RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:18:25 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Route 422 restrictions at Route 363 Interchange in Montco for overhead bridge construction]]> KING OF PRUSSIA >> Daytime lane closures will be in place next week on Route 422 at the Route 363 (Trooper Road) Interchange in West Norriton and Lower Providence townships, Montgomery County, for overhead bridge construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

Weather permitting, 422's eastbound left lane will be closed Feb.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:16:29 -0500 2015-01-29T11:16:29-05:00 2015-01-29T11:16:29-05:00
<![CDATA[Ex-troop leader for Upper Providence Scouts accused of $10K theft]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Lansdale woman who led Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops based in Upper Providence faces charges she allegedly has "stolen from children" to the tune of more than $10,000.

Heather Lynn Belford, 30, of the 300 block of West Mount Vernon Avenue, Lansdale, was arraigned Wednesday before District Court Judge Cathleen Kelly-Rebar in Collegeville on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and access device fraud in connection with thefts that allegedly occurred between April and June 2014.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:05:38 -0500 2015-01-29T11:05:38-05:00 2015-01-29T11:05:38-05:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Dr. Valerie Arkoosh to take Leslie Richards' spot on Montgomery County Board of Commissioners]]> NORRISTOWN >> Judges of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Springfield Township Democrat Dr. Valerie Arkoosh to fill the vacant spot left by Leslie Richards on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

President Judge William Furber Jr. confirmed the vote for Arkoosh, 54, just after 1 p.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:55:49 -0500 2015-01-29T10:55:49-05:00 2015-01-29T10:55:49-05:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center]]> EAST NORRITON >> Is your "next" a torqued-up, tire-melting icon of speed and style, a granola-crunching power train, or a hard-working, two-ton pickup truck?

If your next dream machine isn't waiting for your blessing at the Philadelphia Auto Show -- which runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center -- well, they just haven't made it yet.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:38:25 -0500 2015-01-29T10:38:25-05:00 2015-01-29T10:38:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Bomb threat forces evacuation of courthouse]]> According to Frank Custer, director of communications of Montgomery County, a bomb threat was sent to the county courthouse Thursday morning shortly before 9 a.m.

The swearing-in ceremony for Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh was moved to a different location because of the threat.

The Times Herald will continue to update this story as details become available.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:20:43 -0500 2015-01-29T10:20:43-05:00 2015-01-29T10:20:43-05:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Congressman Ryan Costello appointed to serve on two subcommittees]]> WASHINGTON >> Congressman Ryan Costello, R-6th of West Chester, was selected to serve on two subcommittees under the House Committee of Veterans' Affairs.

Costello will join the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) and Economic Opportunity subcommittees geared toward aiding returning veterans.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:18:50 -0500 2015-01-28T16:18:50-05:00 2015-01-28T16:18:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Berks County man draws jail time for illegal possession of gun in Limerick]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Reading man will be under court supervision for several years after he admitted to illegally possessing a handgun taken from a Limerick residence he had been visiting.

Henry Trafton Tenney IV, 24, who most recently listed an address in the 1000 block of Fairview Road in Reading, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 11 ½ to 23 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of persons not to possess a firearm in connection with the February 2014 incident in Limerick.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:09:06 -0500 2015-01-28T13:09:06-05:00 2015-01-28T13:09:06-05:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono announces bid for election]]> NORRISTOWN >> Ten months after being appointed and sworn in to the post, Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono announced on Monday that he will be seeking election for a four-year term to the post.

"We come here today to announce my candidacy for the office of the Sheriff of Montgomery County," Bono said in front of the grand staircase in the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:07:44 -0500 2015-01-28T13:07:44-05:00 2015-01-28T13:07:44-05:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Becker to seek 4th term as Montco recorder of deeds]]> NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Nancy Becker, who has held the office for the past 12 years, has announced she will seek re-election to a fourth term.

"Under my direction, the (Office Recorder of Deeds) has been nationally recognized for its ever increased efficiencies, state of the art," Becker said in a prepared statement.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:02:35 -0500 2015-01-28T13:02:35-05:00 2015-01-28T13:02:35-05:00
<![CDATA[Report: Pennsylvania must improve its highway safety laws]]> Pennsylvania is "advancing but has numerous gaps in its highway safety laws" that result in preventable deaths, injuries and costs, according to a newly issued report.

According to the 54-page "Lethal Loopholes" -- the title of the 12th annual examination of state highway safety laws from the Washington, D.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:25 -0500 2015-01-28T13:00:25-05:00 2015-01-28T13:00:25-05:00
<![CDATA[U.S. Geological Survey says minor quake felt outside Downingtown area]]> DOWNINGTOWN >> The United States Geological Survey recorded a minor earthquake Sunday evening a short distance outside the Downingtown borough.

The federal agency, which monitors and records seismic activity across the country, identified the 2.7 magnitude quake around 6:25 p.m. The Chester County Department of Emergency Services confirmed the USGS notified local officials of the activity shortly after it was recorded.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:49:22 -0500 2015-01-28T12:49:22-05:00 2015-01-28T12:49:22-05:00
<![CDATA[Valley Forge National Historical Park looks to rent commercial space in historic buildings]]> UPPER MERION >> How would you feel about heading over to Valley Forge National Historical Park for a double shot cappuccino and a blueberry scone -- in a quaint café setting where memories fairly resonate off the walls?

It could happen before too long.

The National Park Service has put a few historic buildings up for commercial use, including the venerable Maurice Stephens House, which one entrepreneur is eyeing to transform into a charming cafe.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:46:27 -0500 2015-01-28T12:46:27-05:00 2015-01-28T12:46:27-05:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Montco serial killer's death sentence upheld by state Supreme Court]]> HARRISBURG >> A Montgomery County serial killer's conviction and death sentence have been upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court with a harshly worded opinion that criticized the killer's federal defenders.

The state's highest court denied the latest appeal by John C. Eichinger, who received triple death sentences for the 2005 Good Friday murders of 27-year-old Heather Greaves, her 23-year-old sister Lisa Greaves and Heather's 3-year-old daughter, Avery Johnson, in King of Prussia.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:09:47 -0500 2015-01-28T12:09:47-05:00 2015-01-28T12:09:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Upper Providence ranked as one of the safest places in Pennsylvania]]> Upper Providence Township is one of six Montgomery County communities -- including Lower Salford Township, Franconia Township, Upper Gwynedd Township, Towamencin Township and Upper Dublin Township -- that are among the safest municipalities in Pennsylvania, according to a real estate company that examined recent crime statistics in the state.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:04:17 -0500 2015-01-28T12:04:17-05:00 2015-01-28T12:04:17-05:00
<![CDATA[Perkiomen Valley HS freshman to perform with HONOR Jan. 31 in Spring City]]> For Emma Cullen, music is about the act of creating and performing. It's about the camaraderie with her fellow musicians. It's not a competition.

Still, it's never a bad thing when you've picked up your first award before you even have your driver's license.

Cullen, a freshman at Perkiomen Valley High School, closed out a very eventful 2014 by winning the 2014 PHL Live Center Stage award in the pop category.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:01:37 -0500 2015-01-28T12:01:37-05:00 2015-01-28T12:01:37-05:00