DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man sentenced to death for raping, strangling and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter has asked a judge to instead give him a life term.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Dozens of cats have been seized from a Pennsylvania townhome where authorities say they were living in squalid conditions.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who rejected a plea deal in the killings of four men found buried on a suburban Philadelphia farm wants prosecutors barred from using statements he made to...
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a groom can go to trial on charges he forced himself on a teenage waitress at his wedding reception.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A woman who plotted the rape, torture and murder of her own teenage daughter pleaded guilty on Friday and was sentenced to life in prison for a crime so barbaric that...
Man gets death for teen’s rape, murder, dismemberment
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who killed and dismembered his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy he shared with the teenager's mother was sentenced Thursday to...
A jury has sentenced a man to die for raping, strangling and dismembering his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jury has sentenced a man to die for raping, strangling and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jury outside Philadelphia has gone a second day without deciding whether to sentence a man to death for raping, strangling and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old...
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered testified Wednesday that she helped plot the attack and carry it out, telling her daughter before her death that...
The Latest: Mother refused to aid daughter during attack
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the fate of a Pennsylvania man who authorities say raped, murdered and dismembered his girlfriend's daughter (all times local):
PLUMSTEAD, Pa. (AP) — A recent jewelry theft arrest in Plumstead is just one recent example of the mutually beneficial relationship between law enforcement and precious metal buyers.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man should be put to death for killing and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy he and the teen's mother...
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the fate of a Pennsylvania man who authorities say raped, murdered and dismembered his girlfriend's daughter (all times local):
Plea hearing delayed again for suspect in teen’s rape, death
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who admitted to the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl has been taken to the hospital for high blood pressure, and his plea hearing was...
Man pleads guilty in rape, murder of Pennsylvania teen
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and...
Son pleads guilty, gets probation in mansion fire fraud case
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The son of a suburban Philadelphia woman convicted in a multi-million-dollar insurance fraud case following fires at her Bucks County property has been sentenced to four years' probation.
Police: Groom assaulted teen waitress at wedding reception
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a groom forced himself on a teenage waitress at his wedding reception and then was taken from the hall in handcuffs over a drunken brawl.
Attorney: Rape, murder defendant to implicate child’s mother
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys for a man charged in the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl say they will argue that the child's adoptive mother masterminded the Pennsylvania slaying.
Woman convicted of 6 of 9 counts in insurance fraud case
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia woman has been convicted of most charges in a multi-million-dollar insurance fraud case following fires at her Bucks County property.
Jurors in Bucks County deliberated for 4½ hours before convicting 71-year-old Claire Risoldi on six of nine counts including theft by deception and insurance fraud.
Woman convicted of 1st-degree murder in executive’s slaying
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The defense attorney representing a woman convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a pharmaceutical manager in suburban Philadelphia says he expects to file an appeal.
Ex-official, girlfriend accused of abusing unconscious woman
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania township official and his girlfriend spiked a woman's drink and used a hidden camera to take sexually explicit photographs of her while she was unconscious, according to police and prosecutors.
Lawrence Weinstein and Kelly Drucker are charged with false imprisonment, invasion of privacy, recklessly endangering another person, criminal conspiracy and violations of the Pennsylvania Wiretap Act. They surrendered to Bucks County detectives Tuesday.
Program a success for people with disabilities, mentors
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jimmy Garcia scoured the large all-purpose room at Neshaminy Manor, a senior living center in Doylestown Township, ready to spring into action.
He walked among the tables where 15 residents were seated, dipping brushes into watercolor paints.
If anyone needed clean water to clean their utensil, Jimmy was on it.
If a painting was ready to be dried, Jimmy was ready with a hairdryer to help it along.
Historic Bucks County deed books to be restored, preserved
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bucks County is sending 75 historic deed books to be preserved for generations to come, the first step in a project aiming to save hundreds more.
Dating back more than 300 years, the books tell the story of a Bucks County long gone: of colonists and their homes, of land bought and sold, of slaves traded and freed.
But for at least the last decade, they've been left to rot.
Police focus on the pros, cons of body cameras
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Gun — check. Badge — check. Body camera — check.
Clipping a video camera to his chest is not something Central Bucks Regional police Cpl. Cliff Horn ever thought would become part of his pre-shift ritual.
