2 Students in Fatal Crash Weren’t Wearing Seat Belts

Family and friends in Bucks County are still mourning the deaths of three Council Rock South students who died in a car crash in the Poconos. Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher — all 15-year-olds from Northampton — died when the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban they were riding in rolled over in Wayne County near Lake Wallenpaupack.

The driver, a 15-year-old girl from New York, will be charged. The charges will not be announced, however, due to her age.

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‘Crown Prince Emperor’ Found Guilty of DUI of ‘Botanicals’

guy-1024px Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bagby was found guilty on Tuesday in Bucks County for driving under the influence of botanicals.

Let’s back up.

Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bagby is known legally as William McRae. The botanicals are marijuana. In 2009, a Lower Makefield police officer pulled over the Crown Prince — I’ll play along here, unless my editor decides I’m not allowed to — for driving a vehicle with a temporary, hard-to-read tag. The officer said he spotted blunt guts in El Bey Bagby’s car — which reeked of marijuana. Judge Wallace Bateman found McRae, 41, guilty of the DUI.

Simple, and not really much of a story except that El Bey Bagby asserts he has the rights to 689,000 acres of the United States, including most of the area that made up the Louisiana Purchase. “We would ask him things and he would go off into pretty much nonsense,” Richard Meehl, a Lower Makefield police officer, testified. In court yesterday, the Crown Prince said he wouldn’t say “marijuana,” calling it a copyrighted word. He said he used “botanicals” for his blood pressure.

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A Swoon-Worthy Garden and Patio in New Hope

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

At first, Sally Weisman did not want to move. She’d been living in Princeton, New Jersey for 13 years in a beautiful home. She was reluctant to downsize because she loves to have friends and family over. But she was ready for a smaller space. She considered going back to New York. Then she found a townhouse in New Hope. The clincher was the available lot next door.

Her interior designer, Helen Walton, first suggested that Weisman buy the available lot. When her builder agreed that it was a great idea, things started to take shape. Weisman moved in November and the garden was finished last month.

“I really couldn’t live without a garden or some outside space,” Weisman said.

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Two Dream Properties in Bucks County

2450 Steinsburg Rd, Quakertown, PA.

2450 Steinsburg Rd, Quakertown, PA.

Both were built around the same time (mid-1700s), offer rural proximity without going full-on Amish, and both are in Bucks County. Let’s take a look.

First, there’s Still Point Farm, a 45-acre property with an emphasis on enjoyable seclusion: the listing alludes to it being a Walden Pond-esque location (“great space & inspiring setting for an artist/writer/musician”), though in this case the pond is the Tinicum Creek, which runs alongside it. There are pastures with run-in sheds but also a swimming pool and pool house that are, perhaps, less indicative of a life lived “sturdily and Spartan-like,” as Thoreau once put it.

Original wood floors, interior stone walls and fireplaces, Mercer tiles, and wood beams are all present in the 1740 stone farmhouse, which comes with a 1740s bank barn and a stable with six horse stalls. (The barn has two guest quarters.)

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Gentleman’s Estate Perfect for “Geep” Cultivation

3719 Indian Springs Rd, Doylestown, PA.

3719 Indian Springs Rd, Doylestown, PA.

Have you met Butterfly yet? The adorable goat-sheep hybrid (otherwise known as a “geep”) was born in an Arizona petting zoo on Sunday, and, suffice it to say, has stolen our hearts. When we saw a photo of this Fieldstone farmhouse with sheep grazing in a pasture, we immediately thought about it would be the perfect place to raise more geeps. Or pygmy goats. Or lambs. (Or any baby animal, really.)

The gentleman’s estate, which has appeared in Bucks County Magazine, Traditional Home, and on the Bucks County Home and Garden tour, sits on 10 acres that include gardens, creek, ponds, stone spring house, and a three-story restored stone-and-frame bank barn with an apartment. There are also flagstone patios and a tennis court.

