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Bradley Stone's manner of death inconclusive; cause of death released for victims

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:53
NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Walter Hofman said 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.
Categories: Lower Merion

Shooting rampage presents unique challenges in providing healing support for Montco community

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:53
NORRISTOWN >> The 90 minutes of violence attributed to the actions of a 35-year-old Iraq war veteran has left a last effect on the county days after it ended.
Categories: Lower Merion

Intensive manhunt for Montco shooter ends in Pennsburg woods

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:53
PENNSBURG >> In the hours before the cold, dead body of accused mass murderer Bradley William Stone was found Tuesday afternoon in a marshy wooded area a half-mile from his Pennsburg rowhome, the gray skies opened up, sending a handful of curious gawkers standing on the sidewalk outside Stone’s brick-fronted home scurrying to find cover from the downpour.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Dec. 18

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-12-18 06:49
The Daily Numbers: 27 years, how long Dr. Lawrence Wean has been practicing medicine in Media. Yesterday he was busted for selling prescriptions for painkillers to undercover police officers.

14 counts of administering controlled substance and 3 counts of insurance fraud filed against the doctor.

12.5 percent dip in finances at Cheyney University between 2009 and 2013. The state is warning the historic school faces a ‘dire future’ if finances are not reversed.

348 percent increase in bad debt at the school during the same period.

1,471 students enrolled at the school in 2008-09. That dipped to 1,248 in 2012-13 and expected to fall to 1,053 this year.

12.3 million dollar deficit at the school.

10 people, including 1 from Delco, charged in a scheme to cheat PennDOT out of $1.2 million.

8 people busted in a sting operation in Radnor after they answered a bogus letter indicating they were due unclaimed cash.

0 tax hike in Morton budget.

3.9 percent tax hike in works in Marple.

0 tax hike in Aldan.

0 tax hike in Swarthmore

0 tax hike in Upper Chichester.

4:30 Saturday, when the Eagles teen it up against the Redskins in D.C. Remember the Birds play Saturday, not Sunday. On Sunday all Eagles fans will be watching the Cowboys in the 4:30 game to see if they falter.

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

Why do I get the feeling DeSean Jackson would like nothing more than to ruin the playoff chances of Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

I Don’t Get It: Another doctor facing charges of illegally doling out painkillers. No wonder the county has an opioid problem.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Betty Subashi. The Ridley woman is donating $100 to the Daily Times Merry Christmas Fund to honor the anonymous ‘angel’ who returned her fanny pack that she had left in a shopping cart at the local Acme.

Quote Box: “This is all wrong, all wrong.”

- Dr. Lawrence Wean, after being charged in a sting operation with illegally dispensing painkillers.
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The men who run Chester Upland

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-12-18 06:14
There is nothing wrong with the Chester Upland School District that $20 million wouldn't cure.

That's the word from the man who should know. Joe Watkins is the embattled state-appointed receiver of the struggling district. He managed to survive an attempt by his boss at the state Department of Education to boot him from his job. But he's not out of the woods yet. Neither is the district.

Chester Upland continues to face fiscal calamity, staring at a $20 million deficit. Watkins says that shortfall could be wiped out if the state went back to disbursing money as it did after a costing-out study done in 2011 that delivered more state aid to those districts in the greatest need.

He's hopeful that a new administration taking over in Harrisburg - namely Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf - will restore the Act 88 funds nixed by the Corbett Administration.

In the meantime, he maintains the district is making progress, both in luring students back to the public schools from charters, in maintaining a safe atmosphere, and increasing test scores.

He has a secret weapon in this daunting task.

His name is Gregory Shannon, the superintendent Watkins hired to help turn around the district.

Watkins and Shannon were my guests last night on our live-stream Internet show, 'Live From the Newsroom.' If you missed the show, you can catch the replay here.

I have to admit I was surprised at the move by the state to bounce Watkins, which came just a few weeks after his announcement that he planned to visit China to entice a charter school operator there to invest - perhaps as much as a billion dollars - in Chester Upland.

