Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A home on the unit block of West Basin Street was struck at least four times by gunfire last Thursday.
Norristown Police responded to a report of shots fired along the unit block of West Basin Street just before midnight on Thursday, May 9. A male resident of the home told police that he was sitting on his porch along with a female visitor when he observed a black male peek out from the side of his house at porch level, according to the report. The black male was described as wearing a black jacket with a fur-lined hood with a white bandana covering his face. The male resident quickly ran into his house, at which point witnesses stated they heard at least five shots, according to the report. The female visitor, who did not fully cooperate with police, ran away from the porch, leaving her wallet behind, the report states. Police on the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Police have identified the victim of last Friday's shooting; still searching for gunman.
The Norristown Police Department has announced the identity of the victim of the Friday afternoon shooting on Chain Street. According to the police report, an officer on patrol heard approximately 10 gun shots coming from the 600 block of Chain Street. After turning the corner from Marshall Street to Chain Street, the officer noticed a black male wearing a white t-shirt and shorts – identified as Melvin Butts, of Philadelphia – hobbling towards Oak Street while holding his left side. Butts was later airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he required surgery to repair a gunshot wound to his left abdomen and lung, police said. Butts reportedly told police that he didn't know who shot him, according to the report. …
Friday, May 10, 2013
One victim was airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania following an afternoon shooting on Chain Street.
A 22-year-old male was airlifted to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania following an early-afternoon shooting on the 600 block Chain Street. The shooting occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m., according to the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety website. Reports from the scene indicate that the victim sustained at least one gunshot wound to the side of his abdomen. He was having surgery as of 2 p.m. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. Stay tuned to the Norristown Patch as we continue to update this breaking story. Subscribe to our free daily newsletter | Follow us on Facebook | Follow us @NorristownPatch
Thursday, April 25, 2013
An officer was medevaced after being shot in the leg at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Plymouth Township
Norristown Police Sergeant Robert Langdon was medevaced from the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Plymouth Township Thursday morning afte he accidentally shot himself in the leg, according to officials. Reports from county radio indicate that an officer was shot "through the leg" shortly before 11 a.m., and emergency medical services were dispatched to the scene. Plymouth and Harmonville Fire Companies were seen leaving the facility after the helicopter, and Plymouth Police also on scene. A report from 6ABC states the Langdon, who was treated and discharged by 2:30 p.m., is a 20-year veteran and a supervisor with the Norristown Police Department.
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.
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 …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Kyree Wells is facing gun-related charges in connection with several shooting incidents in Norristown in December 2012.
A 21-year-old Norristown man wanted by police on receiving stolen property and gun-related charges, was taken into custody on Tuesday by Philadelphia Police. According to Norristown Police Det. Lt. Michael Crescitelli, Philadelphia officers were conducting a traffic stop on Kyree Wells when a routine check revealed the active warrant. Wells is also reportedly wanted by Montgomery County Adult Probation. Wells is believed to be involved in several shootings in Norristown in December 2012 and is facing firearm-related charges after police executing a search warrant on his home found guns, ammunition and drug paraphernalia, police said. He is currently being transported to Norristown for arraignment. According to Crescitelli, Wells was one of…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Norristown Police Chief Willie Richet reports that his officer responded to the scene and did not find evidence of a shooting. The scene is clear.
Norristown Police and emergency medical services responded to a call for a shooting at approximately 9:10 p.m. at the Norristown Transportation Center at Lafayette and Swede streets Wednesday night. Interim Police Chief Willie Richet reported that his officers arrived on the scene and found nothing to indicate a shooting or a victim. Officers cleared the call quickly. --- Original story: Details are few so far, but police and EMS have responded to a call at 9:10 p.m. for a shooting at the Norristown Transportation Center at Lafayette and Swede streets in Norristown. No official reports are available, but a call for an ambulance for one possible shooting victim could be heard on police radio. No word yet on the severity of the injury. …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Authorities say 18-year-old Andrew Tomlinson was the accomplice of Rontrey Wilkins, previously charged.
Authorities have arrested a second suspect in the Feb. 11 shooting death of 25-year-old Andrew Polen of West Norriton. Andrew Tomlinson, 18, is accused of being the accomplice of 18-year-old Rontrey Wilkins, who was charged the day after the killing. According to authorities, Wilkins, Tomlinson and a third unidentified male allegedly conspired to rob Polen and a friend during an attempt to settle a drug debt. Polen was shot during the failed robbery attempt and later pronounced dead at Mercy Suburban Hospital. An investigation of the shooting led authorities to Wilkins, who reportedly admitted his role in Polen's death when authorities interviewed him the next day. Wilkins is being charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder, …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Authorities mobilized the SWAT to apprehend Griffin, who they say was wanted in connection with several shooting incidents in Norristown, in an apartment in West Norriton.
Norristown and West Norriton Police departments mobilized in West Norriton on Friday evening and apprehended 25-year-old Tyrone Griffin, a.k.a. "T-Man." Griffin has an extensive criminal history reaching back to his teenage years and was wanted on several open warrants in connection with several shooting incidents in Norristown as well as other crimes. According to Detective Lt. Michael Crescitelli, officers were dispatched the area of Chain and Oak streets Friday night, Feb. 22 at approximately 5:30 p.m., for a report of shots fired. On the scene, witnesses told police that Griffin, known to police and wanted on local and county warrants, was involved in the incident. Witnesses reportedly identified the vehicle he was driving as a silver …