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December 19, 1996 | For The Inquirer / MICHAEL PLUNKETT
Rudolph, it's not. Ed Shortman's front lawn along Route 537 in Plumstead Township displays Santa Claus with a more imposing animal companion: a (fake) rhinoceros.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
Firefighters in Bucks County battled a four-alarm fire in an industrial building Tuesday. The blaze at Custom Particle Reduction Inc. and Hawk Mold & Die Supply Inc. in Plumstead Township was reported shortly before noon and sent clouds of black smoke hundreds of feet into the air. Authorities say chemicals were stored in the building but posed no threat. Firefighters did not evacuate any nearby homes, but advised residents to keep their windows closed and shut off window-unit air conditioners.
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March 22, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Thomas W. Wurtenberger, 51, a structural steel estimator who enjoyed sports and other outdoor activities, died on Friday at his Plumstead Township, Bucks County, home after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was a structural steel estimator for Cherry Steel Corp. in Langhorne for more than 22 years. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Wurtenberger was raised in Bucks County and was a 1966 graduate of Bishop Egan High School in Levittown. An Army veteran, he served during the Vietnam War era with the National Security Agency, his wife said.
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July 24, 1995 | By Jordana Horn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Heritage Building Group, a local development company, has filed a $3 million lawsuit against Plumstead Township, its Board of Supervisors and Supervisors James Yost, George Capell and Bill Schutt individually, claiming violations of federal civil rights and racketeering statutes. In the 48-page complaint, filed last week and assigned to U.S. District Judge Herbert Hutton, Heritage contends that the township supervisors deliberately engaged in conspiratorial violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
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April 21, 1993 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The driver accused of killing a 14-year-old Plumstead Township boy while driving with a 0.42 blood-alcohol level - more than four times the legal limit - was ordered held for trial yesterday on a charge of homicide by vehicle while driving drunk and related offenses. During a preliminary hearing yesterday for John Conrad Mills, 37, of the 4900 block of Apple Butter Road, Plumsteadville, District Justice Robert A. Schnell of Doylestown set May 28 as an arraignment date in Bucks County Court.
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September 12, 2009 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man in Upper Bucks County was shot and killed by police after fleeing from officers in a stolen truck and then on foot, authorities said. The man, whose identity was not available, was shot about 6:10 p.m. in the area of Dark Hollow Road about 100 yards from the historic Piper Tavern in Plumstead Township, near where Route 413 meets Route 611. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police reported that they believed the man was armed, but no gun was found. Authorities said the man was suspected in several burglaries and vehicle thefts and had confronted and then fled from police earlier.
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November 13, 1996 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The skeletal remains of a man believed to have been in his early 60s and to have died a year or two ago have been recovered in woods off the Route 611 Bypass. The remains were discovered about 1 p.m. Friday by a hunter walking near the intersection of Sawmill and Ferry Roads. Plumstead Township police, after consulting the Bucks County Coroner's Office, had the remains removed to Doylestown Hospital. Forensic pathologist Halbert A. Fillinger, assisted by anthropologist Thomas Crist, conducted an autopsy.
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October 31, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A 29-year-old man apparently shot his parents in the bedroom of their house in Plumstead Township, then went downstairs and killed himself, leaving a suicide note urging others to avoid drugs "because this is what happens to you," authorities said last night. The 61-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were apparently shot Monday night or yesterday morning in the second-floor bedroom of their house, authorities said. Their names were not released. "The father was in bed under the covers," Bucks County District Attorney Diane E. Gibbons said.
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November 24, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A driver involved in a wreck that killed a 9-year-old Bucks County girl Wednesday has a history of traffic citations, according to court records. Drew Bodden, 37, of Plumstead Township, has pleaded guilty to infractions such as failing to obey traffic control devices, failing to stop at stop signs, and driving on a suspended or revoked license on at least three occasions during the last five years, records show. Doylestown Township police have not yet decided whether he will face charges in this week's fatal accident.
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August 14, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
An incurable disease found in a black walnut tree in Plumstead Township, Bucks County, has prompted measures to safeguard the state's $25 billion hardwoods industry. Thousand-cankers disease, the result of tunneling by fungus-carrying walnut twig beetles, causes trees to slowly starve. Since the beetles are the size of a poppy seed, they are tough to detect. Under a quarantine declared Friday by the state, no hardwood firewood, or walnut materials, living or dead, can leave the county except for nuts, processed lumber, and finished wood products without bark.
NEWS
June 8, 2011
On May 28, cyclist John Chapman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Route 413 just north of Ridgeview Road in Plumstead Township - just 10 days after Doylestown Borough and the Central Bucks Bicycle Club sponsored a "Ride of Silence" to draw attention to the number of cyclists who are killed by motorists each year. I am a cyclist. Because I must, I use Route 413 to get to more rural roads in upper Bucks County. It often seems that motorists regard cyclists as mere objects in the way of getting from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
Firefighters in Bucks County battled a four-alarm fire in an industrial building Tuesday. The blaze at Custom Particle Reduction Inc. and Hawk Mold & Die Supply Inc. in Plumstead Township was reported shortly before noon and sent clouds of black smoke hundreds of feet into the air. Authorities say chemicals were stored in the building but posed no threat. Firefighters did not evacuate any nearby homes, but advised residents to keep their windows closed and shut off window-unit air conditioners.
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September 30, 2009 | By Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Bucks County police officer who shot and killed a fleeing suspect earlier this month was justified in his use of force, according to an investigation completed yesterday. Officer Timothy Dockery of Plumstead Township shot Brian Simmermon, 40, of Riegelsville, once in the back after a high-speed car and foot chase near Route 611 on Sept. 11. Dockery and another Plumstead officer, Robert Lawn, saw Simmermon wave what they believed to be a gun out of the window of a stolen pickup truck while they pursued him, Bucks County District Attorney Michelle Henry said.
NEWS
September 13, 2009 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A burglary suspect who was fatally shot by police in Bucks County Friday night was identified last night by the county coroner as Brian Simmermon, 40, of Riegelsville, in northeastern Bucks County. "He had a prison ID and a state ID on him," Coroner Joseph Campbell said. "We're sure this is who it is based on the photo ID we pulled out of his pocket. " An autopsy yesterday confirmed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the left side of Simmermon's back, the coroner said.
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