February 17, 2015 |
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.
February 16, 2015 |
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.
January 19, 2015 |
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.
November 27, 2014 |
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.
October 13, 2014 |
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.
May 14, 2014 |
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.
April 2, 2014 |
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")
February 15, 2014 |
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.
February 11, 2014 |
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.
January 25, 2014 |
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.