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Two Grinches Confess; Mustang Driver up on Murder Charge and More

Here are the most popular local stories from Patch during the week.

Just in case you missed a day at Patch, which can happen but shouldn't (sign up for our free newsletters), here's a look at the top headlines around our area this week:


SEPTA service from Levittown to Philadelphia was disrupted by a death on the tracks in Bristol Borough.

Mustang Driver Faces Murder Charge of 9-year-old
Bucks County prosecutors say a 37-year-old Plumstead man acted with malice when he caused a high speed car crash that killed 9-year-old Holly Huynh.

Newtown Boy Turns 12 on 12/12/12
Griffin Popescuhad an auspicious 12th birthday on Dec. 12, 2012.

19-Year-Old Killed on Old Jacksonville Road Identified
Police report that Cameron Smithwick, 19, of Ivyland was killed Saturday in an accident that also injured four.

Holiday Cookie Recipes
Need a quick holiday cookie recipe? Make one of these for your parties this season.

Snow: It Could be a White Christmas
Forecasters are keeping a close eye on long range weather patterns that could turn into snow next week and into the holidays. One model shows a historic-level snow storm.

Two Grinches Confess to Stealing Holiday Packages
Two suspects who allegedly stole UPS packages from the front porch of a Lower Southampton home have been identified.

Barnes & Noble Sexual Assault Suspect Strikes Again
The man wanted in connection with a late November sexual assault in Falls Township is now suspected of groping a girl at a popular store in Middletown.

How to Celebrate the Holidays on a Budget
Here are ten ways to have fun and spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank.

Horsham 'Guardians' Watch Over Resting Places
When a Horsham couple lost their jobs last year, they started a business delivering flowers and tributes and offering a little TLC to area grave sites.

Major Patch Stories:

27 Dead in Connecticut School Shooting

How to Help Families Affected by Newtown School Shooting
People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting. Post "I want to help" in this comment thread to get updates on what you can do.

How to Talk with Your Kids about the Connecticut School Shooting
When tragic news breaks, it's important not to get caught up in the anxiety of the event, said one expert.

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