It's probation for a Bucks County man involved in a two car crash on the Route 611 Bypass near Doylestown during a drag race with another driver earlier this year. Investigators say 21-year-old Jeff Bender of Bedminster was going more than 150 miles per hour when he lost control of his car. He was severely injured in the accident. The other driver involved in the drag race was also put on probation at his sentencing earlier this month.
A 27-year-old man faces more burglary charges in connection with thefts in August in Skippack and according to police, other locations in Montgomery County. Police charged Royersford resident, Andrew Top with a list of charges. Police say, on August 21st a homeowner in Perkiomen Township spotted a car at around 11:30 in the morning coming out of the his driveway when he returned home. Police say, the homeowner followed the car, got the plate number and called police. The State Police Criminal Investigation Unit stopped a white Acura at a convenience store in Upper Providence Township. Troopers served Top with a search warrant on his car and home, finding stolen items from the home in Upper Perkiomen Township and another home in Skippack on Reginald Lane. Police say, Top is responsible for the theft of thousands of dollars in property from homes. Top was sent to prison in 2005 for a term of 18-to-25 months. In 2009 he was sentenced again for more burglaries. He was released this past June.
A one time firefighter and another firefighter who was with the Sellersville Fire Company on a probationary period, are charged in connection with an inferno at an abandoned building in Sellersville that was torched on September 11th, sending 200 firefighters from the region to the scene. 18 year-old, Cody Wagenseller, who was a probationary member of the Sellersville Fire Company and 19 year-old Adam Weaver, a former firefighter, were charged with various counts of arson. The duo also admitted to starting a list of other fires.
For now, a woman who was driving a school bus that killed 78 year old, Shirley Wilhelm, last Monday morning at around 7, will not be charged. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office believes that the driver, whose name is being withheld, did not know she hit the elderly woman in Lower Pottsgrove Township, near the intersection of Mervine and north Charlotte streets. The Montgomery County District office continues to investigate the case by way of cell phone records to determine if the driver was using a cell phone when the elderly woman was struck and killed. The District Attorney’s Office will also check a toxicology report and request a mechanical analysis of the school bus.