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…
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero honored the Pennsbury High School Cross Country team during a victim to Harrisburg.
While Levittown dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Pennsbury Cross Country team was able to rally together and win their their third-straight PIAA Class AAA title. State Rep. Steve Santarsiero presented the team with a citation from state government during the girls' visit to Harrisburg on Tuesday. “These girls, for three years now, have provided inspiration for their community and fellow runners and friends,” Santarsiero said in a statement. “I’m proud they call Bucks County home.”
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
What would you like to see replace the former Lower Bucks Tavern?
On a recently afternoon, weeds and small trees can been seen slowly take over the abandoned house and bar that sit along New Falls Road in Falls Township. The Lower Bucks Tavern site is marked by a sign as a 1.5 acre "development opportunity."
Friday, February 8, 2013
Levittown Patch will be continuing to update this post with lists of closing and delays caused by the winter weather.
Here is an ongoing list of community cancellations and snow emergencies due to the forecasted winter storm. The Friday evening performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" at PHS East has been postponed to Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. All Friday tickets will be honored for Sunday evening. At this time, the Saturday evening performance at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon performance at 2:00 p.m. remain scheduled as planned. Friday night ticket holders who prefer to attend the show on Saturday evening or the Sunday matinee may exchange their tickets for available seating at those performances. Refunds will be provided if seats of a lesser value are obtained in the exchange. Tickets are priced at $15, $10, and $7, and a reduction of $7 is available to …
The latest forecast for Levittown greatly increased the amount of snow predicted in this weekend's winter storm. Crews in Falls and Middletown say they are ready for the storm.
Public Works crews in Falls and Middletown townships are preparing for nor'easter set to bear down on the region this weekend. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service predicts 3 to 7 inches of snow between Friday and Saturday morning. A trace amount of ice is also possible. That is a radical change from earlier forecast, which predicted far less snow for the Lower Bucks County region. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for southeast Pennsylvania, including the Doylestown area on Thursday afternoon. In Falls, Public Works Director Joe Arnao said crews would be working Friday morning to get all the equipment ready for the impending snow. “Cars will always be a problem and we ask that residents remove …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Archaeological artifacts unearthed found nearby will be kept safe by state museums in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Wednesday, February 6
From the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission: The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission recently announced that archaeological artifacts unearthed in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge in 2010 and 2011 have been transferred for permanent safekeeping by state museums in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The materials - primarily consisting of small shards of fire-cracked rocks - will be stored for future research and analysis as well as potential viewing by the public. The conveyance of artifacts completes the archaeological research the Commission conducted as part of its environmental documentation compliance process for its multi-faceted I-95/Scudder Falls Bridge Improvement Project. The research effort was …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
A weekday morning car chase in Falls Township ended with one man in jail.
A New Jersey man lead Falls Township officers on a pursuit Tuesday morning after they noticed the vehicle he was driving was stolen. George Lewis, 46, of Trenton, N.J., was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police, recklessly endangering another person and various traffic violations A pursuit started after an officer tried to stop the car on Tyburn Road after realizing it was reported stolen out of Hamilton, N.J., police said. The pursuing officer stated in an affidavit of probable cause that the stolen 2012 Honda Civic began to accelerate toward New Falls Road at around 9:30 a.m. after spotting the police vehicle’s overheard red and blue lights. The Honda accelerated even more as the officer put on …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
A hearing on the possible closure of Village Park Elementary School was held recently. What's your take?
Before the Pennsbury School Board, administrators and members of the local community, Marta Grothman recalled her fond memories of attending Village Park Elementary School in the Levittown section of Falls. She recollected about her first day and taking part in the school’s opening ceremony. She recalled her brown pigtail hairstyle and all of her teachers. Grothman, who currently is a music instructor at the school, was one of roughly a dozen people who spoke during public comment at Thursday night’s public hearing on the likely closure of the Unity Drive school. Other parents testified about the helpful and nurturing staff. Some praised the close-knit community that surrounds the school, where a large segments of students walk to and from…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A meeting on the possible closure of one Levittown elementary school will be the focus of a public meeting Thursday night.
A public hearing on the possible closure of Village Park Elementary School is set for Thursday night in Falls Township. According to the Pennsbury School District, the hearing will take place beginning at 7 p.m. at the west campus of the high school. The Elementary Enrollment and Space Utilization Committee told the school board in the beginning of the month they decided the Unity Drive school should be closed as the school system looks to redistrict and cut cost. The committee looked at project enrollment numbers, birth rates and building capacities before making their recommendation. In December, the committee held a lengthy discussion about how much money the district could save if it closed either Village Park or Fallsington Elementary…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A Falls Township couple was arrested and charged in two robberieis. The couple may also be involved in a similar incident that happened Friday in Bristol Township.
A Falls Township couple accused of knifepoint and gunpoint robberies are behind bars and facing serious charges. Mario Bianchi, 35, and his fiance Katherine Swaim, 27, both of Makefield Road, were arrested on Monday in connection with two robberies that police allege they were involved in. According to a criminal complaint, Falls officers responded on Sunday to the Wells Fargo Bank branch on Trenton Road in Fairless Hills for reports of an attempted robbery just minutes after midnight. The victim told police she was approached by a female suspect from behind and held up at gunpoint as she was trying to withdraw money. She told the suspect she had no money and managed to flee across the street to the Puss N Boots Tavern, police said. A man …