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Archive: March, 2012

POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 1:23 PM

The Bucks County Commissioners will conduct their regular public meeting at 6 tonight, instead of the usual 10 a.m., to allow residents who are busy during the day to attend. 

“We want to try something different,” Commissioner Chairman Rob Loughery said last month, when he requested the scheduling change. “This will be a better way to provide access to [members of] the public who cannot come to commissioners’ meetings during the day.

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POSTED: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 12:40 PM

The Route 1 South exit ramp to Route 213 (Maple Avenue) outside Langhorne will be closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday for drainpipe installation, PennDot reports.

Southbound drivers can exit Route 1 at Bellevue Avenue and take local roads to get onto Route 1 northbound to the Route 213 exit. From the Bellevue Avenue exit, drive to Gillam Avenue and turn right. Turn right onto Route 413 and follow to Bellevue Avenue.  Turn right onto Bellevue to the Route 1 North ramp and take to the Route 213 exit.

The work is part of PennDOT’s $19.3-million project to rebuild that Route 1 bridge over Route 213 and to realign the ramps. The project is expected to be completed  in October 2014.

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POSTED: Friday, March 16, 2012, 11:49 AM
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Highland Farm, where Oscar Hammerstein II lived from 1941 to 1960.

Doylestown's Highland Farm, where Oscar Hammerstein II composed the opening classic song for Oklahoma!, will be open March 23 for tours, talks and a preview of the play by Central Bucks West High School’s Harlequin Club.

Hammerstein, inspired by the picturesque Bucks County countryside, wrote “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ ” on the front porch of Highland Farm. Members of the Harlequin Club will sing the song in costume on the porch one week before they stage the play at the high school.

The open house, scheduled from 4:30 to 8 pm., will also offer presentations about local and theater history and tours of the three-story mansion where Hammerstein and his family lived from 1941 till his death in 1960. The original house at 70 East Road was built in 1740, was replaced in 1840, and is now a B&B.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 2:07 PM

The woman who tried to lure musician Danny DeGennaro out of his Bristol Township house so her accomplices could rob him is in Bucks County Prison on unrelated theft charges, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Tatyana Henderson, 18, of Bensalem, stole $271.87 last month from a Falls Township store with Danasia Bakr, the Falls Township teenager who was charged Tuesday with DeGennaro’s murder, according to authorities and court records.

Since Henderson is in prison on $250,000 bail for the alleged theft, “there’s no pressure” to charge her yet with the murder, county District Attorney Heckler said.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 11:36 AM
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Grandaughters Robin Pavlo (left) and Theresa Sturgeon help Matilda Centurione celebrate her 105th birthday Monday at the Wesley Enhanced Living retirement home in Doylestown.

Matilda Centurione of Doylestown, who celebrated her 105th birthday Monday, said her secret to a happy life is: "I was never mad at nobody."

Centurione, known as Tilly, was surrounded by two granddaughters and friends at the Wesley Enhanced Living retirement home. She has five children, 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She enjoys sewing, needlecraft and puzzles and is considered an expert speller.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7:04 PM
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Danasia Bakr gets into county SUV to be taken to Bucks County Prison after her arraignment Tuesday. (Bill Reed/Staff)

The Morrisville teenager charged with the murder of Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro was arrested last week on an unrelated theft charge, Falls Township police said Wednesday.

And Bensalem lawyer Michael Parlow filed papers to represent Danasia Bakr, 17, one day after she was arraigned on murder, robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges in the Dec. 28 fatal shooting.

Bakr will be treated as a juvenile for the alleged theft, Falls police Lt. Henry Ward said, unlike the DeGennaro case, in which she will be tried as an adult.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 12:59 PM

A 17-year-old Morrisville woman was charged Tuesday with the murder of Bristol Township musician Danny DeGennaro, and authorities said they are pursuing three of her four co-conspirators in the botched robbery.

A tip from a neighbor of the well known guitar player and songwriter who performed with Kingfish other big-name rock and rhythm-and-blues musicians helped police identify the murder suspects, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said.

“We know who you are, and we are coming,” Heckler said about the three co-conspirators following the arraignment for Danasia Ameena Bakr of Plaza Boulevard.

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POSTED: Monday, March 12, 2012, 2:40 PM
Adrian Allen after arraignment in Bensalem on first-degree murder child-endangering charges Monday. (Bill Reed/Staff)

The Bucks County District Attorney said Monday he will seek the death penalty for a Bristol Township man charged with the torture and murder of an 18-month-year-old Bensalem girl.

“This is a terrible, terrible tragedy,” David Heckler said before the arraignment for Adrian Morgan Allen. “We contend this was an intentional killing, first-degree murder.”

The child, called B.A. in court documents, died on March 7, 10 days after she was brought into St. Mary Medical Center unconscious with a severe head injury that required emergency surgery. She also suffered from a broken arm, broken ribs, an adult bite mark on her arm and bruises all over her body, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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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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