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September 18, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
September 15, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 29, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terry Derby had to surf on seven different couches. Ellen Frank was turned down for credit cards and had trouble leasing a car. Ryan Schofield figures he might never again be able to buy a house. Home ownership was not supposed to be like this. Instead of buying a haven, five Norristown condominium owners say they wound up with a horror. The residents are left fighting for their credit ratings and some sort of compensation. It's a years-long saga - one yet to end - that spurred changes in the way the seat of Montgomery County monitors construction projects.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man who flailed and failed at turning an old Norristown shopping center into a movie studio has filed for bankruptcy, a move that places on hold Montgomery County's lawsuits it filed to recoup some of the $24.5 million it lost in the development deal. The county's efforts to recover money from developer Charles Gallub will shift to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of New Jersey. That is where Gallub, whose business is based in Bellmawr, N.J., filed for Chapter 11. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Wolf spent part of Friday morning touring Norristown's Chandler Bats company to discuss his job-creation plan. The campaign stop was also a chance for Wolf, the Democrat challenging Gov. Corbett in November, to see how the baseball bats are manufactured before the company ships them out to Major League Baseball teams. "I want to showcase the idea that we can make things here in the United States," said Wolf, who owns a cabinet company in York. "That means we can make things here in Pennsylvania.
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