Built in 1790, the home boasts new heating and A/C systems, remodeled kitchen, and family room with 25-foot ceilings. Windows with stone sills and floors made of limestone and hardwood can be found throughout, and bedrooms are outfitted with walk-in closets and built-ins. Parking features include a new driveway with lighting and garage with storage.

Gallery (and a kind of ridiculous news report about Butterfly) below:

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Newtown Man to Face Trial for Ear Biting

James Worthington will face trial on charges he bit and mangled another man’s ear on St. Patrick’s Day in Newtown Township.

Anthony McGeehan, the alleged victim, described the fight at a preliminary hearing this week. The Bucks County Courier Times reports the two men were complete strangers, got involved in an argument that became an all-out fight. The two fell to the ground as they grappled:

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New Hope Estate Includes A Guest Suite with Three Bedrooms

2103 Street Road, New Hope, PA.

2103 Street Road, New Hope, PA.

As per the photo, interior stone walls, exposed beamed ceilings, and reclaimed hardwood floors in chestnut and walnut are just few of the eye-catching details in this Bucks County residence.

Others features deserving mention are its theater room, custom-built bar, original and remastered Mercer tile stack, and barn doors dating back 300 years. The main house also has a limestone-floored kitchen, which opens into the family room and is equipped with high-end appliances and farmhouse sink.

The listing also mentions the home having “original materials from ‘The Bleak House’ (c.1850),” a reference Google Search indicates (What? The agent didn’t pick up! ) may be referring to a building that served as setting inspiration for Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.

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Local Designers Named Finalists in Martha Stewart Design Competition

eric and christopher pillows

You’ve probably seen Eric Fausnacht and Christopher Kline around town at a street fair or weekend arts market. The duo have made a business—called Eric & Christopher—out of hand-screen-printing images of animals residing on Bucks County farms onto everything from pillows to totes. Their wares have popped up in newspapers and magazines like The Washington Post and HGTV Gardens, and most recently they got a thumbs up from Martha Stewart herself.

The arts-and-craft goddess chose the pair as finalists in her 2014 American Made Awards. The 20-year-old contest “spotlights the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.”

Eric and Christopher are nominated in the “Design” category. If they win, they’ll score, among other things, $10,000 to grow their business, and a spotlight on marthastewart.com. Sounds like a life-changing opportunity for a pair of local home-good designers, huh?

Winners will be picked based on reader vote. Polls open September 8th, so set your calendar to show them some local support. You can find the voting page here. If you want to congratulate the guys in person, they’ll be  hosting a pillow-signing at gay-owned Glenside boutique Kelly-Cataldi Home this Friday, August 1st. Call the store for time details.



Bucks County Coroner: Corpse Fell Onto Street Because Truck Was Old

A photo started circling around social media late Friday afternoon showing a dead body sitting on a gurney in the middle of Street Road (warning: link contains giant photo) in Feasterville, Bucks County, about a mile from the Philadelphia border. Well, the story was not a hoax, and now the Bucks coroner is explaining why the body fell out.

At fault, Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell says, was an old transport truck with 80,000 miles on it. The 2002 Chevrolet was actually scheduled to be taken out of service later this month. Campbell explained in detail how this happened: The locking mechanism securing the gurney came loose, thanks to years of wear. The gurney then stuck a hatchback handle which was supposed to be disabled. But, over time, the screws locking the hatchback handle in place became worn and when the gurney hit it on Friday, the back door popped open.

“It was a horrible thing,” Campbell said. “I can’t tell you how upset I was. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t make this up.” The body was of a young woman who is suspected to have died of a drug overdose.

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Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Fatal Accident

The worker who died at a Bucks County sugar plant — after he was buried alive by sugar —would have been saved by a safety device, but that device was removed 13 days before his death. Why? A manager believed it was slowing down production.

Jose Salinas, 50, was bagging sugar for a company that supplies Snapple and Ben & Jerry’s at the Fairless Hills plant in February. Because large clumps of sugar were clogging the hopper, workers had to enter it to break it up with shovels. Salinas, a native of Peru living in New Jersey, disappeared. Workers didn’t realize he was buried in the sugar until they noticed his jeans at the bottom of the hopper.

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