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September 4, 1988 | By Laura Fortunato, Special to The Inquirer
Janice M. Wildemann, 57, of King of Prussia, died on Aug. 27 while vacationing in Sea Isle City, N.J., with her family. Upon her return from a stroll on the boardwalk, she experienced an asthma attack that resulted in a cardiac arrest, according to a family member. Mrs. Wildemann was raised in Narberth and graduated from Merion Mercy Academy in 1949. She married Leonard Walter Wildemann in 1953. The couple were married for 31 years. He died in 1984. Mrs. Wildemann was a clerk for J.C. Penney in King of Prussia for the last 15 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1992 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 20,000 collectors are likely to cram Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia this weekend to see what merchandise the 300 dealers expected have hauled in for Renninger's Mid-Winter Classic. Based on previous Renninger shows, that means everything from soup to nuts in the antique and collectible catalogue. The indoor show serves as a cold- weather fix for fans of Renninger's outdoor shows held in Kutztown in spring, summer and fall. This year's outdoor shows - all held Friday and Saturday - are April 24-25, June 26-27 and Sept.
NEWS
February 4, 1993 | By Karen McAllister, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Upper Merion Township will host testing for a bone-marrow-donor program March 13 as part of a national effort to increase the donor pool. The Fanconi Anemia Research Foundation, a co-sponsor of the event, is trying to boost the list of possible donors across the country this year by 200,000, to raise the total to one million, said foundation president Michael Greenberg. Greenberg showed a video to the township supervisors last Thursday detailing the process the donor and recipient must go through.
BUSINESS
April 6, 1991 | By Stella M. Eisele, Special to The Inquirer
Murata Wiedemann Inc., a Japanese-owned machine-tool manufacturing firm in King of Prussia, is moving to North Carolina - and that could mean pink slips for about 140 employees. The plant, which assembles custom, computerized punch presses from parts manufactured in Japan, is expected to stay open until next spring, when the company's $10 million, 100,000-square-foot plant near Charlotte, N.C., is set to open. Murata of America, a sister company, is near the new manufacturing operation.
NEWS
December 29, 2011
Water was on again, then off again, then on again for residents of 400 units at the Marquis apartments in King of Prussia. After a pump broke on Christmas morning, tenants in three of the five buildings at the complex spent two days without running water. The pump was repaired and water was restored at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, said John Waters, Upper Merion Township chief code enforcement officer. It went off again Wednesday morning but was restored a few hours later, he said. Residents of the affected units were given jugs of drinking water and were allowed to use showers in unoccupied units that had water.
NEWS
August 27, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County Court judge agreed Monday to a one-week delay in the September trial of a King of Prussia man accused of killing an infant and her grandmother in 2012. After a request from the defendant, Raghunandan Yandamuri, Judge Steven T. O'Neill moved the trial from Sept. 8 to 16. Yandamuri is representing himself, and the judge gave him the extra time to talk with the defense investigator, review a DNA analysis, and get more information from a forensic pathologist and a computer-generated animation expert the court recently appointed to work for the defense.
NEWS
March 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Raghunandan Yandamuri pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree murder and 11 other charges in a bizarre kidnap-and-ransom case that turned deadly in a King of Prussia apartment complex last October. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty against Yandamuri, 27, in the deaths of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her grandmother. Yandamuri allegedly stormed into the apartment where 61-year-old Satayvathi Venna was babysitting her granddaughter Saanvi on Oct. 22. Authorities said his plan was to kidnap the child and try to get ransom from the Venna family to pay debts.
NEWS
January 27, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 200 Pennsylvania State University alumni turned out on a snowy Friday night in King of Prussia to support an effort to restore Joe Paterno's reputation in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal. The gathering at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge was organized and partly financed by pro football Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris, who played for Paterno. Applauded by the crowd, Harris argued that "Joe did the right thing" in handling the scandal and that the Penn State board rushed to judgment in firing him after charges were filed against Sandusky in late 2011.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite being "desperately underfunded," in one official's words, SEPTA is moving ahead with an environmental impact study to extend the Norristown High Speed Line to King of Prussia and Valley Forge. Officials say the area is badly underserved, with the nearest Regional Rail stops more than two miles away. Six bus routes serve the area, with about 4,000 passengers a day, but they are subject to the same traffic headaches drivers face on the Schuylkill Expressway. "If you don't plan, you never build," said Byron Comati, SEPTA's project director, who alluded to the agency's financial problems.
