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December 23, 1992 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / SHARON J. WOHLMUTH
Just short of Perkiomen Valley Airport, this single-engine airplane crashed about 4 p.m. yesterday onto farmland in Skippack Township. Two men aboard the aircraft walked away after the crash, but were taken to Suburban General Hospital in Norristown, authorities said. Their identities were being withheld.
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May 12, 2016
One person was airlifted to a hospital after a fire was reported in an inmate's cell Tuesday evening at Graterford prison in Montgomery County, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the reported fire shortly after 6 p.m. at the State Correctional Institution Graterford in Skippack Township. The fire was extinguished and the person, who was not identified, was transported to an area hospital to be treated for burns, authorities said. The cause of the fire was not immediately available.
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September 21, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
George W. Matthews, 56, a chemical-weighing specialist and an emergency medical technician, died Sunday at his Skippack Township, Montgomery County, home after a long illness. For more than 30 years, he was a chemical-weighing specialist for McNeil Laboratories' consumer health-care unit in Fort Washington and was the coordinator of the company's first-aid squad. For 10 years, Mr. Matthews volunteered as an emergency medical technician with Skippack Emergency Medical Services. Born in Philadelphia, he was a 1961 graduate of Lincoln Preparatory High School and attended what is now La Salle University.
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May 30, 2012 | By Robert Moran and Inquirer Staff Writer
State police are investigating an incident in which an officer with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources allegedly shoved Michael Marino, the former Montgomery County commissioner and former district attorney, at his ranch Sunday. "I was the victim of an assault," said Marino, 70, when reached by phone Tuesday. About 5 p.m. Sunday, the conservation officer was performing a traffic stop in a parking lot at Marino's ranch on Anders Road in Skippack Township when Marino approached and questioned the officer, state police said.
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April 8, 1993 | By Mac Daniel, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Sometimes with the help of an accomplice, Michael Anthony Iacovino Jr., 20, of Norristown, committed a series of brazen burglaries, netting an odd assortment of items. He was sentenced Tuesday in a Montgomery County courtroom to 11 1/2 to 23 months in the county prison. He had pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal conspiracy. In one burglary, Iacovino stole 10 pounds of lobster tails, beer and wine, two cummerbunds and 11 bow ties from a Skippack Township hotel. In another, he stole comic books and baseball cards from a collectibles business, and in the third he helped a friend break into his father's home to steal two guns, compact discs and a video game.
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June 29, 1998 | By Kate Campbell, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Five years after his disappearance, many questions remain about John D. Bean. Not the least of which is how much the 50 acres he owned along Heckler Road are worth - land Skippack Township and the Perkiomen Valley School District jointly condemned in January 1997. Land on which Skippack Elementary School now sits and awaits its scheduled opening in September. The elderly Bean vanished Feb. 16, 1993. Police said his abandoned vehicle was found at Facenda-Whitaker Bowling Lanes at Swede Street and Germantown Pike in East Norriton.
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September 28, 2011
A federal grand jury added fraud and tax charges Tuesday against David F. Kane, the former Limerick Township supervisor accused of hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in income from the IRS and supplying false information to get a bank loan, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced. The indictment was the third against Kane, 39, of Phoenixville, who was chairman of the Limerick supervisors from January 2006 to May 2008. Prosecutors contend he failed to pay taxes for a decade and hid hundreds of thousands of dollars in shell companies tied to his now-defunct development firm, Kane Core Inc. Kane's attorney, Ann Flannery, said Tuesday: "Mr. Kane strongly disputes the charges and looks forward to having his day in court.
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January 17, 2002 | Compiled from state police reports by Inquirer suburban staff writer Wendy Walker
Chester County East Fallowfield. Drug charges were filed last Thursday against Richard W. Hamilton, 45, and Richard W. McCarraher, 32, both of Coatesville, after state police at Embreeville said they found them with about 5 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine. Police said the two had shipped it back to Pennsylvania from Arizona. They were charged with possession, possession with intent to deliver, and conspiracy, arraigned before District Justice Chester Darlington, and sent to Chester County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $100,000 bail each.
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April 30, 1995 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
One hundred fifty years ago, Henry H. Fetterolf began his formal education at age 6, in a privately financed, octagon-shaped, one-room schoolhouse. And 81 years later, Fetterolf read a paper before the Historical Society of Montgomery County, offering a glimpse of his classroom experiences - details that have been preserved in the records of the historical society. "I was up early in the morning, and my mother packed a lunch for my two older sisters and myself. Together, we walked a short way to the school, which was located on the road leading from Rahns to Limerick in Skippack Township," Fetterolf told the group.
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October 7, 1998 | By Kate Campbell, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When John D. Bean vanished five years ago from the parking lot of an East Norriton bowling alley, he left behind two grown children and 50 acres. His mysterious disappearance ignited a battle between his heirs and the Perkiomen Valley School District and Skippack Township, which condemned Bean's property in January 1997. Now, that dispute has been decided, with a Montgomery County Board of View ruling that the district and the township underpaid Bean's children to the tune of $615,946.
