Sunday, April 21, 2013
Shawn P. Burns, of Lansdale, was cited after the Third Ave accident.
A Lansdale man was cited for careless driving after a three-car crash on Third Avenue in Trappe around 8:40 a.m. on April 11, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. Shawn Burns, 44, of Lansdale, allegedly caused the crash when he “took his attention off the road” while driving his Lexus on Third Avenue in Trappe and struck a Chrysler 300, Driven by Winston Small, of Pottstown, who was waiting behind Catherine Meeley, in a Ford Freestar, who was waiting to make a left onto College Avenue with a six-year-old passenger. Small’s vehicle went up onto the embankment of the right lane when trying to avoid Meeley’s vehicle; both Small and Meeley’s vehicles required towing from the scene, police said. There were no injuries reported, but the…
Monday, April 15, 2013
Paige Eberharter, 21, was the passenger in a Nissan Maxima driven by Nam Vu, 36, of East Norriton. Both were taken to Einstein Montgomery Medical Center for treatment of injuries.
Pennsylvania State Police said Paige Eberharter, 21, of North Wales, was injured in a crash April 13 at 3:16 a.m. on the 1000 block of Whitehall Road, Worcester. The driver of the 1996 Nissan Maxima was Nam Vu, 36, of East Norriton, police said. Vu was arrested on suspicion of DUI, police said. Police said Vu was traveling north on Whitehall Road, when he failed to negotiate the left curve in the road. The Nissan left the right side of the road and struck a guardrail with its front end, police said. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Police said Vu allegedly showed signs of impairment and was taken into custody for suspected DUI. Vu and Eberharter were taken via Plymouth EMS to Einstein Montgomery Medical Center for treatment of …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Pennsylvania State Police officer Morgan Crummy of Troop K will give the presentation.
Encore Experiences, located at 312 Alumni Ave. in Harleysville, will host a senior fraud prevention presentation, April 12, starting at 12:30 p.m. Pennsylvania State Police officer Morgan Crummy, or the Skippack station Troop K, is expected to give the presentation. According to Michele Ross, Encore Experiences program director, the presentation is designed for seniors, 55 or older, the general public is also invited to attend. “We want people to have a heads up,” Ross said. “This program is good for everyone.” Through her experience as program director at Encore Experiences, she notes that more and more seniors are becoming active and technologically familiar, allowing them also to be at risk for fraudulent crimes. “A lot of seniors are …
Friday, March 29, 2013
For some it's a holiday, but for state troopers, it is a time to gear up safety enforcement.
As many prepare for a long holiday weekend, the state's troopers are gearing up to keep the communities of Montgomery County safe. The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) have announced that the 2013 Easter holiday enforcement period will run from Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31. "During this time, extra efforts will be made to ensure citizens can safely travel along the Commonwealth’s highways given the increased volume of traffic associated with the holiday," said PSP media contact, Cpl. Gerard B. McShea. The Easter enforcement period can be a dangerous time in the area. In 2012, during the three-day Easter holiday enforcement period, the Pennsylvania State Police in Troop K, which covers highways in Philadelphia, Delaware and …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The State Police have complied with State Rep. Todd Stephens' request to have mental health records included in a national gun check database.
It took 18 months, but State Rep. Todd Stephens said the Pennsylvania State Police have begun sending the mental health records of people prohibited from buying firearms to a federal database. Stephens (R-151) of Horsham, has been working for a year and a half to prevent what he calls a “loophole” pertaining to the inclusion of mental health records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Without that inclusion, Stephens said anyone from Pennsylvania who has been involuntarily committed, or found to be mentally deficient - and thus ineligible to buy firearms - could travel to another state and buy a gun. Earlier this month, Stephens said he intended to introduce legislation that would require that the state's …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Skeletal remains found by worker assisting with Turnpike expansion
The skeletal remains of an unidentified person were discovered Thursday morning in a wooded area in Kulpsville, near the Lansdale interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's northeast extension. The body, which appears to be that of a male, was found by a Turnpike worker who had walked into the wooded area to urinate, according to Sergeant Andrew Skelton of the Pennsylvania State Police. Skelton said a handgun was found near the unburied body, which appeared to have been at the location for at least a year. The scene was "indicative of a suicide," Skelton said, but added that additional investigation would be necessary before a suicide could be confirmed. The body was dressed in Guess jeans and a Ralph Lauren shirt, police said. The person …
Friday, January 4, 2013
State Rep. Todd Stephens of Horsham plans to introduce legislation that would require the Pennsylvania State Police to upload information about people not legally permitted to buy guns in Pennsylvania into a national database.
As it stands now, anyone from Pennsylvania who has been involuntarily committed, or found to be mentally deficient - and thus ineligible to buy firearms - could travel to another state and buy a gun. State Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) of Horsham is looking to prevent what he calls a “loophole” pertaining to the inclusion of mental health records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). “What I’m proposing is already the law in 17 other states,” Stephens said. “I’ve been working on this initiative for a year and a half urging the state police to add this data to the national database.” Currently, the Pennsylvania State Police include mental health commitments in the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), according …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Four crashes were reportedly also alcohol related.
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Wednesday, January 2
Twelve people were arrested for impaired driving by Troop K of the Pennsylvania State Police over the New Year's Day holiday period, the agency said Wednesday. The Skippack-based troop said the 12 DUI arrests were made during "extra enforcement efforts" intended to "ensure citizens could travel safely along the Commonwealth's highways" during the holiday's increased traffic. Troop K covers highways in Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties, in addition to providing local law enforcement for municipalities without their own police departments. In addition to the arrests, the state police issued 469 citations and handled 45 crashes during the two-day holiday enforcement period. Four of the crashes were alcohol related, police said.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Timothy Paul Sell, 37, remains incarcerated at Montgomery County prison, awaiting a January 17 preliminary hearing. Sell allegedly shared child pornography using Vuze software on the BitTorrent network, police said
A Lansdale man has been arrested and charged by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Computer Crime Unit with 201 third-degree felony child sex abuse offenses, for allegedly sharing more than 3,000 child pornography videos over the Internet. Timothy Paul Sell, 37, of a second-floor apartment on the 100 block of East Main Street, is set to face the charges against him at a preliminary hearing on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. before District Judge Harold Borek. The 6 foot 1 inch-350 pound Sell remains incarcerated at Montgomery County prison, according to prison records. Bail was set by Borek at 10 percent of $50,000 cash at the Dec. 19 preliminary arraignment, according to court records. According to court records, Sell…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Montgomery Township Police K9 Officer Duke and handler Officer Daniel Rose allegedly found Jack McAfee, 29, hiding in an exterior storage bin at Del-Val International.
The building alarm went off at Del-Val International Truck on Bethlehem Pike on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:17 a.m., and K9 Duke and handler Officer Daniel Rose sprung into action. Duke got track of a scent at the 1034 Bethlehem Pike facility, and it led him to a metal storage container outside of the building. As Duke and Rose approached, 29-year-old Jack Lee McAfee, of Norristown, allegedly sprang up out of the container, hands up, police said. McAfee allegedly admitted to attempting to steal scrap metal from the same container, police said. Next to the container — 25 pieces of scrap metal, police said, that were allegedly removed by McAfee. Nearby, on the property, was McAfee's vehicle, with scrap metal in it, police said. McAfee was arrested…