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, 23 Oct 2014 06:25:20 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Chesco commissioners present grant to Phoenixville for flood wall upgrade]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> The borough moved one step closer to improving the Schuylkill River flood retaining wall at the water treatment plant Wednesday morning.

Borough officials accepted a check for $397,696 from the Chester County commissioners at an event at the plant, located on the intersection of Cromby Road and Water Street.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:42:37 -0400 2014-10-22T16:42:37-04:00 2014-10-22T16:42:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Tri-County AMBUCS donate AmTryke to 5-year-old girl]]> Limerick >> A five-year-old girl received a special donation Thursday night at the Penn Liberty Bank in Limerick. Karly McKerns, of Birdsboro, was the happy recipient of an AmTryke, donated to her by the Tri County AMBUCS.

"We are very excited for Karly to receive her AmTryke," said Rebecca McKerns, Karly's mother.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:55:41 -0400 2014-10-20T09:55:41-04:00 2014-10-20T23:07:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville area auto dealers distribute coats to children in need]]> This month, the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation will distribute more than 37,000 brand-new winter coats to underprivileged children living in the five-county region of Philadelphia via its 2014 Driving Away the Cold program.

The Foundation delivered nearly 1,400 new winter coats in Chester County on Wednesday, Oct.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:49:36 -0400 2014-10-20T11:49:36-04:00 2014-10-20T11:49:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Fall events in the Ches-Mont Area]]> It's October and that means it's time for haunts, hayrides and pumpkins galore.

With the feeling of fall in the air, many places are hosting festivals and other autumn activities to share with the community. Residents of Chester and Montgomery counties can enjoy everything from haunted houses to corn mazes with the variety of fall festivities offered by places in the area.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:00:55 -0400 2014-10-10T19:00:55-04:00 2014-10-10T19:00:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Montco detectives charge 2 for multi-state burglary ring]]> Norristown - Two Philadelphia men have been charged following an investigation of a multi-state burglary ring that extended into Montgomery County. Two other men are being investigated for their parts in the alleged crime spree.

Jamar Small, 34, and Frederick Gray, 36, both of Philadelphia, have been charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary and theft following an investigation by the Montgomery County Detective Bureau in partnership with state police, and Upper Providence Township, Collegeville Borough and Towamencin police departments.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:10:05 -0400 2014-10-10T18:10:05-04:00 2014-10-10T18:10:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Revamped Spring-Ford Memorial Arboretum to be rededicated over homecoming weekend]]> The Spring-Ford Area School District will be hosting a rededication of the Spring-Ford Memorial Arboretum on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. This special event will be part of the Spring-Ford School District Annual Homecoming weekend events.

The Spring-Ford Memorial Arboretum, located behind the Ninth Grade Center, was constructed in the 1970s to honor the memory of district alumni and community residents.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:12:58 -0400 2014-10-10T11:12:58-04:00 2014-10-10T11:13:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Proposed bill would require minority party representation on county elections boards]]> State Sen. Andrew Dinniman has introduced a bill to make it illegal for a county elections board to be comprised of members who are all from the same political party - as is currently the case in Chester County.

"I was surprised to learn the current 2014 appointees to Chester County's Board of Elections were all from one party," Dinniman, D-19th Dist.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:56:59 -0400 2014-10-07T11:56:59-04:00 2014-10-07T11:57:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Former East Vincent man jailed for Megan's Law violation]]> WEST CHESTER - A former East Vincent man who was convicted eight years ago of possession of child pornography is expected to report to prison to begin serving a 2- to 4-year sentence later this month for switching his address without informing police.

John Catalano, 52, whose last identified address was an apartment on Schuylkill Road, pleaded guilty on Sept.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:14:47 -0400 2014-10-07T11:14:47-04:00 2014-10-07T11:14:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Hiker rescued from slope in Lower Perkiomen Valley Park]]> Lower Providence - A man was rescued by first responders after being caught in a precarious position on an incline in Lower Perkiomen Valley Park near Egypt Road and Casselberry Drive Monday afternoon.

The middle-aged hiker reportedly started up a slope to gain access to a trail. The grade of the slope became increasingly steep and the hiker felt that further forward progress or trying to climb back down would be unsafe so he called 911.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:52:34 -0400 2014-10-07T10:52:34-04:00 2014-10-07T10:52:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford man charged after resisting arrest]]> Royersford - A borough man has been charged following a reported domestic disturbance on North 6th Avenue.

Joseph Sadowniczak, 26, was arrested on Sept. 26 after police responded to a domestic disturbance and Sadowniczak resisted arrest.

When Royersford Police responded to a call at 8 N.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 19:12:15 -0400 2014-10-06T19:12:15-04:00 2014-10-06T19:12:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Castor calls for 911 funding reform]]> NORRISTOWN - Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor is calling for reform of the fee-based system that funds 911 operations, saying the current system imposes a burden on the county's taxpayers.

"Each year, for as long as I can remember, we've had to pay more and more of the 911 costs out of the county operation funds and not from money from the state that is supposed to be in the funding stream for this service," Castor said.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 19:12:14 -0400 2014-10-06T19:12:14-04:00 2014-10-06T19:12:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Democrats howl over Phoenixville ward change]]> PHOENIXVILLE - Democrats in the Phoenixville area are crying foul over recent changes to the voting map for the 157th Legislative District, which this fall is featuring a highly competitive race for the seat in Harrisburg.

Last week, Leo J. Scoda, chairman of the borough's Democratic Committee and former mayor, complained about a decision to move one of the borough's precinct's, 477 West 1, out of the 157th district into the neighboring 155th Legislative District.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 19:03:04 -0400 2014-10-06T19:03:04-04:00 2014-10-06T19:03:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford man arrested for threatening police]]> Royersford - A 25-year-old borough man was arrested for threatening police among other offenses when they responded to the call of a domestic disturbance at his home.

Joseph Sadowniczak was charged with two counts of making terroristic threats, two different counts of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and harassment in connection with the incident around 6 p.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:48:50 -0400 2014-10-06T17:48:50-04:00 2014-10-06T17:48:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville man faces assault charges for alleged Pottstown strangling]]> Pottstown - A Phoenixville man faces charges following an alleged strangling incident.

On Sept. 24 at around 10 a.m., Pottstown Police responded to a reported assault on the 300 block of Chestnut Street.

James Robinson, 53, of Phoenixville got the attention of Cpl. Mark Boyce at High and Hanover streets claiming he had been assaulted by a man named Bob Phanders on the porch of 317 Chestnut St.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:46:06 -0400 2014-10-06T17:46:06-04:00 2014-10-06T17:46:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Mont Clare man charged with assault after argument over umbrella]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE - A Mont Clare man has been charged with assault following an argument with a neighbor.

Rickey Futej, 48, of Mont Clare faces multiple charges for allegedly assaulting a man during an argument.

Upper Providence Township Police responded to a neighbor dispute on the 500 block of Hollow Road at around 5 p.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:43:16 -0400 2014-10-06T17:43:16-04:00 2014-10-06T17:43:18-04:00