Man charged with killing of brother-in-law at birthday party
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say an argument at a family birthday party ended with one person being fatally stabbed, another hospitalized with stab wounds and a third charged with...
Ex-Penn prof who killed wife reaches settlement with estate
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former Ivy League professor convicted in the bludgeoning death of his wife at their suburban Philadelphia home has reached a settlement with her estate.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say more than a dozen people have been arrested in a ring they say mailed Oxycodone pills concealed in toy teddy bears and rabbits from California to suburban...
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who authorities say was driving his pickup truck at 101 mph (163 kph) while under the influence of marijuana when he struck and killed a man riding a lawn...
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Pennsylvania prison inmate is facing first- and third-degree murder charges following the death of his cellmate following an alleged...
‘Powerful experience’: Students observe treatment court
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — During "a pretty powerful experience," some high school students came together with participants of Montgomery County's innovative mental health treatment court program and...
6 charged over opioid overdose deaths in suburban Philly
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in the Philadelphia suburbs are charging six people for four opioid overdose deaths that have occurred there since August.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing her former landlord and another woman in a suburban Philadelphia home where the suspect's 6-year-old son was also present, authorities...
Former PennDOT official pleads guilty to taking bribes
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former official with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has pleaded guilty to soliciting and accepting bribes.
State Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday a judge has sentenced 53-year-old Nicholas Martino, of Norristown, to 9 to 23 months on house arrest and ordered him to pay $10,000.
Authorities say Martino accepted payments from a PennDOT contractor in return for continued work with the agency.
Man sentenced after plea in slaying of adoptive father
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to decades in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing his adoptive father to death with a butter knife in the Philadelphia suburbs and taking out one of the 74-year-old victim's eyeballs.
Man gets 4 to 8 years in crash that killed sleeping woman
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A southeastern Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to driving drunk at the time he barreled into a home and killed a sleeping 86-year-old woman has been sentenced to four to eight years in prison.
Joseph Bezanis, who was sentenced last week in Norristown, pleaded guilty in September to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the April 6 death of Marianne Lambert.
No signs of trauma on elderly couple found dead outside home
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Officials say an elderly Pennsylvania couple found dead outside their home had no obvious signs of trauma and it's not yet clear how they died.
Authorities in suburban Philadelphia identify them as 84-year-old Ross Woodward and his wife Rhoda, 81. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office says an autopsy done Wednesday will be followed by toxicology tests to try to learn the cause of their deaths.
The Latest: Ex-Pennsylvania AG loses bid to delay jail term
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on former Attorney General Kathleen Kane's request to delay her jail sentence (all times local):
A county judge is rejecting former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's 11th hour request to delay her deadline of Thursday morning to report to jail and begin serving a sentence for perjury.
Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy moved quickly Wednesday, denying Kane's request for a delay shortly after it was filed.
The Latest: Ex-AG Kane must report to jail by Thursday
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's jail sentence (all times local):
A judge says former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane must report to a suburban Philadelphia jail by Thursday morning to start serving a 10- to 23-month perjury sentence.
Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy on Tuesday granted a request by Montgomery County prosecutors and revoked Kane's bail, a day after the state Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal.
CORRECTS: Ex-Attorney General Kane ordered to report to jail by 9 a.m. Thursday to start perjury, obstruction sentence.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — CORRECTS: Ex-Attorney General Kane ordered to report to jail by 9 a.m. Thursday to start perjury, obstruction sentence. (Corrects APNewsAlert to fix typo in spelling of dateline, Norristown, Pa.)
2 ex-high school players convicted in alleged on-ice attack
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two former Philadelphia-area high school hockey players have been placed on probation and ordered to do community service after being convicted of assaulting members of a rival team during a playoff game last year.
Jurors in Montgomery County deliberated for nearly 11 hours over two days before convicting 19-year-old Brock Anderson and 20-year-old Jake Cross of misdemeanor simple assault and conspiracy charges Friday, The (Pottstown) Mercury reported.
Detective in spotlight as true crime film ‘Gosnell’ opens
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — His real-life work as a detective drawing attention in a reel-life drama on movie screens this weekend has thrust the name of Montgomery County Detective James Wood into the national spotlight.
"Knowing it's a once-in-a-lifetime happening for me, it was just awesome," Wood said on Friday as the film, "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer" opened in theaters.
