Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:37 PM

A large portion of the Newtown Bypass on Tuesday was renamed in honor of Newtown Borough police officer Brian Gregg who was killed in the line of duty in 2005.

The stretch of road between Route 413 and Route 532 is now called “the Officer Gregg Memorial Bypass.” In the coming weeks, signs will mark the newly designated roadway, Penndot officials said.

Gregg had given up a career as a carpenter to follow a lifelong dream to be an officer in the borough and was killed two days shy of his one-year anniversary on the force. Gregg and another officer, James Warunek, had arrested Robert Flor for driving drunk and punching his girlfriend, taking him to the emergency room for blood and urine samples. Flor snatched Warunek’s gun at the hospital and fatally shot Gregg. Flor is now on death row.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:36 PM

 A scheduling snafu has postponed the sentencing of Eric Romig, a former Pennridge High School softball coach who had sex with one of his players last year.

A court hearing was scheduled for Tuesday morning but continued to May 9 because a senior judge wasn't notified of the sentencing, which requires significant preparation, officials said.

Romig, 36, is expected to face up to 20 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in January to institutional sexual assault and possession of child pornography for having sex and trading explicit videos and photos with a 16-year-old girl.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:23 PM
Shaughnessy Naughton, left, and Kevin Strouse, right.

The race is on.

Democratic Congressional candidates Kevin Strouse and Shaughnessy Naughton debated in front of about 200 people at Bucks County Community College Tuesday morning - the second time in two days the candidates have squared off, but perhaps their last formal debate before May's primary election.

Strouse, 34, a former Army ranger and CIA employee, and Naughton, 35, who runs her family printing business, are competing for a shot at unseating incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, Bucks), a three-term Congressman who represents the Eighth District, which encompasses most of Bucks County and a sliver of northeastern Montgomery County.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:14 PM
Robert Gimello (Bucks County District Attorney's Office)

A former custodian at Langhorne's Maple Point Middle School was arrested Wednesday for allegedly showing pictures of male genitalia to three teenagers at a screening of the movie Thor 2 in Middletown, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.

Robert Gimello, 25, was charged with unlawful contact with minors and harassment for the alleged incident, which authorities say happened at the United Artists Movie Theater in November.

According to a criminal complaint, Gimello sat in front of thee teenagers, aged 13 and 14, and repeatedly angled his phone so that they could see the lewd pictures on its screen. Gimello would also look back and make eye contact, the complaint says. 

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POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014, 4:29 PM

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office on Friday said it’s seeking the death penalty in the case against Marcel Johnson, a man accused of killing a Bristol Township woman, her unborn child and her four-year-old last fall.

Johnson, 21, of Bristol Township, was formally arraigned in Bucks County on Friday, the deadline for prosecutors to purse capital punishment for the stabbing death of Ebony Talley, 22, who was five months pregnant, and her daughter, R'Mani Rankins, on the week of Thanksgiving.

“It was really not a tough decision [to seek the death penalty],” said Matt Weintraub, chief of prosecution for the DA’s office. “There were so many aggravating factors that we had no choice but to seek it.”

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POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12:15 PM

Two men found guilty in the 2011 killing of Levittown guitarist Danny DeGennaro will have to file formal appeals to have any chance of getting out of jail, after a Bucks County judge on Thursday denied their initial requests to reconsider the verdict.

Breon Powell, 22, and Kazair Gist, 20, both from Trenton, each filed a motion with Judge Rea B. Boylan asserting that the evidence presented during their joint trial last fall was not enough to convict them of first- and second-degree murder.

Powell was found guilty of firing a fatal shotgun blast into DeGennaro's chest during a botched home robbery and is serving a life sentence.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 1:05 PM

The second of two attempted murder suspecs wanted by Warminster police turned himself in Monday night, hours after the other suspect was arrested outside a Bensalem apartment complex, police said.

Francisco Valentin and Quaemeir Davae Quay Willis, both 21, are now in Bucks County prison on charges including attempted murder. Both man allegedly threatened to kill a man last week, although it's unclear why. 

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:24 PM
Dale Michael Wakefield

Dale Wakefield, a man charged with stabbing to death a homeless man in Doylestown last summer, has been charged with another alleged stabbing; this time the victim is a fellow inmate in Bucks County prison.

Wakefield, who is in the jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges, stabbed the prisoner in the face and arms with a ball-point pen, after which he said “white power” and “I’ll do it again,” according to court documents filed this morning. Wakefield is white. The alleged victim, Jamar Green, is black.

The attack occurred in late February, according to the affidavit filed by county detectives. Green told police after the incident that he and Wakefield were friends who often played pranks on each other, such as throwing water on each other and calling each other names, court records stated.

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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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