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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.
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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.
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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.
REAL_ESTATE
June 30, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neil Rubler, a New York real estate developer and manager with Philadelphia ties, is putting the finishing touches on the first phase of 251 DeKalb, a gut renovation of the onetime-crime-plagued Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia. A 1998 Wharton School of Business graduate, Rubler and his Candlebrook Properties in Manhattan partnered with Lubert-Adler in Philadelphia to buy the apartment complex for $70 million and spend $50 million in renovations, for a $120 million total project cost, Rubler said.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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August 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County judge on Wednesday ruled Joseph McAndrew Jr. guilty but mentally ill of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing his parents and twin brother in King of Prussia in 2011. The verdict from Common Pleas Court Judge Gary S. Silow capped a three-day bench trial in which McAndrew and his lawyer sought to convince the judge that he was not guilty by reason of insanity when he used a sword to kill his father, Joseph; his mother, Susan; and his brother, James, in their Holstein Road home.
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August 12, 2014 | By Gideon Bradshaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - While battles rage in New Jersey and other states over whether to allow Tesla Motors to sell cars within their borders, Pennsylvania has quickly and quietly approved an expansion of the automaker's entry into the market. Gov. Corbett signed the legislation amid the budget frenzy last month, exempting electric-vehicle makers from a Pennsylvania law that bars car manufacturers from selling directly to consumers. The law lets Tesla open five stores statewide. The company opened a King of Prussia showroom last year and plans to open a second in Devon, a spokesman said.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing "institutional incompetence" at Nationwide Financial's mutual-funds business, based in King of Prussia, a Delaware judge ordered the company to pay a Michigan investment manager $10.3 million for breaching a contract. The lawsuit in Superior Court related to the 2007 management buyout of Nationwide's 65 percent stake in NorthPointe Holdings L.L.C., of Troy, which managed assets for some of Nationwide's retail mutual funds. As part of the $25 million buyout, NorthPointe managers negotiated provisions to protect their business with Nationwide Funds Group, which accounted for 22 percent of NorthPointe's $3.5 billion in assets under management, for three years.
REAL_ESTATE
June 30, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neil Rubler, a New York real estate developer and manager with Philadelphia ties, is putting the finishing touches on the first phase of 251 DeKalb, a gut renovation of the onetime-crime-plagued Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia. A 1998 Wharton School of Business graduate, Rubler and his Candlebrook Properties in Manhattan partnered with Lubert-Adler in Philadelphia to buy the apartment complex for $70 million and spend $50 million in renovations, for a $120 million total project cost, Rubler said.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
When they showed up at the happy hour, they weren't wearing their office clothes, but sweats and tights. Nor were they drinking lagers and downing wings. Instead, they were contorting themselves, becoming at turns a Downward Facing Dog or a Half Lord of the Fishes. The 90 or so had gathered at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at a nondescript office complex in King of Prussia for a "Yoga Happy Hour," a twist, bend, and stretch on a long-standing American tradition. The summertime yoga class and networking social draws scores of frazzled office workers, who change from business casual to sweat-friendly and stretch for 45 minutes on an office building patio in Upper Merion Township.
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May 21, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maurice R. Stahler Jr., 88, formerly of King of Prussia, a retired scientist and engineering manager, died Tuesday, May 6, of causes related to aging at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. Mr. Stahler was an Army veteran of World War II who was honorably discharged in July 1946, according to newspaper reports at the time. Born and schooled in the Harrisburg area, he came to the Philadelphia area, where he joined the General Electric Astro Space Division in Valley Forge, now Lockheed Martin.
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April 19, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN Montgomery County prosecutors will be allowed to present written and video-recorded confessions in the trial of a man accused of killing a grandmother and a baby in King of Prussia. Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, is accused of killing 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna and 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in a botched ransom attempt in October 2012. County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill rejected Yandamuri's claims that the confessions were coerced after 17 hours of questioning. It came down to the word of a county detective against the word of Yandamuri, O'Neill said, adding: "I find Detective Bradbury's testimony to be completely credible.
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March 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
KING OF PRUSSIA Concerned about the sex trade at motels and hotels around King of Prussia, police set up an undercover sting and arrested six men for patronizing prostitutes, authorities said Monday. "This particular initiative is one that you might typically refer to as a 'john sting,' " Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Upper Merion police and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, part of Ferman's office, placed an advertisement on an unnamed website offering prostitution services Friday.
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February 21, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
When the ironworkers saw a wall of union pickets blocking entry to a King of Prussia construction site early one morning in June 2010, it seemed like the latest speed bump in a project that had already suffered several acts of vandalism. But then, as the five ironworkers waited in a nearby parking lot, the scene turned into something out of a gangster movie. A dark car pulled up and three men jumped out, wielding baseball bats they used to shatter the back windows of the workers' trucks.
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