Sunday, April 21, 2013
Firefighters responded to a fire in a home on Marshall Street just before 1 p.m. Sunday and discovered the children trapped inside.
OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Norristown Fire Department responded to a report of a building fire just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. On the scene at the 100 block of East Marshall Street, firefighters witnessed smoke coming from the rear of the building and forced entry, finding two small children trapped inside, according to the Norristown Fire Department's website. Witnesses on the scene at the time say the children emerged from the home seemingly unharmed, but Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell told The Times Herald that paramedics had determined the children suffered injuries consistent with smoke inhalation, including "thermal burns to the esophagus." The children were taken by helicopter to the Children's Hospital of …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Blue Bell-based Correctional Medical Care Inc. is being investigated by New York's Attorney General in connection with the deaths of nine inmates who reportedly received substandard medical care.
The Attorney General of New York has announced that his office has launched an investigation into the deaths of nine inmates over a three-year span after critical reports by the New York Commission of Correction (COC) regarding the prison medical care provided by Blue Bell-based Correctional Medical Care Inc. (CMC) . In an article by Steve Reilly at the Ithaca Journal, CMC repeatedly defends the care they provide, but Reilly cites reports by the COC's Medical Review Board which state that CMC had at least "some level of fault" in the deaths of nine inmates. Some reports go as far as recommending county-level inquiries to decide if CMC is fit to provide care, the report states. CMC was founded in May of 2001 by Emre Umar, whom the report …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Few details are available, but police have confirmed they responded to a report of a shooting in the West End Wednesday night.
Patch readers have been reporting hearing shots fired sometime Wednesday night in the 600 block of Astor Street and a rumor of at lest two people injured. Few official details are available, but the Norristown Police Department has confirmed that officers responded to the 600 block of Astor Street sometime around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night for a report of shots fired and they are multiple victims in the incident. The incident is under investigation and police have declined to comment further.
Monday, April 8, 2013
'Operation Walled-In' leads to the arrest of six people, including two from Pottstown and two from the Norristown area.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has announced the arrest six people stemming from a target-specific wiretap investigation titled "Operation Walled In." Earlier this year, an investigation began into 26-year-old Ryan Gavlick, of Pottstown, whom authorities describe as the leader of a sophisticated drug trafficking organization. The investigation documented Gavlick's use – under the alias "Paul Wall" – of more than 14 cell phones, which they claimed were used to elude law enforcement. Click here to read about Gavlick's prior criminal history Utilizing an updated wiretap law that was passed in December of 2012, investigators were able to secure a court order authorizing a target-specific wiretap of Ryan Gavlick on Feb. 28. …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Both Quinn and Dr. Diane Barrie, the district’s Director of Curriculum, have resigned amid allegations the two were engaged in a relationship in violation of the Pennsylvania Public School Code.
Methacton School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy J. Quinn has resigned from his position, effective immediately. The announcement was made at Tuesday night's school board meeting. Quinn, who was hired as the Methacton superintendent in 2008, was at the center of a scandal in recent months for an alleged relationship he was having with Dr. Diane Barrie, the district’s director of curriculum. Barrie also resigned, effective June 13, according to The Times Herald. The district issued the following statement regarding Quinn's resignation: The Methacton School District has accepted the resignation of Dr. Timothy Quinn, Superintendent of the School District, effective Tuesday, March 26th, for personal reasons. The resignation follows the …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
No charges have been filed yet in the Monday afternoon crash that took the life of a 40-year-old woman while she was jogging in Limerick Township.
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Tuesday, March 5
District Attorney Risa Ferman's office has begun an investigation into a fatal crash that took the life of a 40-year-old woman on Monday. Merinda Thompson was jogging when she was struck from behind by a green Ford Focus driven by an unidentified 18-year-old man. Visit Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch for full coverage.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Multiple sources say Philadelphia narcotics officer Gerald Gibson has been put on administrative leave.
Last updated 6:20 p.m. Multiple news outlets are reporting that the son-in-law of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police. Sources tell NBC10 that Gerald Gibson, a narcotics officer, has been placed on administrative leave. Police reportedly issued a brief statement about an officer being removed from his duties after a joint investigation by the FBI and Internal Affairs. The officer was not reportedly identified and has not been arrested or charged with a crime. WPVI-TV (6 ABC) reported that Gibson was allegedly found in possession of marked money that was used during a police sting operation. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that according to its sources in…
A woman claims she was accosted by an unknown male late Wednesday night in the 400 block of Buttonwood Street.
Norristown Police are currently investigating an attempted rape reported to them by a female victim late Wednesday night. According to authorities, the woman told police that she was walking with her two-year-old daughter west on Airy Street at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, when she became aware that she was being followed by an unidentified male. The woman reportedly turned south on Buttonwood Street and the suspect allegedly ran up to them and pushed them both into Butz alley and threw them both ground. The woman alleged the man began to grab her, ripping her shirt and trying to remove her pants while she struggled to fight him off. The suspect reportedly fled east through Butz Alley when the woman and her daughter began…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Methacton Area School District is paying legal counsel $150 per hour to consult in investigation of alleged liaison between superintendent and curriculum director.
The Methacton School Board has appointed special outside legal counsel to advise it in an investigation of claims that Methacton School District superintendent Dr. Timothy Quinn and Dr. Diane Barrie, the district’s Director of Curriculum have engaged in inappropriate behavior concerning an alleged relationship between the two. The legal counsel was appointed at the Oct. 23 regular meeting and the school district has since issued a statement on the district website regarding the matter. According to the statement, the board was aware of allegations against Quinn and Barrie on Oct. 19, and appointed Frank Bartle, the managing partner at Dischell, Bartle and Dooley in Lansdale, as the special counsel on Oct. 25. A district spokesperson said …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Ryan Ladson-Singleton, 21, was shot and killed in the 600 block of Green Street in the early morning hours of Oct. 20.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono have announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the homicide of 21-year-old Ryan Ladson-Singleton on Saturday, Oct. 20. Ladson-Singleton was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Saturday in the 600 block of Green Street in Norristown. Police arrived on the scene shortly after 2 a.m. that morning and discovered Ladson-Singleton lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and torso. He was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead. Authorities say witnesses and members of the community with …