Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Caleb Fairley, sentenced to two life sentences for the strangulation deaths of Lisa Marie Manderach and her 19-month-old daughter in Collegeville in 1995, is requesting a new trial.
According to the Daily Times, convicted murderer Caleb Fairley is requesting a new trial, or failing that, a new sentencing hearing for the murder of Limerick resident Lisa Marie Manderach and her 19-month-old daughter, Devon, in Collegeville in 1995. Farley reportedly strangled Manderach and her daughter while they were shopping at his parents' "Kidz & Mine" clothing store in the Collegeville Shopping Center on Sept. 10, 1995. He was convicted of first-degree murder in April 1996 and received two consecutive life sentences. Fairley, formerly of Upper Merion, filed the request on his own behalf without the aid of a lawyer. He is basing his request on a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court finding mandatory life terms for juveniles …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Montgomery County Commissioners Bruce Castor and Leslie Richards react to the news that Judge Robert Simpson has upheld Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law.
Montgomery County Commissioners Bruce Castor and Leslie Richards were in Norristown at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Elmwood Park Zoo's new parking lot expansion when news that Judge Robert Simpson upheld Pennsylvania's controversial Voter ID law requiring voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls in order to vote. When they learned of the decision, Castor and Richards offered their thoughts on the news to Patch.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Plan includes funding for critical repairs to county roads, bridges, Norristown office tower
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Thursday approved a $146.5 million capital spending plan that includes repairs to at least 18 bridges and roads around the county as well as extensive repairs to the 1 Montgomery Plaza office tower that now houses the bulk of county's government. View the county's full summary of the $146.5 million spending package in the PDF section attached to this article. The county purchased the building for $26 million in 2006 and is now facing $35 million in repairs, prompting Commissioner Bruce Castor to wonder whether the county might pursue compensation from any parties that were charged with inspecting the building for the county prior to its purchase. "Somebody decided to buy this building without …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
New policies governing bids for county business, employee ethics introduced as new administration marks 100 days in office.
The current Montgomery County Board of Commissioners marked its first 100 days in office Thursday morning with a special meeting that introduced new county ethics and procurement policies intended to increase transparency and eliminate patronage and corruption from county government. Board chairman Josh Shapiro said Thursday marked the beginning of a "new era" for Montgomery County. Reading from a prepared statement, Shapiro said the new procurement policy will "ensure a level playing field and a good value for the taxpayers" while the "totally revamped" ethics policy will "value integrity and not one's political agenda." New procurement policy favors local businesses, punishes misconduct The new procurement policy replaces a policy passed…
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Montgomery County Commissioner and former county district attorney Bruce Castor gives expert commentary on an upcoming crime show.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
From the Montgomery County Office Of Communications: If you are home Saturday night, flip on the TV to the Investigation Discovery channel and catch Montgomery County Commissioner and former county District Attorney Bruce Castor giving expert commentary on a crime show detailing the Craig Rabinowitz case in Lower Merion in 1997. The show, “Scorned: Love Kills," airs at 10 p.m. and will be repeated several times next week. The episode, entitled “Never Enough," details the case of Rabinowitz, who eventually pleaded guilty to strangling his wife. Castor, then the First Assistant DA in Montgomery County, was the lead prosecutor on the case. Originally, it was thought that Rabinowitz’ wife, Stephanie, accidentally drowned in her bathtub. …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Would require approval in state legislature
The Brown-Castor campaign for Montgomery County Commissioner has its eyes on the coming Valley Forge Casino Resort. Specifically, on the revenue it's expected to generate. Right now, that money is slated to go to the state, not Montgomery County. "If we have to deal with the hassle of having a casino, it is just not right that we don't get with any of the revenue," Castor said earlier this week, according to a PhillyBurbs.com report. The campaign on Friday called on the state legislature to pass a law that would let the county collect a "host fee" that it says could be used to help fund improvements on U.S. Route 422. The casino will be situated alongside the highway, which runs roughly parallel to the Schuylkill River through central and …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Republican candidates Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown announced their campaign agenda today. Their platform focuses on financial management reform.
Republican candidates for Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown announced their campaign agenda today in a press conference at the Montgomery County Courthouse. According to the pair, their platform for the coming election will focus on financial management reform. If elected, Castor and Brown hope to turn the county’s finances around. “We are in deep financial trouble," said Castor. "[We're] seeing the highest debt Montgomery County has ever seen and need to implement fiscal policies that will insure stability of the county.” Castor said that “county officials are not looking at the larger context and instead spending money in the heat of the moment, causing us to go further into debt.” Castor continued to reiterate …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
A large group of Republican supporters were at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown for the annual Montgomery County Republican Committee Summer Picnic.
On Wednesday night, the Montgomery County Republican Committee held its annual picnic at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, giving voters, candidates and elected officials a chance to mingle prior to the upcoming elections. Some familiar faces included Bruce Castor Jr., who is seeking re-election in November for Montgomery County commissioner; Sheriff Eileen Behr, who is also seeking re-election; and Moon Ahn, who has his sights set on the Clerk of Courts seat. Despite the large turnout, it was easy to identify the candidates, as they all wore red T-shirts bearing the names of the 2011 Montgomery County Republican ticket. Those who attended the free event to support the GOP were treated to dinner, free drinks and most importantly—a chance…
Thursday, June 23, 2011
A confident group of Republican hopefuls held a Thursday morning press conference in support of the Brown-Castor ticket.
With the Montgomery County Republican ticket standing behind them, Jenny Brown and Bruce L. Castor Jr. held their first press conference, which aimed to solidify their stance and unify the party for the upcoming 2011 election in November. Standing inside the Swede Street entrance of the Montgomery County Courthouse, Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Bob Kerns began the press conference with a brief statement, introducing Brown and Castor and setting a tone for what seems likely to be a highly contested race against the Democratic ticket of Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards. "We have two candidates as commissioners who I believe are the epitome of what is good about Montgomery County," said Kerns. "We are ready to go. We are …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Bruce Castor reported on the local government at a banquet in Towamencin Monday night.
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- Gail Gresh
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor Jr. leaves his decisions up to faith. “A person of faith worries that God is looking over his shoulder and does the correct thing,” he said. Castor was the featured speaker Monday at the annual banquet of The Men’s Group of Christ United Methodist Church in Towamencin. His message was that morality and moral decisions are lacking in government today, with politicians making decisions based on what is politically correct or what friend or crony could benefit, rather than doing what is right. “In my career, I have seen the worst things that people can do. We need to take the talents that we are given to better ourselves and our community,” Castor said. Castor is in his 26th year with Montgomery …