September 20, 2010 |
LEON DICKSON raped a 12-year-old girl on her way to school. Jerry Barker assaulted a woman with Down syndrome. And Malik Torian molested a 5-year-old boy. The three convicted sex offenders served time behind bars. After their release from prison, they were required to report their whereabouts to state police at least once a year under Megan's Law - for the rest of their lives . They failed to do so. Now, the U.S. Marshals Service is aggressively seeking the fugitives under Operation Guardian, a national effort to capture the 500 most-dangerous unregistered sex offenders in the country.
February 25, 2008 |
A long-needed road-construction project on Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy is taking a heavy toll on some small businesses along the historic roadway. Outside the Trolley Car Diner on Germantown Avenue on a recent afternoon, a noisy construction crew worked in an area where auto traffic has been banned since Jan. 21 - Martin Luther King's Birthday. Just four customers were having lunch in the normally busy, vintage diner, which can seat 150. "We've been here for eight years," said Ken Weinstein, the owner.
October 26, 1996 |
All night long and into the next afternoon, the pair was locked together in the same room, unwilling participants in a drama that had already claimed one life. One of them, a woman, was wincing in pain, her arm fractured by a gunshot wound. The other, a man who had witnessed the shooting, was uninjured but was being held against his will. They were trapped inside the single-room, beer store in Brewerytown by the operator, who had locked himself and the others inside after the shooting early yesterday, police said.
February 15, 1992 |
A group of state legislators, responding to persistent complaints from community groups about nuisance bars, yesterday announced the creation of a task force that will rewrite the state's liquor code. The rewrite could challenge the existence of some places that sell liquor around the city, and fuel efforts of community groups struggling to protect their neighborhoods. "It became clear to me that the present liquor code is archaic and does not address many of the circumstances that our communities face today," said state Rep. Andrew Carn, D-Phila.
August 22, 1993 |
As Steve Pennington sees it, there's no need to worry about the new neighbor. "We won't be a problem," said Pennington, president of Jumpers Teen Club, which is scheduled to open in the township next month. The club owner spoke at a township supervisors' meeting Wednesday, hoping to calm residents' concerns that rowdy teenage patrons would filter into their neighborhood. The club will be in the Lansdale Village Shoppes at Oak Park Boulevard and Main Street and will cater to those ages 15 through 20. Like most clubs for teenagers, it will have music, a sports entertainment center and a snack area, Pennington said.
November 4, 1992 |
A LONG DRY SPELL IS ENDING FOR NORTH ATLANTIC ISLANDS Imagine the end of 85 years of Prohibition. Well, that's pretty much what it must be like for inhabitants of the rugged Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. They're just now getting their first taste of unrationed, over-the-counter alcohol after the lifting of a Draconian 85-year-old law. Until this week, each Faroese had to order liquor and wine from Denmark, subject to individual rationing. Delivery would take place eight to 10 days later.
October 26, 1996 |
A bizarre tale of death and imprisonment emerged yesterday after police forced their way into a snack and beer store in Brewerytown and found a dead man, a wounded woman, and two uninjured men. All apparently had been sealed inside the unnamed store, on the southeast corner of 29th and Jefferson Streets, since sometime after 1 a.m. yesterday, when the owner, Man Say Voong, pressed a button that electronically lowered the store's metal barriers, police...
January 29, 1999 |
Incongruously nestled amid the strip malls and outlet stores that in the last 30 years have come to characterize the Route 309 corridor stands a small plantation home - a shuttered, peeling monument to this sprawling area's pastoral past. And neighbors and local history buffs worry that its days are numbered. Bergey's Inc., which owns the property at Route 309 and Trewigtown Road where the 280-year-old home sits, applied to the township Tuesday for a permit to raze the building and replace it with a Chevrolet dealership.
October 6, 1991 |
With 1,300 steelworkers on strike at Lukens Steel Co., local businesses last week were feeling the financial effect of the first walkout at the Coatesville plant in 23 years. At the same time, some food stores were donating coffee and soda to the United Steelworkers of America Local 1165's union hall on Charles Street. And some business owners said they would make arrangements to defer or reduce payments for the duration of the strike, which began in the early morning hours Tuesday.
January 10, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Tuesday, Jan. 8: Craig LaBan: It's been a few weeks since we last spoke and I hope you all had great family celebrations and wonderful meals. I'd love to hear some of your highlight experiences. One of mine was a visit to the Italian Market, where I feasted on fresh tortillas from the Tortilleria San Roman (my vote for best addition to the Market), and also learned of a potential end of a sausage era, as Sonny D'Angelo announced that his family was considering selling the century-old butcher shop.