Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A 50-year-old New Jersey man was killed by sugar during an industrial accident in Falls Township on Monday, officials said.
Janio Salinas Valerda was buried alive Monday afternoon after several tons of processed sugar engulfed him inside a hopper at CSC Sugar on Roebling Road at the old U.S. Steel site in Falls Township, officials said. Bucks County Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell ruled the 50-year-old Edgewater Park, N.J. resident’s cause of death as asphyxiation after a late Tuesday evening autopsy. Investigators said Valerda used a lift to get in the narrow bottom of the large hopper to try to clear a clog when sugar began to pour in. Campbell said the victim tried, yet was unable to escape before being buried in a “bin as big as a room.” Workers at the facility noticed Valerda was missing for nearly an hour and became concerned when they saw the empty lift, the…
An 18-year-old Lower Southampton man was arrested after he is alleged to have committed several crimes in Falls.
An 18-year-old Lower Southampton man is facing charges after an incident in Falls Township where he is alleged to have pushed a female police officer to the ground. Duncan Mullin is charged with aggravated assault, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, resisting arrest, false identification to a law enforcement officer, hindering apprehension and related offenses. Falls police report they were called to Danbury Road to break up a reported underage drinking party at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. When patrol units arrived, they spotted several people jumping over a fence to flee the party, police said. A female officer was able to catch up with three young people - one of them being Mullin - who left the party…
A fire damaged a home under renovation in Falls Township on Tuesday night.
A contractor working on tile inside a home in the 200 block of Doone Road in the Fairless Hills section of Falls Township was alerted to a fire by a knocking sound Tuesday night, officials said. The sound, which may have saved the contractor's life, was made by a fast-moving fire that started outside the house and quickly spread into the attic, Fire Marshal Rich Dippolito said. The home was in the final stages of being renovated and a family was expected to settle in the house in a few days time, Dippolito said. The fire marshal said he is still investigating what caused the fire. However, it was determined the fire emanated from a pile of construction debris outside. Emergency crews arrived to the house to find flames shooting out of the …
Monday, February 25, 2013
A man was killed after an apparent industrial accident in Falls Township.
A man was killed Monday afternoon at the CSC Sugar processing facility on Roebling Road at the old U.S. Steel site in Falls Township. The man, whose name and age has not been released, was missing for an extended period of time before he was found in a large hopper, according to scanner reports. A emergency service source said the victim was found dead and firefighters were working to try to recover the body. Employees of the facility notified 911 of the incident just after 2:30 p.m. and crews were on-scene minutes after. Video shot by television news helicopters over the scene, which is situated in an area closed to the public, showed various fire and police vehicles at the CSC facility.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Pennsbury High School career fair will be Monday night.
Sunday, February 24
Pennsbury students, families, and community residents are welcome to attend the 17th annual Pennsbury High School Career Fair scheduled for Monday, February 25th. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 705 Hood Boulevard in Fairless Hills. Guest exhibitors will showcase a full range of careers - from the arts to space science. Students K-12 are encouraged to explore a total of 130 professional exhibits and speak with nearly 300 company representatives to learn more about each field and the educational requirements necessary for success. Business, Computer, and IT Curriculum Coordinator, Frank Mayo, is organizing this year's fair with the help of many volunteers. Admission is free.
Friday, February 22, 2013
A 27-year-old man from Montgomery County made threats and tried to force his way into his ex-girlfriend's Falls Township house.
“I thought you had a guy inside” That was the excuse police say John French, 27, of Gladwyne, told his ex-girlfriend on Tuesday after he made threats and tried to force entry into her home in the 1000 block of Bristol Pike in the Morrisville section of Falls Township, according to an affidavit. A police officer was on the phone with the victim at 10:45 p.m. when he heard French banging on the door and cursing in the background. When all failed, French pleaded with his ex to let him in, police said. Officers responded and took the 27-year-old into custody, police said. Police were called to the house earlier in the evening for a burglary. The victim told police during the earlier call that she came home to finds boot marks, removed window …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
At a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, police dropped a majority of the charges against Anthony Povia, 27, of Hamilton, N.J.
Prosecutors dropped 11 of 14 charges against Anthony Povia, 27, of Hamilton, N.J. Wednesday at a preliminary hearing, according to court records. The 27-year-old is set to face trial in Doylestown on the remaining charges of kidnap to facilitate a felony, robbery and criminal attempt. In Janurary, Povia got into a woman's car at at a fruit shop in the Morrisville section of Falls Township and pulled a large kitchen knife and stated, “ I want the money. Don’t make me hurt you.” He then forced the victim to drive to an ATM on West Trenton Avenue to withdraw money. When she had trouble withdrawing cash, Povia then demanded the victim use her cell phone to call people and to get money, police said. According to court records, the victim told …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
South Olds Boulevard is closed between Parkway and Southway drives.
The plan to replace the culvert and bridge on South Old Boulevard in Falls Township looks like it is going to take longer than originally expected. At a November Board of Supervisors meeting, township engineer James Sullivan said the replacement and repair project should take about a week. According to a message posted recently on the township website, the road will be closed between Parkway and Southway drives starting Wednesday and opening again by May 1. See the detour map The culvert and bridge have been crumbling for the past few months and crews placed barricades to stop traffic from driving over the most damaged portions. The board approved to hire Bensalem's BrightLine Construction at $336,173 to fix the roadway and culvert that …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A dog was killed in a fire in the Willowood section of Falls Township on Monday night.
A Shih Tzu was killed in a house fire on Wisteria Lane in the Willowood section of Falls Township Monday night. Fire crews arrived to the house on the corner of Wisteria Lane and Willow Drive at 7:20 p.m. to find heavy flames coming from the one-story structure, officials said. Township Fire Marshal Richard Dippolito said crews went into service and had the fire under control before 8 p.m. No injures were reported and the residents were not home at the time, Dippolito said. Investigators are eyeing the fireplace as the point of origin for the fire, which started in a rear sunroom addition, Dippolito told Patch. Residents stood in the below-freezing temperatures Monday night and watched as the firefighters fought the blaze. Crews from Falls…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Matthew A. Carter was sentenced to 7½ to 15 years behind bars for the deaths of a Bristol man and New York City woman.
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Friday, February 15
On Valentine's Day, a tale of forgiveness played out in Judge Wallace Batemen's courtroom during the sentencing of a man who killed two people in a drunk driving accident in Falls Township, the Bucks County Courier Times reports. The family of one of the victims spoke out and said they forgave Matthew A. Carter, 30, of Bristol Township, for the crime he committted. The message came just moments before Bateman sentenced Carter to 7½ to 15 years in prison for the deaths of Mercer County Corrections Officer Paul Labranche, 46, of Bristol, and his passenger, Confesora Rosario, 45, of New York City, a story in the paper said. Reports stated Carter applogized for the deaths. The vehicle the victims were in was pushed off the Route 13 by Carter's…