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The Daily Salvo for December 12, 2014 - "Splitting the Baby"

The Daily Salvo - Tue, 2014-12-16 15:47
The Daily Salvo for December 12, 2014 - "Splitting the Baby"
A divorced couple in Florida literally tried to 'split the baby' by fighting in court over their dead son's ashes. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:00 More in News & Politics

Custody battle possibly spurred Bradley Stone to kill

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 15:45
LANSDALE >> As police officers and Montgomery County detectives commenced the manhunt Monday for Bradley William Stone, 35, an Iraq War veteran who allegedly killed his ex-wife and five members of her family Monday morning in a shooting spree, some details began to emerge about Stone.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for December 11, 2014 - "Gone With the Wind"

The Daily Salvo - Tue, 2014-12-16 15:42
The Daily Salvo for December 11, 2014 - "Gone With the Wind"
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't seem to 'give a damn' that a $13/hour minimum wage will kill entry-level and low-skill jobs for the most vulnerable and least educated people. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

being christian at christmas

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-12-16 13:32

How some people define the spirit of the Christmas season in West Vincent baffles me.

Please see below as another one of those nasty and pathetic missives is making the rounds. I was told this was found on a Ludwig’s Village community bulletin board.

West Vincent is such a beautiful place, but it’s like it has a rotten core, doesn’t it? This is unfortunately still a place with a handful of pious hypocrites who claim to “love thy neighbor” yet do things like this and isn’t that terrible? These people give the really nice people who live in this Chester County community a bad name and I think that is truly awful don’t you?

Being a Christian isn’t faux piety, it’s actually living what you preach. A lot of these people preach a good game, but are some of them really good neighbors? My opinion is the answer is a resounding no. Normal, emotionally healthy people do not do things like this to other people.

One day those of you who do things like this to your neighbors will find yourselves in a time of trouble. Will people lift a hand to help you? Or will they say “we’ve had enough of those bullies” and turn their backs?

People who do things like this during the most holy season of the year are held in the highest contempt by me.

Also it may appear contradictory, but I do actually pity these people for their meanness. They are missing out on so much in life by hating.

This man who is being victimized has run good and honest businesses for years. He and his wife are the kind of people that would give you the shirt off their back no matter what you had done to them. They are truly good people. I am proud to call them friends. We have used him professionally in addition.

If I were in this gentleman’s shoes, I would take all these missives to law enforcement. And a TV station or two.

I don’t know why it is that some people are not content unless they make other people unhappy. They should be ashamed of themselves. The sad thing is, I know they are not. However I believe karma is a very, very real thing. Everything that goes around eventually comes back around.

To the rest of you I say it is Christmas, so if you see one of these missives floating around West Vincent pull it down and give it to the police and tell them where exactly you found it and what day and what time.

It is time for this to stop.

If you know the people who are doing these things, it’s time to stand up and tell them to stop. Or call them out publicly. (Cowards like this hate having a light shined on them even if they secretly crave the attention.)

Christmas is but a few days away. Let’s get back to the real reason for the season, shall we?

Thanks for stopping by today.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Police arrest 8 in warrant sweep on the Main Line

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 12:05
Multiple Main Line police departments Tuesday announced the arrests of eight people on outstanding warrants after they were sent letters informing they were due refunds. All they had to do was to show up at a storefront office.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion school bus parking decision delayed; residents applaud

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 12:05
Lower Merion School District officials said the administration needs more time and information to work out a solution to its bus location concerns despite previously saying it would make a final decision Dec. 15.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police: City Avenue Taco Bell robbed at gunpoint

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 11:05
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

FBI: 'Credible' information leads search for Shane Montgomery back to Manayunk

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 11:05
WEST CHESTER >> An FBI spokesman confirmed that search crews, after receiving “credible” information on Wednesday, returned to the area near the river in Manayunk where Shane Montgomery disappeared Thanksgiving Eve.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford passes budget with tax increase

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 11:03
HAVERFORD >> Commissioners approved a $39.77 million final budget Monday, differing slightly from the $39.59 million preliminary draft introduced Nov. 17.
Categories: Lower Merion

LIVE: Manhunt on for Pennsburg man suspected in Montgomery County shooting rampage

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 10:25
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.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County neighbors react to shooting rampage

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 10:10
PENNSBURG>> The shooting rampage that killed six people across Montgomery County has left neighbors throughout the region shaken.
Categories: Lower Merion

Haverford police seek alleged artifact thief

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 10:10
Haverford police are asking for the public's help in locating a suspect allegedly involved in multiple thefts.
Categories: Lower Merion

Dranoff present as Lower Merion board, Cricket Lot project opponents clash in tense meeting

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 09:46
Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed a vote on an ordinance vacating a portion of Haws Terrace on the Cricket Lot.  The vote was 9-4. Commissioner Cheryl Gelber joined three others, Commissioners Steven Lindner, Jenny Brown and Lewis Gould, in opposition.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Help us find Sunil Tripathi'Life, loss and the media documented in new film

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-12-16 09:32
After his disappearance in March 2013, Sunil Tripathi’s family worked desperately to get the media to pay attention. They papered telephone poles all around Providence, Rhode Island, where Sunil was attending Brown University. They called local television news programs.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Dec. 16

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:11
The Daily Numbers: 6 people slain by a man in 3 different towns in Montgomery County in an early-morning rampage.

1 more person was wounded. The gunman is still on the loose.

