November 20, 2015 |
By lunchtime Wednesday, in the middle of what has been a hectic week at the Chester County Sheriff's Office, 20 people already had shown up to seek gun permits. That followed 39 applicants for permits or renewals on Tuesday, and 46 on Monday - at least double the daily average from last month. According to Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the bump has everything to do with last week's terror attacks across Paris. "People are frightened and more aware of self-defense," she said. The fallout from the attacks that killed 129 and left 350 injured evidently is having effects 3,700 miles away, in West Chester, Doylestown, Pittsburgh, and elsewhere across the country.
November 15, 2015 |
A Montgomery County man pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing his wife to death in their home as their 6-year-old twin daughters slept upstairs. Walid Mitwalli, 38, stabbed his wife, Mona, multiple times with a 14-inch carving knife in their Hatfield home in June 2013, prosecutors said. The couple were in the middle of a contentious divorce and custody dispute over their daughters. Appearing in court Friday afternoon - days before his case was to go to trial - Mitwalli admitted stabbing his wife in the head, back, chest, abdomen, neck, and throat.
November 11, 2015 |
A former Delaware County police officer awaiting trial in the slaying of an ex-girlfriend pleaded guilty Monday to stalking another woman. Stephen Rozniakowski, 33, of Norwood, was sentenced in Montgomery County to 23 months in prison as part of a plea deal under which 75 counts of stalking and harassment were reduced to one count of stalking. His attorney said the plea would allow Rozniakowski to focus on the murder charges he faces in Delaware County, where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
November 9, 2015 |
In the history of the region's politics, it was an epic event. After a century of lagging behind Delaware County's powerful Republicans, Democrats for the first time in August 2013 gained a voter-registration advantage over the GOP. At the time, the margins were razor-thin: Only 19 voters separated the parties, but Democratic leaders still greeted the change as a sign of a shifting political landscape. Today, that number has swelled to almost 6,400. What Democrats haven't gained, however, is any county office: No Democrat in recent memory has been elected to a judgeship.
November 8, 2015 |
A Montgomery County man was found guilty Friday in the death of a friend in a 2013 accident that caused his car to explode and split in half. But the jury that convicted Sean Sperl, 23, of Lansdale, of homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident, acquitted him of the most serious charge - DUI homicide - in the crash that killed Ryan Petrille, 21. That count would have carried a mandatory minimum three-year jail term, as opposed to...
November 7, 2015 |
Montgomery County stopped funding Thursday human services normally covered by the state, saying the four-month budget impasse had maxed out the county's financial reserves. "Unfortunately, we just can't continue," Finance Director Uri Z. Monson told the county commissioners. "We need to stop paying, effective now. " The state owes the county more than $30 million for foster care, child-abuse investigations, restaurant inspections, senior centers, and other services, many of which the state and county are mandated to provide.
November 5, 2015 |
On an exquisitely pleasant first Tuesday in November, Pennsylvanians were making history by filling three Supreme Court seats, along with picking a mayor for the nation's fifth-largest city; county prosecutors; assorted judges; and a variety of key county and municipal officials. But despite a promising turnout by the Election Day sun from Lake Erie to the Delaware River, it appeared that a healthy majority of those eligible to vote were not exercising that right. In Center City, lunch lines were 20 deep at Chipotle and Popeyes, but there was no wait to vote at the polling place around the corner at the Land Title building on Broad and Chestnut Streets.
November 4, 2015 |
It began as a fun April day. A group of 21-year-olds from Lansdale went to Citizens Bank Park. They drank beer and liquor before and during the game. The Phillies beat the Pirates, 3-2. Hours later, one of them lay dead in Salford Township, thrown from the backseat of a car that hit a utility pole. Ryan Petrille's two friends abandoned his body and fled the scene, prosecutors said Monday in the opening arguments of a DUI homicide trial in Montgomery County. Sean Sperl, 23, is charged with driving under the influence and killing Petrille in the 2013 accident.
October 28, 2015 |
After three months of quiet investigation, Montgomery County prosecutors could be weeks away from charging Bill Cosby with the 2004 sexual assault of a former Temple University employee, according to sources familiar with the probe. The prosecution would revive a criminal case opened a decade ago. It would be the first against the actor-comedian, publicly accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women nationwide. But whether the case moves forward and in what form could hinge on the outcome of next week's election.
October 28, 2015 |
Drugmaker Pfizer, Inc., said Tuesday its third quarter revenue and profits declined compared to the same period in 2014. Pfizer, which is based in Manhattan and has operations in Collegeville, Montgomery County, said its revenue fell from $12.36 billion in the third quarter of 2014 to $12.09 billion in the same period this year. Pfizer said its profit dropped from $2.66 billion for the third quarter of 2014 to $2.13 billion for the third quarter of this year, inpart because of drug patent expirations.