before coming out with a foot injury that had been nagging him even before the Harriton game.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
MORRISVILLE Wracked by dissension and lacking a chief, Morrisville's police department is barreling toward "tragedy or catastrophe," according to an internal report written by its former director. In his 11-page letter, Frederick DeVesa raised concerns about officers in the Bucks County borough who may have been hired without proper background checks, worked without supervision, and faced no discipline for "improper" performance. He also noted disarray in the department's evidence room, including guns that appeared to have been improperly tagged or stored.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a federal lawsuit filed last month, a Morrisville woman alleges that a fellow police officer threatened her with a firearm and inappropriately issued citations against her family. Officer Erica McIntyre also claims that Bill Smith called her derogatory names and said while she was pregnant "that he loved to look at pregnant women's breasts and that pregnant women 'turn him on.' " The suit seems to reveal yet more evidence of a police department suffering from dysfunction. Smith filed his own lawsuit in Bucks County Court last year in which he claimed harassment by fellow officers, including McIntyre, whom he alleged exposed her breasts to him and asked "how long his penis was. " The suits, both pending against the borough, were filed during a yearlong period in which Morrisville lacked a police chief.
SPORTS
November 29, 1996 | By Mike Sielski, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For one frosty morning, Bristol fullback Reuben Ray and Morrisville tailback Dan Harper transformed their teams' Thanksgiving Day rivalry into one giant game of Can You Top This? Ray: 15 carries, 227 yards, two touchdowns. Harper: 23 carries, 165 yards, two touchdowns. Ray won. So did his Bristol team, 34-18. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior carved up the Morrisville defense yesterday as if it were a succulent roasted turkey. He rambled 60 yards untouched for a TD on Bristol's first play from scrimmage and punctuated his final high school game with an 83-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
NEWS
March 26, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 25-year-old Morrisville man shot outside his apartment late Saturday night died hours later, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Sunday. Erick Stephens was shot with a handgun at close range by a man in a gray hoodie at the Pennsbury Court Apartments, Heckler said. The shooting was reported about 11:40 p.m. According to Heckler, Stephens and his girlfriend had gone out for dinner and returned to the apartment complex on Plaza Boulevard off West Trenton Avenue.
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February 17, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
George McClay knew what he was getting into. Still, he was dumbfounded by the wallet incident. On the first day of his new job as Morrisville Borough Police Chief last February, McClay, 52, a former Philadelphia police lieutenant, opened his desk drawer and saw the wallet, which belonged to a resident but was simply tossed in the drawer. A few months earlier, the item had earned a special shout-out in a report documenting, among other failures, the ailing department's inability to properly catalog evidence.
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Morrisville police corporal shot and wounded a man who backed a stolen car into him in a 7-Eleven parking lot early Saturday, officials said. Morrisville Police Chief George McClay said the corporal noticed an apparently unoccupied Subaru Impreza in the store parking lot at Bridge and Philadelphia Streets and ran the tags around 5:25 a.m. The car, McClay said, had been reported stolen. The corporal approached it, realized it was occupied, and ordered the driver out, McClay said.
SPORTS
January 19, 2015 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
At 6-foot-7 and sporting the same lean frame he had as a long-range sniper at Morrisville and Temple, Mike Vreeswyk looks as if he could still be playing overseas or for a semiprofessional club team. Instead, with a highly successful career behind him, the 47-year-old is in his first year as a basketball assistant at Pennsbury. "I had helped the team on a volunteer basis before," Vreeswyk said. "This year, [Falcons head coach] Bill Coleman asked me if I wanted to be a permanent part of the team.
SPORTS
November 27, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Pennridge and Quakertown will meet for the second time this season, after the Route 309 neighbors squared off in the first round of the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA football playoffs. The Rams, seeking payback for a 14-10 loss to the Panthers, will return to newly refurbished Alumni Field in the continuation of a storied Thanksgiving Day rivalry. On Nov. 7, Alec Vera's 20-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Tyler Kishbaugh was the difference. Pennridge, 7-4 and ranked No. 21 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, leads the all-time series by 53-27-5.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
In theory, Morrisville High School still has a music program, but with the music teacher assigned to a social studies class, students aren't getting lessons, and the Bulldogs have yet to field a marching band at a football game. Its musical blues aren't the only off-key notes in the small and steadily shrinking district in the postage-stamp-size Bucks County borough just across the Delaware River from Trenton. Its situation is so dire school leaders have issued urgent appeals to several neighboring districts to consider either a full-scale merger, or at least a tuition deal that would allow Morrisville to send some of its students to their schools.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Among those in the first major battle of the Vietnam War - the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, a struggle that would help set the stage for the rest of the war - was Robert Harvey Gsell, a 20-year-old from Mount Holly. "He didn't go to sleep for nine days," his wife, Geraldine, recalled. "A lot of the things he saw were so horrific. " The November 1965 battle was the first significant contact between American and North Vietnamese forces in a war that would expose Army Pfc. Gsell to bloodshed, some of it involving children.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Five years ago, almost exactly to this date, fair-haired rapper Asher Roth - the toast of Morrisville and West Chester University - topped the charts when his major-label debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle , soared to No. 1 on iTunes upon release. Then 23, a hot, fair-haired MC, a child of Pennsylvania's middle class, Roth struck gold on the back of his booze-and-weed anthem "I Love College" and its dedication to the high life and higher education. Heady days, for sure; a level of success Roth seeks to revisit with his official sophomore full-length, RetroHash , its singles ("Fast Lane" and "Tangerine Girl")
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
Around noon Thursday, during a lull in the storm predicted to dump a foot or more of snow outside his door, Jeffrey Sklute took a break and sized up the situation. Many of the 20 or so workers at his Yardley Flower Co. feverishly cut and arranged roses while others answered ringing phones. His delivery vans, however, were idle. "Everything is kind of working against us, but we're doing the best we can," said Sklute, a florist for decades in lower Bucks County. "We'll probably be here till midnight.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FALLS TOWNSHIP Bucks County teenagers Roy Summers and Clarissa Price welcomed their daughter into the world on Feb. 2. Six days later, police said, Summers stabbed Price and her mother multiple times and then attempted suicide. Summers, 19, of Morrisville, was arraigned Saturday night on eight charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, according to court records. He was being held in the Bucks County jail with bail set at $100,000. The violent dispute occurred about 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Pennsbury Woods Apartments in Falls Township, where Price, 18, lives, police said.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a federal lawsuit filed last month, a Morrisville woman alleges that a fellow police officer threatened her with a firearm and inappropriately issued citations against her family. Officer Erica McIntyre also claims that Bill Smith called her derogatory names and said while she was pregnant "that he loved to look at pregnant women's breasts and that pregnant women 'turn him on.' " The suit seems to reveal yet more evidence of a police department suffering from dysfunction. Smith filed his own lawsuit in Bucks County Court last year in which he claimed harassment by fellow officers, including McIntyre, whom he alleged exposed her breasts to him and asked "how long his penis was. " The suits, both pending against the borough, were filed during a yearlong period in which Morrisville lacked a police chief.
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