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January 31, 1986
The choice of the next Montgomery County commissioner should be left up to the voters. The most democratic way of picking someone for this position, created by the death of Allan C. Myers, is clear. Let the public, rather than the county board of judges, make the selection on May 20, the date of this year's primary election. We need a new county commissioner who has been chosen directly by the voters. Stephen L. Book Norristown.
NEWS
February 18, 2013
A fire roared through the Valley Forge Beef & Ale restaurant in Lower Providence on Saturday, causing no injuries but destroying the venerable 19th-century building, Montgomery County emergency officials said. The fire started in the basement, one official said without elaborating. The cause wasn't known as of Saturday night. The fire was officially categorized as a one-alarm blaze, but once it got going, additional units were called, officials said. - Alfred Lubrano
NEWS
April 5, 1986 | By John Hekking, Special to The Inquirer
Responding to criticism of a new transportation tax, Montgomery County Commission Chairman Paul B. Bartle said yesterday that the tax would be amended so the various municipalities would receive their fair share of its revenues. The tax is designed to help finance mass transportation and road improvements. But it had been criticized by municipalities and builders' associations as unfair because it forced owners of newly constructed buildings to pay for services that might not benefit their particular area of the county.
NEWS
April 7, 1996 | By Larry King, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Can community college classes match up favorably with introductory courses at elite universities? An Inquirer reporter recently tested that notion by observing two comparable science courses - one at Montgomery County Community College, one at the University of Pennsylvania - over a three-week period. The Montco course had two 15-student sections taking second-semester anatomy and physiology. The Penn class, Biology 102, covered similar subject matter with more than 150 students at once.
NEWS
April 15, 2012
State police credited a Montgomery County police department with capturing a man they said had fired at a trooper in Northeastern Pennsylvania. About 3 a.m. Sunday, an officer with the Montgomery Township police noticed a Chevrolet Cruze with a stolen license plate traveling on Route 309. The officer received a report that one of the two men in the car had shot at police Friday in Luzerne County and that both were considered armed and dangerous....
NEWS
March 27, 2013
Montgomery County is studying the possibility of a nondiscrimination ordinance that would protect gay, lesbian, and transgender residents. A state law bans discrimination in the workplace, housing market and other areas based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender, age, and religion. Several counties, including Philadelphia, and municipalities have banned discrimination based on sexuality or gender expression. Democratic Comissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie S. Richards promised to pass such an ordinance during their 2011 campaign.
NEWS
February 11, 2001 | By Marc Schogol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In yet another in a string of such discoveries, what apparently was a small bomb was safely detonated yesterday after it was found at the Parktowne Plaza Shopping Center in Limerick Township, Montgomery County. The bomb, made from a tin can and electrical tape, was found shortly before 11 a.m. on the sidewalk outside the Hair Express. Businesses and houses in the immediate area were evacuated while the Montgomery County Bomb Squad X-rayed and then "performed operations to make the device safe," according to a police report.
NEWS
October 29, 1997 | By Karen E. Quinones Miller, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The only decision facing all Montgomery County voters on Election Day is which candidates they should pick to fill the Common Pleas Court seats that were created by Gov. Ridge earlier this year. It is not a tough choice. There are two seats and two candidates, Calvin S. "Pete" Drayer Jr. and Thomas M. Del Ricci. Drayer and Del Ricci, both Republicans, were endorsed by the party in the May primary and won easily over the only other contender, Fiorindo A. Vagnozzi. No Democrats ran in the primary - both Drayer and Del Ricci cross-filed - and no Democrats are running in the general election.
BUSINESS
July 25, 1996 | By Donna Shaw, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Quaker Chemical Corp. said yesterday it would close its plant in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, by the end of the year, putting about 40 employees out of work. Quaker Chemical's corporate, administrative and technical operations, employing more than 200 people, will remain in Conshohocken, the company said. The announcement came as Quaker Chemical released its second-quarter earnings report, which showed record net sales (excluding other income) of $59.8 million. Earnings per share rose by 11 percent for the quarter, but were flat for the first six months.
NEWS
July 10, 1992 | By Rob Wingate, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Two months after a union drive by prison guards failed, the Montgomery County Correctional Facility yesterday announced plans to change some of its personnel policies. At a public meeting of the prison's board of directors, Warden Lawrence V. Roth said all new job openings at the Eagleville facility would be posted there. Job openings also will be distributed to employees through their shift supervisors, Roth said. Some correctional officers had complained that hirings at the prison were governed by nepotism and corruption.
