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1 pronounced dead, 2nd injured in Havertown roofing accident

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:18
One of two roofers working at a home in Havertown died Friday at the scene after getting electrocuted.
Categories: Lower Merion

Attempted Robbery Reported on Wynnewood Road

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:09
By James Boyle Police say that a suspect attempted to break through a first floor window.
Categories: Lower Merion

Senator Wagner’s Appropriation Acts Votes 2014 – Sen.Pileggi:Sen. Wagner:Two Peas in a Pod

The Liberty Blog - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:53

Senator Wagner voted with Senator Pileggi and the Republican leadership on every one of the 15 Appropriations bills and on Appropriations Acts 2A to 15A with Pileggi and the Democrats. Appropriations Acts 2A to 15A passed unanimously in the Senate (and with overwhelming majorities in the House including all Republican House Leadership) so…suicide or smoke screen for some big government votes? We shall see how this plays out. Senator Pileggi is a chess player in a very complicated game.



Categories: Pennsylvania

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Sept. 30

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:36
The Daily Numbers: 2 violence incidents last week involving Upper Darby High students that have led to increased security and police presence at the school and surrounding area.

7.25 minimum wage in Pa., which sparked a protest rally outside the courthouse in Media yesterday.

2009, last time the minimum was was hiked in Pa.

38,000 people in Delaware County who would benefit from the push to hike the wage to $10.10

6 video cameras that could be installed on State Street in Media.

33,000 dollars, how much borough council is spending on the cameras.

15, age of alleged victim police say was raped by a 19-year-old in Upper Darby.

30, age of Marple man who pleaded guilty to child porn charges.

317,000 dollars, value of travel packages sold to fans by former local TV sports anchor Don Tollefson, who never delivered the goods. He pleaded guilty yesterday to fraud charges.

37 years in prison, how much Tollefson could face. It’s unlikely he will get anywhere near that, although the prosecutor in the case indicated they will seek some jail time.

200 victims who accused Tollefson of ripping them off, including the family of slain police officer Brad Fox.

43-28 lead for Dem Tom Wolf over Gov. Tom Corbett in latest Pa. governor’s race poll.

41 point decline for the stock market yesterday.

5 percent uptick in penalty charges for ATM machines over the past year.

38 billion dollars in tax revenue from legalized gambling, according to industry survey.

100 million dollars in tax reductions being sought by owners of Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The city is opposing the move.

7 people from the Philly area who made the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans.

81.2 billion dollar worth for Bill Gates, who continues to top the list.

4 games missed by Eagles OL Lane Johnson on drug suspension. He’s been reinstated and likely will start Sunday vs. Rams.

41-14 blasting of Bill Belichick and the Patriots by Andy Reid and his Chiefs in Monday Night Football.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Chip Kelly and the Eagles can’t run, and they can’t hide it either.

I Don’t Get It: There are a lot of good kids at Upper Darby High School. But as usual it’s a few bad apples who are making headlines.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby school officials and police for taking quick action to increase police presence and security around the school.

Quote Box: “Those who want to be gangsters will have to deal with the police.”

- Upper Darby top cop Mike Chitwood, on a couple of violent incidents involving Upper Darby students.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Upper Darby lays down law with kids causing trouble

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:04
Upper Darby top cop Mike Chitwood has a message for the troublemakers who are hell-bent on giving Upper Darby High School a black eye: Knock it off.

Responding to a couple of violent incidents last week, the plain-spoken Chitwood went to the school to deliver the message to kids in person.

He was preaching zero tolerance - and he made it clear who was causing the problems.

"Our concern is that those kids who want to learn have a safe lace to learn," Chitwood said.

Then the chief turned up the heat.

"Those who want to be gangsters will have to deal with the police."

Last week a couple of students were involved in a fight not far from the campus that ended in a stabbing and criminal charges. In addition, a township mother faces charges that she egged on her daughter to settle what appears to have been a bullying incident by duking it out with another girl.

