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NEWS
February 1, 2013
A task force investigating a string of daytime burglaries in western Montgomery and Berks counties has made three arrests in 21 cases. The Montgomery County and Berks County district attorneys, and local police departments in Upper Providence, New Hanover and Robeson Township said that Michael Benner Jr., Joseph Samsel Jr., and Philip Becker were arrested Thursday. The three face multiple counts of burglary, criminal conspiracy; criminal attempt, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property in about 21 burglaries that occurred between July and last month, according to a press release on behalf of the task force from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
NEWS
January 1, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Unofficial tallies for Saturday's snowstorm show how heavily some places were blanketed, while other parts of the area were largely spared. In Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, the highest totals were in Chester County, with 5.0 inches in East Coventry Township, 4.5 inches in Spring City, 4.3 in Glenmoore, and 4.1 in Elverson, and 4.0 in Chester Springs, Lionville and East Nantmeal. The three other suburban counties also had a third of a foot in spots: 4.1 inches in West Rockhill and 4.0 in Quakertown, both in Bucks County; 4.0 in Montgomeryville, Montgomery County; and 4.0 in Wayne, Delaware County.
NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicholas F. Catania, 86, of Ridley Township, a former chairman of the Delaware County Council and a major force in suburban Republican politics for nearly a half-century, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Fair Acres Geriatric Center, the county's long-term care facility in Lima. A family member said the cause was Parkinson's disease and diabetes. Dominic Pileggi, the Delaware County Republican who is the state Senate majority leader, issued a statement saying Mr. Catania "was one of the three or four most influential individuals in Delaware County" over the last four decades.
NEWS
August 3, 2012
A Philadelphia man and three others were charged with trafficking $300,000 worth of heroin in Berks County, the state Attorney General's Office said Thursday. Randy Jimenez, 31, of Philadelphia; Angela L. Perdomo, 41, of New York, and David Garcia-Cruz, 32, and Erik T. Kinder, 38, both of Berks County, were accused of purchasing bulk quantities of heroin in Philadelphia and transporting the drugs to Berks. Attorney General Linda Kelly said the arrests were the result of a five-month investigation into the distribution and sale of heroin in the Reading area.
NEWS
August 3, 2012
A Philadelphia man and three others were charged with trafficking $300,000 worth of heroin in Berks County, the state Attorney General's Office said Thursday. Randy Jimenez, 31, of Philadelphia; Angela L. Perdomo, 41, of New York; and David Garcia-Cruz, 32, and Erik T. Kinder, 38, both of Berks County, were accused of purchasing bulk quantities of heroin in Philadelphia and transporting the drugs to Berks. Attorney General Linda Kelly said the arrests were the result of a five-month investigation into the distribution and sale of heroin in the Reading area.
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | STAFF REPORT
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.
NEWS
June 3, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An historically significant headstone that marked the grave of a preeminent Montgomery County scion for more than two centuries is gone. Towamencin Township police are seeking the thief or, more likely, thieves who swiped the monument — dated 1803 and valued at approximately $1,000 — from the final resting place of Samuel Tennis in the Tennis-Lukens Cemetery on Allentown Road between May 1 and 17. "It is one of the smaller, older headstones,...
NEWS
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
NEWS
April 29, 2012
A toddler was killed while playing around a piece of farm equipment in Berks County on Sunday, authorities said. Around 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, Maxatawny Township. There were no other injuries, police said. Authorities did not release the 1 1/2-year-old's name or additional details about the incident, which is under investigation. -    Darran Simon
NEWS
March 29, 2012
A REGISTERED sex offender, already accused in a federal indictment of exploiting a 1-year-old to produce pornography, has been bound over for trial on charges of raping the child in Montgomery County. Robert Knappenberger, 41, of Boyertown, Berks County, was being held at the Montgomery County prison in lieu of $15,000 bail, police said. He is accused of rape, statutory rape, indecent assault, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. The images of the abuse were posted on the Internet, according to the 2011 indictment.
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