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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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July 1, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
On one of the hottest days of the year, David Hodo was deep inside the George Washington Carver Community Center pool in Norristown, and he wasn't cooling off. Quite the opposite. He was standing on the empty pool bottom and scraping loose siding off the concrete walls. County budget cuts, mounting bills, and the harsh winter all have conspired to drain resources from the center. The 54-year-old pool - where children who don't have the $3 full-day admission can earn their way in by pulling weeds or picking up trash - has not been able to reopen, leaving many children on the east side of town without a place to swim.
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June 21, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arrested in January, Israel Resendiz Hernandez spent 144 days in Pennsylvania jails - some on a hunger strike - as he faced deportation to Mexico for illegally entering the United States last fall. On Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials allowed Resendiz to return to his wife and daughters in Norristown. He remains in jeopardy but is free, pending his request for asylum. A hearing on his case is scheduled for August. He came home to a jubilant reception at Tortilleria la Familia, the family's grocery in the heavily Mexican-immigrant western end of the municipality.
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June 2, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dr. Joseph F. Altomonte, 80, of Exton, a longtime physician in the Norristown area known affectionately as "Dr. A," died Tuesday, May 27, of lung cancer at his home. Dr. Altomonte practiced family medicine starting in 1970 from Sacred Heart and Montgomery Hospitals. Beginning in the late 1990s, he was affiliated with Fornance Medical Associates and then Norriton Family Medicine, both in East Norriton Township. He never retired. Dr. Altomonte also served for 42 years ending last year as the doctor for St. Gabriel's Hall, a residential treatment center for male teenagers in Audubon.
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May 25, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
This season, two small Philadelphia theater companies staged Broadway-sized shows in their intimate venues. Both scored big hits. Ambler's Act 2 Playhouse produced a chilling rendition of Woman in Black in the fall, and Norristown's Theatre Horizon closes its season with a riotous production of The 39 Steps . Patrick Barlow's 2005 adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film spoofs the original spy thriller about Richard Hannay (Damon Bonetti),...
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May 9, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Supporters of Israel Resendiz Hernandez, a Norristown resident who faces deportation to Mexico but is seeking asylum here, are calling on immigration officials to release him to his wife and two U.S. citizen daughters while his case proceeds. About a dozen demonstrators rallied Wednesday in front of the regional headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at 16th and Callowhill Streets on what they said was Resendiz's 100th consecutive day in detention. Among the demonstrators was his wife, Pilar Molina, 29, and their daughter Caitlin, 9, a fourth grader who held a poster on which she had scrawled, "I want my Dad here for Father's Day. " "It doesn't make sense, he passed his 'fear' . . . interview," said his wife, referring to his stated fear of being returned.
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May 9, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ISRAEL RESENDIZ Hernandez, a Norristown businessman and father of two young girls, is afraid to return to his native Mexico because of "gangster-type" threats against his family, his immigration lawyer said yesterday. Resendiz, 34, passed a "reasonable-fear interview" with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officer. But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are keeping him locked up in the Pike County Correctional Facility. Thomas Griffin, Resendiz's lawyer, said at a protest yesterday that Resendiz should be allowed to stay in this country "to protect him from human-rights violations, a threat to his life in Mexico.
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