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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
June 25, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six months after Christopher Tur's body was found in the water off the U.S. Naval Station at Cuba's Guantánamo Bay, the Hatfield native's death remains a mystery. The Navy is still silent on the cause and manner of the civilian contractor's demise. Investigators have declined to comment on a news report of an affair between Tur's wife and the base's former commanding officer, a claim that attorneys for both parties have said is not true. Then there's the private autopsy of Tur's body, commissioned by his wife, that concludes his death was caused by "drowning with recent blunt injuries (circumstances unknown)
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Ambler woman is to spend one year on probation for claiming in court that she was a licensed psychologist - even though she lacked a state credential - during a child custody battle. Sue Cornbluth, who bills herself as a "nationally recognized mental health expert," pleaded no contest in late May to a misdemeanor charge of false swearing. She was originally charged in February with a count of felony perjury. Cornbluth's attorney, Nino Tinari, said the charge was downgraded because her testimony failed to affect the outcome of the case.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The plot began as a sinister bid for revenge, prosecutors said, a failed murder attempt by a spurned lover worthy of a made-for-TV movie. But in the months since Nicholas Helman placed a ricin-laced birthday card in the mailbox of his ex-girlfriend's new beau, the effects of his downward spiral mushroomed, sweeping up people including his own family and friends. That was apparent Monday as dozens packed a Doylestown courtroom and watched Helman, 20, receive a prison sentence of 20 to 40 years for a laundry list of crimes, including attempted murder and risking a catastrophe.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman Josh Shapiro has told national Democratic Party leaders that he will not run for the nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Toomey next year. "I am incredibly humbled and flattered by their interest, but ultimately concluded I am not interested in going to Washington to be a legislator at this stage in my career," Shapiro said Friday in a brief interview. Senior Democrats had been encouraging Shapiro to jump into the primary against Joe Sestak, a retired Navy rear admiral and former Delaware County congressman who lost a close race to Toomey in 2010 but who also has a strained relationship with members of the party establishment.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lloyd Industries, a Montgomeryville manufacturer of ventilation, duct, and fire-safety products, has been hit with $822,000 in fines by the U.S. Department of Labor for a series of workplace-safety violations. Labor Department officials said Monday that they launched an investigation of the company in November, after an employee lost three fingers operating a metal saw that was not equipped with safety guards. The owner of the company, William Lloyd, was required by law to provide such protection, the Labor Department said.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Methacton school board candidate is under fire and has lost the Republican endorsement after parents drew attention to what they said were racist and anti-Semitic posts in his name on social media. Scott Misus, a self-employed financial consultant, is accused of making numerous offensive remarks regarding black people, women, and "the real reason that Jews got their comeuppance after Hitler came to power. " Misus, 52, of Worcester, hung up when called for comment Tuesday, and his Facebook page appears to have been deleted.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
Investigators in Montgomery County are offering a $5,000 reward for information about a 2012 killing. The victim, Paul Brown, 24, of Bridgeport was killed on Christmas Day in 2012. Police said Brown's body was found in his car on Scott Alley in Norristown with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead that day at Mercy Suburban Hospital, and his death was ruled a homicide. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman and Norristown Police Chief Mark Talbot announced the reward Friday.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Plymouth Township man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his father and, with his son's help, dumping the body in northeastern Pennsylvania last year. David St. Onge Sr., 60, will serve from 15 to 35 years in state prison. The plea deal was reached five days before the trial date. St. Onge, a thin and balding man dressed in a prison jumpsuit and glasses, showed little emotion in a Montgomery County courtroom as Judge Thomas P. Rogers accepted his guilty plea to charges of third-degree murder, abuse of corpse, and fraud.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says her office will investigate why state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired a top lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury investigating whether Kane leaked confidential documents. In a statement Tuesday, Ferman said she would fold that inquiry into her office's ongoing review of whether Kane leaked information to the Philadelphia Daily News last year in a bid to embarrass her critics. "These inquiries will be conducted using standards and procedures that reflect an ethical prosecutor's responsibilities as a minister of justice," Ferman said.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The morning after Paul Jordan was expelled from a Montgomery County fire company, he returned to the firehouse. He pulled out a gun, ordered his former colleagues to sit on the floor in the basement, and fired a shot into the wall just inches from one firefighter's head, Mark Logan, president of the LaMott Fire Company, recalled. "He said, 'Some will leave. The others will leave in bags, including myself,' " Logan testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Jordan, 25, of Philadelphia, wiped tears from his eyes as Logan recounted the March 31 hostage-taking.
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