December 28, 2014
BASKETBALL VARSITY CLUB HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT Garnet Valley 46, Academy Park 23: Macy Goldbach scored 10 points to go along with five rebounds, four steals, and one assist for the host Jaguars. West Chester Henderson 51, Archmere 46: Jenna Maratea netted 17 points. Emma Bertrando added 11 points. TROJAN HOLIDAY CLASSIC Perkiomen Valley 47, Souderton 35: K.T. Armstrong and Megan Jonassen each scored 19 points to lead the Vikings at Wissahickon. Truman 49, Wissahickon 46: Darnella McMillan netted 11 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, to lead the Tigers.
December 26, 2014 |
A mother and daughter stood before a Christmas tree in Norristown last week, smiling and hugging. But it was no ordinary family Christmas. The 10-year-old girl and her mother had just been reunited after seven years apart. Hours after their reunion, they visited the ACLAMO Family Center in Norristown to thank the social service organization for help with the final leg of the young girl's journey from Honduras. The organization - ACLAMO stands for Accion Comunal Latino Americano de Montgomery County - serves Latino and low-income residents in Montgomery County.
December 19, 2014 |
Two PennDot managers and eight employees were charged Monday with overbilling the state transportation agency by about $1.2 million over three years - the latest ripple in an ongoing investigation into its Southeastern District. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane alleged that the managers, assigned to the office of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation covering Philadelphia and its suburbs, accepted kickbacks from highway inspectors "in exchange for turning a blind eye to fraudulent time sheets and mileage reports.
December 19, 2014 |
Chittaranjan "Chitu" Shantilal Shah, 66, of Norristown, an engineer and respected member of the Indian community in the Pennsylvania suburbs, died Monday, Dec. 15, of unknown causes after collapsing at his home. Born in Mumbai, India, Mr. Shah earned a bachelor's degree in engineering at the Jai Hind College of the University of Mumbai, then came to the United States seeking to better himself and provide a bright future for his family. "My father was an amazing and kind man who has been in this area for over 40 years," said daughter Megha Shah Fitzpatrick.
November 12, 2014 |
One of the guns was used last week by a man who was angry at his ex-girlfriend and fired seven bullets through a window into her Norristown home – just missing an 8-year-old child, police said. Three more guns allegedly were sold outside Cheltenham Mall in July. The man who bought them was slain in Philadelphia four months later, his death still unsolved, officials said. Yet another weapon, an AK-47, was sold to "a foreigner" - a man from Africa who lives in Ambler and drives a gold-colored SUV, a confidential informant allegedly told detectives.
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.