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NEWS
August 20, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County officials say their efforts to complete a massive overhaul of emergency radio system and eliminate dangerous "dead spots" in emergency communications has hit a roadblock in a critical area. Upgrades or construction of 29 radio towers have been completed as part of the more than $36 million infrastructure project approved four years ago. But there's one holdout: Upper Merion Township, one of the region's most-populous towns and a major employment and shopping center.
NEWS
August 20, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Two men lured a 15-year-old Chester County girl into a sexual relationship, and exchanged videos and images of themselves sexually assaulting her for months, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. John Christopher Brown, 25, of Norristown, altered his appearance, told the girl he was 17, and began a sexual relationship with her, police said. Lawrence W. Jamieson Jr., 57, of Willistown Township, allegedly transported the victim to have sex with Brown and asked Brown to record the encounters.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
An industrial gas producer has agreed to pay $1 million to settle air-emissions violations at its northwestern Montgomery County plant, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday. Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. agreed to settle charges that it operated its plant on Stauffer Road in Upper Hanover Township without proper permits for five years after buying the facility from Advanced Gas Technologies. The rural plant produces high-purity specialty cylinder gases, primarily propylene.
NEWS
August 18, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
In the laundry room of a spacious two-story Colonial home Tuesday morning in Montgomery County, a specialist ran tap water out of the faucet and collected it in clear plastic sample bottles. Jerry and Ann Henner watched, wondering aloud what might be found in the water when it goes to the lab for testing. Theirs was the first house out of 116 set to be tested in Horsham Township during the next two weeks for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), chemicals linked to cancer that leached into the groundwater from two nearby former Navy bases.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Kairos Real Estate Partners of King of Prussia and Chevy Chase, Md.-based Artemis Real Estate Partners have acquired a 123,440-square-foot office building at 518 East Township Line Road in Blue Bell. The building is 27-percent leased by New York-based construction company Skanska USA and Phoenixville Hospital, Kairos said in a release. The buyers plan renovations to the site that include adding a cafe, conference rooms and a fitness center, Kairos said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
NEWS
August 6, 2016
A plan to install 10 surveillance cameras in high-crime areas of Pottstown was presented to the borough council this week. The camera system, which is being funded by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, will be monitored around the clock by the Pottstown Police Department, said Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood. The cameras, which can be moved to different locations as needed, will be useful in apprehending suspects and aiding investigations, Ringwood said.
NEWS
August 4, 2016
Police are looking for three men who they say stole about $10,000 worth of jewelry from a Helzberg Diamonds store in a Montgomery County mall Tuesday morning. Officers from the Montgomery Township Police Department responded shortly after 11:20 a.m. to a report of three black males wearing all black clothing and masks who were smashing jewelry displays at the store in the Montgomery Mall, according to police. The police department is asking anyone with information to call the Montgomery Township Detective Division at 215-362-2301.
NEWS
August 3, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
Montgomery County prosecutors are investigating what they are calling a double homicide at an apartment building Sunday night. Janice Trunk, 54, and Kevin Milton Smith, 44, were killed in a shooting at the Forest Garden Apartments in Ambler, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said Monday. The county coroner's office determined after autopsies Monday that both Trunk and Smith died of multiple gunshot wounds. Their deaths were both ruled homicides. The Ambler police received a phone call reporting the shootings at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, First Assitant District Attorney Ed McCann said in a statement.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, Staff Writer
Twenty-five years ago, developers offered Fred Seipt millions of dollars for his struggling Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale. He said no. Instead of taking the money and watching his three-generation farm become yet another Montgomery County subdivision, Seipt gambled on building two lavish miniature golf courses, a driving range, a pro shop, and baseball batting cages. He bet the farm, and he won. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, Freddy's Family Fun Center helps support 180 acres of feed corn and 20 acres of pumpkins, plus an ice cream-making operation.
NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, are investigating a report of a suspicious traffic stop earlier this week involving a man in an unmarked white van. About 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a motorist driving on Church Road in the township's Oreland section saw the white van, displaying "police-style" red and blue lights, stopped on the road, police said. The van appeared to have made a traffic stop of a Nissan Sentra, said Detective Stephen Craig. The passing motorist stopped to observe, then saw the van leave and get onto nearby Route 309, Craig said.
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