Friday, May 24, 2013
The Mother's Day fire at 189 and 185 Wissahickon Avenue displaced, among others, a single mother and her two sons.
Upper Gwynedd Township Fire Marshal Jeffrey Tomczak could find no specific point of origin for the fire that damaged 189 and 185 Wissahickon Avenue twin home on the night of Mother’s Day. The May 12 fire displaced a single mother and her two sons. According to the marshal’s report, there “were two items that were unable to be ruled out as potential causes of the fire.” Tomczak reported that there was no malice intended on the part of any involved parties. This means the origin is “undetermined” and the cause of the fire was accidental, according to the report.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Operation 'Weed Whacker' nets eight arrests, four firearms, over $700,000 in cash and 400 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has announced eight arrests in connection with Operation "Weed Whacker," which sought to bring down a multimillion-dollar marijuana trafficking ring. According to the press release, the DA's Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) began an investigation in September of 2012 into the trafficking of high-grade marijuana in Whitpain Township. Two months into the investigation, detectives learned that hundreds of pounds of marijuana were being distributed throughout southeastern Pennsylvania by two brothers, identified as Dennis Frederick, 40, of Delaware County, and Jeffrey Frederick, 32, of Philadelphia, the release states. Through the use of wiretaps, investigators tied the Frederick brothers' to …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Six people, including four from Montco, were arrested and charged following a target-specific wiretap investigation.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has announced the arrest of six people stemming from a target-specific wiretap investigation titled "Operation Walled In." In total, law enforcement recovered more than 50 pounds of marijuana, $23,248 in cash, four vehicles and two weapons. Charges for the six people range from corrupt organization to drug and weapons charges. Members of the Montgomery County Detectives, the Pennsylvania State Police, and officers from the Upper Dublin, Hatfield, Upper Providence, West Norriton, Upper Merion, Plymouth Township, Norristown and Pottstown Police departments participated in the investigation. To read the full story on Patch, click here.
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.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Authorities obtained surveillance camera video of a red Nissan Maxima picking up the unidentified individuals wanted in the January home invasion killing.
A red Nissan Maxima picked up the unidentified individuals wanted in connection with the Jan. 18 home invasion killing of a local businessman, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Wednesday. Authorities want to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle that morning around 10 a.m. behind Quakertown Plaza Shopping Center on the 1400 block of West Broad Street in Quakertown. "If (the video and photos) ring any bells at all, call 215-453-6011," said Heckler. "The most striking thing (of the vehicle) is the shortness of the trunk lid in proportion to the rest of the vehicle. Certainly, we are interested in information from people who saw it that day." Joseph Canazaro, 48, was killed in his Hilltown home at 321 Swartley Road …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Hilltown Township Police and Bucks County District Attorney's Office will ask the public's help for information developed during the murder investigation in January
Hilltown Township Police and the Bucks County District Attorney's Office are seeking the public's assistance for information on the murder of Joseph Canazaro on January 18 in Hilltown. Hilltown Township Police Chief Christopher Englehart and District Attorney David Heckler will hold a press conference at noon at the Hilltown Township Police Building to "ask the public’s assistance for information developed during the investigation" of the home invasion and murder of Canazaro, according to a press release. Canazaro, 48, was killed in his home at 321 Swartley Road on the morning of Jan. 18, where he resided with his girlfriend and two children. Canazaro was the co-owner of Finn McCool's Tavern in Ambler Borough. The suspects were described …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Towamencin Township Police are investigating the burglaries at Sotter Apartments, which occurred Friday, Feb. 8
Towamencin Township Police are investigating three attempted burglaries of three separate apartments at Sotter Apartments, 1211 Allentown Road, police said. The attempted burglaries occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 8, 2013, police said. Entry was attempted by either cutting or prying exterior window screens to the apartments. Entry was not made to any of the apartments, police said. Call Towamencin Township Police at 215-368-7606 with any information about the incidents.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Police said entry was made through a ground-level basement window between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Jan. 31
Towamencin Township Police are investigating a residential burglary that occurred Jan. 31 between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on the 2000 block of Kriebel Road. Guns and an unspecified amount of jewelry were taken in the reported burglary, police said. Forced entry was made through a ground-level basement window, police said. Call Towamencin Police at 215-368-7606 with any information on the burglary.
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…