Saturday, March 23, 2013
Also, man shoots himself inside a sporting goods store, residents held at gunpoint in their home, and how we're all breaking the law.
Check out some of Patch's biggest stories from the past week in eastern Pennsylvania: A man who barricaded himself inside a Dicks Sporting Goods store shot himself after a more than three-hour standoff with police. Read the story here. An elderly man shot and killed his wife, then himself, in a hospice room at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Allentown around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin and a hospital official said. Full details here. A 16-year-old girl is missing and there is concern that she might be in danger, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Chester County sent out alerts about the disappearance Angela Marie Vega-Yohn, of Philadelphia. Her case is being categorized as an …
Monday, March 18, 2013
David Manilla was convicted of felony aggravated assault in 1995 and was prohibited from owning a gun when police say a stray shot during a hunting trip killed a Quakertown man.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, 51-year-old David Manilla, of Worcester, pleaded guilty on Monday, March 18, to possession of firearms by a convicted felon. The case resulted from the investigation of a fatal hunting accident in Bucks County in 2010 that resulted in the death of another hunter, 53-year-old Barry Groh, of Quakertown. According to Philly.com, Groh's body was discovered on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 lying in a creek beside a dead deer in Richland Township. His gun was found near his body. According to court records, Manilla was hunting with a rifle on his farm at 155 California Road in Richland Township that day. Authorities say a shot he fired killed Groh. After an investigation into the death was launched…
Friday, November 16, 2012
The $200 million Parkway will have a 40mph limit and feature 12-foot-wide shared-use bike and pedestrian pathways
Friday, November 16, 2012
After many years of construction, and numerous traffic restrictions for new guardrails, traffic signalization, sound walls and the like, the $200 million U.S. Route 202 Parkway will open to traffic Monday, Dec. 3. The 8.4-mile Parkway, according to PennDOT, is a direct route from Montgomeryville to Doylestown, beginning at Route 63 near Stump Road and ending at Route 611. “We look forward to opening Pennsylvania’s newest roadway as the Route 202 Parkway will provide additional transportation capacity and enhance travel along this congested corridor in Montgomery and Bucks counties,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said in a statement. The Parkway boasts four 11-foot-wide travel lanes (two in each direction), between Route 63/…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Lower Southampton Fire Marshall's investigation found that two Valley of Fear employees playing with fireworks were the cause of a fire that destroyed the haunted attraction.
Two former haunted house employees are facing a slew of charges after Lower Southampton Fire Marshall William Oettinger ruled that the blaze that destroyd the Bucks County Halloween attraction was caused by arson. Authorities collected fireworks and fireworks paraphernalia from the scene of the fire, according to an affidavit. Lucas McChesney, 29, of Philadelphia, has been arraigned on first-degree arson and related feloney charges after he turned himself into police, and an arrest warrant was issued on the same charges for John Tardino, 26, of Middletown. All six of the Phoenix Sport Club employees who were interviewed during the investigation reported hearing what they described as fireworks going off just before they observed the fire. …
Friday, August 3, 2012
New report from USGS shows basin includes space in local region.
Natural gas drilling has troubled residents and lawmakers in Pennsylvania in recent years as large gas deposits have been discovered in most of the state. But despite a recent find of a new deposit beneath Montgomery and Bucks counties, it’s unlikely the controversial industry will touch the region anytime soon. Natural gas drilling -- also called hydraulic fracturing or fracking -- recently became a more immediate concern for Montgomery and Bucks counties after a U.S. Geology Survey published in June revealed a large natural gas reserve lies beneath the densely populated region. The South Newark Basin, which stretches across central New Jersey into eastern Montgomery County, may contain up to 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler wrote about Marino's connection to a bomb found in Perkasie a day after Marino was killed in Sellersville.
Law enforcement will never be 100% certain that a bomb found behind Sellersville Fire Company a day after Michael W. Marino Jr., 26, was killed by Officer Seth Mumbauer came from the victim. However, documents with Marino's name and address found with the bomb –along with other items found with the bomb and near the former sign factory where Marino was squatting – do substantiate Marino's alleged involvement. In his findings related to the result of investigation by Bucks County detectives into Marino's death, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler recounts what went down the day after on June 10. At 3 p.m., Sunday, June 10, an adult male approached Tyler Gray, a volunteer firefighter at Sellersville Fire Company, and told him he and…
News Next Door: Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler found that "loss of tactical control" by police did not rise to level of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of a handcuffed suspect.
Update, 5:38 p.m. July 30 Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler called the investigation into the death of Michael W. Marino "thorough and impartial" and defended claims that Marino was "society's victim in these events" by describing the victim as "drug-abusing, mentally ill and violent." He said to prosecute Officer Seth Mumbauer would make him "a scapegoat for those who decided Marino could be free without supervision." During a 3 p.m. press conference in his office in the Bucks County Courthouse, Heckler said Mumbauer shot Marino once in the chest. Marino's hands were cuffed behind his back, Heckler said. "Shortly before the shooting, a total of three officers had combined to subdue Marino. The shooting took place during a fight…
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The provision was attached to a state budget measure which lawmakers approved late Saturday night.
Companies that want to drill for natural gas in Montgomery County will have to wait. State lawmakers on Saturday night approved a moratorium on gas drilling in Montgomery, Bucks and parts of Lehigh, Berks and Chester counties. The moratorium will affect any oil or gas operations in the South Newark Basin, which underlies a swath of territory extending from Bucks through MontCo and into Berks County. The moratorium is needed so scientists and engineers can better study the gas deposits held deep below ground, lawmakers said Saturday. "This legislation makes good on my promise that Act 13 was not intended to apply to Bucks County," State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-10, said in a statement. "My colleagues in Harrisburg never intended for the …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Joshua Siringhaus, of Upper Gwynedd, and Kristin Leidy, of Hatfield Borough, were the two culprits in numerous daytime burglaries in several Montgomery and Bucks County municipalities, police said
An Upper Gwynedd man, who was convicted of and had spent time in prison for numerous burglaries in 2003 in Franconia and Lower Salford townships, has been nabbed again for alleged numerous daytime burglaries by Hatfield Township Police, along with his alleged female accomplice from Hatfield Borough. The female accomplice was convicted in 2007 on felony receiving stolen property charges in Hatfield Township and spent time in prison on the charges. Both have been charged in connection with numerous daytime burglaries since March in several Montgomery and Bucks County municipalities, according to police. Joshua Ryan Siringhaus, 31, of the 1600 block of Supplee Road, Upper Gwynedd, and Kristin Anne Leidy, of the 500 block of South Main Street…
Monday, December 26, 2011
You could win an all-expenses-paid wedding courtesy of Visit Bucks County and Philadelphia Magazine.
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Monday, December 26, 2011
The holiday season is a big time for couples getting engaged. Let's face it, the only thing that sparkles more than tinsel on the tree is a new engagement ring. We here at Norristown Patch know it only too well – we aided and abetted a holiday proposal just last week. So if you're one of those happy couples getting engaged this holiday, your engagement could come with an all-expenses-paid wedding, courtesy of Visit Bucks County and Philadelphia Magazine. All you have to do is go the Greatest Groom Contest on the Philadelphia Magazine website, fill in some basic information, add a photo and explain why your groom-to-be is awesome in 200 words or less. (Sue Conway, we have a few ideas for you.) It's that simple and the prize package is …