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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
May 22, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Sixteen dead animals in various stages of decomposition were found at the site of a Montgomery County breeding farm, along with other violations, according to an inspection report federal regulators published this week. Some of the dead animals - hamsters and a gerbil - were in enclosures with live animals. Some had been partly cannibalized, it said. The report, based on an inspection in early January, also said personnel lacked adequate training regarding euthanasia. When investigators asked how they learned various methods, staff said they "learned on the internet.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 57-year-old Montgomery County man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for videotaping boys and girls in his bathroom as they undressed, showered and used the toilet, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said Wednesday. Kevin Rebbie, of Royersford, pleaded guilty in December to 19 counts of manufacturing child pornography and one count of possession of child porn. U.S. District Judge Nitza Quinones Alejandro also ordered during the sentencing Tuesday that Rebbie serve 20 years of supervised release after his prison term.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County jury on Friday awarded $5 million to the family of an 88-year-old man who died at Abington Memorial Hospital in 2008 after a misplaced feeding tube filled his lungs with fluid. In what one of the defense attorneys described as a "shocking" verdict, the jury found Friday afternoon that radiologists had misread an X-ray, causing the feeing tube to fill Marvin Summerford's left lung for hours. "Marvin Summerford's lung was pumped full of feeding solution, in essence slowly drowning him while he was fully conscious and his arms were restrained," said Michael A. Trunk, of Kline & Specter, the attorney who represented Summerford's family.
NEWS
May 16, 2016
45 Number of digital billboards in Philadelphia. 29 Number in Montco. 18 Number in Bucks. 15 Number in Delco. 7 Number in Chesco. SOURCE: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The incident last month at the Colonade, a controversy-plagued high-rise apartment building in Abington Township, had a tinge of déjà vu: Days after a new resident moved into an 11th-floor unit in the otherwise empty building, she was getting ready for bed when she smelled smoke. She followed the odor to a vent in her kitchen, according to a fire investigation report, then fled down the dark stairwell, using her iPhone to light the way. The fire had started in a room in the building's subbasement, investigators found.
NEWS
May 12, 2016
One person was airlifted to a hospital after a fire was reported in an inmate's cell Tuesday evening at Graterford prison in Montgomery County, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the reported fire shortly after 6 p.m. at the State Correctional Institution Graterford in Skippack Township. The fire was extinguished and the person, who was not identified, was transported to an area hospital to be treated for burns, authorities said. The cause of the fire was not immediately available.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
State and local officials are investigating alleged illegal dumping into Tookany Creek, which might be related to a contractor's work at a municipal swimming pool in Glenside, Cheltenham Township officials said Tuesday. Residents of the Montgomery County neighborhood reported a discharge in Tookany Creek near Renninger Park, Township Manager Bryan Havir said. "We jumped right away into action," he said. A contractor had been working at the Glenside pool to complete a water-blasting and painting project, Havir said.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
The Norristown residence in which a weekend fire killed three people and injured several others was not equipped with working fire alarms, officials said Monday. It marked the second fatal fire in the municipality this year in a building without a fire-alarm system. The cause of the Saturday morning fire in the 800 block of DeKalb Street remained under investigation by Montgomery County detectives, state police, and the Norristown Fire Department. However, officials said it did not appear to be of suspicious origin.
NEWS
May 7, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The Montgomery County Housing Authority has become the latest public housing agency to ban smoking. Starting July 1, the ban affects its 616 units countywide, executive director Joel Johnson said at a county commissioners meeting Thursday. The policy prohibits smoking indoors but will allow residents to smoke outside at least 25 feet away from buildings. It mirrors bans in Philadelphia and Chester County, and a broader effort in public housing nationwide. In November, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it would require all federally subsidized housing authorities to implement nonsmoking policies in the next several years.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A lottery ticket sold in Montgomery County hit a $450,000 jackpot in a Monday drawing, while a Gloucester County instant ticket worth $1 million is one of the biggest recent scratch-off prizes awarded in New Jersey. Lottery officials said the lucky Montco ticket matched all five numbers drawn in Monday's Pennsylvania Cash 5 game: 8, 9, 17, 20 and 43. The ticket was sold at SmoKings, located at 2894 Dekalb Pike in East Norriton. The retailer gets a $500 bonus, and the ticketholder has one year from the drawing date to claim the prize.
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