In response, Upper Darby police have increased their presence both before and after school.

It should be noted that this involves a small number of kids. Both Chitwood and school administrators stressed that.

They also want it known that those hell-bent on causing trouble will be dealt with accordingly.

Here's the full story.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Porn-Gate: Just what Corbett did not need

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-09-30 06:46
Tom Corbett can't get a break.

A heavy blitz of ads taking on Democratic challenger Tom Wolf failed to move the needle on polls that show him trailing badly.

Corbett got a bit of momentum off a good showing in the first debate that left many of us wonder, 'Where has this guy been the past two years.'

Now Corbett has another problem.

Apparently some of the guys who worked in his office when he was attorney general had a thing for porn.

They received and sent a slew of emails with all kinds of inappropriate material.

Here's the latest, with state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille wondering if any judges were among those sharing these racy emails, and what kind of fallout could result if they were.

And this at a time when his office was conducting the investigation - and being criticized for the way they were going about it - into the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.

The issue came to light during new Attorney General Kathleen Kane's investigation of the way Corbett's office conducted the probe.

The discussion of some of the images in the emails that have been released so far by Kane's office are enough to make even an old newspaper guy blush.

And all this was being done on state computers.

No one has been charged as yet, and it's not clear even if any rules were broken.

Aside, of course, from the unwritten ones that apparently were not followed by some of Corbett's lieutenants.

It's the last thing Corbett needed. He and Wolf will meet in their second debate Wednesday morning in Philly.

Expect 'Porn-Gate' to be among the things discussed.

Corbett would do well to make some kind of pre-emptive move today, to get out ahead of this controversy, before tomorrow's debate. He's running out of time to cut into Wolf's lead.

And he's got a lot of Republicans across the state watching - and wondering how much longer they can stand by this guy.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Showers remain a threat through tomorrow

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-09-30 06:36
Unsettled conditions through tomorrow will give way to tranquil conditions for the end of the week.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Eagles can't run, and they can't hide

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-09-30 06:18
Chip Kelly has a problem.

Actually a big problem.

His team can't run, and now they can no long hide from the problem.

For all its high-tech, up-tempo wizardry, Kelly's offense is based on a fairly old-school premise: He wants to run the ball.

Hence Kelly's dilemma.

The Birds' boss pretty much admitted it in his post-game comments after the Eagles lost a game they could have stolen in San Francisco. With the ball at the Niners' 1-yard line with just under 2 minutes left in the game, the Eagles had two opportunities to punch the ball in and seize the lead.

But Kelly threw the ball on both third and fourth down, trying to get the immobile Nick Foles on the move. First the harried QB missed an open Brent Celek. On fourth down, he fired too high for Jeremy Maclin in the back of the end zone. The NFL's best back, LeSean McCoy did not get an opportunity to get the ball in the end zone. He did, however, miss a key block that forced Foles to rush a throw.

After the game, and again in his post-day presser on Monday, Kelly pretty much admitted he was loathe to try to run the ball behind the patchwork offensive line he fielded after losing three starters, two to injuries and Lane Johnson serving the last of his four-game suspension.

Asked to sum up the problems on the O-line, Kelly refreshingly did not mince words.

"We got whupped," the coach said matter of factly.

The Eagles likely will have Johnson back in the lineup on Sunday when they host the St. Louis Rams at the Linc. That will allow Todd Herremans to slide back inside to right guard and at least solidify one side of the Birds O-line. Jason Peters will anchor the other. but the center of the line and left guard will remain question marks.

The Eagles' inability to run does not bode well for them against the Rams. They will need production on the ground. The Rams are near the top of the league rankings in defending the pass, but trail badly against the run.

If the Eagles want to jolt McCoy out of his funk, this might be the week to do it. But if they struggle to move the ball on the ground, none of Kelly's high-tech wizardry is likely to matter much.

