Monday, December 22, 2014

POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:46 PM
Filed Under: Bucks

When Andrew Potts was rushed to the hospital on Monday, a nephew he lived with went through his phone and discovered loads of child porn and what appeared to be sexually explicit text messages with adolescent girls, police said.    

Potts’ nephew was especially concerned, police said, because his 45-year-old uncle is already a registered sex offender, convicted in 2001 for having unlawful contact with a child in another state. So the nephew called the cops.

Potts is back in jail, charged with possessing child porn while police try to determine whether the recipients of his texts were indeed underage girls, police said. He is in Bucks County prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:50 PM
Shaughnessy Naughton, left, and Kevin Strouse, right.

The two Democrats battling to run against U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, Bucks) in this year's Congressional election will participate in their first public debate on April 15, their campaigns confirmed Thursday.

The face-off between Kevin Strouse, 34, an Army veteran and former CIA employee, and Shaughnessy Naughton, 35, who runs her family printing business, will take place at noon at Bucks County Community College's Lower Bucks Campus, in Bristol, and will be moderated by Bill Pezza, an adjunct politics professor at the college.

It is scheduled to be 75 minutes, according to Jean Dolan, a college spokeswoman.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:05 PM
Nicholas Helman

The preliminary hearing for Nicholas Helman, the Hatboro man accused of sending a scratch-and-sniff birthday card laced with ricin to his ex-girlfriend's new beau, has been postponed until May 15.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday.

Authorities said yesterday that a vial found beneath a gas manhole cover near Helman's Byberry Road apartment - believed to be his leftover stash of ricin - did, indeed, test positive for the toxin.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 11:33 AM
From left: Edward Warner, Jose Rivera, and Paula Pisechko, were arrested by (Warminster Township Police)

About 250 bags of heroin and $2,000 in cash was seized from a Warrington Township apartment recently, police announced Wednesday.

Three people were arrested, according to a press release from Warminster Township Police, after the drugs were found in an apartment on the 500 block of Easton Road.

Police did not say how much heroin was in the bags, or when the operation took place, and did not immediately respond to questions.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11:04 AM

The case against a Bensalem teen who allegedly raped eight underage girls is headed to county court in Doylestown for a possible trial.

Joshua Ray Benson, 19, waived his right to a preliminary hearing this morning to review the charges against him. He will be formally arraigned in county court next month on felony sexual assault charges.   

Benson met his victims on internet dating websites, cultivating friendships before initiating sexual contact, police said.  He would then become violently aggressive and assault the girls against their will, court records stated.

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POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014, 12:52 PM

A female inmate who was found dead Saturday morning in Bucks County Prison of apparent cardiac complications - the second death at the facility in the past seven months - was identified by authorities Monday.

Marlene Yarnall, 49, of Bensalem, was found in her cell at the prison around 11 a.m. Saturday, said Bucks County spokesman Chris Edwards.

Edwards said Yarnall, who was in a detox treatment program at the prison, had "multiple pre-existing medical conditions," and that there are no indications of foul play.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:49 PM

An employee with The Philadelphia Inquirer who retired two months ago to take care of his ailing wife died with her in a Tuesday night house fire, the cause of which is still under investigation.

Fire officials and police in Middletown Township, Bucks County, are continuing to investigate the blaze, which claimed the lives of Raymond and Caroline Jenkins. They were in their early 60s and owned the house on Elmwood Avenue in Langhorne.

Raymond Jenkins had worked as a tech at the newspaper’s printing plant in Upper Merion for 21 years, overseeing production equipment and trouble shooting problems that arose during the third shift, said Bernie Imle, a supervisor. He said Jenkins retired two months ago to help his wife who was having health problems.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:09 PM

A support group for male breast cancer patients, survivors and their families will hold a special meeting April 10 at Holy Redeemer Women’s HealthCare in Southampton.

Male breast cancer afflicts about 1 in 1,000 men, often causing patients to feel isolated because of the rarity of the disease. The Bucks County Breast Friend’s Support Group is sponsoring the meeting, which will include guest Richard Schumeyer, a male breast cancer survivor.

The meeting is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those interested in attending should contact Anne Clark at 215-539-3010 or

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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, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, 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, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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