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May 12, 2016
One person was airlifted to a hospital after a fire was reported in an inmate's cell Tuesday evening at Graterford prison in Montgomery County, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the reported fire shortly after 6 p.m. at the State Correctional Institution Graterford in Skippack Township. The fire was extinguished and the person, who was not identified, was transported to an area hospital to be treated for burns, authorities said. The cause of the fire was not immediately available.
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July 31, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Saturday proved brutal for the Taney Dragons, a 7-2 flat tire of a contest. The Dragons had not ceded a single game in the fiercely competitive district and sectional rounds, and now this loss. They were one win away from besting more than 300 teams and being crowned state champs. Amazing Taney, players from across the city and in only its second season of Little League, was not whole. Two boys were in New Hampshire on a long-standing camp scholarship. Parents, unified in the moment, agreed: This is ridiculous.
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May 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Skippack teen has been charged with stabbing his 17-year-old girlfriend to death in woods off the Skippack Trail on Saturday night. Tristan Stahley, 16, was arraigned Sunday on charges including first-degree murder in the death of Julianne Siller, said Kevin Steele, Montgomery County first assistant district attorney. According to court documents, Stahley and Siller, a high school senior who lived in Royersford, were at Stahley's family home on Rittenhouse Lane on Saturday when Stahley's mother overheard them arguing.
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May 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matthew Royer, the Montgomery County 21-year-old who disappeared late last week, has been found and is safe, Pennsylvania State Police said Thursday morning. While saying Royer had been "located unharmed," police declined to say where he had been found. "The family requests that the media not contact them nor reveal his location as they wish to consider this a private and closed matter," according to a State Police statement. Trooper Morgan Crummy, spokeswoman for the Skippack barracks, said the police had closed their investigation.
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May 23, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like many college students on winter break, Matthew Royer and friends got together for a few beers and talked about school and life. One thing Royer failed to tell two of them, however, was that he planned to stop pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree and would not be taking spring classes at the University of Rhode Island, where he still is registered as a student. "This is so out of character," said Nicolle Kulp, 24, who lives in Norristown and also saw him over the winter. "He loves school, he lives for school.
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May 30, 2012 | By Robert Moran and Inquirer Staff Writer
State police are investigating an incident in which an officer with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources allegedly shoved Michael Marino, the former Montgomery County commissioner and former district attorney, at his ranch Sunday. "I was the victim of an assault," said Marino, 70, when reached by phone Tuesday. About 5 p.m. Sunday, the conservation officer was performing a traffic stop in a parking lot at Marino's ranch on Anders Road in Skippack Township when Marino approached and questioned the officer, state police said.
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September 28, 2011
A federal grand jury added fraud and tax charges Tuesday against David F. Kane, the former Limerick Township supervisor accused of hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in income from the IRS and supplying false information to get a bank loan, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced. The indictment was the third against Kane, 39, of Phoenixville, who was chairman of the Limerick supervisors from January 2006 to May 2008. Prosecutors contend he failed to pay taxes for a decade and hid hundreds of thousands of dollars in shell companies tied to his now-defunct development firm, Kane Core Inc. Kane's attorney, Ann Flannery, said Tuesday: "Mr. Kane strongly disputes the charges and looks forward to having his day in court.
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November 9, 2007 | By Diane Mastrull INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania has quietly scrapped a plan to move Graterford Prison out of Skippack Township and allow the development of its 1,780 largely untouched acres in central Montgomery County. Housing nearly 3,000 inmates - 170 over capacity - the 78-year-old corrections facility will remain where it is for the foreseeable future, an official of the state Department of General Services has told The Inquirer. Closing Graterford would have been part of a complex deal to build two or possibly three prisons elsewhere in the Philadelphia region.
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December 20, 2002 | By Leslie Pappas INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If asked, Albert Augustine would have said he didn't want 295 houses built on the farmland next to his home in Skippack Township. But nobody asked. In fact, most of Skippack's 9,920 residents didn't even know about the largest development ever proposed in the 14-square-mile township until the night town leaders signed off on the plan. "I . . . have never gotten any notice of the proposed subdivision, any Planning Commission meetings, zoning hearing meetings. Nor has any other resident of the township ever been allowed to give any input, participate in any discussions, be involved in any part of the planning or approval process of this development," Augustine complained to the township board Wednesday night.
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June 4, 2002 | By Marc Schogol and Alletta Emeno INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Stone walls do not a prison make - the Census Bureau does. At least when the prison is Graterford. When the first 2000 census figures were released last year, Skippack Township's population inexplicably seemed to have dropped 26 percent since 1990. Equally inexplicably, the population of Collegeville, a borough next door, seemed to have soared by 90 percent during the same decade. Officials in both Montgomery County communities were puzzled until they realized that the Census Bureau had put Graterford Prison in the wrong municipality.
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