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Man admits to tampering with PECO meters in 5-county area

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-15 15:28
NORRISTOWN – A Philadelphia man who tampered with utility meters to reduce some account holder’s monthly PECO electrical bills, to the tune of nearly $350,000, could generate some jail time in connection with the five-county theft scheme.
Categories: Lower Merion

Video: Car caught in Gladwyne ford

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-15 15:24
The driver of an Acura SUV got stuck in the ford at Old Gulph Road at  Millcreek Road in Gladwyne during heavy rains Tuesday afternoon. The driver was able to get out safely.
Categories: Lower Merion

Driver, 2 others facing charges following police pursuit of reported stolen vehicle in Lower Merion, Havertown

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-15 15:19
Three Delaware men are facing charges in Lower Merion in connection with an incident that occurred Friday afternoon at about 1 p.m. that included an initial report of suspicious activity and ended with a police pursuit and arrest in Havertown.
Categories: Lower Merion

Patch's Best Easter Bunny Photos: A Funny, Adorable and Sometimes Terrifying Collection

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-15 15:01
The Easter bunny comes to town every year. Take a look at some of our favorite Patch photos of Easter bunnies in local Patch towns.
Categories: Lower Merion

Owners of Popular Shore Spot Plead Not Guilty to Tax Evasion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-15 14:25
The owners of Manco & Manco appeared in federal court Monday afternoon.
Categories: Lower Merion

Disney Bears: A 1-Mile Walk to Feast on Food

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-15 14:00
A mile might not seem like much to travel to get food in your town, but for Bears it can be an arduous journey.
Categories: Lower Merion

Hearings resume on Odd Fellows, Gladwyne Methodist Church reuse

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-15 13:57
After nearly nine months on pause, plans to adapt and preserve two of Gladwyne Village’s most historic civic buildings are again moving forward.
Categories: Lower Merion

Sold! Local Home Sale Listings, April 15

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-15 13:54
Patch and Zillow team up to bring you local real estate news.
Categories: Lower Merion

New polling data indicates Pennsylvania is a pro-choice state

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-04-15 13:52
Planned Parenthood PAC released polling data to Keystone Politics that questions a lot of the stereotypes projected on the Commonwealth – most critical is the inclination that Pennsylvania...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Bala Post office using point of service technology

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-15 13:27
April 15, as most of us know, is tax day. Though 80 percent of Americans use e-filing, it is still a busy day for the United States Postal Service.
Categories: Lower Merion

Minister defrocked over son's gay wedding will speak at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-15 12:42
When Frank Schaefer decided to officiate at his gay son’s wedding, he didn’t think that he was being brave but rather a “loving father.”
Categories: Lower Merion

LM Conservancy, Villanova University among partners in 'unprecedented' watershed study

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-15 12:38
The Delaware River watershed spans more than 13,500 square miles from New York to Delaware, providing drinking water to 15 million people and supporting agriculture, industry and recreation.
Categories: Lower Merion

Periods of showers and thunderstorms today

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-15 12:37
Periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected today as a powerful cold front drives through the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas, putting an end to the Summer like conditions of the past several days.  Behind this cold front, a brie
Categories: Lower Merion

DEA Stakeouts Spark Up Big Business For Garden Center

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-04-15 12:00
The owner of Midwest Hydroganics in Crest Hill, Illinois said he has seen a flood of customers since Patch posted stories about the DEA repeatedly following his customers.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police investigating Merbrook Lane home invasion

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:38
Lower Merion police confirm a home in the unit block of Merbrook Lane In Merion has been broken into. The thief ransacked the home and encountered the resident.
Categories: Lower Merion

DeLissio: Community-based care for intellectual disabilities saves money

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-04-15 09:49
The House Human Services Committee heard consumer and stakeholder testimony this week on community-based intellectual disability services as they pertain to the Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead Decision advocating for the enhancement of such services, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, a member of the committee.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, April 15

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:08
The Daily Numbers: 15 of April. Happy Tax Day!

32, expected low temperature tonight into Wednesday, with a freeze warning in effect.

51, our high for tomorrow. Some places in the Poconos or Lehigh Valley could get a snow shower.

30 residents who packed a recent Chester Heights Borough Council meeting to discuss possible development of the old Chester Heights Camp Meeting property and another large parcel as well.

10 percent of 150,000 bail posted by man charged in accident that took the life of Dante DeSimone.

18, age of teen shot and killed in Chester.

15 homicides in Delco so far in 2014.

7 of them have been in Chester.

8 DUI convictions for Chester County man, the latest involving a fatal crash in which a 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed.

15.6 violations for every 100,000 licensed drivers cited for texting while driving under new law.

22.4 and 20.6, the rates in Chesco and Montco, respectively. They’re tops in the state.

1 person shot and killed overnight after an argument outside a popular bar near the Penn campus.

5 years since incident that led to abuse charges against a Chester County state trooper. Yesterday he was acquitted of the charge.

77 million dollars, how much one investor says he’s willing to spend to buy out his partners in owning the Philly Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.

1 Pulitzer Prize captured by the Inky yesterday, to Inga Saffron for criticism for her architecture columns.

1.1 percent jump in retail sales in March.

146 point spike in the Dow Jones average yesterday.

9-6 come-from-ahead loss for the Phils to the Braves last night.

3 run homer by Dominic Brown that was wasted in the loss.

3 consecutive homers served up by Jake Diekman in relief.

2 more hits for Chase Utley, who is hitting . 489 and has a hit in all 11 games he’s played this year.

