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June 30, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 1, 1995 | By Rena Singer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It is not often that commissioners' meetings here sound like readings from Thoreau's Walden. But then, it is not often that Charlotte Dubroff gets to talk at them about her dream for a township-owned 28-acre strip of woods between Orvilla Road and Vine Street. "To preserve it for its spiritual and environmental value," Dubroff said of why she wants her dream to become real. "To promote a better understanding of our natural world. " Dubroff, a township resident and environmental activist, described her idea for a nature center and wildlife preserve at Wednesday night's meeting of the township Board of Commissioners.
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February 26, 1996 | By Ty Tagami, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Some might call them "kitty kitty," but Gary Unzeitig says the passel of homeless felines that bully his dog, piddle on his woodpile and befoul his sidewalk and lawn are anything but cute. "These guys are mean," he said. He also called them an "unchecked, major-league health hazard. " A bricklayer, Unzeitig trudges from his home before the sun rises and returns after it sets. There is nothing worse after a long day of work, he said, than dodging the piles of cat scat that litter the walk from his driveway to his door.
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July 30, 1992 | By Ken Dilanian, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's a delicate dance, municipal government. No matter how safe they try to play it - however many consultants are hired, committees formed, discussions held at sparsely attended meetings - local officials just never know whether an issue's going to blow up in their faces. Especially if they're just learning the dance, as is Tom Hall, Hatfield Township's assistant manager. Hall, who turned 25 this week, saw nothing controversial about a plan to connect Hatfield's scattered parcels of open space with a network of eight-foot-wide bike paths.
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March 15, 1992 | Special to The Inquirer / JON ADAMS
A changing of the flag was one way that Hatfield Township marked its 250th anniversary on March 9. The old one was lowered for the last time at the township building by patrol officer Pat Hanrahan. The founding of the township was approved by a Philadelphia court.
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June 14, 1995 | By Jordana Horn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The intersection of County Line Road and Walnut Street on the border of New Britain and Hatfield Townships will get a traffic signal this week. The debate over its installation had proceeded with caution for years. In summarizing more than 12 inches of files and three years of controversy on the subject, New Britain Township Manager Bob Bender said the dangerous nature of this well-traversed intersection was never up for debate. Bender said it had been the site of numerous high-speed, broadside accidents.
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May 12, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Jack Kellet, 61, of Hatfield Township, a certified welding inspector and mechanical engineer, died Saturday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. He suffered a heart attack that evening while working in the pits at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Berks County. Mr. Kellet had helped maintain modified cars for area race drivers. A native of Scranton, he graduated from Scranton Vocational-Technical High School in 1955 and studied at Pennsylvania State University's Ogontz campus before serving in the Army.
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July 24, 2002 | By Steve Esack INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A man found submerged in a vat of chocolate at Kargher Corp. died yesterday, Hatfield Township police said. Coworkers found Yoni Cordon, 19, of Olney Avenue in Philadelphia, in a vat that is used for mixing and melting chocolate at the factory, police said. The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. Cordon was pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. Last evening, a handful of workers in green T-shirts milled around the one-story warehouse office building in the rain, as two police officers waited nearby.
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March 12, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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January 6, 2006 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last Nov. 7, Coleen Markle got an unwelcome surprise when she returned from a morning walk in her Towamencin development. A giant cell tower was rising behind her home. In a few hours, a Sprint cell-phone tower so tall it seemed to sprout from her roof had been erected by a huge crane. Worse yet, she'd had no warning. "My blood pressure shot sky-high at that point," Markle said. Markle's blood pressure, and that of her neighbors in the central Montgomery County neighborhood, was raised by a predicament known to planners as "township line syndrome.
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July 24, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
      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.
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June 30, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 24, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 8, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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May 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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March 12, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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March 10, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 6, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
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.
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