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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
April 22, 2016
A 27-year-old Norristown man was charged with kidnapping and related offenses for allegedly abducting a 2-year-old boy and a puppy from his girlfriend's Coatesville home Sunday. Larry Allen Sample allegedly took his girlfriend's son and dog from her home in the 400 block of Maple Avenue during a domestic dispute around 4:20 a.m., said Chester County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Noone. Police issued an alert for Sample's 2004 black Lincoln sedan, and it was stopped at 4:47 a.m. by Tredyffrin Township police on Route 202 near the Valley Forge exit.
NEWS
April 20, 2016
ISSUE | HISTORY Site threatened Sunday's Memory Stream column made vivid the role of William Still in conveying slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad (" 'That glorious humanitarian institution' "). That Still chronicled this history through his journals is even more remarkable. Among the details captured in Still's journals is a tribute to George Corson, a Quaker from Plymouth Meeting best known as the builder of Abolition Hall. Corson and others from his extended family were conductors on the Underground Railroad, and George and his wife, Martha Maulsby Corson, sheltered runaway slaves in their home, barn, and fields.
NEWS
April 10, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
New water tests at a Lower Merion school showed a cafeteria faucet suspected of having elevated lead levels now registers at an acceptable rate - but also found possible contaminants in a drinking fountain and a water line. The result of the drinking fountain test at Penn Wynne Elementary were at the Environmental Protection Agency's "action level," while the basement water line was near the action level, according to school officials. In a letter to parents Thursday informing them of the test results, principal Shawn Bernatowicz said action-level readings are not necessarily a public-health concern, according to the EPA, but could require more testing and monitoring at the 600-student school.
NEWS
April 10, 2016
A WOMAN accused of kidnapping a 7-week-old boy from the King of Prussia Mall last week has been released from jail after posting bail. Cherie Amoore, 32, of Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, posted 10 percent of her $500,000 bail Wednesday night and was released from the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Friday. Late on the afternoon of March 31, Amoore approached the baby's mother as she shopped in the mall with other family members, and followed them to the food court, prosecutors said.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
An invasion by the mosquito-borne Zika virus is at least possible in the Philadelphia region in the coming months, Montgomery County health officials said Thursday. "We have all the ingredients for an outbreak," Steve Gerloff, supervisor of environmental services for the Montgomery County Health Department, said in a presentation to the Board of Commissioners. "It is a possibility. " The generally mild virus can cause a fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes, with symptoms lasting several days.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged in a car crash in Hatfield on Friday that left an 80-year-old woman dead. Officials said Jacquill Maurice Johnson, 22, was speeding, ran a red light and then fled the scene on foot after hitting the victim's car at the intersection of Forty Foot Road and Welsh Road. The victim, Shirley Russell, was pronounced dead at the scene after her car was toppled by the impact of Johnson's vehicle, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A man died in a fiery crash in Montgomery County early Saturday after a brief police chase. The crash happened about 12:45 a.m. on the 300 block of Main Street in Red Hill Borough. The Pennsylvania State Police, who are investigating the crash, said the incident began in nearby Marlborough Township, when a police officer there tried to stop a motorist driving erratically on State Route 29. After a brief pursuit, the Marlborough officer ended the chase. The officer then "came upon" the vehicle involved in the chase and saw that it had crashed in Red Hill, state police said in a news release.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
A 93-year-old man was struck and killed by a SEPTA shuttle bus in Glenside, Montgomery County, on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The accident happened about 1:10 p.m. on Glenside Avenue near Limekiln Pike, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The Cheltenham Township Police Department reported that Edward Hill Sr. of Glenside was attempting to cross the street as the shuttle bus was turning south on Limekiln Pike from Glenside Avenue. Hill, who was pinned under the bus, was pronounced dead at the scene.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
A Montgomery County judge has denied Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's request to dismiss the criminal charges against her and has also rejected Kane's request that she step aside in favor of a judge from another county. Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy agreed with prosecutors that Kane can receive a fair trial in Montgomery County and that the attorney general's case can proceed as scheduled, according to a decision made public Tuesday. Earlier this month, Kane filed legal papers requesting that a judge from outside the county be appointed to preside over her criminal trial, scheduled to begin Aug. 8. Kane had alleged that three judges on the Montgomery County bench are hostile to her and have a "clear interest" in the outcome of her case.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
As an 18-year-old military police officer at Guantánamo Bay's prison, Erica Walsh was one of the few women tasked with guarding detainees. Some were terror suspects linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks - the same attacks that spurred Walsh to enlist. For 12 hours a day, they rained down abuse on her from their cells. But Walsh, a Montgomery County resident, who admits she cried as a child when she saw roadkill, developed a thick skin and inner strength. Her fortitude grew at similar posts in Iraq and at the maximum security prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. "Being a woman in a man's army, people are constantly nay-saying you," said Walsh, who served for eight years in the Army and now studies health and physical education as a junior at West Chester University.
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