Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A long-serving Doylestown Township police officer was promoted to the rank of sergeant this week.
The Doylestown Township municipal building was packed Tuesday night with police officers, but there was no emergency. They were there to witness the promotion of one of their own. Bryan Rose, a police officer in the township for 24 years, was promoted from corporal to sergeant. District Justice Mark Douple administered the oath, as Rose's wife, Cheryl, stood at his side and his son Ryan looked on, and his colleagues lined the walls. Rose was hired in 1989, Police Chief Dean Logan said. He worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to corporal in 2003. He has served on the county's special response team, a group of officers from different departments specially trained to handle particular situations, since its inception, Logan said…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Bucks County prosecutors say a 37-year-old Plumstead man acted with malice when he caused a high-speed car crash on the Rt. 611 Bypass in Doylestown.
A man who loved speed was rocketing up the Rt. 611 Bypass in Doylestown at at least 142 miles an hour when he slammed his souped-up Mustang Cobra into another car on the night before Thanksgiving, the busiest travel day of the year. That's what Bucks County prosecutors will try to prove when they prosecute that driver, Drew Bodden, 37, for third-degree murder for causing the death of 9-year-old Holly Huynh. "A charge of murder in an auto crash is not particularly common. But then neither are the facts which our investigation have revealed about this horrific act," Bucks County District Attorney Dave Heckler said Thursday during a press conference to announce the charges. "That is the point of this case," Heckler said. "This was a …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Frank B. “Bucky” Dunlap, Jr. died recently at the age of 65.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Frank B. “Bucky” Dunlap, Jr., a life long resident of Doylestown passed away on Wednesday, August 15 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 65. He was the loving husband for 36 years of Maryann Fedorak Dunlap. Born in Doylestown, Bucky was the son of the late Mary Sobelewski and Frank B. Dunlap, Sr. Bucky was a graduate of Central Bucks High School, class of 1964 and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He also was a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Bucky was an officer with the Doylestown Borough Police Department from 1973 until 1976 and with Doylestown Township Police Department from 1976 until his retirement in 2004. In addition to his loving wife, Bucky is survived by his son, Frank B. “Bo” Dunlap, III, …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Police are asking anyone with information on the vandalism to the Doylestown Lea neighborhood to contact them.
Tuesday was National Night Out, but a Doylestown Township neighborhood wished one group of people had stayed in. The group moved methodically through the Doylestown Lea neighborhood, smashing mailboxes or tearing them from the ground completely. By the time it was all over, vandals had destroyed more than 45 mailboxes in the upscale neighborhood on Wells Road, not far from Central Park. Now, Doylestown Township Police are searching for the people who did it. "It appears it was a group of kids," police Sgt. Donald Lawson told Doylestown Patch on Wednesday. "There's no evidence to suggest that it was anything more than that." Some of the mailboxes were damaged; others were ripped out of the ground and taken to other parts of the neighborhood…
Friday, June 15, 2012
The theft charged stemmed from a case of stolen prescription medication.
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Friday, June 15, 2012
On June 9, 2012, Elizabeth C. Donnelly, 26, of Willow Grove, was observed travelling south on Easton Road when an officer observed her vehicle make several lane changes without signalling and swerving on the roadway. Police said Donnelly had the odor of alcohol on her breath, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Donnelly failed to successfully complete coordination tests and was taken into custody for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge Douple's office on June 11, 2012. On June 12, 2012 Michael E. Damm, 21, of Pipersville, was observed operating a vehicle in an erratic manner on Broad Street and subsequently stop for speeding on the Route 611 Bypass. Police said Damm had an odor of alcohol…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The officer could get to places now difficult to reach by car.
A rash of graffiti sprayed on bridges and littering in area parks has spurred Chief Dean Logan to propose creating a bicycle cop. Logan, the acting police chief, asked Doylestown Township supervisors on Tuesday to give him the approval to create the bike patrol. They agreed unanimously. "I think it’s a great idea," supervisors Tom Scarborough and Rick Colello said in the same breath. A bike patrol will allow an officer to get into areas that are tough to reach from a police car, Logan said. "We’ll be able to spend a lot of time during daylight hours in our parks trying to curb the vandalism," Logan said Tuesday night during the supervisors' meeting. "I think the image of the bike out there can do nothing but help the overall image of the…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Doylestown Township Chief Dean Logan was treated and released after the Friday morning crash.
Doylestown Township Police Chief Dean Logan was not seriously injured after he hit a utility pole Friday morning. The chief was driving his police car when he hit a pole near the intersection of Route 313 and North Main Street around 10 a.m. Township supervisors' chairman Barbara Lyons said no one else was hurt in the one-car crash. "He had a coughing fit episode and he's not sure it he lost consciousness, but he hit the pole," Lyons said. "It was just one of those things." Lyons said the chief was treated and released from the hospital. He was uninjured but sore because the car's airbag deployed. The township supervisor said she was just glad neither the chief nor anyone else was hurt. "Nobody was hurt," she said. "It was just metal."
Friday, March 9, 2012
The township said farewell this week to longtime chief Stephen White.
Doylestown Township got a new police chief this week for the first time in nearly 25 years. Longtime Chief Stephen White retired this week. On Tuesday, he formally handed over the office to acting police chief Lt. Dean Logan. "It goes without saying he's probably one of the best chiefs of police in the country," township supervisors chairman Barbara Lyons said of White. "I think the whole township has been elevated by his standing in national and international police associations." (Read: "Doylestown Township Police Chief Reflects on 'Great Career'") Except for a 14-month stint with the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington right out of college, the 62-year-old White has spent his entire law enforcement career in Doylestown Township. He has …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Stephen White is retiring after 38 years on the force, the last 24 as chief.
One night in the mid-1970s, Doylestown Township Patrolman Stephen White responded to a burglar alarm at a pharmacy in the Kings Plaza shopping center (now Doylestown Pointe Plaza) at Easton and Almshouse roads. White, the only police officer on duty in the township, spotted two burglars inside the store. He radioed for backup, but the nearest available unit was in Warminster. Pointing his revolver at the suspects through the plate glass window, White anxiously waited 10 minutes until a Warminster police officer arrived to help him take the duo into custody. "You always had to think of your own safety," said White, since only one officer per shift patrolled the entire 16-square-mile township. White, who has guided the department as chief …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Plus, one cited for stealing from Redner's and another for public drunkenness.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Doylestown Township police are investigating yet another home burglary. Police said a home in the 2 digit block of Westaway Lane was broken into on Friday, Feb. 17. It happened sometime between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., they said. The home's rear door was broken down, police said, and the thief or thieves stole cash and various items of jewelry. Other incidents the township police reported recently include: Retail Theft On Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m., the department was called to Redner’s Market, 1661 Easton Road, for a report of retail theft. Investigation determined that Sandra Lawrence, 68, of Doylestown, had removed items valued at $14.88. She was issued a citation for a summary violation and released. Public Drunkenness On Feb. 13 at 3:45 p.m…