And two years ago, when Horn, then an officer, learned the department would be one of seven Bucks County law enforcement agencies taking part in a pilot program to test out police-worn body cameras, he was not exactly enthused.
Helicopter instructor, student pilot hurt in hard landing
OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — A helicopter with a student pilot and an instructor aboard made a hard landing at a small airport in southern New Jersey, leaving both injured and the aircraft on its side.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the Robinson R22 helicopter ended up in a marsh area just west of the tarmac at Ocean City Municipal Airport about 9:30 a.m. Friday. It apparently had taken off a short time earlier.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — When Carmen Sapara and her husband moved to the Central Bucks area last year, she had few connections.
"I knew two people, a friend and my real estate agent; that's it," said Sapara, who moved to Plumstead from East Windsor, New Jersey.
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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the sweltering heat of a summer day, Sharon Patrick walked the cornfields of the DiNardo family's Solebury Township farm, praying the rosary. She told herself that her Jimi would be found, perhaps traumatized, but alive.
Aimee Sturgis King stared up the long driveway toward the center of the property, where investigators searched for four missing young men: her son Mark Sturgis; Tom Meo; Jimi Patrick; and Dean Finocchiaro.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A 30-year-old woman with a painkiller addiction has been accused of killing her 11-week-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in her breast milk.
Samantha Jones was charged Friday with criminal homicide in the April 2 death of her baby.
An autopsy found the baby died from a combination of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine, the Bucks County District Attorney's office said in a statement.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A U.S. Navy sailor from Pennsylvania has been killed in a training exercise.
Navy officials say 23-year-old Ensign Sarah Mitchell, of Feasterville, was injured during small boat training in the Red Sea Sunday.
Mitchell was taken to a hospital in Aqaba (AH'-kah-bah), Jordan where she died at 12:45 p.m. local time.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A teenager has been sentenced to more than six to 12 years in state prison in a suburban Philadelphia slaying that investigators said stemmed from a botched drug-related robbery.
The (Lansdale) Reporter reports that 17-year-old Harrison Moss apologized as he was sentenced last week in Bucks County Court.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The only defendant still charged in adult court in a suburban Philadelphia slaying that investigators said stemmed from a botched drug-related robbery has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
The (Doylestown) Intelligencer reports that 17-year-old Harrison Moss also pleaded guilty Monday in Bucks County Court to robbery, conspiracy and a weapons charge.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A day of reckoning for two cousins accused of brutally killing four young men on a farm last summer was upended Wednesday when one of them reneged on a plea deal, a stunning turn that had prosecutors seeking the death penalty and considering his cousin as a star witness at his trial.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing for two cousins accused of killing and burying four men outside suburban Philadelphia (all times local):
A man accused of helping his cousin kill four young men at a suburban Philadelphia farm has rejected a plea deal and prosecutors say they will now seek the death penalty against him.
Sean Kratz stunned prosecutors and victims' relatives Wednesday in turning down what his lawyer said was the prosecution's final offer.
Schools encourage girls to get involved in science, tech
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Don't bring that "a woman's place is in the kitchen" kind of stuff around Jessica Perfetto.
She isn't buying any of it.
Perfetto, a Pennsbury High School technology education teacher and the district's curriculum coordinator for applied engineering/technology education, thinks the place for more and more females is in the laboratory, or at architectural and engineering firms or similar destinations devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Man sentenced to 10 to 40 years in mother’s slaying
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man diagnosed with schizophrenia has been sentenced to 10 to 40 years in the murder of his mother in their suburban Philadelphia home.
Thirty-two-year-old Zachary Cope pleaded guilty but mentally ill in January to third-degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime.
Authorities in Bucks County said he stabbed 52-year-old Rebecca Cope in December 2016 in the Lower Makefield Township home, then flagged down a motorist to tell him about the crime.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court official has ruled neither the biological parents nor the adoptive grandparents of a 14-year-old who prosecutors say was killed and dismembered by her adoptive mother can become administrators of the girl's estate.
