Friday, April 5, 2013
Risa Ferman says it could reduce violence in Montco.
Friday, April 5
Delaware Valley politicians ban together to fight to get tougher gun laws. The district attorneys in the Greater Philadelphia area have put their heads together to find ways to restrict illegal weapons in the region. Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney, told Nesworks that "the legislation could also help reduce violence in [Montgomery County] areas." According to a report by WHYY, Ferman has "joined a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers to discuss new state legislation setting a mandatory minimum two-year sentence for illegally carrying a firearm in Philadelphia." To read the full report and all the bill entails, visit the Newsworks story here.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The suspects were reportedly taken into custody by Philadelphia Police Sunday morning.
Patch readers reported a shooting at the American Best Value Hotel in the 800 block of West Main Street in Norristown early Sunday morning. According to 6ABC Action News, the shooting was in connection with a robbery in front of the hotel at approximately 1:20 a.m. The victim was approached by three men in front of the hotel and during the course of the robbery, one of the men fired a shotgun and the shot grazed the victim's head. The three robbers then fled the scene in a green Volkswagon Jetta Norristown authorities notified Philadelphia Police who located the vehicle and took the men into custody. See the Action News report in the video above for more details. The condition of the victim is unknown at this time. Patch will update this …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sixteen-year-old Angela Vega-Yohn has been missing since Tuesday.
The Montgomery County ReadyNotifyPA system issued an alert on Thursday about a missing teenage girl being sought by Philadelphia Police. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 16-year-old Angela Vega-Yohn was last seen on Tuesday, March 19. Authorities believe she may still be in the area, though she may also be traveling to Virginia. She may also be in need of medical attention. Vega-Yohn is described as 5'1" tall, 175 lbs with brown eyes and dyed blond hair. She was last seen wearing black jeans, a burgundy shirt with orange writing on it and a black Dickies-brand jacket. Anyone with information about Vega-Yohn's whereabouts is asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department at 1-215-686-3244 or the National …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Alexis Scott, 20, of Norristown, was arrested along with an unidentified teen in a Philadelphia hotel.
According to Fox29, Philadelphia Police arrested 20-year-old Alexis Scott, of Norristown, and an unidentified 15-year-old girl in a prostitution bust in the North American Motor Lodge on the 4000 block of City Avenue in Philadelphia last Thursday. The teen allegedly solicited an undercover officer at the hotel. The pair are reportedly facing prostitution and drug-related charges. According to court records, Scott was remanded to Riverside Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 22. Read more about the case here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The trip, organized by Taria Mayo-Giddings and Danielle Marshall, introduced a group of kids from Norristown and Pottstown to the consequences of street violence.
"You live by the sword, you die by the sword." That's what Taria Mayo-Giddings wanted kids to take away from their trip this past Saturday to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Mayo-Giddings and Danielle Marshall organized the trip in connection with the hospital's Cradle2Grave program, a violence-prevention program that introduces at-risk youth to the visceral consequences of gun violence. Several dozen students joined the adults, along with other community activists and Municipal Council President Gary Simpson, to tour the hospital and talk with doctors about what happens to a person when they come to the hospital with a gun shot wound or other serious violence-related trauma. Mayo-Giddings hoped that showing the kids what …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Philadelphia-born, Jenkintown-raised Cooper is up for Best Actor.
As viewers make the popcorn and snuggle up on the couch, Bradley Cooper is likely checking his tux, checking the limo times and stretching for a long walk down the red carpet. The Oscars are this Sunday. The awards will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on ABC. Up for best actor is the Montgomery County-born and -raised Bradley Cooper. His work in "Silver Linings Playbook" has helped to net the flick eight nominees including best actor, best actress (his co-star Jennifer Lawrence), best picture and best director (David O. Russell). The Philadelphia-based flick was a nice return home for the local man, who grew up in Jenkintown and graduated from Germantown Academy. He said he is looking forward to Oscar night, but win or lose is proud of the movie. "I …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Planning a wedding in the Philadelphia region? The TLC show 'Four Weddings' is casting couples.
TLC is casting for their show "Four Weddings" in the Philadelphia area. Whether you're planning a large extravagant wedding, or a small intimate affair, brides that are planning a wedding within an hour of Philadelphia and through May 2013 "are asked to meet the show’s casting directors at the Philadelphia Bridal Expo on the Delaware," according to an article in the Pottstown Mercury. The Expo will be held on Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Brides who are chosen to appear on the show have the chance to win a fantasy honeymoon if their wedding is voted the best of all four presented in an hourlong episode." Learn more about the casting and the bridal show here.
Connecticut's James "The Bear" McDonald pulls out a narrow victory over the three-time champ.
Philadelphia's championship drought has spread to yet another sport: New Englander James "The Bear" McDonald pulled off an upset victory in Wing Bowl 21, edging three-time champ Jonathan “Super” Squibb to take the title. One of five out-of-town ringers brought in to challenge Squibb, McDonald lived up to his bidding as the 2012 All Pro Eating Rookie of the Year and fulfilled his prediction he would out-eat Squibb for the title. “This wasn’t necessarily as intimidating as I thought, but the final result was a lot closer than I thought it would be,” McDonald said amid a rain of boos from a drunkenly partisan crowd. “I had to really push it.” McDonald built a slim lead heading into the finals and held off Squibb and Dave “U.S. Male” Goldstein…
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…
Friday, January 25, 2013
Kyante Marquel Blakely reportedly pleaded guilty to robbery, assault and weapons charges stemming from a series of incidents on Aug. 27.
According to The Times Herald, a Philadelphia man testified that he was high on PCP the night he made several violent, but unsuccessful, robbery attempts in West Norriton and Norristown in August of 2012. Twenty one-year-old Kyante Marquel Blakely, reportedly pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbery, aggravated assault and related firearms charges in a Montgomery County Court. According to police records, Blakely had attempted to rob two Papa Guido's pizza delivery men making a delivery in West Norriton late Tuesday night, Aug. 27, 2012, but the men drove off as the masked and armed Blakely approached their car. Blakely reportedly managed to fire off a shot and hit the car as the men drove away. Blakely was already a suspect in that crime when a …