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February 17, 1991 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
Hotel Harley is eerily silent. Its windows are dark. Only a hastily scrawled note taped to the door attests to its fate: Closed. But no one in the Montgomery County borough of Pennsburg is lamenting the loss. Once a friendly hotel and restaurant kept bustling by the nearby railroad, Hotel Harley had become a seedy rooming house and bar - and the place that, much to this working-class community's shame, put Pennsburg on the media map. In September, hotel owner Peter Balodis, 50, was convicted of repeatedly raping a 9-year-old boy who once lived at the hotel.
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May 23, 2001 | By Jacob Quinn Sanders INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The last racial incident in this tiny town in northern Montgomery County was a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1995, police said. The last time, that is, until Sunday, when a crude homemade bomb was found smeared with swastikas and racial epithets aimed at Jews and blacks. "This really isn't something we're used to up here," said Detective Jeffrey DePolo of the Upper Perk Police District, which covers Pennsburg and East Greenville. "It happened. And it's unfortunate. But this was designed to be found, not to explode," he said A passerby noticed a brown beer bottle around 9 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Fourth Street near a path that meanders past railroad tracks, DePolo said.
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March 19, 2010 | By Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a quick hearing in a crowded federal courtroom, Colleen "JihadJane" LaRose of Pennsburg pleaded not guilty yesterday to terrorism charges. LaRose, 46, was in the courthouse in Philadelphia just 2 1/2 minutes for arraignment on charges that she joined a plot by militant Muslims abroad to kill a Swedish artist. Wearing tight braids in her dirty-blond hair and a green jail uniform, LaRose appeared to pay little notice to the capacity crowd, though defense lawyer Mark Wilson later said she had been smiling slightly.
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May 23, 2002 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When industrial tycoons began spending their newly made fortunes on country estates along Philadelphia's Main Line, they did not stint on the details. Take Wootton, for example, a 50-room, neo-Tudor summer house built by newspaper publisher George W. Childs in Bryn Mawr in 1880. Through the ownership of first Childs and then his godson and beneficiary, George W. Childs Drexel, Wootton grew into a massive compound with a two-story great hall, a library with an imported Jacobean plaster ceiling, a gatehouse, a stable and garage complex, servants' cottages, an aviary, a greenhouse and a clock tower that housed a 14th-century bronze bell from Spain.
NEWS
June 14, 1989 | By Jerry W. Byrd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Call it, for want of a better term, "the pizza phone number war. " The newest twist in a court battle between the former and current owners of a Pennsburg, Montgomery County, pizza restaurant involves potential customer confusion over a telephone number, and it has current owner Anthony Randazzo crying foul. But the attorney for former owner Alex Chiaro says that there's no intent to deceive customers and that the phone flap is merely the result of Chiaro's successful efforts to get a Pennsburg exchange for his pizza shop in Green Lane, several miles away.
NEWS
December 17, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Laura McCrystal, and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
In one of the region's deadliest shooting rampages, an Iraq war veteran shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives early Monday, terrorizing four upper Montgomery County communities and sparking a manhunt that continued deep into the night, officials said. The suspect, Bradley W. Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, had a "familial relationship" with all of the victims, officials said. Besides his ex-wife, he allegedly killed her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law, and niece.
REAL_ESTATE
April 5, 1998 | By Don Beideman, FOR THE INQUIRER
The temperature was a surprising 82 degrees, even though it was March. Linnie Buhman and Myna Mungin were sitting in the gazebo at the small green plot that is Alma Christman Mullen Park in Pennsburg. Bright yellow daffodils swayed behind them as they ate lunch. The gazebo is at Main Street and Pottstown Road, the town's main intersection, giving the women a ringside seat to almost everything that was going on downtown in the Montgomery County borough. It was just before noon on a Friday afternoon, so the lunch crowd hadn't fully materialized yet, but there was a fair amount of activity.
NEWS
August 14, 2011
A 22-year-old Drexel University student from Montgomery County who was reported missing after leaving his job at a Pennsburg supermarket earlier in the week has been found dead, state police said Saturday. Sean Michael Buehrle disappeared after finishing a shift about 6 a.m. Tuesday at the Weis Supermarket on Pottstown Avenue in Pennsburg. Relatives had created a "Help us find Sean Buehrle" Facebook page over the last few days, asking anyone with information to call his mother.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2001 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hershey Foods Corp., the biggest U.S. chocolate-maker, announced a $275 million restructuring plan yesterday that would cut more than 1,000 jobs, eliminate selected small brands, and close three plants, including one in the northern Montgomery County town of Pennsburg. The changes are part of an effort by Richard H. Lenny, chief executive officer, to get more growth out of the Hershey, Pa., company's biggest candy brands, such as Reese's, Kit Kat and Twizzlers. Lenny said that nearly 60 percent of the company's profit came from just 11 percent of its products.
