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July 4, 2011 | By Dan Hardy and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
Authorities continued to search Sunday for the gunman who killed a 2-year-old boy and a 43-year-old man and wounded three others Saturday night at a home in a rural section of Douglass Township. All of the victims were shot in the head; at least one of the wounded - Monica Shay - was not expected to survive. Police identified the dead as Joseph Shay, 43, who lived in Yarmouth, Mass., and New York, and Gregory Erdmann, 2. Gregory's mother, Kathryn Erdmann, 37, of Fall River, Mass., was hospitalized in critical condition, along with Paul and Monica Shay, the owners of the property.
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April 29, 2012
One person was killed when a car overturned into a creek on Sunday in Montgomery County, a county dispatcher said. Authorities received a 911 call shortly before 11 a.m. about the one-vehicle accident in the area of Paper Mill Road in Douglass Township. One survivor was taken to Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, authorities said based on information they received Sunday morning. No further details were available. -    Darran Simon
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April 30, 2012
One person was killed when a car overturned into a creek Sunday in Montgomery County, a county dispatcher said. Authorities received a 911 call shortly before 11 a.m. about the one-vehicle accident in the area of Paper Mill Road in Douglass Township. One survivor was taken to Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, authorities said based on information they had received Sunday morning. No further details were available. - Darran Simon
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March 3, 1989 | By Robert McSherry, Special to The Inquirer
Three Gilbertsville, Montgomery County, teenagers riding home from Boyertown Area Senior High School were killed yesterday and a fourth was critically injured when their car was crushed by a truck in Douglass Township, upper Montgomery County, police said. Douglass Township police Sgt. Michael Croom said a tractor-trailer was traveling north on state Route 100 about 3 p.m. when a southbound 1985 Camaro driven by Tuesday Kline, 17, of Maple Street, began making a left turn toward Grosser Road.
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July 8, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
A third victim among the five shot Saturday at a Douglass Township farmhouse died Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Monica Shay, 58, a professor at the Pratt Institute in New York, had clung to life for nearly five days after the attack that killed her husband's nephew, Joseph Shay, 43, and 2-year-old Gregory Bosco, of Fall River, Mass. Her husband Paul Shay, 64, and Kathryn Erdmann, 37, Gregory's mother, remain hospitalized from injuries sustained during the shooting.
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July 14, 2001 | By Mark Stroh INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A fugitive murderer wanted for parole violations who eluded police Wednesday night in a stolen tractor-trailer truck was arrested here yesterday after an anonymous caller told authorities where he was hiding. James Detwiler, 48, of Myerstown, Pa., was paroled last year after serving nearly eight years for murder. He was being held last night at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bond. "I think it's great," a police spokesman in Douglass Township said of the arrest.
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July 4, 2011 | By Alfred Lubrano and Melissa Dribben, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A man who shot five people in Montgomery County Saturday night was killed by police late Monday morning as the Trainer house he was in was surrounded by police SWAT teams. At a press conference, Delaware County District Attorney Mike Green and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said the suspect died in the basement. Ferman said the suspect, Mark Geisenheyner, 51, was killed by police. Authorities said Geisenheyner had a long criminal history in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York.
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May 2, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOUGLASS TWP. A controversial Montgomery County mulch operation has agreed to relocate from a parcel of preserved farmland in Douglass Township, under a court settlement with the municipality and residents. The township and residents sued Mountain Mulch last year, accusing the Sassamansville Road company of violating zoning laws by operating a large commercial business on preserved farmland. The settlement, signed April 24 in Montgomery County Court, calls for the company to relocate and for the township to take no further legal action.
NEWS
August 2, 2007
BOYERTOWN, Pa. - Authorities have captured the second alligator in two weeks in a Douglass Township creek. "I have no idea where they are coming from," Harry D. Brown III, executive director of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, said Tuesday. A woman jogging Tuesday afternoon spotted the three-foot alligator on a rock in Ironstone Creek, near where one was captured July 17, and called police. "I poked him a few times to get him to lift his head, and then I used a catch pole to put a line around his neck so he wouldn't get away," Brown said.
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July 6, 2011 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
In 2006, a fire raged through the house in a rural, wooded section of Montgomery County where Paul and Monica Shay spent time on their days off. Weeks later, Paul Shay reported artwork and other items missing. According to the man who came to the rebuilt home in Douglass Township on Saturday night and shot the Shays and three others in the head - killing a 2-year-old boy - Paul Shay had conspired with the shooter in an insurance-fraud scheme related to the fire and missing art. Montgomery County authorities are trying to determine whether that's true, and they are now investigating whether the fire was arson.