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Driver sought after man shot dead in traffic dispute
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are seeking a driver involved in a shooting death following a traffic dispute near Philadelphia.
The Montgomery County district attorney and Cheltenham Township police say the shooting happened at about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the township's Melrose Park section.
Pennsylvania AG: Cardinal faces no penalties by resigning
NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) — Amid unfolding sex-abuse scandals, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington. But the pope's gentle words and lack of condemnation angered those who feel top Catholic leaders continue to shirk responsibility for the global crisis.
The Latest: Pennsylvania prosecutor critical of Wuerl deal
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl (all times Eastern):
The prosecutor who released a grand jury report in August on rampant sex abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses says it is unacceptable that Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl is retiring with no apparent consequences.
Prosecutor pushes for legal change after clergy abuse report
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor has appealed to legislators to "do the right thing" and change state law so that civil cases can be pursued in court in decades-old clergy abuse cases.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke Friday at the court complex outside Philadelphia where Bill Cosby was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
Bill Cosby behind bars: Appeal looming, lawsuits pending
Their famous client behind bars, Bill Cosby's legal team is readying a long-shot bid to get his sexual assault conviction overturned. They're also fighting civil lawsuits filed by some accusers that threaten to drain his vast fortune.
The Latest: Cosby has several avenues to appeal conviction
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Bill Cosby (all times local):
Bill Cosby has several avenues of appeal if he hopes to get out of prison.
The 81-year-old comedian spent the first night of his three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault alone in a single cell near the infirmary at SCI Phoenix, a new state lock up outside Philadelphia.
Cosby's lawyers, meanwhile, are working to get him out of there.
The Latest: Cosby accusers say he got what he deserved
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing (all times local):
Bill Cosby's accusers say the comedian got what he deserved when a judge sentenced him to prison for sexual assault.
Some of the women who allege Cosby drugged and raped them spoke out Tuesday after he was sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars.
Accuser Victoria Valentino says "this is a great day for women and a great day for rape survivors."
Cosby in cuffs: TV star gets 3 to 10 years for sex assault
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — At an age when other Hollywood stars are settling into retirement and collecting lifetime-achievement awards, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was led away to prison in handcuffs Tuesday, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars in what was seen by many of his accusers as a reckoning richly deserved and long overdue.
The Latest: Prosecutor wants 5 to 10 years for Cosby
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing (all times local):
Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Bill Cosby to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.
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Cosby prosecutor asks for 5 to 10 years in prison
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Declaring Bill Cosby doesn't deserve a free pass because of his advanced age, prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence the comedian to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, while the defense argued that he is too old and helpless to do time behind bars.
Cosby prosecutor opposes defense bid to have judge step down
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The prosecutor in Bill Cosby's sex-assault case is opposing the actor's demand that the trial judge step down before this month's sentencing.
Cosby's lawyers say Judge Steven O'Neill has a longstanding grudge with a key pretrial witness and should recuse himself. O'Neill is set to sentence Cosby on Sept. 24 over a 2004 encounter with a woman at his estate near Philadelphia.
Fourth doctor charged in over-prescribing investigation
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says a fourth doctor has been arrested for unlawful prescribing and other charges as part of a months-long investigation into area physicians accused of overprescribing drugs.
Cosby wants judge to step down days before sentencing
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby wants a Pennsylvania judge to step down from his case days before sentencing on sex assault charges.
A defense motion Tuesday accuses Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill of having a longtime grudge against a key witness in a 2016 pretrial hearing.
The witness, ex-prosecutor Bruce Castor, says he declined the case in 2005 and promised Cosby that he could never be prosecuted over the 2004 encounter with a woman at his home.
Man arrested in strangulation murder of model
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who was recently released from prison was arrested Wednesday in the strangulation slaying of a model in one of Philadelphia's affluent Main Line suburbs, authorities said.
Jonathan Wesley Harris, 30, of Johnstown, was arrested as he got off a bus in Pittsburgh, Lower Merion Township police and the Montgomery County prosecutor said.
Surveillance images released of man sought in model’s death
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released surveillance images of a man being sought in connection with the strangling of a model in Philadelphia's affluent Main Line suburbs.
The body of 36-year-old Christina Carlin-Kraft was found Wednesday night in her apartment in Ardmore. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
Authorities on Monday released video of a man authorities say had contact with the victim early that morning in Philadelphia.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers are challenging the legality of the process under which a Pennsylvania board recommended he be classified as a sexually violent predator.
