Sunday, May 5, 2013
The move would transfer the responsibility for $17-18 million in needed repairs from taxpayers to a private owner. The county could then lease the building back from its new owner.
Montgomery County could sell and lease back its primary office building as it seeks to avoid spending tax dollars on needed repairs to the facility, the county announced Thursday. The county purchased the One Montgomery Plaza tower, which sits across Swede Street from the county courthouse in Norristown, for $26 million in 2006. The building houses the bulk of Montgomery County's government offices, but needs as much as $18 million in repairs. "There is significant cost to fixing this building and putting it in a condition that, frankly, it should have been put in several years ago, but that maintenance need was ignored by the prior administrations," Board of Commissioners chairman Josh Shapiro said. By selling the building, the county …
Friday, May 3, 2013
School, court, community program aims to prevent violence.
What can they say? It's a "GREAT" program. And, Montgomery County's Sheriff Eileen Whalon Behr hopes it can continue. "The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department seeks to expand the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program through the county’s public schools, court system and community events," said Behr in a recent release. "The violence prevention program aims to prevent bullying, youth crime, violence, drug use, and gang involvement." Behr says the program is designed to be preventative. “The program is specifically designed to avoid future problems and provides positive interaction with our deputy sheriffs,” said Behr. Behr said that the program "strives to immunize youth against delinquency, youth violence and gang…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Take a look at the top stories in Montgomery County this week.
Police Investigate a Norristown Shooting Shots were fired in an incident in the area of Moore and High streets in Norristown sometime after 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 28. Details are few, but police were on the scene at approximately 9:20 p.m. and searching the area for evidence. Drunken Man Makes Himself Vomit in Cop Car, Police Say After being arrested for an alleged driving under the influence, Christopher Gring, 29, of the 2500 block of S. Parkview Dr. in Norristown was arrested for Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness on March 16. During his arrest, police say that Gring made himself throw up in the police van. Gun Control Supporters Call for Universal Background Checks at Courthouse …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The public is welcome to come along with The Regional Association of Campania.
The food. The canals. The art. The history. Whatever your reason for going, Italy can make a wonderful vacation destination. One Montgomery County-based organization is planning such a trip for this summer. The Regional Association of Campania in PA (RAC) will host a trip to Italy this year, and all are invited to come along for the ride. According to the website, RAC was founded in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pa. in 2000 to "enhance, promote, educate and augment the diffusion of Italian Culture in collaboration with the culture and tourism of the Campania Region." The organization will be leading a two-week trip for the summer months. "Join Us For A 15 Day Trip To Italy," said the site. "This year’s trip to Italy will be from June 27 …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tatiana Melendez was found and released into the custody of her father.
UPDATE: [3/17/13; 2:15 a.m.] Norristown Police confirm that 13-year-old Tatiana Melendez, who went missing Friday afternoon, was located by officers Saturday evening and released into the custody of her father. The teen had last been seen getting off her school bus at Airy Street and police say her parents believed she had run away. --- Original story: Police and family members in the Norristown area are looking for a 13-year-old girl who has not been seen since Friday. Tatiana Melendez's father says she was last seen getting off a school bus on Airy Street on Friday afternoon. Corporal Nicholas Dumas of the Norristown Police Department said Saturday afternoon that the girl's parents believe she may have run away. Those with information …
Monday, February 25, 2013
An 8-year-old girl went missing around 6 p.m., but is now found.
UPDATE: The girl has been found, and was returned to her parents. Her father picked her up at the police station. She is now safe. Initial report below (6:17 p.m.): Norristown Patch reports that a girl, 8, is missing after wandering from her mother. She is a black female, with pigtails, a black and white jacket and black boots. Those withinformation should call the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977. For the full story and latest developments, please see Norristown Patch's article here.
Friday, February 1, 2013
The two, both 20, allegedly threatened the woman and damaged her property on Jan. 29.
Christina Groff and Brendan J. Bungay, Jr., both 20 and of Norristown, were charged with harassment and related offenses after allegedly threatening a Trappe woman and damaging her property, according to Pennsylvania State Police. A PSP report states that Groff and Bungay arrived at the 34-year-old victim’s home on College Avenue in Trappe on Jan 28 at 8:30 p.m. and began to bang on the victim’s door while screaming threats at her. The duo then broke the windshield of the victim’s vehicle, as well as a statue that belonged to the victim, according to police. Groff and Bungay were charged with trespass, criminal mischief and harassment. Editor's note: The following items include information provided by the Pennsylvania State Police - …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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COLLEGEVILLE Independent Contractor - Harrisburg based brewpub is now hiring Independent Contractors to run beer and craft soda sampling sessions in Montgomery County area. This position is part-time, usually Friday nights and/or weekends. No prior sales experience is necessary but a great friendly attitude and reliable transportation are a must! Must be 21+. Stylist - Full time and part time stylists are wanted for a salon and spa in the Trappe/Collegeville area. All interviews will be private. Call 610-489-3010 or 610-489-HAIR. Jewelry Sales - A family owned retail jewelry store is looking for a salesperson and office worker. The business is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., no night hours or Sunday hours. Infant …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This week's stories include a parking lot romance between two men leading to weapons charges, a man heading to prison for his PCP-fueled would-be crime spree and a sneaky elderly woman being charged with DUI.
Parking Lot Romance Leads to Weapons Charge: According to a report in the Lansdale Patch, a Quakertown man is facing weapons charges after an incident in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Towamencin. The report states that police were initially investigating a suspicious occupied vehicle in the rear parking lot, when they discovered two men allegedly engaged in a sexual activity. Later, a search of the vehicle uncovered a concealed weapon in the console. Read the full story here. Man Loses Gun During PCP-Fueled Crime Spree: According to a report in the Norristown Patch, a 21-year-old Philadelphia man testified that he was high on PCP the night he made several violent, but unsuccessful, robbery attempts in West Norriton and Norristown …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
In a press conference held on Tuesday afternoon, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-13th District), Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), discussed the differing views of the presidential candidates.
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-13th District), Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), held a joint press conference Tuesday afternoon on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse. Schwartz began by saying with the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate, “We did want to talk about the really strong contrast between the visions for our country and the way we're going to get there." She added, “There is such a stark contrast on priorities and choices.” She highlighted seniors, specifically medicare, as well as education as some of those differences. Schwartz told those who gathered that Romney and Ryan are campaigning on the idea that tax cuts for the wealthy will create a …