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POSTED: Monday, July 16, 2012, 1:57 PM

A Bensalem Township police officer on routine patrol with his K-9 dog made one of Bucks County’s  biggest drug busts on Sunday, seizing heroin and methampehamine worth $11.7 million, authorities said Monday.

The 15 kilos of heroin and 20 pounds of “very pure crystal methamphetamine” were not earmarked for Bensalem, “but they were earmarked for the Delaware Valley,” township Public Safety Director Fred Harran said at a news conference.  

“I can’t imagine how many lives were saved last night of people overdosing on this stuff,” Harran said, with the plastic-wrapped bricks of drugs lined up neatly in front of him. “There’s a lot of people not going to get high this week.”

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POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 3:04 AM

Lake Towhee Park?

Applebachsville?

Stokes Meadow?

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 6:55 PM

Bensalem Township’s volunteer Union Fire Company was suspended Tuesday for the second time in 13 months — the latest chapter in a longstanding clash of personalities and politics.

The fire company suffers from “a total lack of leadership,” township Public Safety Director Fred Harran said after announcing the suspension. “It’s like a baseball team without a pitcher.”

"They’ve been threatening to do this since the last time,” Chief Dave Jerri responded. “But it won’t happen again — I won’t resign,” he said, referring to the ouster of Chief Vince Troisi last summer.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012, 4:09 PM

Three senior centers will stay open till 6 p.m. Friday and will open Saturday to provide spots to get away from the excessive heat and humidity.

The Lower Bucks Senior Center, 301 Wood St., Bristol Borough; the Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Rd.; and the Pennridge Senior Center, 146 E. Main St., Silverdale, will stay open an extra 2½ hours Friday and will open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the county information office said Thursday.

Seniors age 60 and older who do not have a fan or air conditioner may be able to get a fan from the Area Agency on Aging. Seniors also can get help by calling the agency at 267-880-5700 during this period of extreme heat.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012, 3:38 PM
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Members of the Friends of the Levittown Library present a commemorative check for $80,000 to representatives of the library network on June 29. From left are: Jim Puzo; Claudia Griffin; Barbara Bill; Nancy Masulis, president of the group; Karen Wilson; Linda Williams, branch manager; Martina Kominiarek, executive director of the county system; Jerry Bill; Rhoda Goldberg; Stephanie Deeter, regional manager; and Ella Hamell.

The Levittown branch of the Bucks County Free Library is getting a makeover, thanks to an $80,000 donation and pledge of an additional $20,000.

The money, raised by the Friends of the Levittown Library, is being used for new shelves, seats and carpeting for the 17-year-old library, volunteer Jim Puzo said Thursday.

The children’s section has been brightened up with a fresh coat of paint, he said, and tables and activities have been added.     

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 5:58 PM

Two senior centers in Bristol Borough and Bristol Township will open July 4 to provide a respite from the excessive heat and humidity.

The Lower Bucks Senior Center, at 301 Wood St. in the borough, and the Bristol Township Senior Center, at 2501 Bath Rd., will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the county information office said Tuesday.

Seniors age 60 and older who do not have a fan or air conditioner may be able to get a fan from the Area Agency on Aging. Seniors also can get help by calling the agency at 267-880-5700 during this period of extreme heat.

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POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2012, 7:35 PM

A Neshaminy school bus driver and a cafeteria aide were killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday, a day before the driver's 29th wedding anniversary.

John Edel, 52, of Trevose, and his passenger, Ellen Kelly, 50, of Penndel, were killed when his 2005 Yamaha Warrior motorcycle hit a Chevrolet Impala at Street Road and Knowles Avenue in Upper Southampton, police said. The accident is still under investigation.

Kathy Edel said she learned of her husband's death the next day - "on our anniversary," she said Monday outside their Philmont Avenue home. "Police couldn't find his ID because of where he kept it on the motorcycle."

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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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