Latest Doylestown News

For brain surgery patient, greatest challenge is motherhood

May. 18, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

YARDLEY, Pa. (AP) — To many people, she is remembered as the little girl with half a brain. But Christina Santhouse, now Paravecchia, knows there are two little girls who will only know her as something else: Mom. At 8 years old, Christina Santhouse started a new life in a less cooperative body. The most...

Long road between survival, stability for suburban homeless

May. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

WILLOW GROVE, Pa. (AP) — The building under construction is hard to miss from Wawa in Upper Moreland, where Richard Valier stood smoking a Marlboro and gesturing toward the 250 condominiums slated to rise near the intersection of York and Easton roads. "There are plenty of homes out there, but I can't...

Dozens of cats, many dead, found inside Pennsylvania home

May. 8, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Dozens of cats have been seized from a Pennsylvania townhome where authorities say they were living in squalid conditions. Authorities announced Tuesday that they have taken at least 141 live cats from the Doylestown home, while nearly 60 dead cats were found inside the residence....

Man asks judge to toss statements in killings of 4 on farm

Apr. 16, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who rejected a plea deal in the killings of four men found buried on a suburban Philadelphia farm wants prosecutors barred from using statements he made to investigators. Twenty-two-year-old Sean Kratz is accused of helping his cousin Cosmo DiNardo lure the victims to the farm...

Groom accused of assaulting wedding waitress to stand trial

Apr. 12, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a groom can go to trial on charges he forced himself on a teenage waitress at his wedding reception. Matthew Aimers, of Willingboro, New Jersey, arrived at court Thursday in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his new wife at his side. The judge upheld all...

'Evil attracts evil': Judge gives mom life in teen murder

Mar. 29, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A woman who plotted the rape, torture and murder of her own teenage daughter pleaded guilty on Friday and was sentenced to life in prison for a crime so barbaric that prosecutors and the judge strained for superlatives to describe it. One day after her co-conspirator boyfriend was...

Man gets death for teen's rape, murder, dismemberment

Mar. 28, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who killed and dismembered his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy he shared with the teenager's mother was sentenced Thursday to death. Jacob Sullivan, 46, had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges for killing Grace Packer in...

Jury struggles with sentence for man who raped, killed teen

Mar. 27, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jury outside Philadelphia has gone a second day without deciding whether to sentence a man to death for raping, strangling and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter. Jacob Sullivan pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in the 2016 slaying of Grace...