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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Nathan Gorenstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 25-year-old man was shot multiple times inside a Cheltenham Township home early Christmas Day, and died less than an hour later. Officers found the victim about 2 a.m. inside a home on the 1400 block of Beech Avenue in the Melrose Park section. He was transported to Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:26 a.m. Police said the victim, whose name has not been released, was a visitor at the home. The suspect in the shooting is still at large, and is described by police as a black male, armed with a semi-automatic handgun and wearing an Adidas sweatshirt.
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NEWS
January 31, 2016
A Montgomery County man was charged last week with more than 100 felony counts of possessing and sharing child pornography, officials announced Friday. Robert Giuffrida, 38, of Huntingdon Valley, was charged after a detective found files connected to his computer during a child-pornography investigation and served a search warrant on his home, District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a news release Friday. Giuffrida was arraigned last week and is being held at Montgomery County jail on $100,000 cash bail.
NEWS
January 30, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
After Joseph E. Leipert retired as a Philadelphia police detective lieutenant in the late 1980s, his investigative work was not done. Until the early 2000s, Mr. Leipert worked for the office of the Montgomery County district attorney. "He was basically investigating attorneys who had complaints filed by citizens," Mr. Leipert's son David said. "Most would involve taking money and never doing work. " Mr. Leipert liked the job because it got personal, his son said. "He would always try to get some of the money back, instead of just filing charges.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Tyco International, the industrial conglomerate based in the Princeton area, has agreed to be bought by Johnson Controls, a $40 billion, Milwaukee-based auto-parts and smart-buildings systems supplier, for $20 billion in cash and stock. That works out to $34.88 a share, a small premium to Tyco's recent trading price but a discount to its value over most of the last two years. Tyco stock jumped $3.56, or 11.6 percent, to $34.15, the biggest gain in the S&P 500. Johnson lost $1.39, or 3.9 percent, to $34.21.
NEWS
January 23, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Brian Fitzpatrick, brother of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), launched a campaign Thursday to replace his sibling in the Bucks County-based Eighth District, throwing a wrinkle into one of the most competitive House races in the country. A former FBI agent who focused on campaign and election crimes, he vowed to take on graft. "I've spent the better part of 14 years fighting corruption, and what better place than Washington, D.C.," Fitzpatrick, 42, said after announcing his run outside the Bucks County Courthouse.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, STAFF WRITER
Jack Stollsteimer dropped out of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's race Wednesday, narrowing the field of Democratic candidates. A former state and federal prosecutor from Delaware County, Stollsteimer is now backing Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. "At this point it just wasn't my year," Stollsteimer said in an interview. "I'm happy to support Josh because he's a really good friend and public servant. " Stollsteimer was among the first to enter the race, challenging incumbent Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
A Montgomery County woman was charged Wednesday in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, who police said ate her mother's prescription medication. Police said Christina Griffith was in a Motel 6 in King of Prussia last July when some of her medications fell to the floor and her daughter ate them. Griffith, 35, of Collegeville, did not seek immediate medical treatment for her daughter, Trinity, officials said. The charges against Griffith include involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Months before prosecutors in Norristown filed the first sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby last year, Montgomery County's former district attorney sought to persuade his successor to abandon the investigation. In a Sept. 23 email reviewed by The Inquirer, Bruce L. Castor Jr. told then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman that he had struck a deal 10 years earlier never to criminally prosecute the comedian for an alleged 2004 attack on a Temple University employee. Castor wrote that, at the time, he hoped his decision would facilitate accuser Andrea Constand's efforts to depose Cosby in a civil suit she planned to file against him. Now, a Common Pleas Court judge has been asked to decide whether that agreement existed and, if it did, whether it protects Cosby from the three counts of aggravated indecent assault filed against him last month.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | BY KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, Staff Writer
THE PHILADELPHIa School District has a new chief financial officer. Uri Monson, now the top finance official for Montgomery County, will move into the long-vacant Philadelphia job next month. He will be paid $190,000 to manage the district's $3.2 billion budget. Superintendent William Hite said the district, which lost former CFO Matt Stanski at the end of the last school year, needs "a strong, thoughtful, and steady approach to its finances, given the instability of revenues.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2016
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts , Philadelphia, has appointed Andrew Hamilton and Gordon Wilder to its board. Hamilton is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. and Wilder is vice president of capital markets and divisional manager for the Central and Mid-Atlantic regions for Wells Fargo & Co. Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Gwynedd Valley, a college preparatory high school with 400 young women attending, has elected Kathleen Haley Hunsicker, vice chair of the board of supervisors of Lower Gwynedd Township, and Sister Margaret Ann Dougherty, coordinator, graduate programs in education at Alvernia University, to its board.
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