That trip is now off, but Watkins stands by the move, and hopes officials may still be willing to come here instead.

But if you're looking for a reason for hope in Chester Upland, Shannon is your man.

He speaks passionately about his mission, and creating a safe atmosphere for Chester students.

Shannon did not mince words about his first task when he and Watkins literally went door-to-door in a much-needed attempt to convince families to pull their kids out of the charters and put them back in Chester Upland district schools. They did it. Enrollment at Chester Upland schools is up.

"They didn't think the schools were safe," Shannon frankly admitted last night.

He's changed that.

He's also pushing basics - reading, writing and public speaking - as the cornerstone to give Chester Upland kids a fighting chance. Watkins and Shannon still face a huge task in turning around Chester Upland.

I almost said "insurmountable," but if you ever get the chance to meet them, in particular Shannon, you'll know that's not the case.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Think DeSean Jackson would like to ruin the Eagles' playoff chances?

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-12-18 05:47
Here's a random thought while waiting for the Eagles to continue their desperate hunt for a playoff spot.

Much has been made of the Eagles' inability to throw deep balls this year. Many believe there is a simple reason for that. He will be lining up across the line of scrimmage Saturday in D.C.

How much do you think DeSean Jackson would like to stick a pin in Chip Kelly and the Eagles' playoff hopes.

With Robert Griffin III back as the starting QB due to still another injury to a Redskins quarterback, look for him to try to get Jackson deep on the Eagles vulnerable secondary.

And how nervous are you at the thought of Jackson going up against what has been a persistent problem this year. That would be the Eagles much-maligned corners, Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams.

Buckle your seat belts, Eagles fans, what was thought to be an easy game in the nation's capital may turn out to be one more finger-biting affair.
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Suburban Square's Saint James bistro to close Dec. 30, reopen

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-12-17 15:24
ARDMORE >> The Saint James, the “new American bistro” that opened in late 2012 as the centerpiece of a renovated central courtyard at Ardmore’s Suburban Square, will serve its final meals before 2014 is rung out.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police: City Avenue Taco Bell robbed at gunpoint

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-12-17 15:15
Lower Merion police are investigating the armed robbery of the Taco Bell restaurant Sunday night at 5 West City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.
Categories: Lower Merion

Intensive manhunt for Montco shooter ends in Pennsburg woods

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-12-17 13:13
PENNSBURG >> In the hours before the cold, dead body of accused mass murderer Bradley William Stone was found Tuesday afternoon in a marshy wooded area a half-mile from his Pennsburg rowhome, the gray skies opened up, sending a handful of curious gawkers standing on the sidewalk outside Stone’s brick-fronted home scurrying to find cover from the downpour.
Categories: Lower Merion

Sorry, a 5% Severance Tax Won’t “Cripple” PA’s Economy

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2014-12-17 09:47
Only 0.5% of the PA workforce is employed by the natural gas sector. Yes, there are some other auxiliary industries that benefit from natural gas activity that aren’t counted in that. Yes, low...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Police arrest 8 in warrant sweep on the Main Line

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-12-17 09:01
Multiple Main Line police departments Tuesday announced the arrests of eight people on outstanding warrants after they responded to letters telling them they were due money. All they had to do was to call for an appointment and show up at a storefront office.
Categories: Lower Merion

Time to get hyped about the Golden Globes

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-12-17 09:01
For years, the Golden Globes were my favorite award telecast, even more solid on my calendar than the Tony Awards, or as I call them, my Super Bowl.
Categories: Lower Merion

Intensive manhunt for Montco shooter ends in Pennsburg woods

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-12-17 08:50
PENNSBURG >> In the hours before the cold, dead body of accused mass murderer Bradley William Stone was found Tuesday afternoon in a marshy wooded area a half-mile from his Pennsburg rowhome, the gray skies opened up, sending a handful of curious gawkers standing on the sidewalk outside Stone’s brick-fronted home scurrying to find cover from the downpour.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County neighbors react to shooting rampage

Main Line Times - Wed, 2014-12-17 08:50
PENNSBURG>> The shooting rampage that killed six people across Montgomery County has left neighbors throughout the region shaken.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Dec. 17

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:41
The Daily Numbers: 1st degree murder charge filed against former Colwyn police officer Stephen Rozniakowski in the shooting death of a woman in Glenolden.

