July 24, 2014 |
The pastor assured the crowd that his congregation wanted the same things as the residents who are worried about a plan to build a new church in the Hatfield Township neighborhood. "You want open space. We want open space. You want walking trails, we want walking trails," John Cope, pastor of Keystone Fellowship, in Montgomeryville, told the standing-room-only crowd at the township building Wednesday night. "Softball fields, baseball fields. We want that. " But many neighbors don't want an expansive new building - church or otherwise - in the middle of it all. That difference of opinion is at the core of the church's effort to change the zoning on the church-owned property, known as the Bishop Tract, which would permit Keystone Fellowship to erect a 75,000-square-foot building on Orvilla Road in Hatfield.
June 30, 2014 |
For decades farmers have tended the land on the Bishop Tract in Hatfield Township, open space since it was sold by a land speculator 271 years ago. The acres along Orvilla Road in Montgomery County produced fruits and vegetables. An old silo and farmhouse still stand. But Keystone Fellowship Montgomeryville, a growing church in Montgomery Township, has plans for the property that would transform the 43-acre landscape. It is a potential change that worries some residents and township officials.
December 24, 2013 |
J. Kenneth "Ken" Jones, 82, formerly of Lansdale, an accountant, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, of pneumonia at Lansdale Hospital-Abington Health. Born in Doylestown, he moved with his family to Lancaster County, and graduated from Manheim Township High School in Neffsville in 1949. Mr. Jones served in the Navy for four years in Florida. He attended Pennsylvania State University under the GI Bill and graduated in 1959. He was a certified public accountant for 10 years at Ernst & Ernst, then one of the nation's biggest accounting firms.
June 8, 2013 |
A Montgomery County man is in police custody after allegedly stabbing his wife to death early Friday, officials said, The incident occurred at a single home in the 2900 block of Denbeigh Drive in Hatfield Township and involved a middle-aged couple, authorities said. Police were called to the house at 3:38 a.m. for a domestic incident in progress and found a woman dead in the house. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of family, the district attorney's office said in a press release.
May 26, 2013
A Lansdale woman who allegedly was reading a text message while driving a car that struck two teenagers in Hatfield Township, killing one, has been charged with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol. Bail was set Friday at $100,000 for Sarah Derstein, 31. According to authorities, at 11:34 p.m. April 26, Dennis Kee, 15, of Hatfield, was walking with four friends along the shoulder of southbound Route 309 when he and a friend, also 15, were hit by Derstein's 2007 Toyota Corolla.
May 25, 2013 |
A woman who allegedly was reading a text message while behind the wheel of a car that struck two teenagers in Hatfield Township, killing one of them, has been charged with homicide by vehicle and driving while under the influence of alchohol. Bail was set Friday at $100,000 for Sarah Derstein, 31, of Lansdale. On April 26 at 11:34 p.m., Dennis Kee, 15, of Hatfield, was walking with four friends along the southbound shoulder of Route 309 when he and a friend, also 15, were hit by Derstein's 2007 Toyota Corolla.
April 7, 2013
A Hatfield Township man was charged with drug possession and related offenses after he allegedly sold heroin to police. Harley Duval, 19, was allegedly involved in two heroin deals last month with Lansdale police. He was being investigated by Lansdale officers with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Drug Task Force. He was arrested Thursday. Police said he also was in possession of four hypodermic needles, glassine bags, a glass pipe, and two bags of heroin. Duval was arraigned before District Judge Kenneth Deatelhauser of Souderton.
March 12, 2013 |
Hatfield Township police have obtained an arrest warrant charging Thomas Troy Young with attempted murder and other crimes in the stabbing of a 33-year-old woman early Sunday. "Young is a family member of the victim," Officer Pat Hanrahan, a Hatfield police spokesman, said, declining to disclose the relationship. Young, 49, was last seen driving a black 2009 Honda Accord with Pennsylvania license plate GKS-8099, police said. At 12:38 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a call at 339 Wheatfield Circle.
March 10, 2013 |
Chestnut Hill has been rattled by two recent robberies in which the assailants assaulted and stunned their victims with Tasers. The same quiet, tree-lined block off Germantown Avenue was the scene of both robberies, which occurred just a few weeks apart. The victims were attacked shortly after leaving their shifts at local restaurants. It is not clear whether the robberies were connected, police said. There also is no known connection to several Taser-wielding robbers who struck in Abington Township and in Hatfield Township in recent weeks.
February 6, 2013 |
An accidental shooting near the Gloucester County Superior Court building wounded a detective and led to the lockdown of the nearby Woodbury High School, authorities said. It was the second accidental shooting of a law enforcement officer today. A spokesman for the Gloucester Co. Prosecutors office said the officer's service weapon discharged about 1:30 p.m. in the parking area at the Hunter Street complex. The detective's injuries are not considered life-threatening, said spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld, and he has been taken to Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury for treatment.