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June 16, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a controversial Montgomery County mulch operation agreed last month to move out of Douglass Township, many residents breathed a sigh of relief. Mountain Mulch had raised the ire of neighbors, who accused owners of violating zoning laws by illegally operating a large commercial business on a corner of preserved farmland. But the fight over Mountain Mulch may be far from over. Township officials are now suing former Supervisor Fred Theil, saying he started the trouble by giving the company permission to accept piles of natural debris left over from Hurricane Sandy.
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May 2, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOUGLASS TWP. A controversial Montgomery County mulch operation has agreed to relocate from a parcel of preserved farmland in Douglass Township, under a court settlement with the municipality and residents. The township and residents sued Mountain Mulch last year, accusing the Sassamansville Road company of violating zoning laws by operating a large commercial business on preserved farmland. The settlement, signed April 24 in Montgomery County Court, calls for the company to relocate and for the township to take no further legal action.
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December 14, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG A controversial business that stockpiles mulch on preserved farmland in northwest Montgomery County faces an intensified battle as neighbors and local officials seek to halt the company's production in Douglass Township. A state board that reviews farmland issues voted Thursday to have a hearing officer conduct an administrative trial on Mountain Mulch Co.'s operations. Those operational activities "create an adverse impact on the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the township," the township alleges in a recently filed civil lawsuit.
NEWS
April 30, 2012
One person was killed when a car overturned into a creek Sunday in Montgomery County, a county dispatcher said. Authorities received a 911 call shortly before 11 a.m. about the one-vehicle accident in the area of Paper Mill Road in Douglass Township. One survivor was taken to Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, authorities said based on information they had received Sunday morning. No further details were available. - Darran Simon
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April 29, 2012
One person was killed when a car overturned into a creek on Sunday in Montgomery County, a county dispatcher said. Authorities received a 911 call shortly before 11 a.m. about the one-vehicle accident in the area of Paper Mill Road in Douglass Township. One survivor was taken to Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, authorities said based on information they received Sunday morning. No further details were available. -    Darran Simon
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An excised portion of a killer's brain could reveal whether he had a terminal disease when he attacked a family in its Douglass Township home this month. The Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday that it had removed Mark Geisenheyner's pituitary gland during an autopsy and sent it for testing. The move came days after reports emerged that the Pottstown man had told several people that inoperable tumors had been diagnosed shortly before his rampage. Geisenheyner, 51, died July 4 in a standoff with police in Trainer, two days after he opened fire on a family in its Montgomery County vacation home.
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July 8, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
A third victim among the five shot Saturday at a Douglass Township farmhouse died Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Monica Shay, 58, a professor at the Pratt Institute in New York, had clung to life for nearly five days after the attack that killed her husband's nephew, Joseph Shay, 43, and 2-year-old Gregory Bosco, of Fall River, Mass. Her husband Paul Shay, 64, and Kathryn Erdmann, 37, Gregory's mother, remain hospitalized from injuries sustained during the shooting.
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July 7, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A third victim among five shot Saturday in a Douglass Township farmhouse has died. Monica Shay, 58, of New York City, was pronounced dead at 3:07 a.m. Thursday in her room at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, said Lehigh County Chief Deputy Coroner Paul Zondlo. She had clung to life for nearly five days since the shootings that killed her nephew Joseph Shay, 43, and 2-year-old Gregory Bosco, of Falls River, Mass. Her husband Paul Shay, 64, and Kathryn Erdmann, Bosco's mother, remain hospitalized from injuries sustained in the attack.
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July 6, 2011 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
In 2006, a fire raged through the house in a rural, wooded section of Montgomery County where Paul and Monica Shay spent time on their days off. Weeks later, Paul Shay reported artwork and other items missing. According to the man who came to the rebuilt home in Douglass Township on Saturday night and shot the Shays and three others in the head - killing a 2-year-old boy - Paul Shay had conspired with the shooter in an insurance-fraud scheme related to the fire and missing art. Montgomery County authorities are trying to determine whether that's true, and they are now investigating whether the fire was arson.
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July 5, 2011 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
Mark Richard Geisenheyner, the man suspected of shooting five people in cold blood at a rural Montgomery County house Saturday night - killing two, including a 2-year-old boy - was asleep when the acquaintance with whom he'd sought refuge called the cops on him. The acquaintance, identified by neighbors only as Gary, and his wife, Trish, had found Geisenheyner outside their house on Post Road in Trainer Borough, Delaware County, when they came...
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