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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:19:05 -0500 2014-12-18T13:19:05-05:00 2014-12-18T13:19:07-05:00
<![CDATA[Montco coroner says Stone did not die from stab wounds]]> NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Walter Hofman said on Wednesday the 35-year-old Iraq war veteran who killed his ex-wife and five of her family members did not die from self-inflicted stab wounds.

Bradley Stone, who was sought for nearly two days following a string of deadly shootings was found dead in the woods near his home in Pennsburg around 1:30 p.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:57:20 -0500 2014-12-18T12:57:20-05:00 2014-12-18T12:57:23-05:00
<![CDATA[Ex-boxer 'The Gladiator' admits to scuffle with Lower Providence police]]> NORRISTOWN >> A professional boxer who appeared in arenas as "The Gladiator" stood in a legal arena on Tuesday addressing charges he used his skills out of the ring during a scuffle with Lower Providence police.

Demetrius "The Gladiator" Hopkins, 34, of Philadelphia, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 10 ½ months already served to 23 months in jail, to be followed by four years' probation, after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated assault of a police officer in connection with the January 2014 incident along Egypt Road in the township.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:01:18 -0500 2014-12-18T01:01:18-05:00 2014-12-18T01:01:20-05:00
<![CDATA[Kagel named head of Chester County emergency services]]> WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Commissioners on Monday named a protege of the late director of the Department of Emergency Services, Ed Atkins, to succeed his mentor.

The three-member board acted unanimously to name Robert "Bobby" Kagel as director of the department that oversees the broad community of emergency personnel and first responders in the county.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:59:05 -0500 2014-12-18T00:59:05-05:00 2014-12-18T00:59:11-05:00
<![CDATA[Lower Frederick man convicted of possessing child porn]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Frederick man potentially faces jail time after he was convicted of possessing child pornography on his home computer.

James Mueller Jr., 36, of the 500 block of Krause Road, was convicted Thursday in Montgomery County Court of a felony charge of possessing child pornography in connection with incidents that occurred between December 2012 and May 2013.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:57:28 -0500 2014-12-18T00:57:28-05:00 2014-12-18T00:57:32-05:00
<![CDATA[No public comments on proposed $371M Montgomery County budget]]> NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners set two different times on Thursday for the public to make comments about the proposed 2015 budget, and no one came.

The commissioners set time for Thursday afternoon after adjourning from their regular meeting and again at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:56:35 -0500 2014-12-18T00:56:35-05:00 2014-12-18T00:56:36-05:00
<![CDATA[No tax hike in 2015 Chester County budget]]> WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Commissioners on Monday approved a $522 million 2015 budget that decreases overall spending and keeps property tax rates the same, while still providing what the commissioners said was a high quality of government services to residents, from courts to parks and in between.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:56:31 -0500 2014-12-18T00:56:31-05:00 2014-12-18T00:56:32-05:00
<![CDATA[Stahley sentenced to life in prison for killing girlfriend]]> NORRISTOWN >> Determining a Skippack teenager continues to pose a danger to society, a judge has sentenced him to life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole, for fatally stabbing his girlfriend.

"He does pose a threat and a continual threat if not incarcerated," Montgomery County Judge William R.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:44:09 -0500 2014-12-18T00:44:09-05:00 2014-12-18T00:44:13-05:00
<![CDATA['Fun-loving, kind-hearted' girl recalled through tears by emotional family and friends]]> NORRISTOWN >> A grieving Jennifer Siller will never forget the final moments she shared with her teenage daughter, Julianne.

"I cherish all my memories of her, even the very last one," a solemn Siller told a Montgomery County judge on Wednesday as she recalled the last time she spoke to 17-year-old Julianne as the "beautiful, loving, down-to-earth" girl readied for a night out with her friends on May 25, 2013.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:44:03 -0500 2014-12-18T00:44:03-05:00 2014-12-18T00:44:07-05:00
<![CDATA[Democratic leaders balk at Kichline's appointment]]> WEST CHESTER >> Chester County Democratic leaders are taking issue with the recent appointment of Michelle Kichline as county commissioner, calling it a contradiction and requesting she step aside when the term ends.

Democrat Committee Chairman Brian McGinnis released a statement Thursday morning regarding Kichline's appointment.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:13:56 -0500 2014-12-17T01:13:56-05:00 2014-12-17T01:13:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Kichline sworn in as new Chester County commissioner]]> WEST CHESTER >> When you are an office holder in a place as old as Chester County (332 years and counting), the numbers pile up, as Michelle Haris Kichline's swearing in as the new Republican county commissioner on Tuesday demonstrates.

According to records kept by the county Department of Archives and Records, Kichline is the 219th person to take the oath as commissioner since 1711, when the office was first held by Nathaniel Newlin, Henry Pierce, Isaac Taylor and Richard Webb.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:07:40 -0500 2014-12-17T01:07:40-05:00 2014-12-17T01:07:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Congress: Gerlach last-ditch effort to pass conservation tax break falls short]]> WASHINGTON >> Despite winning a majority of votes in the House of Representatives, the last-ditch effort by U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach to make permanent a federal tax break for donating land for conservation fell just 13 votes shy of passage Thursday.

Gerlach, a Republican whose term representing the 6th District ends on New Year's Eve, has worked for years to make permanent a temporary federal tax break for conservation easements and other land preservation efforts

He said he was disappointed with the close call.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:57:41 -0500 2014-12-17T00:57:41-05:00 2014-12-17T00:57:44-05:00
<![CDATA[Volunteers plan charity gingerbread auction]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> 'Tis the season of giving, sharing and baking. On Sunday, Dec. 21, combine all three at Phoenixville's charity Gingerbread House Silent Auction following "It's a Wonderful Life" at The Colonial Theatre.

"It's just amazing how many people love to come in every year and see this movie.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:01:00 -0500 2014-12-16T14:20:41-05:00 2014-12-16T14:20:53-05:00
<![CDATA[Bradley Stone, suspected killer of 6, found dead]]> LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The manhunt for suspected mass murderer Bradley Stone has ended with his apparent suicide.

Stone, 35, who was wanted for the Monday killing of his ex-wife and five of her family members, took his own life by stabbing himself in the abdomen, officials said. His body was found around 1:38 p.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:54:06 -0500 2014-12-16T14:54:06-05:00 2014-12-17T00:30:52-05:00 SCRIBBLE
<![CDATA[Manhunt on for Pennsburg man suspected in Montgomery County shooting rampage]]> MONTGOMERY COUNTY >> A Pennsburg man who authorities said went on a killing spree early Monday morning, slaying his ex-wife and five of her family members in three Montgomery County communities, remained at large as of press time Monday night after SWAT teams surrounded two residences where he was thought to be holed up and a police manhunt intensified as the day progressed.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:47:49 -0500 2014-12-16T00:47:49-05:00 2014-12-16T00:48:06-05:00