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December 17, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, MORGAN ZALOT, BARBARA LAKER & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHO WILL tell the 17-year-old boy at his hospital bedside that his mother, father, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt are dead when - and if - he wakes up? Who will kneel and take the boy's hand gently into theirs, telling him that things will be OK, never knowing if they really will? Who will acknowledge that he'll never again look forward to Christmastime? And will they be able to tell the boy that the man he once called uncle, the man accused of slaughtering his entire immediate family, has been captured?
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January 12, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Colleen logged on to Facebook one 2011 evening and found a friend request from someone she sort of knew during her days at George Washington High School in Northeast Philadelphia. She and Corey had never been friends, and hadn't even seen each other since graduation in 1992. "Hey! What's up?" she messaged him anyway. "How are you?" "I'm good," Corey replied. "I've got three kids, I own a company. I just got separated. " "I'm going through the same thing," Colleen said.
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Chris Palmer, and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
The toll from one of the deadliest rampages in the region's history grew to seven Tuesday when Bradley W. Stone, the Iraq war veteran suspected of killing his former wife and five of her family members, was found dead in woods in Pennsburg, officials said. After an intensive manhunt that included house-to-house searches, even rummaging through trash bins, police found Stone's body about a half-mile from his home. He evidently died of self-inflicted cutting wounds, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.
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December 17, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, MORGAN ZALOT, BARBARA LAKER & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHO WILL tell the 17-year-old boy at his hospital bedside that his mother, father, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt are dead when - and if - he wakes up? Who will kneel and take the boy's hand gently into theirs, telling him that things will be OK, never knowing if they really will? Who will acknowledge that he'll never again look forward to Christmastime? And will they be able to tell the boy that the man he once called uncle, the man accused of slaughtering his entire immediate family, has been captured?
NEWS
December 17, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Laura McCrystal, and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
In one of the region's deadliest shooting rampages, an Iraq war veteran shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives early Monday, terrorizing four upper Montgomery County communities and sparking a manhunt that continued deep into the night, officials said. The suspect, Bradley W. Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, had a "familial relationship" with all of the victims, officials said. Besides his ex-wife, he allegedly killed her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law, and niece.
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January 8, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN A BLACK headscarf, short-sleeved green prison jumpsuit and white sneakers, Colleen LaRose, at 4-foot-9 and slightly pudgy, looked more like an elderly nun than a terrorist. The Montgomery County woman known as "Jihad Jane" gave a toothy smile to a few acquaintances in the courtroom at her sentencing hearing yesterday. According to assistant federal defender Mark Wilson, LaRose suffered a life of abuse that led her to travel to Europe after finding validity with Muslim extremists.
NEWS
August 27, 2011
A story Friday wrongly described the first accident involving school bus driver Frederick Poust III. In 1999, Poust's vehicle struck a car after disregarding a stop sign, killing a toddler. A photo caption Friday misstated the hometown of terrorism suspect Colleen LaRose. She is from Pennsburg. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
NEWS
August 14, 2011
A 22-year-old Drexel University student from Montgomery County who was reported missing after leaving his job at a Pennsburg supermarket earlier in the week has been found dead, state police said Saturday. Sean Michael Buehrle disappeared after finishing a shift about 6 a.m. Tuesday at the Weis Supermarket on Pottstown Avenue in Pennsburg. Relatives had created a "Help us find Sean Buehrle" Facebook page over the last few days, asking anyone with information to call his mother.
NEWS
August 13, 2011 | By Maria Panaritis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 22-year-old Drexel University student from Montgomery County who was reported missing after leaving his job at a Pennsburg supermarket earlier in the week has been found dead, state police said Saturday. Sean Michael Buehrle disappeared after finishing a shift around 6 a.m. Tuesday at Weis Supermarket on Pottstown Avenue in Pennsburg. State police said Saturday that he was found dead and that the investigation was continuing. Family members had created a "Help us find Sean Buehrle" Facebook page over the past few days asking that anyone with information call his mother.
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March 19, 2010 | By Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a quick hearing in a crowded federal courtroom, Colleen "JihadJane" LaRose of Pennsburg pleaded not guilty yesterday to terrorism charges. LaRose, 46, was in the courthouse in Philadelphia just 2 1/2 minutes for arraignment on charges that she joined a plot by militant Muslims abroad to kill a Swedish artist. Wearing tight braids in her dirty-blond hair and a green jail uniform, LaRose appeared to pay little notice to the capacity crowd, though defense lawyer Mark Wilson later said she had been smiling slightly.
NEWS
March 11, 2010 | By Derrick Nunnally, Kathleen Brady Shea, and Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
She married young and badly. She bounced checks at Pizza Hut and the grocery. She hit the bottle to excess sometimes, talked to her cats, and once attempted suicide. And, as "JihadJane," she spewed violent-sounding vitriol online for all the world - including law enforcement - to see. From what's known about her so far, Colleen Renee LaRose is not coming off as the sharpest jihadist in the suburbs. The life of the Pennsburg woman who is due in federal court a week from today on terrorism charges is sounding ever more sad than scary.
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