They also claimed in a court filing last week that the state's recently revised sex offender registry law is unconstitutional and should not be applied retroactively.
Board recommends Cosby be found a sexually violent predator
A Pennsylvania board recommended Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator, which would require the former TV star to attend at least monthly sex offender counseling — in prison and out — and police to post warning flyers throughout his neighborhood whenever he is freed.
It is now up to a judge to decide whether to accept the finding by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a Pennsylvania board's recommendation that Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator (all times local):
Bill Cosby's representative says the 81-year-old plans to fight the recommendation from a Pennsylvania board that he be classified as a sexually violent predator.
Andrew Wyatt said Tuesday that Cosby would see the prosecutor's office in court. A judge will make the final determination if Cosby will receive the designation.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Fire officials say at least 10 units have been destroyed by a fire at an apartment complex near Philadelphia.
WPVI reports that the blaze started before 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery Mills Apartments in Norristown.
The station said there were multiple reports of thick, black smoke rising from the location that could be seen for miles.
Driver rescued after car plunges into pond
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Good Samaritans have helped rescue a man who lost control of his car and ended up in a pond in Pennsylvania.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former official with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has been charged with soliciting and accepting bribes.
Authorities say 53-year-old Nicholas Martino of Norristown accepted payments from a PennDOT contractor in return for continued work with the state transportation agency. The state attorney general's office says Martino maintained the contractor's existing state agreements even though the contractor didn't perform the work.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer who was part of the team that prosecuted Bill Cosby is taking a job with a Philadelphia-based law firm.
But Stewart Ryan will continue to serve as a special prosecutor with the Montgomery County District Attorney's office until the comedian's sentencing is complete.
Ryan will leave Friday to become a civil litigator with the firm of Laffey, Bucci and Kent. He will focus on victims of crime who have suffered physical or emotional injuries.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jury is rejecting a man's self-defense claim and convicting him of killing another man by repeatedly striking him in the head with a hammer.
The Pottstown Mercury says 35-year-old Michael Raymond Bell was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and other charges for the September 2017 death of Leroy McCray in suburban Philadelphia.
Bill Cosby judge weighs publicly disclosing jurors’ names
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The judge weighing whether to publicly identify members of the jury that convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault tore into the news media at a hearing on Tuesday, accusing reporters of stalking jurors at their homes and bombarding them with phone calls since last week's verdict.
Convicting America’s Dad: Inside the Bill Cosby prosecution
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the tense moments before a jury convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the prosecutor who had branded him a "con man" and called him out for laughing during closing arguments started to worry about the global implications if the #MeToo era's first big trial went the other way.
The Latest: Judge orders house arrest for Bill Cosby
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on reaction following a guilty verdict in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local):
A judge is confining Bill Cosby to his suburban Philadelphia home until the comedian is sentenced on sexual assault charges.
Cosby must also wear a GPS monitoring device under the order issued Friday by Judge Steven O'Neill.
Cosby confined to his home as team decries ‘public lynching’
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's team blasted his sexual-assault trial as a "public lynching" Friday and began looking ahead to an appeal as the judge ordered house arrest for the 80-year-old comedian and said he would be outfitted with a GPS ankle monitoring device.
Cosby's appeal seems certain to focus on the judge's decision to let a parade of women testify that they, too, were abused by the former TV star.
‘Your friends’: Constand tells Cosby jury of pills, assault
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's chief accuser sent jurors into the weekend with a stark portrait of the night she says the man she viewed as a friend and mentor tricked her into taking a powerful drug and then humiliated her for his own sexual gratification.
Andrea Constand testified Friday that she was visiting the "Cosby Show" star at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004 when he slipped her three blue pills he called "your friends."
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial (all times local):
Bill Cosby and his team declared victory after jurors in his sexual assault trial deadlocked and a judge declared a mistrial.
But prosecutors say they will retry Cosby on charges he drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby says the encounter was consensual.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby (all times local):
The jury in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial is going back to its hotel for the night after failing to resolve a deadlock that's threatened to end the case without a verdict.
Jurors worked into the night Thursday after Judge Steven O'Neill told them to try and resolve the impasse. They've been deliberating for nearly 40 hours over four days.