35, age of suspect Bradley Michael Stone, whose ex-wife told friends she feared he was going to kill her.

2 people shot - 1 fatally - in a home in Glenolden Monday night.

14 and 17, ages of niece and nephew among the victims.

3 suspects facing charges in connection with stolen credit cards in Upper Chichester.

26, age of Philly man facing charges for allegedly dealing heroin in Upper Darby.

8 people homeless following a fire in Chester.

6 people out of their homes following a blaze in Yeadon.

7,500 dollar grant coming to Eddystone to study its recycling program.

1,107 tax bill for average resident in Colwyn after borough council OK’d a budget that actually cuts taxes.

22 months in prison for former Kutztown University football player in connection with the beating of a student

98.6 million Americans who will travel 50 miles from home this Christmas holiday season, according to AAA.

4 percent increase over last year.

2.53 a gallon, national average price at pump for gas.

70 cents less than last year.

50,000 dollars left by a secret Santa at a Wal-mart in Mechanicsburg, Pa., to pay off layaway bills.

3 dead after siege ends in Sydney, Australia.

0 wins for the Sixers at home this year, to go with 13 straight losses.

105-87 loss to the Celtics last night.

19 points, a career high, for Nerlens Noel in the loss.

1 Dallas loss and 2 Eagles wins, what Birds need to still win the division.

2 Eagles wins and 2 losses by either Green Bay, Detroit or Seattle would give them a wild card.

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

The Eagles will need help if they are going to get to the playoffs. They no longer control their own destiny.

I Don’t Get It: Just a horrific day of violence on Monday, and we still need an answer to guns.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Villanova QB John Robertson, who won the Walter Payton Award as the best college football player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Quote Box: “The community has been very kind. A man I didn’t know offered to give us a house to live in.

- Fire victim Joe McCullough, of Morton.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A horrific Monday

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-12-16 07:17
As Mondays go, that was just God-awful.

It started early in Montgomery County, where police now believe a man killed six people and injured another.

It appers Bradley William Stone, 35, was involved in a bitter custody dispute.

He is believed to have fatally shot his ex-wife, her mother and her grandmother and the ex-wife's sister. The shootings took place in three different locations, in Lower Salford, Lansdale and Souderton.

Despite a day-long manhunt, Stone remains on the loose. It is possible that he attempted to carjack someone in Bucks County.

You can get all the details here.

Then last night, gunshots ran out again, this time here in Delaware County.

Two females were shot inside a Glenolden home, one of them fatally.

Police believe the suspected triggerman is a former Colwyn police officer.

He was in turn shot by one of the women's husband, who also is a part-time police officer.

I get phone calls just about every day slamming the newspaper for our stance looking to get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.

I don't pretend to know what the answer is.

What I know is that Bradley Stone, an Iraq war veteran, likely had serious issues. He also had guns. And yesterday he used them in a deadly shooting spree.

We are now two years removed from the shock of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 innocent children lost their lives when another clearly troubled young man walked into their school armed to the teeth.

There is a common theme that runs through these stories.

Guns in the hands of people who should not have them.

I have said many times I have no interest in taking away anyone's Second Amendment rights. I did not want to penalize hunters. But I am tired of writing these kinds of stories.

And guns remain at the center of every one of them.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chester Upland officials talk about district on 'Live From the Newsroom'

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:52
He survived an attempt by Gov. Tom Corbett to remove him from his job, now Joe Watkins is ready to tangle with 'Live From the Newsroom.'

We'll have the embattled receiver of the Chester Upland School District as our guest Wednesday night, along with CU 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 at 7 Wednesay night as we go live with Joe Watkins and Gregory Shannon. Join the conversation!
Categories: Pennsylvania

How the Eagles make - or don't make - the playoffs

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:39
If the Eagles are going to make the playoffs, they will need help.

That is the penalty for losing that game against the Cowboys. The Birds no longer control their own destiny.

Even more, they better plan to win the division. Getting in as a wild card is a long shot at best.

The Eagles may very well finish 11-5 - a better record than the 10-6 they put together last year - and still miss the playoffs.

Chip Kelly's team will go to D.C. in a Saturday game to face Robert Griffin III, who has been installed as the starter again for the 'Skins. If they win, they can then sit back with their fingers crossed hoping the Cowboys trip at home against Andrew Luck and the Colts.

And the Eagles might have gotten a break - because of a broken bone suffered by Dallas star running back DeMarcus Murray. He broke a bone in his left hand in that game vs. the Eagles and likely will miss Sunday's match.

If Dallas prevails Sunday, it will all come down to the final week, when the Eagles travel up the Jersey Turnpike to play the Giants in the Meadowlands, while the Cowboys finish the season with the Redskins.

Reaching the playoffs via a wild card is very much a long shot for the Birds. They would need to win both of their final two games, while hoping that either the Packers, Lions or Seahawks lose both of their remaining games. That isn't likely to happen.

For now, will see if the Eagles can be in 'Luck,' as in the Colts starting QB.

He just gained a lot of fans in Philly.
Categories: Pennsylvania

UPDATE: 6 Dead In Montgomery County Shooting Spree; Suspect Identified

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-12-15 23:55
Bradley William Stone, 35, killed six people and seriously wounded another during a multi-scene shooting spree Monday, authorities said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Now Hiring Near Ardmore: Lilly Pulitzer, T Mobile and More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-12-15 15:29
Even more jobs at the Ardmore Patch jobs board; plus, post your own local job listing!
Categories: Lower Merion