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 »

Jawdropper of the Week: From Barn to Barnburner in Washington Crossing

1645 Aquetong Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938

1645 Aquetong Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

According to the listing, this house is actually a 200-year-old renovated barn. Besides the wooden exterior, you’d be hard-pressed to tell that nowadays. The interior of this house is one of the most elegant, dramatic interiors that we have featured this year.

It begins with the floor-to-ceiling fireplace that serves as the centerpiece of this home. The thing is massive and can be viewed from almost anywhere in the house since the house is set up with loft-like balconies around the second floor, similar to what you would see in a barn.   Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: The Complete Package in Bucks County

1300 Chinquapin Rd, Lower Southampton, PA 18966 | Photos and TREND images courtesy Tony Alicea

This house in Lower Southampton offers the complete range of features that you would look for in a farmhouse. It’s got the indoor amenities—four bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths and a gourmet kitchen. It’s got the outdoor ones—an in-ground pool, a pool house, ten acres of land. It’s even got equestrian facilities. Quite simply, it’s the full farmhouse package. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Natural Seclusion in Bucks County

399 Geigel Hill Rd., Upper Black Eddy, Pa. 18972

399 Geigel Hill Rd., Tinicum, Pa. 18972 | TREND Images via Addison Wolf Real Estate

The long driveway sets the tone for this secluded farmhouse on Tinicum’s Crowhaven Farm. With large expanses of grass on either side of it, one of the best features of this home is highlighted—the land that it comes with. The house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms and is 3,420 square feet, but it has 5.49 verdant acres of land. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Dream Home in New Hope

This New Hope house has luxurious design and countless cool features.

This New Hope house has luxurious design and countless cool features.

High ceilings and amenities abound in this week’s Jawdropper, a 10,145-square-foot home in New Hope that is currently on sale for $2,799,000. This stunning house has just about everything you would look for in a high-end, luxurious home. There are a few things that stand out to us, however. The first is the front-facing exterior. Just look at all those windows! As the first photo makes clear, the house just seems to glow when the lights are all on at night, and those windows ensure the glow reaches outside. Read more »

WATCH: Boys Rescued After Falling Through Ice

Via Philly Fire News:

Philly Fire News reports: “Three boys playing ice hockey on a frozen retention basin fell through thin ice in Chalfont. One boy was able to get out of the water on his own. However, two boys were stuck on a drainage gate about 40 feet from shore. Fire officials requested a Dive Rescue team to assist and a medical helicopter was placed on stand-by. Crews donned cold water gear and used an inflatable boat to rescue the two boys.” Read more »

It’s So Cold, Two Area Schools Are Closed Today

Alain Locke Elementary. Photo | Google Street View

Alain Locke Elementary. Photo | Google Street View

It’s about 22 degrees in Philadelphia right now. You don’t need me to tell you that this is cold, one of the coldest days yet this winter and one that probably made you shiver on your way out of the house this morning.

Indeed, it’s so cold that two Philadelphia area schools are closing today due to a lack of heat. First is the Alain Locke Elementary School, at 45th and Haverford in West Philadelphia. That school has no heat whatsoever; it was in session this morning, but it dismissed at noon. (Hey, at least the school’s boiler didn’t explode.)

In Bucks County, Truman High School closed at 10 a.m. this morning due to a heating circulator not being repaired. Read more »

Neshaminy Coach Suspended After Apparently Hitting Ref

Neshaminy boys’ basketball coach Jerry Devine is on administrative leave after knocking down a referee during last night’s game against Pennsbury.

The video, embedded above via WBCB, shows Devine rushing on to the court to scream at a referee after a foul. Devine ends up arguing with a different referee than the one who made the disputed offensive foul call, and knocks him to the ground with what appears to be a shoulder or chest bump. On an earlier video, posted by City of Basketball Love (and embedded below), the action looked more like a headbutt.

Whatever type of contact happened, observers thought it crossed a line. “He made contact with an official,” WBCB color commentator Chris Ermer told CoBL, “and I don’t think that’s ever really excusable.” Ermer said to him it seemed “more like a chest bump or a belly bump that just caught the ref off-guard.” Read more »

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