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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Free Bacon? Yeah, Free Bacon.

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We hope you’re hungry.

Starting Monday, July 14th, The Hattery Stove & Still is unveiling some of the best summer deals in town.

Chef Hakeem Otenigbagbe and his team will be serving up Buck-a-Shuck Oysters, $14 Endless Mussels and a Complimentary Bacon Bar.

Yes, you read that correctly, free bacon. Dreams really do come true.

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Cops: Drunk Mom Found With Daughter in Sesame Place Parking Lot

Police in Middletown, Bucks County, say a woman from Penndel hit .339 on a portable breath-analyzer while in the parking lot of Sesame Place with her 6-year-old daughter. She had passed out shortly before taking the breath test.

On June 4th, Middletown police say officers were flagged down by a driver who said there was a woman who appeared incoherent in the parking lot with her daughter. Cops say they found Lora Paone attempting to put a stroller in the trunk of a car. After she fell over and briefly passed out, the cops gave her the breath test. The legal limit in Pennsylvania for driving is .08.

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Bucks County Faces Bear Epidemic

A young black bear — estimated weight between 175-200 pounds — triggered a major police presence in Bensalem for about an hour Friday morning, marking the third black bear sighting reported this month in Lower Bucks County,” the Bucks County Courier-Times reports.

Apparently, it’s not unusual to see bears in the area this time of year, the paper reports, but it’s really not unusual this year. Nonetheless, authorities are vigilant.

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PA Marriage Equality Update: Two Different Counties, Two Different Stories

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Despite Tuesday’s landmark decision to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, Montgomery County gay couples essentially can be denied marriage licenses based on one simple factor: where they live.

Last year, the county’s Register of Wills, Bruce Hanes, issued dozens of same-sex couples marriage licenses–that is, until he was given an order to cease the issuing of the licenses.  The problem is that the order is still in place, despite the ruling on Tuesday.  In order for Montgomery County to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would need to take action; so far, they have not done so.  Gay couples who live in the county and wish to be married are being sent elsewhere by government offices.

Meanwhile, in Bucks County, officials claimed that more than 20 gay couples received marriage licenses on the first full day after the ruling; the Register of Wills office had rainbow cookies and other refreshments to celebrate.  This is quite a stark difference given the proximity of the two counties!

We will keep you updated as more information develops.

Illg’s Meats Is Closing

Illg’s Meats in Chalfont is closing up shop. The processing plant and retail shop’s meats show up on local menus at the like of Frankford Hall among others.

A note on Illg’s web site reads:

We are saddened to announce that after more than 50 years of serving the Bucks County community, Illg’s Meats will be closing it’s doors.  We will be open through the week of July 5th(closed on the 4th).  There will be two days of clearance sales on July 8th and 9th.  We ask that you place your orders with as much prior notification as possible to ensure it’s fullfillment. Thank you for the many years of faithful patronage, you will be greatly missed.

Ernst A. Illg Meats has been located in Bucks County since 1964, before that it was located at 29th and Master Streets in Philadelphia’s Brewerytown neighborhood.

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Rita’s Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Giveaways, Politicians

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Let’s get this out of the way first: It’s wooder ice.

No matter what Rita’s brands it — Italian ice, with an “Ice, Custard, Happiness” slogan — it’s called water ice, and it’s pronounced wooder. That’s the point a representative for Bucks County State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo made at Tuesday’s celebration of Rita’s 30th anniversary: It may be Italian ice around the country and world, but in Bensalem, Pennsylvania — where the Philly accents are even thicker than they are in the city — it’s “wooder ice.”

Rita’s was founded on May 4, 1984, a wonderful time before anyone made “May the 4th be with you” jokes. It started in the Andalusia section of Bensalem on the side of a house on Bristol Pike (Route 13), right across from the Woodhaven Mall. The mall is now a shopping center; Rita’s now has over 600 locations.

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George Nakashima’s Bucks County Woodworker Complex Gets National Landmark Designation

chair1 George Nakashima left an internment camp in Idaho and came to Bucks County. There, he created iconic, influential wood furniture — including the straight-backed chair, a modern take on the classic Windsor chair. The U.S. Department of the Interior on Wednesday named Nakashima’s woodworking complex in New Hope a national landmark.

Born in 1909 in Spokane, Washington, Nakashima — who died in 1990 — traveled around the world after earning a masters in architecture from MIT. When World War II began, he returned to the U.S. and married. In 1942 he was sent to an internment camp, the Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho. With the sponsorship of Antonin Raymond, a Czech architect who had worked with Nakashima in Japan and India, Nakashima was freed from the camp and settled on Raymond’s farm in Bucks County. He subsequently settled on a farm on Aquetong Road in New Hope and built his studio there.

At his Bucks  studio, Nakashima produced furniture for Widdicomb-Mueller and Knoll — which has re-introduced his straight chair — and became a father of the post-war American craft movement. He received numerous awards for his work, including the Third Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Emperor and Government of Japan in 1983. His foundation is attempting to accomplish his dream of installing “Altars of Peace” — carved from an enormous black walnut tree — on all the continents.

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