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 09:16:08 -0500 60 <![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
<![CDATA[Phoenixville man starts sentence early in child porn case]]> WEST CHESTER >> A Phoenixville man who had originally faced more than 100 charges of possession of child pornography was on Tuesday formally sentenced to jail on a lesser number of counts, a sentence he had voluntarily begun serving earlier this month.

John D. Corr had entered a guilty plea for five counts of child pornography in November and had agreed to serve an 11½ to 23 month prison term at Chester County Prison, and a subsequent five years of probation.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:09:26 -0500 2015-01-27T17:09:26-05:00 2015-01-27T17:09:26-05:00
<![CDATA[Wawa offering customers rewards through new app]]> DELAWARE COUNTY >> Want a way to get something for free at Wawa?

Check out the company's new mobile app and corresponding rewards program.

Since the summer, Wawa has been piloting a new app, which is now available for free through the App Store for Apple devices and through Google Play for Android phones.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:00:00 -0500 2015-01-23T02:00:00-05:00 2015-01-28T11:44:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Valley Forge Casino's slot revenue is up over last year]]> UPPER MERION >> Valley Forge Casino Resort's slot machines saw a bigger upsurge last year than any other casino that isn't near an ocean, beach or boardwalk.

With a business model that may actually be closer to Atlantic City's vision of a multi-dimensional entertainment complex than any of its Keystone competition, Valley Forge Casino Resort was the only casino in Pennsylvania that saw an increase in slot revenue in 2014 -- up more than $10 million over the previous year -- according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:01:32 -0500 2015-01-23T12:01:32-05:00 2015-01-23T12:01:32-05:00
<![CDATA[Upper Providence OKs zoning changes for Valley Forge Baptist Temple properties]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> By a 2-0 vote, the township supervisors on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to reclassify the zoning of three adjacent parcels.

Supervisors' Chairwoman Lisa Mossie and Supervisor John Pearson voted in favor of the ordinance. Board Vice Chairman Phil Barker was absent.

Attorney Steve English conducted the zoning ordinance hearing where Valley Forge Baptist Temple requested that its 1376 and 1380 Black Rock Road properties be added to the township's Institutional Overlay District, in addition to the neighboring 1382 Black Road property owned by church member Nansi Heidorn.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:39 -0500 2015-01-23T12:00:39-05:00 2015-01-23T12:00:39-05:00
<![CDATA[Kane grand jury wants to narrow Pa. journalist Shield Law]]> NORRISTOWN >> The statewide grand jury that investigated alleged leaks of grand jury information by Attorney General Kathleen Kane is asking state legislators to narrow the Pennsylvania Shield Law that presently protect journalists from revealing confidential sources.

Special Prosecutor Thomas Carluccio dropped off the grand jury's report to members of the press at the Montgomery County Court House Thursday, although he declined to comment on it.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:30 -0500 2015-01-23T12:00:30-05:00 2015-01-23T12:00:30-05:00