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December 24, 2015
Police are investigating the death of a man in Norristown on Tuesday morning. Police found a man lying on the ground on the 800 block of Maple Alley at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a news release. The man had "what is believed to be a gunshot wound," Steele said, and his death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy is pending and the man's identification was not released Tuesday morning as officials contacted family members.
NEWS
December 19, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Montgomery County commissioners voted Thursday to begin design on a $200-million-plus addition to the county courthouse and renovation of court and office buildings in Norristown. Construction would be completed over the next decade, officials said, to address structural and security problems. It would also focus the county's campus on Norristown's Main Street and Hancock Square, a park outside the courthouse. Norristown officials praised the plan, and said it could attract additional visitors and economic development to the county seat.
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Montgomery County's women's shelter is looking for a new home. Its offices and shelter are blocks apart in two 100-year-old homes in Norristown. Its narrow staircases are difficult to navigate, especially for children and women recovering from domestic violence injuries, said Laurel House executive director Beth Sturman. So the organization hopes to purchase and move into the St. Titus Church rectory in neighboring East Norriton Township. But it's confronting a new problem: Residents say the shelter is not welcome in their neighborhood.
NEWS
November 21, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lenny Bazemore remembers heating pots of water on the stove to fill the bathtub. He remembers waiting his turn and bathing in dirty water. He remembers hunger. He remembers poverty. "We didn't have much, but we had love, we had family," Bazemore said. "We didn't have much, but we had each other. " On Thursday, Bazemore, 46, now a successful businessman, sought to honor the family of his childhood best friend, who lived across the street in Norristown. He had purchased the family's home after the parents died, planning to flip it for a profit.
NEWS
November 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man has been arrested in the killings of two men in Norristown on Wednesday in what prosecutors called a jealous rage over a woman he and one of the victims both dated. Obrian Stephen Lewis is charged in the deaths of Marcel Edwin Edwards, 26, of Philadelphia, and Quentin Watson Jr., 26, of Eagleville. "This appears to be killings that were fueled by jealousy," First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a Friday morning news conference announcing Lewis' arrest.
NEWS
October 28, 2015
ISSUE | LOGAN SQUARE Bottom line: Jobs The Logan Square project is a successful job creator, saving and creating 450 jobs at USM, the lead tenant, that would have left Norristown without the county's investment. Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro's critical letter (Oct. 20) does not tell the full story. The previous county administration, the state, and the borough helped finance this private development, which includes new Class A office space, a new parking garage, and a 10-year lease keeping USM in Norristown and allowing the company to hire more people.
SPORTS
October 19, 2015 | By Adam Hermann, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Thirty-two? Really?" Alex Gibson couldn't believe his numbers, standing on the red track surrounding the football field after Central Bucks East knocked off host Norristown, 37-21, Saturday. His hair sweaty and windswept after he took his helmet off, Gibson was the star of a Patriots offense that kept the ball on the ground all afternoon long as gray clouds and brisk breezes rolled by. He couldn't believe it, but it was true: Gibson carried the ball 32 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
NEWS
October 11, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Norristown council president has resigned after admitting that she had been living outside of her council district since summer. In an email Thursday evening to the council and staff, Linda Christian said she had struggled with unemployment until recently, and had lost her home of 21 years to foreclosure. She said she was still living in the municipality and had a "promising" lead on a new residence within the district. The resignation, she wrote, was necessary "to prevent hateful, gossipy people from telling my story their way. " Over the last week, two community activists began questioning Christian about her residence, and shared the information with council members and reporters.
NEWS
October 10, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
After years of haggling to try to cut their losses on a failed redevelopment project, Montgomery County and Norristown officials believe they have extracted the best deal they can out of the bankrupt developer. They lent the project more than $25 million. They'll get back $800,000. It's a far cry from the optimism and fanfare of 2007, when developer Charles Gallub proposed a movie studio and shopping center to revive Logan Square and spark new investment in the long-struggling municipality.
NEWS
September 14, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Norristown's Main Street, where development is patchy and restaurants have opened and closed at warp speed, some are questioning the municipality's decision to subsidize another eatery. In February, the council approved a $160,000 grant to renovate the first floor of 9 W. Main St. into a sit-down soul food restaurant. The space formerly housed a cafe called Maddy's. The restaurant, Diva's Kitchen, had been operating a more takeout-oriented business on West Johnson Highway. In July, the council increased the grant to $250,000 and reduced the scope of work.
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