Thursday, December 18, 2014

POSTED: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 4:46 PM
David Piergrossi, left, and Daniel Leflar, right, are accused of robbing a Bensalem coin shop. (Bensalem Township Police)

Bensalem Township Police say they've identified the two men accused of robbing a coin store while brandishing a knife and pipe earlier this week, but that both suspects remained on the loose Thursday afternoon.

Police identified the men as Daniel Leflar, 55, of Pottstown, and David Piergrossi, 52, of Royersford, and warned that both should be considered armed and dangerous.

The suspects may be traveling in a vehicle with a license plate ZDJ7692, police said, though they did not identify the car's potential make or model.

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:46 PM
(Warminster Township Police)

Warminster Township Police are searching for a man who allegedly stole cash and cigarettes during an armed robbery of a 7-Eleven on Street Road early Wednesday morning.

The man, who police said was wearing a blue hoodie, black mask and grey pants, pointed his handgun at the clerk around 1:47 a.m. and demanded the money and cigarettes. He fled with an undisclosed amount of both before authorities were able to respond. No one was injured, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Warminster Township Police at 215-343-0100. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:51 AM
Kevin Strouse at his campaign office in Bristol, PA. (File photo: Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer)

U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) secured a fourth term in the House Tuesday night - you can read our story about his victory, and a strong night for all area incumbents, here.

As for his opponent, Democratic challenger Kevin Strouse, the first-time candidate said after his defeat that he was disappointed in the result but proud of his campaign.

In a telephone interview late Tuesday night, Strouse, 35, said his team "knew the headwinds we were facing" ahead of launching his campaign, and noted that the climate seemed to become increasingly hostile toward President Obama as Election Day drew near.

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POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 3:57 PM
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With less than three weeks until election day, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) has an enormous financial advantage over Democratic challenger Kevin Strouse, reporting nearly 13 times as much cash-on-hand as his opponent, according to newly-released campaign finance filings.

The new reports, released Wednesday, show Fitzpatrick with over $2.1 million to spend, compared to Strouse's $174,200.

The numbers follow last week's news that national Democrats canceled television ad buys in the Bucks-based Eighth District supporting Strouse.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3:51 PM
Kevin Strouse, left, faces Mike Fitzpatrick.

First they debated about debates. Today, the candidates finally squared off on the issues.

At the first of three scheduled debates between U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and Democratic challenger Kevin Strouse, the two used an hour of radio airtime Wednesday to stake out positions on issues like healthcare, economic development, and foreign policy.

They also took occasional shots at one another, with Fitzpatrick calling Strouse a “recruit” of national Democrats, and Strouse characterizing his opponent as an embodiment of a gridlocked Washington.

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POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:27 PM

Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed the warrant of execution for convicted-cop killer Robert Flor, a man who shot to death Newtown, Bucks County, police officer Brian Gregg in 2005.

The execution date is set for Dec. 4. But Flor is in the midst of appealing his death sentence, a slow process that often allows death warrants to expire .

Flor is among 184 Pennsylvania inmates facing the death penalty. Corbett has signed death warrants for 40 of them.

Three people have been executed since Pennsylvania reinstituted capital punishment in 1978 - two in 1995, the last in 1999 - and only because all three ended appeals and asked for death.  
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POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 12:40 PM
Bensalem High School.

Bensalem Township Police came up empty-handed Thursday morning - an outcome they're probably happy about.

Authorities and school district officials performed a "proactive narcotics sweep" at Bensalem High School around 9:15 a.m., according to a press release from police.

They deployed six "trained k-9 units," several police officers, and school district officials to comb the facility. The search was over after about an hour and no drugs were found.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 5:19 PM
Kevin Strouse, left, and U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.)

At least three debates will take place this month between U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and Democratic challenger Kevin Strouse - one in lower Bucks, one in central Bucks, and another via radio. See below for details.

But it's the absence of a fourth debate that has the first-time challenger contending that Fitzpatrick's campaign has been "caught lying."

Strouse, in a press release sent Wednesday, said he agreed last month to participate additional forum in Bensalem in October.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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