July 10, 2013 |
The court case had all the elements of a made-for-TV movie. A New Jersey man convicted of a double murder. A previously secret back story of the killer's working with federal agents as a confidential informant to break a dangerous drug-dealing gang. The drama came to an end Monday, when Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill sentenced Luckenson Desrivieres, 25, to life in prison plus 20 years for killing a friend and the friend's girlfriend in Norristown. In April, a jury found Desrivieres guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2012 stabbing death of Shamara Hill, 26, and the third-degree stabbing death of Hill's boyfriend, Marc Winchell Estiverne, 23. Desrivieres confessed that he had killed Hill and Estiverne at the Norristown boardinghouse where they all stayed.
June 29, 2013 |
Crammed into a Pottstown office Thursday were a lot of people who help people. Representatives of local nonprofits, social service providers, and government agencies mingled at the open house for Montgomery County's new Community Connections program. Four offices across the county (Willow Grove, Norristown, Lansdale, and Pottstown) are now staffed with a "navicate" (from "navigator" and "advocate") who can help residents apply for and coordinate services. The doors opened last week, and already the four new coordinators have seen about 100 clients, said the program supervisor, Bonnie Johns.
June 28, 2013 |
A jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon in the trial of a man accused in a 2010 killing of a romantic rival near the Uptown Roo House Tavern in Norristown. Tyuan Simon, 32, of Norristown, is charged with first-degree murder and criminal solicitation to commit murder in the shooting death of Tyree Whiting. About 10 p.m. Oct. 19, 2010, Norristown police went to the 1100 block of Swede Street after a report of shots fired. They found the body of Whiting, 34, who had been shot repeatedly.
June 28, 2013 |
The wooden boards on half of her Norristown porch were so rotten that Greays Mendoza circled them with red plastic hazard tape to keep out her children. The licensed massage therapist was cited by the municipality, and a court ordered her to repair the historic home. But the $2,000 price tag was more than she could afford. Luckily for Mendoza and 67 other Norristown homeowners, a work crew of more than 400 high school students was preparing to visit to hammer, nail, and paint free.
June 11, 2013
Seeds of redevelopment planted When Inquirer readers hear of the daunting challenges and hopeful future of efforts to revitalize Norristown, they should know something else: Just because the current county commissioners suggest that the Logan Square redevelopment project fizzled out doesn't mean that it did ("Norristown seeks to get itself boiling again," June 3). In fact, the Logan Square project is an economic success and a big job creator. As the lead tenant at Logan Square, USMaintenence was on its way out of town when the prior board of commissioners committed $25 million and county guarantees to improve the shopping center.
June 8, 2013 |
Leonard Siegel, 86, of Bala Cynwyd, longtime owner of Norristown Ford, where he "sold 'em for less," died Wednesday, June 5, at his home after a long battle with hepatitis C. In 1961, Mr. Siegel opened the dealership at Ridge Pike and Trooper Road. He operated it there for four decades. Customers identified the pitch about selling cars "for less" with the business. Sales were brisk, so much so that Ford Motor Co. honored Mr. Siegel with numerous awards for excellence in auto sales, said his son, Michael Bernard Siegel.
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.