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August 26, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE PRELIMINARY hearing for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane was nearly overshadowed yesterday by a single sentence about pornography. This is Pennsylvania, after all. Montgomery County Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar ordered Kane to be held for trial on charges of perjury, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice, fallout from a bizarre scandal that has threatened to topple the attorney general's career. Kane is accused of orchestrating the leak information about a dormant 2009 grand jury investigation into J. Whyatt Mondesire, the then-head of the Philadelphia NAACP, to the Daily News . A story about the case appeared in the paper last June, a few months after the Inquirer wrote about Kane's decision to not prosecute a handful of local lawmakers who were caught accepting bribes from a lobbyist as part of an undercover sting.
NEWS
January 9, 2016
NORRISTOWN Montgomery County is projecting $9.2 million in economic impact from the Democratic National Convention in July, including more than 11,000 room-nights reserved in county hotels. Lisa Karl, vice president of sales for the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, said the Democratic organizing committee initially requested 5,000 to 6,000 room nights "as an overflow to the city of Philadelphia. ... We contracted twice that amount. " Fourteen states, the District of Columbia, and three island delegations selected hotels in Lansdale, King of Prussia, Conshohocken and Collegeville.
NEWS
August 18, 2011
NEWARK, Del. - New Castle County police have arrested a man wanted in Montgomery County for violating probation, authorities said Wednesday. Rasul Jones, 27, was being held Wednesday in Delaware, awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania. Police received information that Jones was living with a relative in Newark. About 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, officers went to the home and arrested him, authorities said. - AP
NEWS
August 29, 2012
Police in Montgomery County are investigating the death of a young woman whose body was found early Wednesday in New Hanover Township. The body was found at 10:22 a.m. in a field along Little Road, police said. It lay in a remote section of hedgerow adjacent to a cornfield. The discovery was made by a local farmer. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and New Hanover Township Police Chief Kevin McKeon began a joint investigation, according to a statement issued at late afternoon.
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February 14, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A ninth grader at Pennfield Middle School in Montgomery County's North Penn School District has been diagnosed with whooping cough, an official said Monday. The student came to school Monday morning, mentioned he had whooping cough last week, and was sent home, said Christine Liberaski, the district's manager of school and community engagement. The district sees a handful of cases each year, she said. In a letter to parents posted on North Penn's website, officials warned: "Your child may have been exposed.
NEWS
January 31, 2013
This story has been updated. About 1,600 Peco customers in the communities of Willow Grove, Abington, and Huntingdon Valley are at least temporarily without power due to an outage that began about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, said Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong. The problem is at a pole at Moreland and Easton Roads, Armstrong said. Peco hoped to have power restored to most, if not all, customers by midnight or shortly thereafter.    - Michael Matza
NEWS
July 28, 2011 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County health officials alerted unvaccinated people Thursday that they might have been exposed to measles at three public locations visited by a resident who is suspected to be recovering from the infection. The latest case - a 34-year-old woman who recently traveled to Nigeria, where there is an outbreak - is believed to be unrelated to recent cases in Berks County that led to an announcement earlier in the week about possible exposures there and in Bucks, Delaware and Lehigh Counties.
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August 18, 2016
A story Tuesday wrongly identified Josh Shapiro, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania attorney general. He is the current chairman of the Montgomery County commissioners.
NEWS
August 18, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
A day after the trial judge in the prosecution of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane warned against any retaliation against witnesses, her top deputy - the incoming acting attorney general - said he was pondering arresting a key witness against her who had an immunity deal. Bruce L. Castor Jr., who takes over the agency after Kane's resignation takes effect Wednesday, stopped short of saying he would charge Joshua Morrow, who admitted on the witness stand that he lied repeatedly in grand jury testimony "to protect Kathleen.
NEWS
August 17, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Trump: 'Cheating' Pa. Donald Trump has added Pennsylvanians to the list of people he has insulted ("Donald Trump: 'Cheating' is only way Hillary Clinton will win Pennsylvania," Friday, Philly.com). We are now corrupt losers who have no integrity and cannot be trusted to vote only once. He also maligned poll workers. If Trump is afraid someone will vote "five times," that means the staff signing in the voters is allowing that to happen - but only in "certain areas," which is code for Democratic and minority areas, because those areas are made up of cheaters.
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITER
While Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has been convicted of perjury and other crimes, she does not have to resign as Pennsylvania's top law enforcement official — at least not immediately. The state constitution says public officials convicted of certain offenses, including perjury and other "infamous crimes," must step down. Over the years, however, court decisions have allowed officials to remain in office until sentencing.  The judge in Kane's case indicated that sentencing would occur within 90 days.
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Monday denied Bill Cosby's request to reseal excerpts from a 2005 deposition in which he discussed his extramarital affairs and the use of drugs to seduce young women. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit declared moot the question over the documents' release, which reignited controversy about the 79-year-old entertainer's alleged sexual misconduct and led in part to the criminal charges filed against him last year in Montgomery County.
NEWS
August 16, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
J. Theodore Jensen Jr., 91, a lifelong Jenkintown resident and the borough's former mayor and fire chief, died Aug. 7, of cancer at Sunrise of Abington. He had a high profile in civic affairs, including four four-year terms as Jenkintown's Republican mayor from 1973 to 1989, when he was unseated by Democrat Michael O'Neill. In the late 1960s and early '70s, he served eight years on the Jenkintown Borough Council, including two as president, and he frequently acted as a mediator for the sometimes-divided council.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
After two years of pledging to fight, of promising to air the truth in the face of all those bent on railroading her, the opportunity had finally arisen for Kathleen Kane to stand up in court and tell her side under oath. The time had finally come for the state's top law enforcement official to speak in her own defense. She chose silence. An attorney general on trial for perjury and official oppression for allegedly leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it, crimes that could cost her her law license and freedom, decided now that she had nothing to say. After hearing the prosecution's evidence, her lead attorney, famed mob lawyer Gerald Shargel, thought it best that Kane stay mum. The attorney general agreed with the mob lawyer.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County man has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting deaths of his mother and her boyfriend, the District Attorney's office announced Wednesday. Joshua Trunk, 19, of Ambler, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, possessing instruments of a crime, and firearms violations in the deaths of Janice Trunk, 54, and Kevin Milton Smith, 44, on July 31. He has been held on drug charges at the Montgomery County jail since the night of the murders , according to court documents.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Run-down buildings line the borough's pockmarked downtown streets, bordering sidewalks cracked by weeds. Montgomery County is one of the wealthiest in the state, but Pottstown, one of its biggest municipalities, looks more like the town that prosperity forgot. Thus the opening of a newly constructed bank branch on High Street constitutes a major event for a town with high aspirations for revival. "You don't see a lot of brick-and-mortar bank branches being opened these days," said Steve Bamford, executive director of Pottstown Area Industrial Development.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Job applicants no longer need to disclose any criminal history when applying to work for Montgomery County, which on Thursday joined cities and counties across the country in waiving the requirement. The new policy is aimed at helping those who are leaving jail find employment and reduce their chances of being rearrested, said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the county commissioners. "Montgomery County has now officially banned the box, and that is the box that often shuts people out from second chances," he said, referring to the box that candidates check on applications if they have been convicted of a crime.
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