Thursday, February 2, 2012
Representative Todd Stephens hopes to introduce "Turn Around, Don't Drown" legislation that would stiffen penalties for motorists who ignore road closures during flooding.
In the best possible scenarios, emergency responders who rescue a driver from floodwaters look back a few years later and chuckle at the centenarian who was out to buy bananas in the middle of a hurricane. In the worst cases, they look back and remember the friend and colleague they lost in the raging currents while attempting to rescue a victim who shouldn’t have been there in the first place. With soon-to-be-proposed legislation, representative Todd Stephens (R-151) hopes to curb the frequency of both those occurrences. Stephens' bill, called "Turn Around, Don't Drown," would impose a fine of $500 for driving around a barrier closing a road for hazardous conditions. It also calls for a 90-day license suspension if the driver's vehicle …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Homeowner had minor burns on his hand; family escaped otherwise unharmed.
The following information was released by Lower Providence Township: On Tuesday, Jan. 10, a team of investigators conducted an origin and cause investigation at the 2011 Windsor Drive home, Lower Providence, that was severely damaged by a blaze Monday night. The fire is determined to be accidental at this time, with the origin in the laundry room related to an electrical event. Participants were from the Lower Providence Fire Marshal’s Office, the Lower Providence Police Department, Lower Providence Volunteer Fire Company, Montgomery County Detective’s Bureau and the PA State Police. On Monday, Jan. 9, at 7:20 p.m., Montgomery County Emergency Dispatch Services received a 911 call from a 17-year-old resident of 2011 Windsor Drive, Lower …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
No injuries or major property damage reported.
As the Skippack Historical Society got the ovens going for the second day of the annual Revolutionary War encampment, a small crack in one of the ovens ignited some wood on the wall, causing a small fire, shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, according to Skippack Fire Chief Haydn Marriott IV. Re-enactors were allowed to remain on the scene as Skippack and Worcester fire crews worked. No one was injured, and the fire was quickly extinguished. Pennsylvania State Police and Skippack EMS also responded to the scene. The Revolutionary War Encampment is taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Parts from the manufacturer are no longer available for an aging system as potentially 'catastrophic' component failures loom.
The county's emergency radio system is now in a state of emergency. With many of the county's chiefs of police crowding its Norristown meeting chamber, the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday declaring that an "actual emergency exists" in the county's aging public safety telecommunications infrastructure. Commissioner Jim Matthews described the measure as a "Band-Aid" that gives the county "the ability to immediately respond to any shortcomings in the system." Those shortcomings are reportedly multiplying. Lower Gwynedd Chief of Police John Scholly called the increasing difficulty of obtaining replacement parts for the system a "major concern." "There are parts of the county radio system that are as old …
Friday, February 11, 2011
No injuries; blaze not suspicious.
No one was injured in the single-alarm blaze that broke out around 9 p.m. Friday at Palmer International Inc., on Lucon Road in Skippack. Skippack Fire Chief Haydn Marriott IV said the fire was contained in the duct work in the rear of the building. He was unsure what sparked the blaze, but said it may have been caused by "one of their chemical processes." According to the Palmer International, Inc., website, the company is "a global supplier...of products derived from Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL)." Marriott added that the blaze did not seem suspicous or caused by negligence. "It was a small fire," Marriot said.