July 28, 2014 |
The Madeline doll remains in the basement of the Rossi home, a haunting memory of the night of the "gray snow," when a devastating weather event - perhaps unprecedented in the region - wrought tragedy in a Montgomery County housing development. Late on the night of July 27, 1994, a potent tornado, with winds perhaps topping 200 m.p.h., tore through the "Hamlet" neighborhood in Limerick Township, killing Laura Petersen and her husband, Daniel Thompson III, both 28, and their 11-month-old daughter, Mikhela.
March 23, 2013 |
A Pottstown teen was arrested Thursday after allegedly killing a jogger this month while texting behind the wheel and driving under the influence of drugs, according to authorities. Justin Matthew Jackson, 18, was texting and had marijuana in his system on March 4 when he swerved his car into the opposite lane and struck Merinda Thompson, 40, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Thompson, a mother of two from Limerick Township, was "catapulted" into a parking lot while Jackson continued driving on the wrong side of the road until his car struck a utility pole, according to a release from Ferman's office.
March 9, 2013 |
Merinda Pietrafitta Thompson, 40, had been running for less than a year when she came in second in her age group in her first race, a 5-kilometer event in early February. "She would run at lunchtime when she worked from home," a brother, John Pietrafitta, said. On Monday afternoon, March 4, the mother of two sons was jogging along the shoulder of North Lewis Road in Limerick Township when she was hit from behind and fatally injured by a swerving car, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a news release.
March 7, 2013 |
Authorities on Tuesday identified the woman killed by a car the day before in Limerick Township as Merinda Pietrafitta Thompson, 40, of Royersford. Thompson, a mother of two, was jogging along the shoulder of North Lewis Road when she was struck by a swerving car, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. The identity of the male driver, 18, has not been released. Police took a sample of his blood for testing as well as his cellphone. The District Attorney's Office and Limerick police are investigating.
March 6, 2013
A jogger was fatally injured Monday afternoon when she was hit from behind by a car while running on the side of North Lewis Road in Limerick Township, police said. The jogger was not identified pending notification of relatives. The 18-year-old driver was not identified, Limerick Township Police Chief William J. Albany said in a news release. The driver was taken to Phoenixville Hospital with minor injuries, the release said. - Walter F. Naedele
September 28, 2011
A federal grand jury added fraud and tax charges Tuesday against David F. Kane, the former Limerick Township supervisor accused of hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in income from the IRS and supplying false information to get a bank loan, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced. The indictment was the third against Kane, 39, of Phoenixville, who was chairman of the Limerick supervisors from January 2006 to May 2008. Prosecutors contend he failed to pay taxes for a decade and hid hundreds of thousands of dollars in shell companies tied to his now-defunct development firm, Kane Core Inc. Kane's attorney, Ann Flannery, said Tuesday: "Mr. Kane strongly disputes the charges and looks forward to having his day in court.
November 25, 2007 |
Two key words for those heading to the new Philadelphia Premium Outlets shopping mall in Limerick: research and coupons. Sandy Ragin-Brown and husband Kenneth Brown, no strangers to the drill, scoured the mall's Timberland outlet store recently for deals on shoes. "If there's a bargain, I'll find it," Ragin-Brown said. She did. An Internet coupon she had brought entitled the Wynnefield couple to buy a pair of men's shoes and ladies' boots for a combined $84.99, a pittance for the Timberland brand.
March 2, 2007 |
Students at Montgomery County's Spring-Ford Intermediate School and Seventh Grade Center building in Upper Providence Township were evacuated yesterday afternoon after a bomb threat was found written on a wall in a girls' bathroom. The students spent the rest of the day at other schools. The evacuation of the 1,800 fifth, sixth and seventh graders came after another bomb threat, this one written on a boys' bathroom wall at the high school in Limerick Township. That threat triggered a search of the high school Wednesday night and police presence at the school yesterday, along with searches of gym bags and backpacks.
September 21, 2006 |
Western Montgomery County has all the suburban amenities - decent schools, spacious houses. But as far as Jennifer Caruso is concerned, something is missing, and that something is shopping. "I don't think there's enough shopping out here," complained Caruso, a children's fashion designer who lives with her husband and 3-year-old daughter in Gilbertsville. That's why Caruso can hardly wait for the region's latest shopping mall - the 110-store Philadelphia Premium Outlets mall - to open next fall just a few exits away on Route 422. "I'm actually excited about it," Caruso said.
July 14, 2006 |
By granting preliminary approval for what is basically a concrete pad - thickness unspecified - the Limerick Township supervisors last night cleared one of several hurdles for Exelon Corp., which wants to build a storage facility for spent fuel at its Limerick nuclear power plant. The issue has prompted public outcry, and dozens of citizens have attended municipal meetings and Exelon information sessions to ask why the facility is needed and whether it is safe. The plant has been storing its spent fuel in a special pool of water within the facility.