Additional Charges for Bucks County Man Who Was “Gifted” Teen Girls

Lee Kaplan, front in yellow, and Daniel Stoltzfus, back in yellow, are led to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, outside Bucks County Magisterial District Judge John I. Waltman's courtroom in Feasterville, Pa. Daniel Stoltzfus and his wife Savilla Stoltzfus were ordered to stand trial on charges they gave away their 14-year-old daughter to a Philadelphia-area man after he helped them out financially.

Lee Kaplan, front in yellow, and Daniel Stoltzfus, back in yellow, are led to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016.

Amid a series of updates in a child abuse case that has gained national attention, Lee Kaplan of Feasterville, Bucks County, has been charged with with counts of statutory sexual assault and the rape of children today by officials who allege he sexually abused six of the 12 girls he held in his Bucks County home. Read more »

Mike Pence Rallies Republicans for Trump in Bucks County

Mike Pence Rallies Voters in Bucks County | Photo by Jared Brey

Mike Pence Rallies Voters in Bucks County | Photo by Jared Brey

If Donald Trump hopes to have a fighting chance at winning the White House in November — a prospect that is increasingly far fetched, according to recent polling data — he’ll have to turn up huge numbers in the suburbs of Philadelphia. On Tuesday, his campaign rallied supporters in Bucks County with a speech by Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate and the former governor of Indiana.  Read more »

VP Hopeful Mike Pence Will Speak in Bucks County Today

Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence listens to a cheering crowd at after speaking at the Executive Court Banquet Facility, Thursday Aug. 18, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.

Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence listens to a cheering crowd at after speaking at the Executive Court Banquet Facility, Thursday Aug. 18, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s running mate, Mike Pence, will hold a rally in Bucks County this afternoon.

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Diner Chain Comes to Pennsylvania

Breakfast burrito at Metro Diner

Breakfast burrito at Metro Diner

Someone’s bullish on diners. Despite the closing of Center City’s Midtown II and the near constant threat that Little Pete’s will be torn down or forced to relocate to make way for a hotel, Metro Diner out of Florida is anxious to prove the diner concept isn’t dead yet. There are 13 Metro Diners out there and ten more that have been announced. The first area location is set open in Bensalem, PA.

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Iron Hill Latest Location To Open with Beer Garden

iron hill huntingdon valley

The beer garden at Iron Hill Huntingdon Valley

On Tuesday, August 2nd, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will open its 12th location in the region. The Huntingdon Valley location will be the first to house a beer garden. The outdoor bar and patio will have seating for 40 at communal tables. There will also be Adirondack chairs around the patio. The beer garden won’t be open when the doors officially open Tuesday at 5 p.m., but should open in the first half of August.

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Speakeasy Style Bar Opens in Doylestown

The Still Mule 400

A Mechanic Street Mule at the Still in Doylestown

Out in Bucks County, just above the Doylestown Brewing Co. (52 East State Street, Doylestown), a speakeasy has been operating almost unnoticed for almost a month.

Run by Chris Hall, The Still is self-proclaimed Prohibition-style cocktail bar that is apparently still a pretty well kept secret.

The bar only uses spirits from local PA distilleries and have nine homemade infusions made with all local ingredients. The cocktail list covers the basics and includes some historically accurate drinks as well (which come with a lengthy explanation of their origins).

And while it’s no Hop Sing, this is definitely a cool addition to ‘burbs.

The Still is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The Still Menu (PDF)

Philly Cop Arrested, Dismissed Following Bizarre Incident

L: Michael Winkler Courtesy of Philadelphia Police Department | R: Courtesy of Dave Connor

L: Courtesy of Philadelphia Police Department | R: Courtesy of Dave Connor

A Philly cop has been arrested following a bizarre May incident in which he allegedly robbed a man he had hired to do work on his Levittown home.

Michael Winkler, 36-years-old, is a 16-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department assigned to the 15th District.

Multiple men, including a contractor Winkler had allegedly hired, said Winkler “lured” them to his Bucks County property on May 5th, promising them “money and pizzas.” According to police, Winkler drove to Levittown while on duty in a city vehicle.

Winkler then demanded one of the men to hand over all his money, police said, and took $38.  Read more »

Police Arrest Bucks County Man Accused of Holding a Dozen Girls in His Home

From left: Daniel Stoltzfus, Lee Kaplan and Savilla Stoltzfus.

From left: Daniel Stoltzfus, Lee Kaplan and Savilla Stoltzfus.

Police have arrested a Bucks County man accused of holding a dozen girls in his home, nine of whom were allegedly “gifted” to him by their parents.

Lee Kaplan, 51, is accused of statutory sexual assault and fathering two children with the oldest daughter, along with aggravated indecent assault and other charges. The first daughter was conceived when the girl was just 14, and the second was born six months ago, according to police.

Police said the parents of the children, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus, “gifted” the man all nine daughters because Kaplan helped them avoid unmanageable debt.

There were 12 girls total living at Kaplan’s Feasterville home, ranging in age from six months to 18 years, police said. Investigators and dogs raided the home on Old Street Road Saturday after attaining a search warrant.

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Jawdropper of the Week: Logged In in Bucks

163 Marienstein Rd., Upper Black Eddy, Pa. 18972| Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

163 Marienstein Rd., Upper Black Eddy, Pa. 18972| Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Usually, log lodgings come in two basic varieties: the rustic, rough-hewn, back-t0-the-land log cabin and the luxurious Gilded Age hunting lodge.

Cross both with the Main Line Colonial aesthetic, and the result would probably look like this solidly built and splendidly outfitted log home in Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County.

Actually, for all it evokes Gilded Age splendor, this home, built entirely of cedar logs shipped from Maine, is almost totally modern. Read more »

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