She made national headlines last year, alleging police brutality after officers used a Taser on her handcuffed son, 14, who fled police and fell; the image of his bloodied face going viral.
Marissa Sargeant is back in the news again, this time for allegedly shoplifting from the same Bucks County Walmart at which her son was arrested for shoplifting and subsequently injured.
Sargeant , 32, of Levittown, and a relative allegedly took $100 worth of unnamed items from the store in Tullytown on Thursday and were arrested after a Walmart employee called police. Sargeant remained in Bucks County prison Friday, unable to post bail and facing felony theft charges because she has three prior shoplifting convictions, court records stated.
An 86-year-old Bensalem man with dementia has been found safe in Delaware County, Bensalem police have reported.
As we reported, John Howarth went missing on Wednesday.
Bensalem police are looking for a missing 86-year-old man with dementia who may be in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.
John Howarth, who may be driving a 2010 gray Ford Focus, once lived and worked in Kensington and may believe he still does in his worsening mental state, police said.
He is a white male with gray hair and blue eyes. He has a full gray bear and wears dentures. He was last seen wearing a blue flannel shirt and blue jeans. He stands about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weights about 175 pounds.
Bucks County is reporting an uptick in its homeless population, with the number of people who lack regular sleeping accommodations – including shelters - doubling in one year, officials said Wednesday.
The count of homeless individuals who sleep outside or in cars rose from about 50 in 2012 to nearly 100 this year during the county’s annual tally taken in late January. Those individuals avoid staying in shelters, with some refusing to take advantage of emergency shelters that open during cold weather.
The number of people who are served by county shelters throughout the year also rose between 2012 and 2014 to nearly 960, an increase of about 100.
Bensalem police are looking for two men who stole $100,000 worth of jewelry from three Bucks County box stores in three days last week.
The men first struck the Sears at the Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem last Tuesday. A man cut a cable that secured a spinning jewelry display case and dumped its $53,000 worth of contents into a shopping cart before walking out of the store.
The next day, the Kmart on Street Road in Lower Southampton was similarly struck. They hit the Sears in the Oxford Valley Mall in Middletown Township on Thursday.
The Bucks County’s Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a telephone scam in which people pretend to be sheriff’s deputies and threaten arrest.
The callers tell victims a warrant will be issued for his or her arrest unless he or she buys bail bonds over the phone with a credit card. The callers then give out a bogus phone number and a bogus address at which victims can pick up the bonds.
Bucks County’s sheriffs never call people about arrest warrants or collect money. Victims should contact their local police department or the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office at 215-348-6124.
Ritchie Webb, the former Neshaminy school board president who unexpectedly resigned late last year, announced Wednesday night that he will run for a seat in the state House of Representatives this year.
Webb, 60, who said in December that he was stepping away from the school board to spend more time with his family, is switching his registration to run as a Democrat, he said in a statement. Webb has long voted as a registered Republican, voting records say.
He will seek election in the 142nd District, which is centered in Langhorne and has been represented since 2009 by Frank Farry, a Republican.
Bucks County businesses that suffered losses during this month’s winter storms may be eligible for federal aid such as low-interest loans.
Affected businesses should contact the county’s Emergency Management Agency at 215-340-8700 by the end of the week or fill out forms online at the county’s website, www.buckscounty.org. The aid would come from the federal Small Business Administration.
Businesses will have to prove that they incurred revenue losses of 40 percent or more compared to February 2013.