Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable? About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Internationally, only a handful of countries, including Canada, the United States and England, have a BAC limit of .08 while most of the …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A Hatboro man pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing the scene after hitting a pedestrian.
A Hatboro man will serve between 72 hours and six months behind bars for a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian, according to Phillyburbs.com. Brian S. Refsnider, 55, who was arrested last February following the Feb. 28, 2012 crash, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing the scene of a crash. During his sentencing this week, Refsnider's license was suspended for a year and he was ordered to serve three years of probation following parole. In addition, he must pay a $1,000 fine, carry out 36 hours of community service and undergo a substance abuse review and comply with suggested treatment. At the time of his arrest last year, police said Refsnider struck a pedestrian in the area of 17 S. York Road and …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Brian J. Comisky of Horsham allegedly fled the scene of two Warminster accidents Monday night.
Monday, January 28, 2013
The Hatboro Police Department cited several people for public drunkenness and Driving Under the Influence.
The following information was provided by the Hatboro Police Department. Public Drunkenness A 49-year-old Hatboro man was cited for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct on Jan. 17 at 2:05 a.m. when police said he was found "semi-conscious" lying in an East Moreland Avenue parking lot. Driving Under the Influence A 22-year-old Philadelphia woman was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs and related traffic offenses, when officers investigated a single-vehicle crash in the 200 block of East County Line Road. Assault A 32-year-old Hatboro man was arrested for simple assault and harassment when officers investigated a disturbance in the 30 block of South York Road. He was arraigned before District Justice John …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Hatboro Police have taken several criminal mischief reports so far this month.
The following information was provide by the Hatboro Police Department. Criminal Mischief (vehicle) Public Drunkenness A 37-year-old Warminster man and a 40-year-old Warminster man were arrested on Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m., and cited for public drunkenness when police said they were found intoxicated in the 300 block of North York Road. Driving Under the Influence
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Hatboro Police made two Driving Under the Influence arrests so far this month.
The following information was provided by the Hatboro Police Department. Driving Under the Influence Underage Drinking/Disorderly Conduct A 19-year-old man was arrested on Dec. 7 at 11:27 p.m. on Dec. 7 at 11:27 p.m. and cited for underage drinking and disorderly conduct when officers investigated a disturbance in the 100 block of Byberry Avenue. Harassment/Disorderly Conduct A 27-year-old Warminster man was cited for harassment and disorderly conduct and a 28-year-old Philadelphia man was cited for driving under suspension on Dec. 4 at 3:09 p.m. after police responded to a disturbance in the roadway in the 400 block of North York Road.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Edward Taylor Coombs Memorial Fall Ball event will be played Saturday and Sunday at Hatboro-Horsham High School.
The day Edward Taylor Coombs died, his father, Eric, planted the seed for a memorial event highlighting what the 19-year-old known as Eddie loved best: lacrosse. More than a year after Coombs’ Aug. 6, 2011 death, the college lacrosse community is coming together for a two-day fall ball event this weekend at Hatboro-Horsham High School. “The day he passed, the coach from Marist (College) called and said ‘what can we do?’ ” Eric Coombs recalled of the phone call he had with his son’s lacrosse coach at Marist College, where Edward had just completed his freshman year. The second call that Coombs, a former Hatboro-Horsham School Board member received, was from the lacrosse coach at Ursinus, where he said his son was “close” to attending. “He …
Monday, July 16, 2012
The nonprofit, formed following last year’s death of 2010 Hatter Edward Taylor Coombs, will also raise $40,000 from today’s golf outing.
“Gone But Never Forgotten.” That sentiment was literally worn on the backs of hundreds who came out last summer, candles in hand, tears streaking their faces, for a somber candle light vigil to honor 2010 Hatboro-Horsham High School grads Edward Taylor Coombs and Robert Nagel, who had been killed days earlier in an alcohol-related crash. With the teens’ memories still fresh, the Coombs family, at Edwards’ funeral, shared that they were in the process of establishing the Edward Taylor Coombs Foundation, which has since been granted 501c3 nonprofit status, according to Coombs’ older sister, Erin. “It’s a true testament to our family. We’ve always been going, going, going,” Erin Coombs told Patch, adding that she and her family were not …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Both sides reached a plea agreement related to the homicide by vehicle deaths of 2010 Hatboro-Horsham High School graduates Edward Coombs and Robert Nagel.
The driver in an August 2011 crash that killed two of his best friends traded a potential 27-and-a-half year sentence for the possibility of being paroled after 3-and-a-half years under a plea agreement reached by both sides Tuesday. Connor James McNicholas, 20, of Bryant Court in Ambler, pleaded guilty to roughly one-third of the charges related to the single vehicle collision, which claimed the lives of fellow 2010 Hatboro-Horsham High School graduates Edward Coombs and Robert Nagel on Aug. 6. McNicholas has pleaded guilty to one of two counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence; and one of two counts of homicide by vehicle. In all, McNicholas pleaded guilty to seven of 20 charges that prosecutors had lodged against …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Hatboro-Horsham High School students heard from several people offering firsthand knowledge of drinking and driving impacts.
Students at Hatboro-Horsham High School didn't need to see a smashed-up car, or drive golf carts around while wearing "impairment" goggles to witness the devastation that can accompany drinking and driving. Instead, devastation stood before them Friday in the form of Erin Coombs, the older sister of 2010 Hatboro-Horsham graduate Eddie Coombs, who died in a car crash last August, along with fellow Hatter Robert Nagel. Coombs and Nagel were two of four passengers in a car driven by Connor McNicholas, 20, who is facing charges for their deaths. "Yes, life is short," Coombs told the audience hours before the 2012 prom would begin. "It doesn't mean you need to be living recklessly." All in McNicholas' car were presumed to have been drinking …