If the Birds aren't able to run, they won't be able to hide this offense's other limitations as well.

It puts too much pressure on Foles, who increasingly looks like a guy who is running for his life behind this patchwork line.

The Eagles need to run the ball and they need a big game from LeSean McCoy. So far the Eagles have managed to post a 3-1 record, despite consistently falling behind, and an offense that seems to take at least a half to get on track.

Take away their special teams play, plus a Pick-6 from safety Malcolm Jenkins, and what you have left from Sunday's game is a zero for the Eagles' offense. That's how many points they produced.

And that includes two crucial plays late in the game from the Niners' 1-yard line.

That can't happen again.

Here's beat writer Bob Grotz's take on Kelly's day-after press conference.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Former Sports Broadcaster Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-09-29 18:32
Don Tollefson's fraud scheme victimized charities, including some in Bucks County.
Categories: Lower Merion

Villanova University uses X-ray to help restore 17th Century 'The Triumph of David' painting

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 16:28
When Villanova University began a two-year project last fall to clean and restore a nearly forgotten painting in its collection, some of the first goals were to let its colors shine again and its images tell a story as the artist intended, nearly four centuries ago.
Categories: Lower Merion

New report shines light on PA's growing heroin epidemic and possible solutions

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 16:28
HARRISBURG >> A new report paints a bleak picture of heroin abuse across Pennsylvania, while providing an array of recommendations — including expanding or revamping existing education and prevention efforts, law enforcement policies and treatment options — to reverse what it calls a “growing epidemic in the state.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia man charged with retail theft, arrested over 30 times in 25 years

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 16:28
Lower Merion police have charged a man with felony retail theft after he police say he entered the Acme Market on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd three times and stuffed merchandise down his pants over a two day period. Authorities say the man has been arrested more than 30 times for retail theft over the past 25 years.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police issue scam alert regarding PECO imposters

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 13:41
From Lower Merion Township Police In recent weeks the Lower Merion Townshiop Police Department has observed an increase in phone scams to Township residents. These involve someone posing as a representative of PECO. They advise that an account is past due and immediate payment is demanded—often through a Visa Green Dot Money Pak
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Warn of Phone Scam

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-09-29 13:22
By James Boyle The police department issued a warning to township residents over a false PECO rep making account calls.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Joins Giving Tuesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-09-29 13:04
By James Boyle The growing annual initiative has made its way to Montgomery County this year. Donate now at participating websites.
Categories: Lower Merion

Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road) to close this week in Lower Merion Township for road repairs

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:55
King of Prussia – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road) will be closed between Hollow Road and Hagys Ford Road in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, on Tuesday through Thursday (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for pavement repairs.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Narberth Farmers Market, opening in October, brings Lancaster's Lapp Family back to the borough

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:09
It has been nearly 20 years, but for longtime Narberth residents and neighbors, the memory of stopping by the Lapp Family’s market downtown for rotisserie chicken and other farm-fresh products from Lancaster County is still enough to get taste buds stirring and stomachs rumbling.
Categories: Lower Merion

One Book Villanova author Wes Moore inspires audience to service

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:06
In a riveting talk to hundreds at Villanova University Thursday, the author Wes Moore challenged students and others in his audience to see the small choices that can change the trajectory of a life, and to be the person who is there in those moments to make a difference.
Categories: Lower Merion

End of an Era: October Howl-O-Ween will be final event for First Friday Main Line

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:06
If there is one thing people love more than dogs, it’s dogs in costume. No wonder the annual Howl-O-Ween dog pageant and contest has been one of the most popular themes on the calendar for First Friday Main Line.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police reports: Burglaries, thefts from cars

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-29 10:48
Penn Valley burglary A residential burglary occurred at a home on the 300 block of Rosemary Lane in Penn Valley Sept. 26. Entry was gained through an unlocked door. There is an unknown loss at this time.
Categories: Lower Merion