3 people shot in the ordeal.

40, age of woman who was killed in the shooting. Police indicated she had broken off a relationship with Rozniakowski.

15, age of her daughter, who also was wounded by the former cop.

1 person fatally stabbed in Yeadon last night.

8,750 dollar bribe, what Philly D.A. alleges state Rep. Ron Waters, who represents a portion of Delaware County, pocketed.

2 state pols who face charges stemming from a sting operation.

19, age of Upper Darby man charged with allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in Arlington Cemetery.

33, age of man who faces new charges after allegedly lighting up a marijuana cigarette while inside the Upper Darby police station.

40 dollar hike in taxes for Prospect Park residents under their proposed budget.

9 percent pay hike for police officers in Springfield Township.

.5 mile from his home, where authorities found the body of Bradley Stone, wanted in connection with killing 6 people in Montgomery County.

141 people killed when Taliban fighters invaded a school in Pakistan.

3-1 loss for the Flyers to Tampa Bay last night at the Wells Fargo.

23 saves in his NHL debut for Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevsky.

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

Robert Griffin III will be running the Redskins’ offense Saturday vs. the Eagles. Anyone else wonder how he would look running Chip Kelly’s offense?

I Don’t Get It: Stephen Rozniakowski’s track record gave a harrowing foreshadowing of what eventually happened Monday night in Glenolden. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the volunteers who were saluted at a recent meeting of Chester City Council. They do the city proud.

Quote Box: “His intent was to arm himself with a gun, with a bullet-proof vest, and to execute all three people and take down all who got in his way, including police.”

- D.A. Jack Whelan, describing the actions of Stephan Rozniakowski, who now faces murder charges.
Categories: Pennsylvania

An 'execution' in Glenolden

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-12-17 07:02
It's hard to imagine the terror that unfolded inside a home in Glenolden Monday night.

Valerie Morrow was all too familiar with the volatile nature of Stephen Rozniakowski. She had obtained a protection from abuse order against him earlier in the day.

But as is too often the case in domestic incidents, it did her little good.

Rozniakowski, with whom she had broken off a relationship, showed up at the Morrow home Monday night wearing a bulletproof vest and packing a gun.

He didn't go there to talk.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said Rozniakowski, a cop with a bad history of harassing women, went there to "execute" the Morrow family.

He was only stopped when Valerie Morrow's husband, Thomas, himself a police officer in Morton, returned fire, wounding Rozniakowski. You can read all the details of the horrific incident here.

Earlier in the day, Rozniakowski had resigned his position on the Colwyn police department. He had been on desk duty while awaiting trial in Montgomery County for stalking and harassing another woman. He was due in court for a pre-trial conference.

Rozniakowski now faces first-degree murder and a slew of other charges. Whelan said his office will consider the death penalty in the case.

Actually, the death penalty has already been used.

Stephen Rozniakowksi, a spurned suitor, used it on Valerie Morrow.
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Chester Upland's top brass visits 'Live From the Newsroom'

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:44
Do you have a question you'd like to ask the top brass of the Chester Upland School District?

This is your night.

After surviving an attempt by Gov. Tom Corbett to remove him from his job, Chester Upland receiver Joe Watkins will pay a visit to our live-stream Internet show, 'Live From the Newsroom,' tonight. Joining us will be Chester Upland Superintendent Gregory Shannon.

