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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 22, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Todd Stephens on Thursday joined an increasingly crowded field of candidates for attorney general in 2016. In the Republican primary, Stephens is to face off against a fellow Montgomery County legislator, State Sen. John Rafferty, who announced his candidacy in June. Stephens, of Horsham, is in his third term representing eastern Montgomery County. In an interview Thursday, Stephens said his decision to run was spurred by the allegations of leaking and lying that have plagued Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane in recent years.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A nearly billion-dollar redevelopment of the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station remains at least a year away, still slowed by last year's discovery of water contamination on the site. At a meeting Wednesday, the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA) said it was amending its purchase proposal and other planning documents to account for the contamination and cleanup. The 862-acre base, selected for closure a decade ago, remains mostly vacant. The authority plans to build homes, offices, stores, a museum, a school, and other facilities on the Montgomery County site.
NEWS
August 19, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his 50 years as a forensic pathologist, there are some cases that stick in Walter I. Hofman's mind. Like the time he was called to examine a seemingly lifeless body and noticed the man's finger moving. "He lived another four, five, six days in the hospital," Hofman recalled last week. "But it goes to show you, simply because someone's lying there and there are maggots on them," it doesn't mean they're dead. Hofman's tenure as Montgomery County coroner will end this year; he announced last week that he would not seek a third four-year term.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an age of viral marketing, Methacton School District officials are learning a lesson about how a PR campaign can become toxic in a hurry. In February, a news release heralding a unanimous board vote to consider closing an elementary school was written up and circulated by a school director. But it was written before the meeting took place, as inquisitive parents and activists would later learn from a right-to-know request that unearthed other embarrassing documents. One mapped out a public-relations strategy, warning that an "emotional environment" required "some visible response.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman is ending his reelection campaign. Hofman, 78, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday that he would return to private practice in January, after his second term ends. Monday was the last day to withdraw from the November ballot. Marcel Groen, chairman of the county Democrats, said the party has two weeks to submit a replacement and has begun informal talks with several potential candidates. Hofman's campaign manager, Sherry Marcus Milano, said he will assist in that search.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
Appearing publicly for the first time since she was criminally charged Thursday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Saturday walked into the Montgomery County detective bureau in Norristown to be fingerprinted and then was arraigned via video conference by a judge in Collegeville. Magisterial Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar set bail at $10,000 unsecured, which meant Kane was allowed to freely depart the Norristown bureau. She left the building through a side door after entering through the front door, and in both cases declined to answer questions from reporters.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even the dog wore the union's signature red shirt, dressed appropriately for a small rally held Friday by the Communication Workers of America at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. The rally, attended by Montgomery County elected officials and labor leaders, came as talks continue between Verizon Corp. and its employees represented by the CWA and another union, in a standoff that partly reflects changing technology. "Verizon had, what, a $3.1 billion profit last year - a 14 percent increase over the year before - and we still have to argue and fight about decent wages for workers?
NEWS
August 8, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was charged Thursday with illegally leaking confidential information, then lying about it under oath and deploying aides as spies to keep a step ahead of the criminal investigation against her. While not unexpected, the criminal charges filed by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman dealt a stunning blow to a woman who swept into office in a 2012 landslide with a promise to shake up...
BUSINESS
August 5, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Expecting a $15 million windfall in September 2011 from a deal involving pre-IPO Facebook shares, Montgomery County businessman Timothy D. Burns agreed to buy a bayside house in Avalon for $4.6 million. When the Facebook deal did not happen as expected, Burns stole from clients of his money-management firm and another business to pay cash for the 4,380-square-foot house. Bad move. At Burns' sentencing hearing Monday in federal court in Philadelphia for the Avalon deal and other fraud totaling more than $19 million, U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis said he would give Burns credit for his role in the recent conviction of another fraudster, California-based Troy Stratos.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Monday overturned a ruling that could have brought tens of millions of dollars in unpaid records fees to Pennsylvania counties. The class-action suit, brought by Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Nancy J. Becker in 2011, alleged that the nation's largest mortgage registry system, known as MERS, was used to illegally circumvent county recorders and fees when investors would buy, sell, and transfer mortgages. A federal judge last year ruled in Becker's favor, saying MERS cost counties tens of millions of dollars, compromised the accuracy of public records, and left homeowners in the dark as home loans were sold time and again with no public paper trail.
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