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Archive: August, 2012

POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012, 1:46 PM
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Walter Meyerle walks out of courtroom Monday, on first day of trial in Bucks County Court. (Bill Reed/Staff)

A tattoo artist charged with 195 sex crimes against 15 boys and girls dating back to 2003 waived his right to a jury trial Monday in Bucks County Court.

Other charges against Walter Meyerle, 35, of Falls Township, involving an alleged plot to escape from Bucks County Prison, were severed from the trial, which is expected to last at least a week.

Meyerle is charged with assaulting the children, ages 4 to 17, after befriending them, their parents and other relatives.  In the first case presented Monday, he allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old Bensalem girl and, about seven years later, allegedly assaulted her niece.

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POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012, 9:48 AM

Jury selection is scheduled to begin this morning for Walter Meyerle, the former owner of a Falls Township tattoo parlor owner charged with 210 crimes, most of them felony sexual assaults, against 14 children.

Meyerle, 35,  may waive his right to a jury trial in Bucks County Court in Doylestown.

He faces charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with minors, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault, and statutory sexual assault, all felonies. He also faces dozens of misdemeanor charges.

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POSTED: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 11:38 AM

Drivers can expect delays in the Doylestown area next week for work on the Route 202 Parkway and concrete repairs to Route 611, PennDot reports.

Installation of electronic message signs, traffic cameras and traffic signal equipment for the Route 202 Parkway may close lanes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at:

 • Route 202 between Pebble Hill Road, north of Route 611, and Route 63 (Welsh Road);

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POSTED: Friday, August 10, 2012, 6:31 PM

Chalk it up as a learning experience.

Two Central Bucks County teenagers were ticketed this week for criminal mischief when they were allegedly caught drawing chalk figures of sea turtles and a whale on a Doylestown Borough street.

Connor Logan, 18, of Doylestown Township, and a 17-year old Doylestown Borough boy were drawing the figures with white chalk on North Clinton Avenue near Wood Street just before midnight Tuesday, borough police said Friday.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 5:14 PM
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Photo of suspect, provided by Warminster police.

Warminster Township police are seeking a suspect in a check-fraud scheme in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Police described the scheme Thursday:

The suspect goes to a car dealership and puts a $1,500.00 cash deposit on a vehicle. The next day, he says he no longer wants the vehicle, and the dealership issues a check, which the suspect duplicates and cashes at banks and check-cashing businesses.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 4:19 PM
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Photo of suspect in CVS Pharmacy burglary. (Bensalem Township Police)

Bensalem Township police are looking for a young man who broke into a CVS Pharmacy early Thursday and stole cartons of cigarettes, Kodak digital cameras and pay-as-you-go cell phones.

The man smashed the glass front door with a piece of asphalt at 3:20 a.m. to get into the store at 3811 Neshaminy Boulevard, police said. He was wearing work gloves, black jeans and boots, and had a blue T-shirt covering part of his face, police said.

The man was shirtless, with a birthmark on the right side of his lower back and a gauze pad covering what appeared to be a tattoo, police said.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 3:32 PM
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Quilts hang from the rafters during the 8th annual show, wgich will run through Sept,. 23. (Visit Bucks County)

Handmade country quilts of all styles and themes are dressing up the Visit Bucks County Center in Bensalem, and visitors can vote for their favorite one.

The 8th annual show features more than 70 quilts stitched by Bucks County residents who attend classes at The Quilt Academy, also in Bensalem.  The quilts, ranging from traditional and artistic to modern and contemporary are hanging from the center’s rafters.

A brochure provides the inspiration behind each design and information about the artists, and visitors can fill out a “Viewer’s Choice” ballot.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 7:06 PM

John Rearick “liked to walk.” The 23-year-old Croydon man “never had a driver’s license,” a former neighbor said, “so he’d walk or ride his bike” to get around.

Rearick was walking on busy New Falls Road late July 22 when a Cadillac hit him. It slowed briefly, then sped off, police said.

The graduate of Harry S Truman High School and Pennco Tech suffered severe head injuries and died six days later.

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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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