June 4, 2013 |
A Latin phrase adorns Norristown's official seal. Fervet opus - "the work boils. " And it once did. Norristown's mighty industrial base and status as the seat of Montgomery County government helped muscle the area to prosperity. That was decades ago. As nearby county seats faced many of the same challenges and evolved into communities bubbling with energy, Norristown flailed. "Everybody wants to see the county seat improve," said Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie S. Richards.
May 16, 2013 |
Montgomery County stands to lose nearly $25 million in a Norristown redevelopment project gone sour, Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro said Tuesday. Under the previous administration, the county invested significant public grants and loan guarantees to redevelop the Logan Square shopping center. One office building was constructed, but it remains only half-occupied. The retail portion of the site is underutilized and run-down. "It's hard to see how it was ever viable. It's certainly not viable now," Shapiro said at a news conference.
May 11, 2013
Film New This Week: Midnight's Children (*** out of four stars) Deepa Mehta's adaptation of Salman Rushdie's novel tells the parallel stories of Saleem (Satya Bhabha) and his subcontinent. Born in 1947 as India and Pakistan become independent, his colorful, partitioned turbulent life mirrors his nation(s). 2 hrs., 6 mins. No MPAA rating (brief nudity, discreet sex, violence) - Carrie Rickey Music James Blake. James Blake caused a stir with his 2010 self-titled debut when he took lessons learned as a dubstep DJ producer and applied them to a sensitively soulful singer-songwriter approach.
May 3, 2013 |
The shallow fly ball seemed like a sure third out on Thursday afternoon as Norristown softball coach Jim McCarthy waved his arms wildly down the third-base line. "We were off to the races," McCarthy said. Good thing they were. The ball dropped in with two out in the sixth inning, and two Norristown runners hustled home to lift the Eagles past visiting Springfield (Montco), 7-4, in a Suburban One American game. Monica Levins scored the first run on Amy Iorio's infield fly, and Krista Fineran slid home to score the second.
May 2, 2013 |
Two Pennsylvania representatives and the Montgomery County district attorney on Tuesday criticized a Norristown ordinance that was meant to reduce disorderly conduct, but that can penalize domestic-violence victims for calling the police. The ordinance, as initially written, allowed the municipality to revoke rental licenses if police were called to a rental property three times within four months in response to disorderly conduct reports. It has been rewritten, but still can punish renters who call for police too many times.
April 19, 2013 |
A Montgomery County Court jury Wednesday found a drug dealer guilty of murder in a trial that featured drugs, debt, a Haitian gang, and a confidential federal informant. The jury said Luckenson Desrivieres, 25, was guilty of first-degree murder in the June stabbing death of Shamara Hill, 26, and the third-degree stabbing death of Hill's boyfriend, Marc Winchell Estiverne. Desrivieres admitted to killing the two last June at the Norristown boardinghouse where they all stayed. The killings happened, Desrivieres said, after he overheard his friend Estiverne, 23, talking on the phone to someone about a snitch and feared Estiverne meant him. The defense said Estiverne belonged to the Haitian Bloods gang in Newark, N.J. Desrivieres, it emerged during the trial, was working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to bust up the gang by wearing a wire and hidden camera while buying large amounts of crack cocaine.
April 18, 2013 |
A Montgomery County Court jury deliberated for more than six hours Tuesday on murder charges against Luckenson Desrivieres, who stabbed two friends at a Norristown boardinghouse in June 2012. As of 9:30 p.m., the jurors had not decided and deliberations were suspended for the night. Desrivieres, 25, argued that he stabbed Marc Winchell Estiverne, 23, and Shamara Hill, 26, in self-defense after they attacked him for "snitching" on members of a Haitian Bloods gang in Newark, N.J. Attorneys offered closing statements Tuesday, the prosecution depicting Desrivieres as a cold-blooded street thug and the defense portraying a reformed man whose life was in danger.
April 16, 2013 |
Jurors were warned to brace themselves Monday as the defendant in a Norristown murder trial demonstrated a shoulder dislocation. Luckenson Desrivieres, 25, testified Thursday that his shoulder was dislocated during a fight with Marc Winchell Estiverne on June 14, 2012. He said his left arm was hanging limp as Estiverne and his girlfriend, Shamara Hill, continued to punch him. Eventually, Desrivieres testified Thursday, he was able to pull the shoulder back into place, grab a knife from under his mattress, and stab them to death.
April 16, 2013
Andrei A. Iakimenko , doing business as Mid-Atlantic Roofing & Siding , also known as Andrei Lakimenko , 726 Durham Pl., Bensalem; Chapter 7; no schedules available. Lehigh Valley Properties Inc. ; Chapter 11; no schedules available. Y-Carbon Inc. , 2495 Boulevard of the Generals, Building B, Norristown; Chapter 11; no schedules available. GC Berlin L.L.C. , 526 Rt. 73, West Berlin; Chapter 11; no schedules available. SOURCES: The Legal Intelligencer; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.
April 13, 2013
Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan announced Thursday that his office would seek the death penalty against Shakeem L. Carter in the Feb. 12 slaying of Kevin Allen Jr., 17, in a North Coventry Township apartment. Carter, 20, of Norristown, was arrested Feb. 27 and charged with murder, abuse of corpse, robbery of $350, arson, and related offenses. The District Attorney's Office said Allen was stabbed 20 times in the head, back and neck, and his throat was slit and his body was set on fire.