July 19, 2014 |
Police in Pottstown, Lower Salford, and elsewhere are searching for a patient who escaped Thursday morning from the grounds of Norristown State Hospital. Jessie Martinez, 24, was reported missing just before noon and slipped away before police had secured a perimeter, said West Norriton Township Deputy Chief Mike Kelly. Martinez is about 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, Kelly said. He may be wearing green pants or a green shirt. He had been involuntarily committed to the mental hospital by his mother and "does have some tendencies toward violence," Kelly said.
April 3, 2014 |
For 27 years, Nancy Yoder has lived yards from the spot where a deranged neighbor murdered her brother. She has seen the man's relatives almost daily, at first uncomfortable with the closeness, then angered by their lack of apology, then accepting - even though the killer was never held accountable. On Tuesday, she came within feet of that man, Stefan Szczesniuk, in Chester County Court and heard the word she had been waiting on for decades: Guilty. After hearing it, Yoder said, "I felt more pity than anything.
August 9, 2012 |
Since March 13, when a Philadelphia judge ordered Leo Bullman transferred from a locked criminal psychiatric unit at Norristown State Hospital to a less-restrictive civil-commitment ward, state officials have insisted they have had no beds available. On Wednesday - facing a contempt-of-court hearing with Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons promising a $1,000-a-day fine for every day Bullman, 68, remained at Norristown's Building 51 - a civil-side bed materialized. "Leo has been moved," said Luna Pattela, a lawyer with the mental health unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, which has represented Bullman in a pending assault charge from a neighborhood dispute.
May 25, 2012 |
Waving small plastic shovels, a crowd of 100 well-wishers broke symbolic ground Thursday on a new performing arts center for Norristown that officials hope will help bring cultural revival and economic prosperity back to the beleaguered Montgomery County seat. I'm so thrilled," said Erin Reilly, cofounder of Theatre Horizon, Norristown's professional drama company. "Today is the day when dreams come true. It's an auspicious beginning. " While the renovation to the first floor of the former Bell Telephone Building will provide permanent digs for the drama company for the first time, a lot more is riding on the $1 million project.
May 24, 2012 |
On a March morning in 2009, Tyree Bush fired a 9mm weapon at a man heading to a corner store in Overbrook to buy Pampers. The timid teenager was a lousy shot, striking the victim in the hand. Bush, a gentle loner with an IQ of 52, had no clue what he was doing except following orders from a menacing neighborhood drug dealer. For the next three years, state and local officials found themselves equally perplexed about how to punish, and release, an unlikely felon at a time of dwindling resources for the intellectually disabled.
December 27, 2011
Montgomery County prosecutors are seeking the return to prison of an Upper Merion man hospitalized for mental-health treatment after his arrest in the stabbing deaths of his parents and twin brother in March. Joseph McAndrew Jr., 24, is charged with first- and third-degree murder and related offenses in the March 5 slayings of Joseph McAndrew, 70; Susan McAndrew, 64; and James McAndrew, 23, in Upper Merion Township. Assistant District Attorney Tracey Potere filed a petition Friday seeking to have McAndrew transferred from Norristown State Hospital to the county prison.
October 23, 2011 |
Natalie Moe-Paul had just arrived for the overnight shift at Norristown State Hospital when her cellphone rang. On the line was Niche Knight, a coworker. Knight was struggling to fix a flat tire outside the campus gates. Moe-Paul was happy to help. She adored Knight, a hardworking single mother of seven whose wit and calm demeanor lightened their late-night shifts. Moe-Paul circled back out the entrance and saw Knight standing at the trunk of her Kia sedan, its hazard lights blinking, on the road's edge.
January 27, 2011 |
The former president of a union representing workers at Norristown State Hospital has been charged with stealing more than $22,000 of its funds. Montgomery County prosecutors say Thomas Lee Wicker, who headed American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2348, withdrew thousands of dollars from the union's account through ATMs and checks made out to local vendors for food, gas, and other expenses he claimed were incurred on union...