July 3, 2004 |
There will be no Independence Day for Preston Lee Burns. Burns, who spent nearly a year in Chester County Prison because of a clerical error, was released yesterday - into the arms of Berks County correctional authorities to await a July 14 parole-violation hearing. Berks officials say Burns, 28, of Norristown, had disappeared from a shelter and failed to contact his parole officer sometime before July 2003, when he landed in Chester County Prison to await trial for marijuana possession.
August 20, 1996 |
A Berks County commissioner is searching for allies in Montgomery County to fight a proposed 76-acre expansion of the Pottstown landfill. Berks County Commissioner Mark C. Scott has sent letters to officials in Pottstown Borough and Upper Pottsgrove and Douglass Townships, asking them to join a potential lawsuit against the landfill's host community, West Pottsgrove. In the letter, dated Aug. 1, Scott wrote that Berks County and West Pottsgrove resident Bill Fontaine would likely sue if the West Pottsgrove commissioners approved a zoning variance that would allow Waste Management Inc. to expand its 230-acre landfill.
September 28, 1999 |
A Pottstown toddler was killed early yesterday when his mother's car was struck from behind on Route 100 by a motorist who walked away from the scene, abandoning his vehicle and his driver's license, police said. Police did not catch up with Alfred Kisch, 36, of Pottstown, until relatives brought him to a Pottstown hospital for treatment eight hours later, said Police Cpl. Jack Harris of Colebrookdale Township, Berks County. Harris said the accident occurred about 12:45 a.m. when Kisch, driving south on Route 100 just north of County Line Road, rammed into the back of the Geo Tracker driven by Christina Jackson, 19, of Pottstown.
June 13, 2012 |
The first-round baseball matchup between Delaware County and Philadelphia Public in the Carpenter Cup was postponed today because of heavy rain. Tournament officials pushed the game back to 2 p.m. Wednesday, a day that was already designed for makeup games in case of bad weather. There are no other games scheduled for Wednesday. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals, where it will meet Burlington County on Friday afternoon. Burlington County beat Berks County, 12-8, Wednesday morning before the rain poured.
April 30, 2012
A toddler was killed while playing near a piece of farm equipment in Berks County on Sunday, authorities said. About 4 p.m., authorities from the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department were dispatched to investigate the boy's death on a farm along Topton Road in Maxatawny Township. There were no other injuries, police said. Authorities did not release the 11/2-year-old's name or additional details about the incident, which is under investigation. - Darran Simon
August 4, 2010
Jay S. Sidhu's New Century Bank, blocked recently by a federal judge from using the name Customers 1st Bank because it was already being used by Broomall's Alliance Bank on checking accounts, is renaming itself Customers USA Bank instead, the Phoenixville company said. The bank has seven offices in Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties and this month plans to open branches in Wyomissing, Berks County, and in Yardley. Wyomissing was home base for Sovereign Bank, which Sidhu led until he was ousted in 2006.
April 4, 1986 |
The Goode administration, concerned that its plan to burn the bulk of Philadelphia's trash in Berks County may be doomed, has begun reconsidering the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a possible site for a trash-to-steam plant. Sources familiar with the issue said Streets Commissioner Harry M. Perks met Wednesday with Navy officials in Washington to discuss the controversial South Philadelphia project, which would produce energy for the naval shipyard. Perks would not comment on the meeting.
June 22, 1994 |
Ocean-Monmouth and Berks County advanced to tonight's Carpenter Cup baseball final by different means at Veterans Stadium yesterday. In an offensive shootout, Ocean-Monmouth had 10 hits and six stolen bases to defeat Suburban One American, 9-8, in the second semifinal game. In the first game, five Berks County pitchers allowed just six hits and one unearned run in a 10-inning 3-1 victory over South Jersey's Tri-Cape team. Trailing, 8-7, entering the ninth, Ocean-Monmouth used an RBI single by Chris Kenney of Christian Brothers Academy and an RBI ground out by Joe McCullough of Toms River South to pull out the win. Both runs were unearned as Suburban One American committed two of its six errors in the inning.
August 21, 1988 |
Russell Henry takes great pride in his craft. The 80-year-old Birdsboro resident specializes in slipware pottery, a type in which the raw clay is painted before the pottery is fired. He said it was one of the crafts that Pennsylvania Dutch settlers brought with them. "My ancestors were Pennsylvania Dutch, and I take the same pride in my craft that they always took in theirs," Henry said. This pride will be on display at the ninth annual Fall Pennsylvania Crafts Day at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford.
September 11, 2001 |
For her next show, Joyce Floreen figures she'll paint cows. "I have this feeling that maybe livestock will disappear too," the Berks County artist said last week as she prepared to open a show of her current subject: family farms, which are vanishing beyond Philadelphia's suburbs as development advances north and west. "A lot of places around here are just being built up," Floreen said, citing "the slow encroachment of houses coming closer and closer and closer. " Nearly a year ago, she set to preserving homesteads in oil on canvas, creating representations to transcend that encroachment.