Thursday, January 24, 2013
The State Police have complied with State Rep. Todd Stephens' request to have mental health records included in a national gun check database.
It took 18 months, but State Rep. Todd Stephens said the Pennsylvania State Police have begun sending the mental health records of people prohibited from buying firearms to a federal database. Stephens (R-151) of Horsham, has been working for a year and a half to prevent what he calls a “loophole” pertaining to the inclusion of mental health records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Without that inclusion, Stephens said anyone from Pennsylvania who has been involuntarily committed, or found to be mentally deficient - and thus ineligible to buy firearms - could travel to another state and buy a gun. Earlier this month, Stephens said he intended to introduce legislation that would require that the state's …
Friday, January 4, 2013
State Rep. Todd Stephens of Horsham plans to introduce legislation that would require the Pennsylvania State Police to upload information about people not legally permitted to buy guns in Pennsylvania into a national database.
As it stands now, anyone from Pennsylvania who has been involuntarily committed, or found to be mentally deficient - and thus ineligible to buy firearms - could travel to another state and buy a gun. State Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) of Horsham is looking to prevent what he calls a “loophole” pertaining to the inclusion of mental health records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). “What I’m proposing is already the law in 17 other states,” Stephens said. “I’ve been working on this initiative for a year and a half urging the state police to add this data to the national database.” Currently, the Pennsylvania State Police include mental health commitments in the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), according …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Incumbent Todd Stephens and Democrat Will Sylianteng compete for the legislative district which covers Horsham, Upper Dublin, Ambler, Montgomery Township and Abington.
For Democrat Will Sylianteng, the man contesting incumbent State Rep. Todd Stephens for his seat representing the 151st legislative district, sums up Tuesday as a "good day one way or the other." "We’re at polling places introducing ourselves to people as they come in," Sylianteng told Patch of he and his 30 or so volunteers in place at some of the district's three dozen polling places throughout Horsham, Upper Dublin, Ambler, Montgomery Township and Abington. "You actually go face-to-face with an actual voter." It's different than the 14,000 doors Sylianteng knocked while talking to people who, he said may or may not even cast a vote in the 2012 election. To actually see them about to do that makes for a "pretty enjoyable day," he said. …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
An outage at a Hatboro Verizon center has temporarily blocked subscribers from calling Montgomery County 911
According to a Pottstown Mercury Facebook post, Verizon Mobile customers are without access to Montgomery County 911. The outage affects about seven municipalities, according to PhillyBurbs: Hatboro, Upper and Lower Moreland, Upper Dublin, Horsham, Abington and Cheltenham. Due to an outage at a Verizon central office in Hatboro at around 8 a.m., customers will be temporarily unable to contact the 911 call center and are instead advised to contact their local police department for emergency assistance. Over in Bucks County at around 8 a.m., the 911 system there was out of service due to maintenance. Those needing emergency assistance were advised to call area police agencies. The Bucks County 911 system, which was not associated with the …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Horsham-based eatery is adding variety to its weekly open mic nights with live performances from local musicians.
Palm trees. Fruity drinks. Relaxing songs. Sound like vacation? Could be if you’re stay-cationing in Horsham and making a stop at Bryn and Dane’s for the eatery’s weekly music series, featuring singer/songwriters spliced in with the open mic nights staple for good measure. “We’re starting to mix it up,” Owner Bryn Davis said of the weekly entertainment, which is staged outside of the Privet Road location, fittingly, under the palm trees. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the free shows. Easygoing Davis, the 20-something founder of the ‘healthy fast food’ restaurant, always strives for a crowd-pleasing good time, which is why since kicking off the summertime open mic nights in June, he and his team have since branched …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Former detective accused of coercing others to buy drugs for him
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
A Horsham man and former Hatboro detective was arraigned today on charges that he used police department informants to make drug purchases on his behalf. John Becker, 42, is alleged to have stolen valuables from the police department’s evidence room, including firearms, cash and drugs. Additionally, Becker is accused of engaging in a series of thefts from the evidence room of the Hatboro Police Department, where he served for many years as the evidence custodian. Between 2003 and 2011, Becker allegedly stole 10 firearms, including a rare German 9mm Luger pistol, along with numerous other handguns and a 12-gauge shotgun, according to authorities. Read the full story on Hatboro-Horsham Patch.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Residents and local officials in Stephens' legislative district seek help with flooding, traffic, transportation and police radar.
Written and shared by Horsham Patch editor Theresa Katalinas Over smoothies at Bryn and Dane’s in Horsham, State Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) marveled at the difference a year can make. In a year’s time, Stephens, of Horsham, transitioned from prosecutor to freshman politician, and more recently, added father-to-be to his busy repertoire. But, his son’s expected December 30 arrival – during winter break – will make for good timing as he can spend at least the first few weeks with him, without his hour and 40-minute commute to Harrisburg. “It’s going to be a lot of work,” Stephens said of juggling his political career and family life. But, work is something Stephens is accustomed to doing. He spent his summer recess touring flood-damaged …
Friday, July 22, 2011
The restaurant dishes up authentic Mexican cuisine.
Ten years ago, almost to the day, the Marin family opened its first fine cuisine Mexican restaurant in our area, Los Sarapes in Chalfont. It received high praise and instant success. Building on that success, they added El Sarape in Blue Bell (Center Square), and most recently, their third restaurant—Los Sarapes in Horsham—in May 2005. While I had already dined in the family’s earlier two restaurants, enjoying both occasions, I had never been to the newest and smallest, on Horsham Road near the intersection with Limekiln Pike. So, my LDC (Lovely Dining Companion) and I decided we were overdue, and paid it a visit on a midweek evening. We were enchanted upon entering the relatively small (seating about 40) and tastefully decorated dining …