Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Police from multiple jurisdictions quickly joined the pursuit, which eventually ended when the vehicle was stopped in Lower Providence.
A Whitpain man is facing numerous criminal charges after he allegedly led police on a late night vehicle chase from Whitemarsh to Lower Providence. On April 19 at 12:38 a.m., an officer from Whitpain Township saw a heavily damaged tan Chevy driving westbound on Skippack Pike. The vehicle had no working headlights, and parts of the vehicle were dragging in the roadway, according to the report. When the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver reportedly waved an unknown object inside of the car and refused to pull over. Police from multiple jurisdictions quickly joined the pursuit, which eventually ended when the vehicle was stopped in Lower Providence. At the scene, the driver – identified as Michael Williams, 46, of the …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Authorities believe the identity-theft devices were identified and removed quickly.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, January 24
ATM skimmers ― illicit devices that blend into a cash machine's card slot, then record bank card info for later retrieval by a thief ― were found on two bank ATMs in Montgomery County earlier this month. PhillyBurbs.com reports that the devices were found on Jan. 5 and 6 on the ATMs of Wells Fargo branches on Skippack Pike in Whitpain and Whitemarsh townships. Authorities believe that the devices were discovered quickly and that no customer accounts were compromised. Other skimmers have recently been found on ATMs in Bucks County and in Medford, NJ. Security expert Brian Krebs told KYW Newsradio that ATM skimmers are growing increasingly sophisticated and difficult to spot. One way to defend yourself, Krebs said, is to shield your PIN …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A water main break in the Whitemarsh area shut down Butler Pike near Ridge Pike on New Year's Day.
A water main break early Tuesday morning shut down Butler Pike near Ridge Pike, according to Whitemarsh Police. The break occurred at about 8 a.m. on New Year's Day, but the reason is currently unknown. Aqua PA representatives said it was a 12-inch cast-iron main that broke, causing outages in Whitemarsh, Plymouth, Whitpain, East Norriton, and Norristown, according to FOX Philly. Part of the roadway also buckled under the weight of the heavy, flood-like waters, and a Whitemarsh Police dispatcher told Patch they expect the road to be closed for an "extended period of time." Aqua PA representatives told FOX that service should be returned to some customers within the day. Head to FOX Philly for video of the break.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Officials believe the Oct. 27 fire was caused by a space heater.
The house fire that claimed the life of a Conshohocken woman and injured her husband late last month was likely an accident, Whitemarsh Fire Marshal Scott Lynch told Patch. Barbara Conicello, 71, lost her life in the blaze, while her husband James Conicello, 70, was taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital for the treatment of burn injuries. Although Lynch's office is still finalizing its official report, as are county and state investigators, Lynch said it appeared that the fire was started by a space heater that was placed too closely to furniture on the first floor of the home. Firefighters originally responded to the house, located at 367 Roberts Avenue in Whitemarsh's Cedar Heights neighborhood, on the afternoon of Oct. 27, and located James …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Emergency personnel responded to the office building Wednesday morning.
A generator caused a small fire at a Verizon office building in northern Whitemarsh Township Wednesday morning, Oct. 31. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported in the incident, authorities say. The Barren Hill Fire Company responded to the commercial area of Campus Drive, near the intersection of Butler Pike and Militia Hill Road, at approximately 9:55 a.m. after a generator in the back of the building caught fire. Police said the building's fire systems put out whatever flames there were, and fire personnel had left the scene by about 10:40 a.m. after securing the scene. Police were unsure if the building was using generators due to a power outage.
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 transferred …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The crew is filming at 'Arbor Hill,' the 70-acre Dennis Alter estate.
Area star watchers be alert: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, and a host of other Hollywood stars will likely be hanging around the area for the next few days. The famous actors are in town to shoot a scene for the movie 'Paranoia,' a thriller slated for release in September 2013. Residents of Sheaff Lane in the Ambler section of Whitemarsh got a letter in their mailbox on Wednesday, letting them know that the production might disrupt traffic as it films on Thursday, Friday and Monday. The letter is as courteous as can be, stating that staff members will be working closely with Whitemarsh Police and consider themselves guests of the neighborhood, promising to minimize disturbance and help with deliveries or handicap…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Emergency dispatchers for the county used alternate means to communicate with local law enforcement Wednesday because of inoperable Verizon T-1 lines.
According to The Times Herald, police and fire departments in Norristown, Plymouth and Whitemarsh had difficulties communicating with Montgomery County dispatchers Wednesday, due to several Verizon T-1 lines that failed and cut off connectivity with four county radio towers. Verizon was reportedly working on the problem, which county officials say started with a main circuit located in Wayne. Residents in Montgomery County, in addition to Delaware and Chester counties, also were reportedly affected with a total loss of telephone and internet service. "We do know there have not been any bad outcomes because of this, and we are using alternative methods to communicate," Montgomery County Communications Director Frank Custer told the Herald…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Road to be widened and undergo other improvements between Norristown and Philadelphia.
Long-time area residents may recall a series of public information sessions in the late 1990s regarding proposed improvements and repairs to Ridge Pike, where traffic congestion has been a major issue for as long as almost anyone can remember. Stuck in planning purgatory for years, the project finally received an official green light last month as part of Montgomery County's nearly $150 million capital project plan. Phase 1 of the project will widen Ridge Pike between the Norristown borough line and Butler Pike in Plymouth Township. Phase 2 will continue the improvements eastward through Whitemarsh Township to the Philadelphia city line, providing for an additional lane in each direction. Turning lanes will be added to many intersections …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
William Schellinger was arrested for allegedly touching five former students.