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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
October 11, 2018

            The Milford Township man accused of possessing four improvised explosive devices waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. David W. Surman Jr., 30, of Old Bethlehem Pike, was arrested in June and charged with four counts each of unlawful possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possessing an instrument of crime and possessing a prohibited offensive weapon as well as one count each of illegal possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia from an April 2 incident.

            Surman appeared before New Britain District Judge Regina Armitage. The hearing was rescheduled from Oct. 15. Larry King, the former director of communications for the Bucks County District Attorney's Office, did not respond to a question regarding why the hearing was moved up.

            Law enforcement officials arrested Surman on June 28 and charged him with four counts each of unlawful possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possessing an instrument of crime and possessing a prohibited offensive weapon as well as one count each of illegal possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

            Surman was charged as a result of an investigation into explosions reported in the upper area of Bucks County since April 1, according to an email from King.

            "This is a long time coming," said ...



Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner Correspondent
October 11, 2018

            Washington Township Zoning Hearing Board approved a variance for Diamond Disposal, a trash hauling business, to continue to operate in the township.  The business is located along Old Route 100. 

            Eugene Orlando, solicitor for the zoning board, explained to the large group of citizens that the prior non-conforming use of the six acre property as a quarry and landscaping business allowed trucks and their ancillary uses on the site. 

            Orlando noted Washington Township zoning ordinances allow a prior non-conforming use to continue.  However, the non-conforming use must be consistent with the previous use.  He explained in some instances a trash truck fits with the previous permitted use of a landscaping truck.

            Matt Doll, attorney for the applicant, presented evidence from a May, 1987 Washington Township zoning hearing that permitted a quarry and landscaping business on the site.  That zoning decision is binding on future zoning boards.  

            The zoning board placed several conditions on its' approval.  The conditions include no overnight storage of trash on the site, no transfer station, no waste dumping, access to the site must be resolved with a Highway Occupancy Permit from PennDOT, trailers on the site must be removed, and an EDU must be purchased for sewer access. Additionally, Diamond Disposal must comply with all township ordinances and land development plans.  

            Approximately six weeks ago several residents of Washington Township came before the Board of Supervisors to complain about the trash hauling business.  The residents claimed Diamond Disposal operated its business in a "Watershed Conservation District." 

            Additionally, they were concerned the business was ...



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