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July 28, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not many people get their marriage licenses with a prayer group protesting a few feet away. But that's what happened to Lynn Zeitlin and Gabriela Assagioli on Friday in Norristown. The couple, from Penn Valley, have been together for several years and had put on a wedding ceremony in the past, but they came to the Register of Wills' Office on Friday to obtain a Montgomery County marriage license. Even though same-sex marriage is not legal in Pennsylvania, D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills, has allowed his office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples since Wednesday.
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July 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an effort to coordinate a patchwork of approaches to preventing and reporting bullying, Montgomery County officials presented a new manual Wednesday that was a year in the making. While the policies and practices suggested in the manual are not mandates, officials hope that school districts and law enforcement agencies will follow what a task force found to be best practices around the country. "This is one of the most challenging issues facing our youth," District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at East Norriton Middle School.
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May 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and its law enforcement partners have been confiscating a lot of marijuana lately - nearly $15 million of it, actually, in an investigation called Operation: Weed Whacker. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced Thursday the dismantling of a major marijuana trafficking ring that saw 3,673 pounds of marijuana - with a street value in Pennsylvania of $14.7 million - shipped in from January to April by a California supplier. It was sent to a pair of Philadelphia-area brothers, who allegedly then sold the drug to dealers throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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April 27, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Their paths don't cross professionally. He's in the kitchen, she's in a courtroom. But on Thursday, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and her brother, the acclaimed chef Marc Vetri, shared a stage for the first time. Their topic was neither cuisine nor crime, or sibling rivalry - but charity. Vetri, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind Vetri, Osteria, Amis, and Alla Spina, cofounded the Vetri Foundation in 2008 to promote healthy foods and active lifestyles.
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April 12, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Two men have been charged with murder in a March 22 slaying outside Brian's Cafe in Pottstown, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. The suspects were identified as Michael Hinton, 26, of Philadelphia, in custody since the day of the incident, and his cousin, Maurice Andrews Jr., 19, of Pottstown, who remains at large. They have been charged with first-, second-, and third-degree murder and related offenses in the shooting death of Victor E.B. Baez, 28. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said both men had gone to the cafe with weapons.
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April 10, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County officials say a new state wiretapping law helped them take down a "notorious drug dealer" who sold large quantities of marijuana in Norristown and elsewhere. At a news conference Monday, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman displayed about 50 pounds of marijuana, stacks of cash, two semiautomatic handguns, and numerous cellphones seized last month from Ryan Gavlick and his alleged associates. Gavlick, 26, of Pottstown, and alleged supplier Jason Bishop, 38, of Philadelphia, were arrested March 8 in Upper Merion, after weeks of wiretaps and surveillance by county narcotics detectives.
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March 6, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman on Tuesday identified the jogger fatally injured in Limerick Township on Monday afternoon as Merinda Thompson, 40, of Royersford. Thompson was jogging north on the southbound shoulder of North Lewis Rd. near Royersford, when a northbound car "crossed over into the southbound lane and then partially off the road striking Ms. Thompson," Ferman said in a press release. "The car then struck a utility pole before coming to rest," the press release stated.
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March 1, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A special operation to curb violence in Norristown helped authorities arrest a second suspect in a recent slaying and could lead to other homicide cases being solved. Andrew Tomlinson, 18, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, robbery, and other offenses in the Feb. 11 killing of Andrew Polen, 25, of West Norriton, Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Polen was one of two passengers in a car of a friend when they were targeted for robbery in Norristown, authorities said.
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