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Archive: August, 2012

POSTED: Friday, August 31, 2012, 11:38 AM

Today is already a big day for Mayur Patel of Bristol and Anjali Naik of Lima, Ohio – they’re closing on a house in Bensalem.

But Mayur decided to top it off by proposing to Anjali first, and he popped the question with the help of one of his new neighbors – the Bucks County Visitors Center on Street Road in front of Parx Casino.

It seems that Anjali loves postcards and collects them from all the places she visits, says Jessica Lawlor, marketing and communications coordinator for the county’s tourism bureau. So Mayur thought the postcard rack in the Visitor Center’s gift shop would be the perfect place to pop the question.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 12:36 PM
After smashing front door glass, this man is seen on camera at 7-Eleven in Bensalem on Aug. 23, 2012.

A man with a shaved head broke into a 7-11 store on Street Road in Bensalem Township early Thursday morning and made off with about $600, police reported.

The man, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, with a medium build, was filmed by the store’s surveillance cameras as he threw a rock through the front glass door of the store at 3508 Street Rd. at 5:11 a.m., police said.

The video shows the man running into the store with a shirt over his head but quickly falling away, revealing his face. The man jumped over the counter, demanding money from an employee, who ran out of the store, police said.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 12:30 PM

A man with a shaved head broke into a 7-11 store on Street Road in Bensalem Township early Thursday morning and made off with about $600, police reported.

The man, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, with a medium build, was filmed by the store’s surveillance cameras as he threw a rock through the front glass door of the store at 3508 Street Rd. at 5:11 a.m., police said.

The video shows the man running into the store with a shirt over his head but quickly falling away, revealing his face. The man jumped over the counter, demanding money from an employee, who ran out of the store, police said.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 6:46 PM
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Jon Cousin

The Chalfont police officer who allegedly lied about being shot in his bulletproof vest this week could be “incredibly brooding and moody,” a high school friend and fellow rock-band member said Wednesday.

Jon Cousin, 30, of New Britain Township “always seemed like he had some problems with things,” said Sean Breslin, 30, of Haddon Heights. “He was a good person, but he needed help.”

Cousin’s mother died in the spring, and he and his wife had triplets 1½ months ago, Breslin said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 5:57 PM

A second mechanic for the Bensalem School District has been arrested and charged with stealing tires and auto parts from the bus garage, Bensalem Township police said Tuesday.

But his alleged take was worth peanuts compared to the more than $400,000 in tires, batteries, brake pads and other items that his boss allegedly stole over the past 10 years, according to court documents.   

Martin Chappell, 61, of Bensalem, who has worked for the district for 21 years, stole tires, filters, headlights, wiper blades and other parts worth more than $2,300 “over an extended period of time,” police said in court documents.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 11:37 AM
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A teenager tries to drive a course with distractions like a loud radio, texting, her brother talking to her and pedestrians yelling at her during an Allstate SafeDriving Challenge event. (Allstate)

On Sunday evening, a Central Bucks County man was killed when his teenage daughter was distracted by a dashboard light and crashed their minivan into a tree, Hilltown police reported.

 

In 2010, nearly 3,100 people were killed and more than 400,000 more were injured in distracted driving crashes. Almost 20 percent of all injury crashes reported in 2010 were the result of distractions, such as texting, talking on the phone and to passengers, and listening to music.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 4:29 PM
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Walter Meyerle is escorted to court on Tuesday, where he was fiound guilty on 170 counts of child sex abuse, possession of chikld pornography and plotting a prison escape. (Bill Reed/Staff)

"Look up ‘sexual predator’ in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of Walter Meyerle,” said an observer at the tattoo artist’s child sex-abuse trial in Doylestown.

Meyerle, 35, of Falls Township, was found guilty Tuesday in Bucks County Court of 170 counts of sex crimes against 15 children ages 4 to 17, possession of child pornography and plotting to break out of the county prison.

“In my recollection, this guy is the worst in Bucks County for the number of victims,” said David Heckler, who has served as a county judge and now as district attorney for 14 years.

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POSTED: Friday, August 17, 2012, 1:51 PM
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Walter Meyerle is escorted out of court during his five-day trial in Doylestown. (Bill Reed/Staff)

Walter Meyerle, the tattoo artistcharged with about 200 sex-abuse crimes against 15 children ages 4 to 17, declined to present a defense Friday, pinning his chances on an appeal.

Bucks County Court Judge Diane E. Gibbons spent a half-hour reviewing the charges and possible sentences, which could add up to hundreds of years in prison.

"If you're doing the math, it's beyond your lifetime," Gibbons said as she outlined the mamximum and mandatory minimum sentence with each felony and misdemeanor count.

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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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