Watkins was targeted in a surprise move by acting state Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq, who filed a petition in Delaware County Court to have Watkins ousted. But Delco Judge Chad Kenney decided Watkins deserves more time to turn things around in the seemingly forever troubled school district.

We'll talk about the reasons why Watkins may have been targeted, why he believes it was the wrong move, and the things he's done to reverse course in Chester Upland.

Shannon will be on hand to talk about the current state of affairs in Chester Upland, and where the district goes from here. Do you have a question you'd like to ask either Watkins or Shannon? Email it to me at editor@delcotimes.com, and I will ask them tomorrow night.

Then tune in to DelcoTimes.com tonight at 7 night as we go live with Joe Watkins and Gregory Shannon. Join the conversation!
Categories: Pennsylvania

How would RGIII look running Chip Kelly's offense?

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-12-17 06:16
The Eagles just might get a glimpse of their future Saturday when they travel down I-95 for a crucial game against the Redskins.

The Eagles need to keep winning - and hope for a Dallas loss - to have any hope of winning the division and making the playoffs. The odds of making it as a Wild Card team are even longer.

But they might be looking at the ghost of Christmas future across the line of scrimmage.

Robert Griffin III will be back as the starting quarterback for the 'Skins, thanks to a neck injury that has put Colt McCoy on the shelf for the rest of the season.

RGIII, once heralded as the face of the Washington franchise, clearly has fallen out of favor with new coach Jay Gruden. Most people believe he will be playing somewhere else next year.

Could that spot be Philadelphia.

Griffin ran an offense similar to that employed by Chip Kelly when he was a college standout at Baylor. He's mobile, which most people believe is something Kelly desperately wants - and does not really have with Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez - in his QB.

The down side? RGIII has proven to be brittle, reeling from a string of injuries since he's been in Washington. Part of that comes with the exposure that the run-option demands of a signal caller.

But it's still an intriguing option.

It is unlikely that the Eagles will be able to pull off any kind of blockbuster that would put them in position to draft Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, who Kelly also coached at Oregon.

I happen to think that Kelly's franchise quarterback is not on this roster.

He just might be staring at them from across the line of scrimmage on Saturday.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Intensive manhunt for Montco shooter ends in Pennsburg woods

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 22:33
PENNSBURG >> In the hours before the cold, dead body of accused mass murderer Bradley William Stone was found Tuesday afternoon in a marshy wooded area a half-mile from his Pennsburg rowhome, the gray skies opened up, sending a handful of curious gawkers standing on the sidewalk outside Stone’s brick-fronted home scurrying to find cover from the downpour.
Categories: Lower Merion

white chocolate cinnamon cookies with oatmeal

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-12-16 18:11

This is my new recipe for Christmas 2014. The cookies are very cinnamony, chewy, and soft. The white chocolate adds a mellow sweetness and the cinnamon chips enhance the cinnamon flavor of the cookie.

I just took the last batch of these out of the oven. I hope you like them if you try my recipe!

RECIPE:

1 cup of butter softened (2 sticks)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup quick cook oatmeal (plain no flavoring)
2 cups white chocolate baking chips
1 cup cinnamon flavored baking chips (I buy mine from Edwards Freeman in Conshohocken)

Preheat oven to 350°

Cream together until well mixed butter and both sugars in a large bowl. Add eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla, beat until light and fluffy.

Add cinnamon, salt, baking soda.

Mix in 2 cups of all-purpose white flour until mixed well. Stir in oatmeal, followed by white chocolate baking chips, and finally the cinnamon chips.

I like to chill my batter about 30 minutes.

Drop by rounded teaspoons on parchment paper lined baking sheets. I actually like to roll might dough into about 1 inch balls. I place them a couple inches apart on the sheet.

Bake at 350° for 10 to 11 minutes depending on your oven. Do not overbake and please cool these cookies at least five or six minutes before removing from baking sheet to cooling rack to cool completely.

This recipe makes a little over 4 1/2 dozen cookies,

Enjoy !


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