113-108 win for the Sixers last night against the Celtics.

18 wins against 63 losses for the Sixers with 1 game left in their miserable season.

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

Jonathon Papelbon was unavailable last night after pitching 3 straight nights. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the rest of the Phillies’ bullpen, leading to a disheartening come-from-ahead 9-6 loss to the Braves.

I Don’t Get It: A Chester County man was in court to plead guilty to his 8th DUI offense, this time involving a fatal crash that took the life of a 24-year-old. The judge called his record ‘absurd.’ Ya think?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Chester County D.A. Tom Hogan and the family of Liam Crowley, who are vowing to seek harsher penalties for those involved in fatal DUI crashes who have a history of DUI charges.

Quote Box: “Mr. Landis, that’s almost to the absurdity level,isn’t it? And now it takes a life.”

- Chester County Judge Anthony Sarcione, to DUI driver Robert Landis.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Are your ready to get Flyer-ed up? Flyers playoff preview tonight on 'Live From the Newsroom'

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:32
Flyers vs. Rangers.

What else do you need to say, really?

The Flyers will kick off their quest for the Stanley Cup with a first-round matchup with the arch-rival New York Rangers Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

And to get you ready for the playoffs, we're hosting a special Flyers playoffs preview tonight on "Live From the Newsroom." We'll be back in Freedom Hall and the sparkling new TV studio of Widener University, where we borrow some communication students who work the controls on the show.

It's a special Tuesday night edition of the show, and at a special time. We'll be live at 6 p.m. I'll be joined by our Flyers beat writer Rob Parent, as well as Matt DeGeorge, who recently covered the Frozen Four national collegiate hockey championships at the Wells Fargo Center.

Do you have a question about the Flyers?

Email it to me at editor@delcotimes.com and I'll put it to our panel.

Will Steve Mason be ready to roll?

How can the Flyers get past their issues with the Big Apple, where they have not won in years?

What will Craig Berube's plan be?

For these and all the info you need to get ready for some serious Stanley Cup action, tune in 'Live From the Newsroom' tonight at 6 on DelcoTimes.com. You also will be able to take part in our live chat.

We're getting Flyer-ed up? How about you?
Categories: Pennsylvania

Education secretary, Sen. Casey do the Daily Times

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:10
We're on something of a roll when it comes to public officials paying us a visit here in the home office in beautiful downtown Primos.

Yesterday it was Pennsylvania Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq.

This morning U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey will stop by.

Dumaresq was actually in town to deliver some accolades to a couple of Springfield School District schools. E.T. Richardson Middle School and the Springfield Literacy Center both received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics for their performance on the state's School Performance Profile.

Of course, I took advantage of Dumaresq's visit to quiz her on the topic so near and dear to the hears of Delco home owners. That, of course, would be property taxes.

We've deemed the issue so important we've made it the focus of a year-long editorial project we're calling The Keystones: Property Taxes and Education Funding.

Dumaresq put up a spirited defense of the Corbett Administration's belief that they have been unfairly criticized for education funding, insisting that many of the recent problems have been the result of school district's dependency on federal stimulus dollars. She emphasized that districts were warned that those federal dollars were not permanent, yet they spent them on recurring projects and were left in a fiscal bind when those funds expired.v Dumaresq is no stranger to Delco. She's served in both the Interboro and Upper Darby School Districts.

She might be one of the few people to see the education riddle from both sides, having also served as the head of the teachers' union, the powerful Pennsylvania State Education Association.

Dumaresq believes the biggest threat to education in Pennsylvania is not property taxes, but rather the pension crisis that her boss has referred to as the "tapeworm" in the state budget process.

She believes that if not addressed, the pension crisis will eat up funds that otherwise could be directed to education. Sen. Casey will be here this morning at 11.

Do you have a question you'd like to ask him?

The last time he was here the senator made big news by changing his position on gun background checks in the days following the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy.

If there is something you'd like to put to the senator, email it to me at editor@delcotimes.com.

We will try to live-stream our session with the senator. Tune in to DelcoTimes.com at 11 to see what he has to say.
Categories: Pennsylvania

When it comes to DUIs, he's Public Enemy No. 1

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:45
When it comes to drunken driving, Robert Landis is Public Enemy No. 1.

Landis is the Chester County man who pleaded guilty to being DUI at the time of a fatal crash in which he slammed his truck into a motorcycle driver.

Landis likely knew the routine. It was his eighth conviction on DUI charges.

After the court proceeding, both Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, and the family of Liam Crowley, a 24-year-old volunteer firefighter.

The judge in the case was moved to call Landis' record of driving under the influence 'absurd.'

You can read all the details here.

Hogan and the Crowley family used the plea - and the fact that Landis by law can be sentenced to no more than three to six years in prison.

At the time of the crash, Landis' blood-alcohol level was 0.283, more than three times the legal limit to be considered under the influence.

He had just left a local bar when he pulled out into the path of Crowley's motorcycle.

Hogan wants penalties increased for those with multiple DUI charges who are subsequently involved in a fatal DUI crash. He'd like to see such offenders face a minimum of 10 years behind bars.

I don't think the Crowley family would argue with that.

Nor would the judge who was perplexed as to why Landis would once again get behind the wheel while impaired.

In court yesterday, Landis said his disease was "out to kill him." He said he has found religion in jail and is ready to turn around his life.

Unfortunately, Liam Crowley never got that chance.
Categories: Pennsylvania