An attorney for Rose and Rodney Hunsicker said they wanted to become administrators so they could sue the social service agencies that placed their biological daughter, Grace Parker, with the woman charged with abusing and killing her.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ruled that one of four teenagers will be tried as an adult in a suburban Philadelphia slaying that authorities said stemmed from a botched drug-related robbery.
The (Doylestown) Intelligencer reports that after months of hearings, the Bucks County judge denied a request to transfer the case against 17-year-old Harrison Moss to juvenile court.
State Supreme Court upholds contempt finding for fundraiser
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a contempt judgment against a Republican fundraiser who violated a court order barring her from contacting witnesses in a $20 million fraud case.
Seventy-year-old Claire Risoldi was found in contempt of court in 2016 and ordered to serve 30 days in county jail. She had asked the justices to hear her appeal of the judgment, but they rejected that request in a one-sentence decision issued Wednesday.
Prosecutors drop bid for 1 trial for 2 charged in teen death
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have withdrawn a request to try a man and woman together in the rape and killing of her 14-year-old adopted daughter in Pennsylvania.
An attorney for 43-year-old Sara Packer says prosecutors' decision Monday means that, absent a guilty plea, there will be two homicide trials in the death of Grace Packer.
The judge will rule later on a defense request to bar prosecutors from using statements by 44-year-old co-defendant Jacob Sullivan.
Man acquitted of abusing boy at furry animal costume parties
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who was accused with others of assaulting a boy at parties for people dressed in animal costumes has been acquitted of all charges.
Kenneth Fenske, 57, of Quakertown, was cleared by a jury on Friday, almost a year after he was charged.
Prosecutors alleged the boy was abused at furry parties beginning in 2009. The boy said he was forced to dress as Tony the Tiger and his attacker sometimes wore a full-body fox costume.
Authorities: 2 found dead in home; foul play not suspected
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two people have been found dead in a home in Pennsylvania.
But authorities say it doesn't appear that the deaths are the result of foul play.
The bodies of a 57-year-old woman and 66-year-old man were found Saturday in a home in Middletown, Bucks County. Police Lt. Steve Forman tells Philly.com that the two appeared to have been dead for several days.
Prosecutors move to keep death penalty an option in slayings
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have moved to hold onto their ability to seek the death penalty against two cousins in the deaths of four men found buried on a Philadelphia-area farm, although attorneys have said a deal with one defendant would take capital punishment off the table.
Handyman accused of serial rape sentenced to 60 to 120 years
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia handyman accused of serial child rape, and who prosecutors said kept a "perverse shrine" and images and writings related to his crimes in his trailer home, has been sentenced to 60 to 120 years in prison.
William Charles Thomas, 59, pleaded no contest Monday to charges that he raped six girls and sexually abused a seventh between 1990 and 2017. He also entered pleas to child pornography counts.
Man gets 6 to 23 months for escape from sheriff’s deputies
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who escaped from sheriff's deputies and triggered a manhunt that shut down schools in suburban Philadelphia earlier this year has been sentenced to six to 23 months behind bars.
The (Doylestown) Intelligencer reports that 26-year-old Daniel Selby pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court to escape and simple assault.
Christian underground club thrives at Doylestown church
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bright blue and orange café tables fill the basement of Doylestown Mennonite Church twice each month.
Photographs of landscapes and teddy bears, quilts and more than a dozen trees decorate the room.
And everything in the underground Christian club has a design. The decorations give the room a warmth, the tables encourage closeness and the spiritual music connects them to the church and the community.
You see, Karen Curtis would have liked it that way, say the founders.
Trip to the beach sparks memories in dementia patients
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The wheelchair only made it so far along Ocean City's sandy beach, but Odette Swan inhaled the salty air, fixed her gaze on the ocean and stood up, insisting she'd walk to get closer.
Minimum prison term reduced for man convicted of killing dog
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has knocked five years off the minimum prison term for a Pennsylvania man originally sentenced to at least 20 years for killing a homeowner's dog during a botched robbery.
Man who killed 17-year-old girl as teen gets resentenced
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man convicted of killing a teenage girl when he was 17 has been resentenced.
The Bucks County Courier Times reports a judge resentenced 56-year-old John Lekka to 45 years to life on Thursday. Lekka had previously been convicted of criminal homicide and sentenced to life without parole in the 1978 death of 17-year-old Diane Goeke.