Sunday, March 10, 2013
Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue and a local Boy Scout Troop have joined the search.
Authorities are still searching for John Smith, the 73-year-old Norristown man who went missing early Thursday morning. Norristown Police are now being assisted by Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue (GPSR), a professional search team of trained men and women using canine partners and teams on bicycles. A local Boy Scout Troop has also joined the search effort. GPSR has set up a command center across from Norristown Municipal Hall at 235 East Airy Street. According to Mark Hopkins with GPSR, the group is searching wooded areas and parks again (the team was in town on Saturday doing the same) and is expanding the search to surrounding neighborhoods. Because Smith could still be moving, it's important to recheck areas that have been …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Authorities are still trying to locate 73-year-old John Smith, who went missing from his Arch Street home early Thursday morning.
Residents are seeing increased police presence on the streets of Norristown Friday morning, as officers scour the area for signs of John Smith, the 73-year-old man who went missing from his home in the 500 block of Arch Street early Thursday morning. Smith, who suffers from Alzheimer’s was last seen near his home at around 7 a.m. on Thursday morning and police have continued to search for him through the night. Smith is described as 6’ tall, 180 lbs. with salt and pepper hair. He was last seen wearing a black fleece sweatshirt and black pants. Smith usually wears eyeglasses. Anyone with information about Smith's possible whereabouts should contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
73-year-old John Smith has been missing from his home in the 500 block of Arch Street since early Thursday morning.
Norristown Police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Norristown resident. John Smith is a 73-year-old black male who suffers from Alzheimer’s. He went missing from his home in the 500 block of Arch Street at 7 a.m. Thursday morning. Smith is described as 6’ tall, 180 lbs. with salt and pepper hair. He was last seen wearing a black fleece sweatshirt and black pants. Smith usually wears eyeglasses. Anyone with information about Smith's possible whereabouts should contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Authorities recovered 30 shell casings from three different weapons at the scene.
Police are investigating a gun battle in the area of Arch and East Oak streets that erupted around midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 19, terrifying neighbors. According to Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono, officers responded to the scene at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday for a report of shots fired in the area. There, they recovered 30 spent shell casings from at least three different types of weapons. "[We recovered] .40 caliber shell casings, 9mm shell casings and a .380," said Chief Bono. "All semi-automatic handguns." No one was reported injured in the incident, but at least one home in the 700 block of Arch Street was damaged when a bullet entered a front window and struck a wall inside the home. Police reportedly have very little information…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The 24-year-old Desrivieres is charged in the stabbing deaths of two Norristown residents in June.
According to The Times Herald, accused murderer Luckenson Desrivieres may be facing death by lethal injection if he is convicted for for the murders of 23-year-old Marc Winchell Estiverne and 26-year-old Shamara Hill. Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Samantha Cauffman reportedly filed the notice of intent to seek the death penalty against the defendant on Monday. The bodies of Estiverne and Hill were discovered in a rooming house on the 1200 block of Arch Street on June 17 of this year. Both victims had been stabbed stabbed numerous times. Desrivieres was quickly linked to the crime and a month-long manhunt ended with is capture nearly a month later. He was found hiding under a box in the basement of a home in Irvington, New …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The owner of 801 Arch Street was requesting reinstatement of a mixed use variance that was lost when the building was condemned in May.
According to The Times Herald, Norristown's Zoning Hearing Board denied a request to reestablish a previously-held mixed-use variance on a property at 801 Arch Street after the variance was rescinded when the property was condemned earlier this year. The variance allowed for commercial use on the first floor (which previously held a beauty saloon and ice cream shop) and an apartment on the second floor. According to the Herald, Code Enforcement condemned the property for eight days in May for a new hot water heater that was failing to provide hot water to the second floor apartment. It was apparently condemned again in July for water in the basement and an insufficient exhaust pipe for the water heater. Owner James Reuben reportedly filed …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
The 24-year-old Desrivieres is accused of the vicious double murder of Marc Winchell Estiverne and Shamara Hill in June.
According to The Times Herald, accused murderer Luckenson Desrivieres may be facing the death penalty when he goes to trial for the murders of 23-year-old Marc Winchell Estiverne and 26-year-old Shamara Hill. The bodies of Estiverne and Hill were discovered in a rooming house on the 1200 block of Arch Street on June 17 of this year. Both victims had been stabbed stabbed numerous times. Desrivieres was quickly linked to the crime and a month-long manhunt ended with is capture nearly a month later. He was found hiding under a box in the basement of a home in Irvington, New Jersey. The state is reportedly considering asking for the death penalty for the 24-year-old Desrivieres. "These murders were premeditated, performed with specific intent …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Shawn Thomaston, Terrance Ferguson and Kenneth Ferguson are all currently being held in Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.
According to Philly.com, three of the suspects in the Aug. 7 shootout on East Moore Street are in custody and are being held in Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail. Shawn Thomaston, of East Moore Street, and Terrance Ferguson and Kenneth Ferguson, of Philadelphia, were all arraigned and are currently being held in Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail. Roderick Perry, of Norristown, was also arraigned but released on his own recognizance so he could continue to be treated for his injuries. Shenequa Tensley, whose home was the scene of the abduction that precipitated the shootout is facing a summons on drug charges unrelated to the shootout. Read more about the incident and the case against the …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Police say the violence erupted over an attempt to collect a $22,000 debt.
According to Norristown Police Chief Russell J. Bono, four men and one woman are facing charges stemming from the shoot out that erupted in the 300 block of Moore Street in the early-morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 7. Terrance Ferguson, his brother Kenneth Ferguson, of Philadelphia, and Shawn Thomaston, of Norristown, are being charged with criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, kidnapping, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats, simple assault and criminal conspiracy for their violent attempt to collect a debt from Roderick Perry, of Norristown. Perry is facing drug-related charges for sales and possession stemming from a separate incident not related to the shootout. Also facing charges is Shenequa Tensley, of …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
One man is in custody and three are in the hospital with injuries resulting from a shoot out on the 300 block of Moore Street early Tuesday morning.
Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono released details of the investigation so far into the early morning shoot out that rocked the neighborhood on the 300 block of East Moore Street Tuesday morning. According to Chief Bono, an officer leaving the station shortly before 5 a.m. this morning heard shots in the vicinity of East Moore and Arch streets and ran to investigate. On the scene, officers discovered the body of a black male lying in the street with a gunshot would to the torso. Two additional injured men were discovered in a nearby home that was riddled with bullet holes from the shoot out. The three men were flown to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where their conditions are still unknown. At least one of the victims is…