Friday, February 1, 2013
Jennifer Lawson of The Reporter wrote that there are no plans for armed guards or school police officers
Friday, February 1
Weeks after a North Penn School District school safety forum — and in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut — North Penn School District’s Safe Schools Committee proposed $150,000 in security upgrades Thursday night, according to Jennifer Lawson of The Reporter. Proposed upgrades include more cameras, portable radios and card swipe and buzzer systems, according to Lawson. There is no plan for armed guards or school police officers, Lawson wrote. Costs for the upgrades would come from the capital budget, according to the article. Research and input from law enforcement, administrators and parents is necessary before upgrades are implemented, Lawson wrote. Read more at this link.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
If you can run, run. If you can't run, hide. If you have to, fight.
Thursday, January 24
The recent mass shooting incidents at Connecticut elementary school, a Colorado movie theater, and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, among other places, have made a once-unlikely question relevant: What should you do if someone comes into your workplace, school, or public venue and starts randomly shooting at people? The three-part answer, according to the Department of Homeland Security, is Run, Hide, Fight. If you can get out of the building or the vicinity of the shooter, do so. If you can't, hide. If you can't run or hide, as a last resort, resolve to incapacitate the shooter through any means necessary. The video above, produced last summer by the City of Houston (Tx.) Mayor's Office, was shared by the Limerick Township Police Department on…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Students told faculty they had seen an armed man in a ski mask.
A man who was out jogging is believed to have been the cause of a lockdown at West Broad Street Elementary School in Franconia on Thursday afternoon, police said. The school was placed on lockdown at about 1:40 p.m. after three fourth-grade students on the school's playground reported seeing a man in a black sweater and black-hooded mask with a gun along a nearby tree line. Franconia Township Police Chief Joseph Kozeniewski said authorities were "confident" that the children had mistaken the unidentified jogger for the armed person. "We are not sure where [the children] came up with the idea of a man carrying a gun," Kozeniewski said. The neighborhoods and streets adjacent to the 530 student, K-5 school were cordoned off as North Penn …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Superintendent Curt Dietrich will discuss security plans and protocols with residents on Jan. 7 at 6:45 p.m. at North Penn High School
Monday, December 24, 2012
In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, North Penn School District has begun scrutinizing its security and intruder drills at each school. According to Jennifer Lawson of The Reporter, North Penn will be boosting its security at school entrances. It is also planning on increasing the number of intruder drills from two per year. Superintendent Curt Dietrich will discuss security plans and protocols with parents and taxpayers at a community forum on Jan. 7 at 6:45 p.m. in North Penn High School’s auditorium. Read more of Lawson’s story on North Penn security assessment at this link. Dietrich issued a statement on North Penn’s security in the wake of the Newtown tragedy on North Penn’s website: Good Afternoon, Since …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
West Ward residents, led by Ray Liberto, organized a candlelight vigil for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary in Railroad Plaza in Lansdale Sunday night, where each victim's name was read and a balloon released in their honor
It was the definition of "community." Organized by the west ward neighborhood in Lansdale, more than 100 citizens came together at Railroad Plaza in the borough Sunday night — candles aflame — for a vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT. Led by resident Ray Liberto, the vigil lasted about a half hour. Trinity Lutheran Church Rev. Paul Lutz opened the night with a benediction. The most touching part of the evening was the release of green and white balloons upon the reading of each victim's name by resident Drew Stockmal. Resident Lisa Patrick assisted with the balloons. "It was powerful, emotional night," said Liberto. "I thought, with the Facebook response, we would see 500, but think it was 400. We had 300 …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Attendees are asked to bring candles and sing along with Christmas songs at Railroad Plaza at 6 p.m.
The tragedy in Newtown, CT has affected citizens in the North Penn area in some way, be it a family or friend connection or the ongoing debate and fervor over gun control. Lansdale residents in the West Ward have organized a candlelight vigil for Sunday night to honor the teachers and children killed in the school shooting. The vigil begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 23 at Railroad Plaza in Lansdale. West ward resident Ray Liberto said the neighborhood wants the "area to light up the sky and fill the town with song." The idea is for people to bring candles, light each one and sing Christmas songs while focusing on the emotions in the fallout from the Connecticut tragedy. "We will have a lot of candles, and people should bring candles themselves. …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
John Sambath, 19, of S. 15th Street, allegedly shot a man in Wedgewood in Lansdale in September 2011. Christian Vietri, 21, of S. 11th Street, remains at large
Two Philadelphia men have been charged — but one remains at large — for their alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting in the Wedgewood development in Lansdale in September 2011. John Sambath, 19, of the 1600 block of S. 15th St., and Christian Vietri, 21, of the 1200 block of S. 11th St., were involved in the shooting on the 900 block of Wedgewood Drive on Sept. 4, 2011, police said. Sambath has been arraigned and awaits a preliminary hearing for Jan. 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Lansdale district court. He faces a felony criminal attempted homicide charge for allegedly shooting a man outside a home in Wedgewood in Lansdale. Vietri remains at large, but is expected to turn himself in to police, police said. On Dec. 5, 2012, Sambath was …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A warrant has been filed for the arrest of John Sambath, 19, of Philadelphia, on 24 criminal offenses, including felony criminal homicide, in connection with his alleged involvement in a shooting September 4, 2011 in the Wedgewood development in Lansdale
Lansdale Police have a warrant filed for the arrest of John Sambath, 19, of Philadelphia, who is the alleged shooter in a September 4, 2011 shooting in the Wedgewood development of the borough. According to Matt Coughlin of The Intelligencer, Sambath allegedly shot a now 19-year-old man in the shoulder during an altercation in the neighborhood of Moyers Road. According to court records, Sambath, of Asian nationality, is charged with 24 criminal offenses: felony criminal homicide, felony burglary, felony criminal trespass, two counts of felony aggravated assault, felony carrying a firearm without a license, felony discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, six misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, misdemeanor criminal …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The law does not implement new restrictions on firearm sales or purchases.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A Brad Fox Law is headed for Gov. Tom Corbett's desk, though it's perhaps not the one some gun control advocates might hope for. House Bill 898, which imposes a mandatory minimum five-year sentence for the second and subsequent violations of the provisions of state law governing the sale of firearms, was unanimously passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. The law also permanently revokes any license to sell, import, or manufacture firearms from such violators. The bill, now known as the "Brad Fox Law," was passed by the state House in April 2011. State Representative Marcy Toepel (R-147), who introduced the bill, said it had taken on "new significance" in the wake of Fox's murder last month. Fox's apparent killer, Andrew Thomas, who was …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Emergency crews now cleared the area of Boyd and Swartley.
Update 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 Officials report that no one was harmed in an alleged shooting in Towamencin Township this night. A concerned neighbor called in a domestic dispute case in the area of Boyd Avenue and Swartley Road, Towamencin. Upon arrival, police report that they did not find a gun, nor could they corroborate the neighbor's story about a gun having gone off at all. Police said there was no said shooting after they'd investigated the scene. The report says that a male and female were fighting in that location. The neighbor called in during an altercation. The male suffered wounds and scratches, while the female in the area was taken into custody by Towamencin police, according to reports. Original story below: …