Sunday, February 17, 2013
The 5th Annual Polar Plunge will be held at Neshaminy State Park on Saturday, Feb. 23.
It's that time of year again when brave souls take a frosty dip in the Delaware River at Neshaminy Park in Bensalem for the annual Polar Plunge. The 5th Annual Eastern plunge takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23 and will have people "Freezin' for a Reason"—to support local Special Olympics athletes. Individuals and teams can register to participate at $50 per person. Teams must consist of a minimum of 10 people and requires pre-registration. And anyone can take the plunge. Participants younger than 18 need a parent or guardian's signature. "The youngest Plunger we have had has been 6 years old," said Nicole Jones, Special Olympics Pennsylvania's director of communications. Jones estimates that the oldest plunger has been somewhere in the 60 …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Officials said the investigation into the alleged $1.5 million conspiracy included a grand jury, search warrants, investigative work and tips.
A letter from an anonymous tipster is what sparked the investigation that ultimately lead to the arrest of 20 people connected to $1.5 million in thefts from the Bensalem School District, officials said. Bensalem's Superintendent Dr. David Baugh, who took his job in 2011, said he received a letter in February 2012 filled with allegations that school employees were not working. After only an hour and a half of investigating during a break in his schedule, the district head realized something was wrong. The letter appeared to be correct. According to court records, the letter was submitted by a "hard working current employee of the district." More tips on possible corruption in the district came pouring in over next few days, Baugh said. The…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Several Levittown area residents were arrested in connection with a massive conspiracy investigation involving thefts from the Bensalem School District.
A year-long corruption investigation culminated in the arrest of 20 people, some from the Levittown area, associated with the theft of more than $1.5 million from the Bensalem School District, officials announced Tuesday morning. Bensalem investigators made the arrests after they launched two separate investigations into alleged misdoings involving district staff. One investigation focused on “ghost employees,” the other on theft and illegal distribution of vehicles and related parts, township Public Safety Director Fred Harran said. District Attorney David Heckler and Harran both said the investigation is not finished and more arrests are possible. Jack Myers, the retired Bensalem School District business manager, was among those arrested…
Monday, February 11, 2013
A fund and benefit have been set up to raise $10,000 for Billy Greene, the man who became 'engulfed in flames' at the Adams Carpet fire on Jan. 17.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Several Levittown residents were arrested as part of of a warrant sweep by Bensalem Township police.
Seventeen people were arrested Friday morning as part of a warrant sweep, according to Bensalem Township Police. Local police and Pennsylvania State Constables conducted an early morning sweep of people wanted from Bensalem, according to Sgt. Andrew Aninsman of the Bensalem Police Department. "In this second phase of warrant arrests Police are actively searching for those people who commit crimes and continue to avoid the criminal justice system," a release from the police department said. During this phase, police were searching for 44 people wanted for crimes such as burglary, forgery, distributing narcotics, aggravated assault, thefts and DUI. Of the 44 people, 17 were arrested. Two of those arrested were Levittown residents. A Bristol …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Authorities believe the ATM skimming devices were identified and removed quickly.
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Saturday, January 26
ATM skimmers ― illicit devices that blend into a cash machine's card slot, then record bank card info for later retrieval by a thief ― were found at two bank ATMs along Street Road earlier this month. PhillyBurbs.com reports that the devices were found on Jan. 11 on the ATMs of TD Bank branches at 2751 Street Road in Bensalem and at 701 East Street Road in Lower Southampton. Authorities believe that the devices were discovered quickly and that no customer accounts were compromised, the website reports. Other skimmers have recently been found on ATMs in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Philly.com said a similar incident occured in Medford, N.J. Security expert Brian Krebs told KYW Newsradio that ATM skimmers are growing increasingly …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Crews from Bensalem, Bristol and Lower Southampton searched the Neshaminy Creek and Delaware River for a 73-year-old woman who went missing Wednesday night.
Thursday, 2:01 p.m.: Authorities confirm to Patch that Jean Carson's body was found in the Delaware River near the Burlington-Bristol Bridge in New Jersey. The 73-year-old's body was discovered near the bridge and state police crews removed it from the water, a bridge employee said. Crews removed the body just less than 5 miles from where she disappeared late Wednesday night in the 900 block Haunted Lane in Bensalem. Original Story: First responders are searching along the Neshaminy Creek in Bensalem and the Croydon section of Bristol for a missing 73-year-old woman. The search for Jean Carson began late Wednesday night with police, local fire company boat teams and the Philadelphia Police Department's air unit. Crews from Bensalem, …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Do you recognize the subject in these photos? Police need help identifying him.
A man wanted in connection with several crimes involving stolen credit cards in Bristol, Bensalem, Falls and Lower Southampton is being saught by local police. The subject entered a local gym and filled out a membership agreement and he was permitted to work out in the gym while the application was reviewed. He then promptly broke into a gym patron’s locker and stole several access device cards, which were used in the Bensalem area. The subject used the name Braon/Brayon Patterson. This subject has been linked to similar activity in Falls and Bristol townships as well as Northeast Philadelphia. Anyone with information as to the suspect’s identity is asked to contact the Lower Southampton Township Police Dispatch at 215-357-1234 or …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
When a Montgomery County couple lost their jobs last year, they started a business delivering flowers and tributes and offering a little TLC to area grave sites.
When Horsham residents Julie Marsella and her husband Tony lost their jobs in the fall of 2011, bouncing back with a business of sorts that had grown from "personal interest" was a no-brainer. It was not uncommon for one or both of the Marsellas to frequent cemeteries in Springfield, Bensalem, Warminster or Warrington to pay tribute to their loved ones at their final resting places. But, getting the Marsellas' Beloved Guardians off the ground has proven to be a bit challenging. The beneficiaries of the couple's work can not thank them, recommend their services, or book them for additional work. "You don’t want to be an ambulance chaser," Julie Marsella said. Tony Marsella, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who had worked in sales for 20 years …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Friends of Bucks County Technical High School student Ryan Viola raised funds over the weekend to help the Bensalem teen's family.
Chance Dansbury Williams along with two other teens are seen manning a stand at the Pathmark in Fairless Hills over the weekend. The teens were collecting money to help the family of Bucks County Technical High School student and friend, Ryan Viola, who was killed after a strike from a vehicle in Bensalem recently. The teens are set to be collecting money at the ShopRite in Levittown this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Williams' aunt Megan Masterson Soley.