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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
September 18, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
STING, A Belgian Malinois trained by police to detect explosives, has a problem. If someone reaches for his neck or pulls on his leash, he will turn and bite. Enter Cesar Millan, the "Dog Whisperer. " On Friday, Millan visited the Huntingdon Valley home of Carol Skaziak, founder of Throw Away Dogs, a nonprofit that rescues potential police K-9s. With the cameras rolling, Millan firmly took Sting's leash. The dog, clearly overstimulated by all the strangers in the room, tried several times to bound away but Millan held tight.
NEWS
September 17, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A Montgomery County man convicted of breaking into a Hatfield Township apartment and raping a 6-year-old girl while she slept in her bed was sentenced Thursday to 24 to 70 years in prison. In June, a Montgomery County Court jury found Oscar Herrera, 29, guilty of six of seven charges, including rape and burglary. "I know I made a mistake, and I need to pay for that," Herrera said before the sentencing, speaking through a translator. But, he said later, "I want to continue with my life because I have reason to live . . . my family, my son. " In a nearly 90-minute proceeding, during which the mother of Herrera's young son spoke of the man's "responsible" nature and his ability to be "a very good father," the parents of the victim sat in silence, her father wiping away tears.
NEWS
September 16, 2016
By Valerie A. Arkoosh In our hyperpartisan times, there is one issue that just about everyone agrees upon: the need for government to invest in roads, bridges, and infrastructure. This is an urgent problem in Pennsylvania - in 2014, the commonwealth's bridges received a D-plus rating from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Montgomery County, where I serve as one of three county commissioners, owns 133 bridges. Four years ago, as a result of years of neglect and deferred maintenance by prior administrations, nearly half of those bridges were deemed structurally deficient.
NEWS
September 4, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Someone in Montgomery County bought a Cash 5 ticket that's now worth $600,000. The ticket matched all five numbers in Wednesday's drawing (7, 12, 21, 23 and 38) to win the jackpot. The winning ticket was purchased in East Norriton, at Ana's Corner Store, 3310 N. Wales Road, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. The shop gets a $5,000 bonus. The winner has one year from the drawing date to claim the prize. In other lottery news, both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are on the rise for this weekend after no one won this week.
NEWS
September 3, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
An employee of the Montgomery County Youth Center was charged Wednesday with raping an 18-year-old female who was staying there. Joel Springer, 34, of Philadelphia, is charged with rape, sexual assault, and other crimes. District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said Springer worked as a youth and family advocate at the center. He is accused of raping the 18-year-old twice Saturday. She met with police Sunday to report the rapes, and was examined at the hospital, according to a police affidavit.
NEWS
September 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Federal and local authorities are seeking three men who stole more than 45 cellphones and watches, valued at more than $21,000, at a T-Mobile store in Montgomery County last month. About 8 p.m. Aug. 22, the three men entered the store at 2401 W. Cheltenham Ave. in Cheltenham Township, just across the Philadelphia border. One man brandished a gun, and the two store employees were ordered into the stockroom, where cellphones are stored, authorities said. After making off with the phones and Apple watches, the men fled.
SPORTS
September 1, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Citing a lack of numbers and experience, administrators at Springfield (Montgomery County) have canceled the remainder of its varsity football season. "The decision was delayed as long as possible in hopes that more students would join the roster," Springfield athletic director Jason Pane said. "At this time, we simply do not have enough players to safely play this year. " Springfield, a member of the eight-team Suburban One League American Conference, bowed to Octorara, 47-20, in its nonleague opener Friday night.
NEWS
August 31, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A ticket sold in Montgomery County split a $325,000 jackpot in a Pennsylvania Cash 5 game this weekend. The ticket, along with one sold in Allegheny County, matched all five numbers drawn Friday: 11, 12, 215, 26 and 39. The lucky Montgomery County ticket was sold in Norristown, at the Quick Stop located at 927 Stanbridge Street, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. The ticket holder and the Allegheny County winner will each get $162,500. The other ticket was bought at a Super Mart in McKees Rocks.
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