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May 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruth H. Loudon, 97, of Norristown, a banker so successful that she was coaxed out of retirement at age 74 to help build a local business, died Thursday, May 7, at home. Mrs. Loudon had put in a normal five-hour day Thursday at Systems Solution Inc. in King of Prussia, where she began work in 1992 after a long career in banking. She was found reclining in her favorite chair. Her death was due to heart failure. Mrs. Loudon's assignment at Systems Solution was to apply her years of experience, old-school work ethic, and patience to the task of expanding the business from just four workers to a company with 70 employees operating in a multitude of states.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Mention West Whiteland Township, and people outside Chester County are more than likely to draw a blank than a map. Adding the word Exton usually clears up the confusion, but that, Keller Williams Real Estate agent David Ashe says, means they know the mall or a highway exit. Exton is just the better-known piece of the much larger township, which began a yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary on Feb. 26, with events scheduled throughout 2015.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
As SEPTA moves further down the line in planning a rail extension to King of Prussia, there are a few things we know - and many more that we don't. Among the decisions so far: It will be a spur off the Norristown High-Speed Rail Line. The entire five-mile route will be on an elevated concrete track. It will stop at the King of Prussia Mall, end at the Valley Forge Casino and Convention Center, and include two to four stops along the way. But transit planners, township officials, and business groups are still studying some of the most crucial details, including which of five proposed routes would get the most ridership, how much each route would cost, and how each would affect noise, traffic, and other environmental conditions.
FOOD
December 5, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
New Bridgeport dining spot Something new and dramatic in sleepy little Bridgeport, across the Schuylkill from Norristown: Taphouse 23 (266 E. Fourth St., Bridgeport, 610-277-2323 ), which two weeks ago replaced a series of corner bars, most recently the Point. It's the pet project of local businessman Gary Johnson of Tube Methods, who after buying the joint realized that it needed more than a coat of paint. A top-to-bottom redo yielded dining areas off the two-sided bar as well as the roomy second floor, clad in wood with glass.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Garland and Christmas ornaments trim the outdoor walkway from the Court to the Plaza at the King of Prussia Mall, but the decor barely earned a glance from chilly shoppers Friday. Whether clutching hot coffee or with hands jammed into pockets, most walked too quickly to notice the crane and construction crew or the artist's rendering of the indoor heated connector that could open in 2016, along with space for 50 more stores and restaurants. "That would be awesome," Alyssa Wert of Allentown said as she, her sister, and a friend dashed through the cold.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Simon Property Group , the Indianapolis-based retail giant that owns 200-plus shopping malls nationwide, is sacrificing more than 400 parking spaces at its King of Prussia Plaza and Court to make room for at least 50 new stores and restaurants that it hopes will draw more wealthy shoppers to the region's biggest retail complex. At extra-large shopping centers such as King of Prussia, at least, "the mall business is good, contrary to some of the naysayers," David Contis , president of Simon Malls and a corporate senior vice president, told me Monday.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA's plan to expand rail service to King of Prussia got a major boost from the state with last year's transportation-funding bill. Yet two years into the project's planning, funding remains its largest hurdle. "We have funds for about 30 percent of the design, but the big question is: How do we pay for the construction?" SEPTA general manager Joseph M. Casey said Tuesday. "We need help, we need financial help, to get this going. " Casey gathered with fellow planners and politicians at the Chemical Heritage Foundation to discuss the need for rail service linking Philadelphia to King of Prussia, and what it would take to make it happen.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   Some people use the terms Glen Mills and Thornbury Township - the one in Delaware County - interchangeably. Inaccurately, too: A good portion of the township is in the Thornton zip code, 19373. (Thornton is a historic section of Thornbury Township.) Plus, the Glen Mills zip code, 19342, covers five other townships including Thornbury Township, Chester County, as well as the Borough of Chester Heights.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MONTGOMERY County Court jury yesterday sentenced a man to death in the 2012 murders of an infant and her grandmother, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said last night. Raghu Yandamuri, 28, of King of Prussia, was convicted last week of killing Satyavathi Venna, 61, and 10-month-old Saanvi Venna during a plot to extort a ransom from the Venna family. Yandamuri met the family while living in the same complex, the Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia, prosecutors said. His plan was to kidnap the infant in a ploy to bilk the family out of $50,000 to help settle gambling debts.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A KING OF PRUSSIA man will face life in prison or death after being convicted yesterday of brutally murdering a 61-year-old woman and her infant granddaughter in an elaborate kidnapping plot for ransom in 2012. A Montgomery County jury of seven men and five women yesterday found Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the October 2012 slayings of grandmother Satyvathi Venna and 10-month-old Saanvi. Yandamuri was also convicted of kidnapping, burglary, robbery and abuse of a corpse.
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