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Car Drives Off Road in Northampton (Reader Submitted)

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

A reader sent us this photo of a car that went off the road this afternoon in Northampton Township. The driver was turning from Sacketts Ford Road onto Hatboro Road when the car drove into the drainage ditch on the side, said the BuxMontNews reader, who wanted to remain un-named.

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Cops: 50 Hypodermic Needles Discovered by Mother with Child; 1 Child Pricked

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By Tom Sofield
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File - (Tom Sofield)

Police in Northampton are investigating the discovery of nearly 50 hypodermic needles that were found in the Village Shires section of the township.

The department is warning residents to stay away from the retention basin located in the neighborhood due to the discovery of the needles, some of which where uncapped.

Friday afternoon police were called to the retention basin, located at the end of Portsmouth Court just off Buck Road, after a mother with her child had discovered at least 10 hypodermic needles, according to reports.

Officers discovered a 9-year-old child was pricked by two of the needles earlier in the day, Friday. The parents were asked take the child to the hospital by police. The 9-year-old was treated and released, police said.

Police think the 50-or-so needles were dumped into a storm drain on nearby Banbury Court and were washed into the basin during recent rain events.

If you discover a hypodermic needle police ask that you don’t touch it and contact them to dispose of it.

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Three Local Priests Suspended

March 11, 2011 1 comment

By Tom Sofield
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Rev. George B. Cadwallader

Two more priests will local ties have been discovered to be on the list of 21 Philadelphia area clergymen who have been suspended from work, after a grand jury report revealed the men as child molestation suspects.

On Wednesday, minutes after the list of the 21 men was obtained by 6ABC, was first to report the Rev. George Cadwallader of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Church, in Richboro was on the list. has discovered, Rev. Zachary W. Navit and Rev. Msgr. John Close are also suspended from their duties after their names appeared on the list.

Rev. Zachary W. Navit

Navit whose most recent assignment was at a Buckingham, Pa. perish was formally assigned to Nativity of Our Lord, located along Street Road in Warminster, and Saint John Bosco, located along County Line Road in the Hatboro section of Warminster, according to the news site.

Warminster Patch uncovered a Philadelphia Inquirer article from 1990 named Close as the new principle of Archbishop Wood High School, located in Warminster.

Close before the suspension was employed at a perish in Wayne, Pa.

A full list of the suspended priests names and perishes can be found on

Northampton Planners Fail to Reach Recommendation on Giant Supermarket Plans

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

From the Advance:

Site of the proposed Giant Supermarket and shopping center. (Tom Sofield)

In a 3-3 vote Tuesday night, the Northampton Township Planning Commission failed to reach a recommendation on a conditional use application, which if approved by the board of supervisors would permit the construction of a Giant Supermarket in the heart of Richboro.

The matter now goes to the board of supervisors, which will consider whether to grant a conditional use for the proposed project.

The vote followed three hours of discussion before a standing-room only crowd, which gathered inside the Richboro Middle School to oppose the project.

Voting to recommend approval were Steven Long, Edward Ingle and Evan Stone. Voting to recommend denial were James Kinney, Ted Hauptman and Arther Friedman. Not present for the vote was commissioner Keith Garverich, who would have held the swing vote on the issue.

(Read full story from The Advance newspaper)

Names of Suspended Priests Released; Local Preist on List (Updated)

March 9, 2011 1 comment

Update: 3/11/11: Three Local Priests Suspended

By Tom Sofield
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The Philadelphia Archdiocese has suspended 21 local priest after a grand jury revealed the men as child molestation suspects, one of the men works at a local perish.

Parochial Vicar Reverend George Cadwallader, who is listed on the St. Vincent de Paul Parish website has been suspended, after the release of the grand jury report, confirmed an archdiocese spokesperson.The perish is located on Hatboro Road in the Richboro section of Northampton.

Cardinal Justin Rigali said, at today’s Ash Wednesday service, that during the process when the archdiocese reviews the 21 men’s cases there is no presumption of guilt.

“As we strive to move forward today,” Cardinal Rigali said of the suspensions, “I wish to express again my sorrow for the sexual abuse of minors committed by any members of the Church, especially clergy. I am truly sorry for the harm done to the victims of sexual abuse, as well as to the members of our community who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime.”

During Cardinal Rigali’s homily at today’s service he said these words:

Once again, we renew our commitment to make every possible effort to prevent these evil acts and to protect children from harm.

In this spirit, as I announced yesterday, the Archdiocese is having re-examined, cases of concern to the Grand Jury about allegations of abuse of minors or boundary issues of some priests.  We are likewise re-evaluating the way we handle allegations.  The protection of children is paramount.

Whoever harms a child must remember the words of Jesus: “…it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Mt 18:6).

A woman who answered the phone at the church said she could not comment.

A full list of the suspended priests names and perishes can be found on

Northampton Sexual Assault Suspect Held on $1-million Bail

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

From The Advance:

Bradley G. Smith, 40, of the Richboro section of Northampton, is in Bucks County Prison for alleged sexual assault against a female who was in his custodial care from the time she was 8- or 9-years-old until age 14. She is now 17.

Smith, of Cedar Drive, is being held on $1 million bail. He is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor.

(Read full story from The Advance newspaper)

Portion of Second Street Pike in Northampton Closed for Bridge Repairs

March 5, 2011 Leave a comment

By Tom Sofield
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A car crosses the bridge, Thursday afternoon, that PennDOT is repairing. (Tom Sofield)

The section of Second Street Pike closed Friday morning, traffic will be detoured over Route 332 and Route 413. Local access will be maintained up to the bridge, PennDOT said.

According to the release, crews from general contractor, James J. Anderson Construction Company, will labor during the course of the month to reconstruct the stone walls of the bridge and repair the deck of the structure that was constructed in the late 1920’s.

PennDOT said, they originally planned to fix the bridge later this spring but had to advance the work to Friday because of severe structural deterioration to the bridge.

The damage was a result of the winter’s excessive snow and freeze-thaw cycles, the release said

PennDOT estimates the project will cost tax payers about $60,000.