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.
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.
April 10, 2016 |
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.
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.
April 9, 2016 |
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.
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.
April 4, 2016 |
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.
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.
March 31, 2016 |
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.
March 30, 2016 |
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.