October 9, 2014 |
A Norristown man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after admitting he stabbed his childhood friend nearly two dozen times and set his body afire in a Chester County apartment - all for $350. Prosecutors had initially sought the death penalty for 22-year-old Shakeem Carter for the February 2013 murder of 17-year-old Kevin Allen. "I just hope that monster, for the rest of his life, wakes up in the morning with the same fear that Kevin had in the last five or 10 minutes of his life," the victim's aunt, Pearline Allen, sobbed during the hearing in West Chester.
October 7, 2014
ISSUE | VIP LINE Expand 311 Philly The findings from our report on overtime costs focused on whether proper oversight and approvals were met for the additional costs the city had incurred ("Wrong number," Oct. 1). The report did not criticize the work provided by any of the employees, and, in most cases, the departments provided justification for the overtime. However, we did bring to light the administration's approval of a City Hall hotline that is operated 24/7 to handle problems and issues that occur within the city, which also allows special access to individuals.
October 7, 2014 |
After more than 40 years bouncing in and out of the criminal justice system and mental-health institutions, Mae Harden was ready to strike out on her own. She and her psychiatrist sketched out a recovery plan. She set and achieved goals, becoming a certified peer specialist and earning a bachelor's degree from Chestnut Hill College. She gave up disability benefits and increased her work hours to full time, leading group therapy to help others cope with their mental illnesses. "But I still kept one secret.
September 22, 2014 |
These are different times for football in Norristown. If any doubt remained, it evaporated Saturday along with Central Bucks West's lead. The Eagles rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to knock off visiting C.B. West, 28-27, on a gutsy decision in overtime. Desmond Gorski's second touchdown pass of the game to Khalif Sinclair brought the Eagles within one in overtime. Norristown coach Jason Powel elected to go for the two-point conversion. Diavante Lloyd dashed in for the winning points, and a team that didn't win at all last season and had just one victory in the last two years improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Suburban One Continental.
September 18, 2014 |
In response to the police shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., about 100 people gathered Tuesday night in Norristown for a public forum on race, law enforcement, and community relations. The discussion, hosted by Zeta Phi Beta sorority's Montgomery County chapter, spanned a wide range of topics, from arrest and incarceration to education, ingrained social systems, and economics. The moderator, community activist Buck Jones, read a list of more than a dozen names - all young black men, unarmed, killed by police in recent years across the country.
September 15, 2014 |
After scoring a combined 22 points in dropping its first two games of the season, Plymouth Whitemarsh was forced to tinker with things on offense. One of the changes coach Dan Chang made was giving athletic wide receiver Jimmy Rodgers some time at quarterback. "We knew we had to get the ball in his hands more," Chang said. Rodgers took on the extra duty in Saturday afternoon's contest at Norristown and, in carrying nine times for 94 yards and completing his only pass attempt, helped the visiting Colonials romp to a 35-6 nonleague victory.
September 14, 2014 |
Talk about storm damage. What started as a leaky roof at a Norristown house in February ended this week with the resignation of the borough's code-enforcement officer and embarrassment for the local district judge who, it turned out, had illegally rented the building. Joseph Januzelli, Norristown's code officer since 2008, was forced to resign, town officials say, after an internal review found he failed to make sure the 81-year-old renter's house was up to code. Januzelli came under scrutiny after Ilene Schwartz told municipal council members that her landlord, District Justice Francis Lawrence, was slow to fix her roof after it was damaged in an ice storm.
September 10, 2014 |
Settling a federal lawsuit Monday, Norristown agreed to revoke an ordinance that sought to evict a woman for calling the police in several domestic violence disputes. The so-called nuisance ordinance targeted landlords and tenants who called for police assistance more than twice in four months. It spurred not only a civil rights lawsuit, but also a complaint from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and pleas from state legislators, prosecutors, and victims' rights advocates to change the law. The plaintiff in the case, 34-year-old Lakisha Briggs, had several encounters with police in 2012 because of an abusive boyfriend.
September 7, 2014
SOCCER SUBURBAN ONE NATIONAL Pennsbury 3, Council Rock South 2: Keion Randolph scored off the rebound of Zach LaBosso's shot with three minutes remaining in the second overtime to win it for the host Falcons. Alex Kardos scored the first two goals for Pennsbury. William Tennent 6, Truman 1: Mike Albers dished out a pair of assists to help the host Panthers break open a 1-1 halftime tie. Neshaminy 3, Abington 2: Kenny Hermann scored twice to lead Neshaminy at home. SUBURBAN ONE AMERICAN Upper Dublin 3, Cheltenham 2: Thomas Juelke stopped a penalty kick in the second half to preserve the victory for the host Cardinals.
August 6, 2014 |
A Norristown man who shot and killed an intruder who had entered his house used justified force, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Monday. "The laws of our commonwealth provide that citizens of our community may stand their ground and defend themselves inside their homes," District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. "Faced with an armed intruder who illegally entered his home, the resident was justified in using deadly force to protect himself. " On July 28 at 1:27 a.m., police went to a house on Willow Street where they found the body of Daryl Marquis Evans, 22, in the living room with gunshot wounds to his chest.