Thursday, January 24, 2013
If you can run, run. If you can't run, hide. If you have to, fight.
Thursday, January 24
The recent mass shooting incidents at Connecticut elementary school, a Colorado movie theater, and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, among other places, have made a once-unlikely question relevant: What should you do if someone comes into your workplace, school, or public venue and starts randomly shooting at people? The three-part answer, according to the Department of Homeland Security, is Run, Hide, Fight. If you can get out of the building or the vicinity of the shooter, do so. If you can't, hide. If you can't run or hide, as a last resort, resolve to incapacitate the shooter through any means necessary. The video above, produced last summer by the City of Houston (Tx.) Mayor's Office, was shared by the Limerick Township Police Department on…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Students told faculty they had seen an armed man in a ski mask.
A man who was out jogging is believed to have been the cause of a lockdown at West Broad Street Elementary School in Franconia on Thursday afternoon, police said. The school was placed on lockdown at about 1:40 p.m. after three fourth-grade students on the school's playground reported seeing a man in a black sweater and black-hooded mask with a gun along a nearby tree line. Franconia Township Police Chief Joseph Kozeniewski said authorities were "confident" that the children had mistaken the unidentified jogger for the armed person. "We are not sure where [the children] came up with the idea of a man carrying a gun," Kozeniewski said. The neighborhoods and streets adjacent to the 530 student, K-5 school were cordoned off as North Penn …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
West Ward residents, led by Ray Liberto, organized a candlelight vigil for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary in Railroad Plaza in Lansdale Sunday night, where each victim's name was read and a balloon released in their honor
It was the definition of "community." Organized by the west ward neighborhood in Lansdale, more than 100 citizens came together at Railroad Plaza in the borough Sunday night — candles aflame — for a vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT. Led by resident Ray Liberto, the vigil lasted about a half hour. Trinity Lutheran Church Rev. Paul Lutz opened the night with a benediction. The most touching part of the evening was the release of green and white balloons upon the reading of each victim's name by resident Drew Stockmal. Resident Lisa Patrick assisted with the balloons. "It was powerful, emotional night," said Liberto. "I thought, with the Facebook response, we would see 500, but think it was 400. We had 300 …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The law does not implement new restrictions on firearm sales or purchases.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A Brad Fox Law is headed for Gov. Tom Corbett's desk, though it's perhaps not the one some gun control advocates might hope for. House Bill 898, which imposes a mandatory minimum five-year sentence for the second and subsequent violations of the provisions of state law governing the sale of firearms, was unanimously passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. The law also permanently revokes any license to sell, import, or manufacture firearms from such violators. The bill, now known as the "Brad Fox Law," was passed by the state House in April 2011. State Representative Marcy Toepel (R-147), who introduced the bill, said it had taken on "new significance" in the wake of Fox's murder last month. Fox's apparent killer, Andrew Thomas, who was …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Emergency crews now cleared the area of Boyd and Swartley.
Update 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 Officials report that no one was harmed in an alleged shooting in Towamencin Township this night. A concerned neighbor called in a domestic dispute case in the area of Boyd Avenue and Swartley Road, Towamencin. Upon arrival, police report that they did not find a gun, nor could they corroborate the neighbor's story about a gun having gone off at all. Police said there was no said shooting after they'd investigated the scene. The report says that a male and female were fighting in that location. The neighbor called in during an altercation. The male suffered wounds and scratches, while the female in the area was taken into custody by Towamencin police, according to reports. Original story below: …
Residents and law enforcement joined in ushering slain Plymouth Police Officer Bradley Fox on his final journey.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
The body of slain Plymouth Police Officer Bradley Fox was transfered to Boyd-Horrox Funeral Home on Germantown Pike in East Norriton today via a procession of police and emergency vehicles. Patch reader Kathy Walsh was on hand to photograph several legs of the procession and agreed to share her photos. We're asking other readers to share their photos from any memorials for Officer Fox. This tragedy has touched many of us and as much as we may want to, we can't all attend every ceremony. With our readers help, maybe we can all feel a little closer to the rest of the community who are grieving the loss of a good man. Log into your Patch account and click on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button to add your own images and video.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Police are looking for three individuals in connection with the attempted robbery and shooting of a 32-year-old Lafayette Hill man.
Whitemarsh Police have released sketches and descriptions of three suspects in the Aug. 22 shooting of a resident on the 4100 block of Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill. Police reported that the 32-year-old man arrived at his home with a woman, also now considered a suspect, after meeting her in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, when two black males approached him and attempted to rob him. Police say that the man was shot twice in the attempted robbery, but was able to flee from his assailants through a thick brush in the back of the home. The suspects then reportedly fled the scene in a small white vehicle, possibly heading southbound on Joshua Road. The victim was driven by his mother to Chestnut Hill Hospital and eventually …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
After a deadly shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh Temple Sunday morning, the greater Philadelphia Sikh community calls for more gun control and cultural understanding.
This weekend, over 2,000 members of the Sikh community from the Philadelphia area and beyond came to Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill to participate in the Philadelphia Sikh Society’s (PSS) 12th annual Sikh Games of Philadelphia. According to Narinder Singh, secretary of the PSS, which is located in Millbourne, Delaware County, the festive two-day event draws members of the Sikh community from as far away as New York and Maryland. The Aug. 5 event at Bonner had participants of all ages playing volleyball, soccer, wrestling, races and the traditional "Kabbaddee," a tag-game similar to Jailbreak. "Our reason is to memorialize the Sikh martyrs," Dharam Singh Khalsa, a PSS founding member, said. He explained that the annual sporting…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler wrote about Marino's connection to a bomb found in Perkasie a day after Marino was killed in Sellersville
Law enforcement will never be 100 percent certain that a bomb found behind Sellersville Fire Company a day after Michael W. Marino Jr., 26, was killed by Officer Seth Mumbauer came from the victim. However, documents with Marino's name and address found with the bomb - along with other items found with the bomb and near the former sign factory where Marino was squatting - do substantiate Marino's alleged involvement. In his findings related to the result of investigation by Bucks County detectives into Marino's death, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler recounts what went down the day after on June 10. At 3 p.m., Sunday, June 10, an adult male approached Tyler Gray, a volunteer firefighter at Sellersville Fire Company, and told …
Officer Seth Mumbauer remains on leave through an internal investigation by Peraksie Borough Police
Seth Mumbauer, the Perkasie Borough Police officer who fired the fatal shot at Michael W. Marino June 9 in Sellersville, remains on administrative leave during an internal police department investigation, according to Bob Keeler of The Souderton Independent. Keeler's article states Mumbauer remains on leave, but Officer Steven Graff and Sgt. James Rothrock have retuned to duty. Perkasie Borough Police Chief Joseph Gura told Keeler that he could not comment on the findings of Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler because of pending litigation. He was quoted that he would start an investigation "to see if there's any violation of our general orders" and if discipline is needed against any of the officers. "After that is done, we will …