Lower Southampton Township manager talks public safety director dismissal, plans for 2017

Lower Southampton Township ended 2016 with the shocking news of Robert Hoopes, its newly-minted public safety director, indicted on charges of money laundering alongside Magisterial District Judge John Waltman and Pennsylvania Deputy Constable Bernard Rafferty. “At this point, he is suspended without pay with intent to dismiss,” Township Manager John McMenamin said, noting that Hoopes…

Bucks judge, Lower Southampton safety director and constable charged in money laundering scheme

Three Bucks County public officials were indicted on charges related to money laundering on Friday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Those charged were Magisterial District Judge John Waltman, 59, of Trevose; Lower Southampton Public Safety Director Robert Hoopes, 69, of Doylestown; and Pennsylvania Deputy Constable Bernard Rafferty, 62, of Langhorne. According to U.S.…

Falls supervisors move forward with plans for new township building

Within the next two years, Falls Township will have the municipal building it deserves. Following several years of discussion, public tours and an analysis about the antiquated building’s various shortcomings, the Falls Township Board of Supervisors set the wheels in motion for construction of a new 55,174-square-foot building adjacent to where the existing building stands.…

DUI checkpoint set for Bensalem tomorrow

Bucks County’s DUI Task Force will be out again on this Saturday night, Sept. 10, staffing a checkpoint along Street Road in Bensalem Township. From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., at least 17 officers from seven municipal departments will operate a stationary, fully-staffed checkpoint on the busy Lower Bucks thoroughfare. All passing vehicles will be…

Ramped up DUI enforcement in Bensalem, Newtown, Middletown and more this weekend

Heading into Labor Day Weekend, Bucks police departments are stepping up their DUI enforcement with additional officers on duty in at least eight of the county’s municipalities. Extra patrols in Bensalem, Doylestown, Middletown, New Britain, Newtown, Upper Southampton, Warrington and Warwick townships will be funded through a continuing federal safety grant administered through the Pennsylvania…