Montco Man Charged With Forcibly Kissing Woman in Wawa Parking Lot

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Photo via the Upper Gwynedd Police Department

A Montgomery County man has been charged with forcibly kissing a woman in a Wawa parking lot.

The incident allegedly occurred on April 12th at the Wawa located at 1601 Valley Forge Rd. Upper Gwynedd Township police say the woman alleges that Mazen Salfit of Lansdale grabbed her by her arm before pulling her close to his vehicle and kissing her against her will by forcing his tongue inside of her mouth. Read more »

Montco Grand Jury Issues Recommendations to Curb County’s Opioid Epidemic

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele has released the findings of a comprehensive report authored by a 23-person grand jury tasked with investigating what he calls one of the most pressing public safety issues of our time: the opioid epidemic.

The report, made public on Wednesday, includes six recommendations – or “solutions [that] come from all sides of the political spectrum, because this issue knows no politics,” according to the DA’s office. The grand jury reviewed evidence and testimony pertaining to the epidemic over a 13-month period starting in April 2016. Read more »

Cops Investigating KKK Flyers Found in Montco Suburbs

Photo by Jeffrey Ollis | via Facebook

Upper Dublin Township Police are investigating after several flyers containing hate speech promoting the Ku Klux Klan were discovered on Monday in Maple Glen.

Police said the flyers were left on the driveways of several homes early in the morning. In a statement issued yesterday, authorities called the flyers “acts of hate” that “will not be tolerated.”  Read more »

6 Montco Correctional Officers Charged With Assaulting Prisoners

Clockwise from top left: Darrin Collins, Alfred Gregory, Jr., Jason Marshall, Edwin Negron, Anthony Saxby and Randall Sims. (Photos via the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office)

Six correctional officers at a Montgomery County jail have been charged in two alleged assaults that investigators say took place in February.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said an investigation by the Detective Bureau’s Major Crimes Unit found that the six officers assaulted two inmates – Derrick Houlihan, who wears a prosthetic leg, and Matthew Ruffings – on the morning of February 14th at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.  Read more »

Montco Dad Charged With Torturing His Kids With Electric Dog Collar

Photo courtesy of the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Photo courtesy of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

A Montgomery County father is being held in lieu of $1 million bail after being accused of shocking his children with an electric dog collar, among other allegations.

Police arrested Joseph Myhre, of Lower Providence Township, on April 7th following a investigation sparked by an emergency room visit by his wife, who arrived at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery on March 15th with a fractured skull. Read more »

Judge: Cosby Jury Won’t Come From Montco

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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown this morning | AP Photo: Matt Slocum

Update, 11:45 a.m.: Judge Steven O’Neill ruled today that the jury for Bill Cosby’s aggravated indecent assault will not come from Montgomery County — but the trial’s venue will remain in Norristown.

Cosby’s attorneys wanted a complete change of venue. Instead, jurors will come from a neighboring county, but the trial will remain in Montgomery County. Jurors will be sequestered after they’re selected.

Earlier: Bill Cosby is back in court again today.

The entertainer, charged with felony aggravated indecent assault, is in court today asking a judge to bring in jurors from outside Montgomery County. The decision to not charge Cosby when the allegations against him originally surfaced, in 2004, became part of the race for District Attorney in 2015.

As a result, Cosby and his lawyers say jurors from outside the county should serve on the jury for his trial. The AP reports prosecutors don’t oppose the motion. Read more »

Conshohocken Brewing Adds Bridgeport Brewpub

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The bi-level Conshohocken Brewing Brewpub in Bridgeport

Conshohocken Brewery opens its Bridgeport brewpub today. The bi-level space has seating for 180 and eventually will offer some different beers on its 12-tap draft system from the original Conshohocken Brewery. The brewpub location is just a little over 5-miles from original, located just across the Route 202 bridge in Bridgeport.

Head brewer Andrew Horne will begin brewing at the Bridgeport location in coming weeks on a three barrel, seven fermenter system.

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The Mathematics of Sandwiches: Stove & Tap Reviewed

Brisket sandwich at Stove & Tap | Photo by Craig Slotkin

Stove & Tap | Photo by Craig Slotkin

On a Sunday night, Stove & Tap is busy. Not full, but I’m not really sure there would ever be enough people dining out in Lansdale on any given night to fill the place completely, what with two floors, outdoor tables, multiple bars and an upstairs patio. It’s big, loud, hot, polished, beautiful, and there’s a bear—a taxidermied brown bear in the front window, standing on its hind legs with a sign asking people not to feed it.

I wanted to buy a stuffed bear once. I found it at a pawnshop in Royersford, standing amid the hocked stereos and stationary bikes. It was a nice bear—huge and fierce—and my wife, seeing the wild look in my eyes, offered what was not exactly a rare connubial ultimatum and said I had a choice to make: her or the bear. Piece of advice? Don’t ever hesitate when offered those options. I did. For perhaps half a second too long. Now, years later, she still won’t let me forget it—the day I considered, however briefly, trading my wife for a pawnshop bear.

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Brewing in the Sticks: Stickman Brews in Royersford

The bar at Stickman Brews

The bar at Stickman Brews

When I walked through the door of Stickman Brews in Royersford, head brewer and co-owner Ethan Buckman was standing over a tank overseeing one of his new brews. There were a few things he was working on that day, one of them being a wild fermented red ale called “Poor Clock Management,” named after Andy Reid, which is going on tap this Friday.

Like a lot of breweries, Stickman is in a warehouse, but this one was the former home of Sly Fox’s brewing and canning plant. The place is very open—to the right is where the brewing takes place, to the left are high-top tables and chairs. And straight ahead? The bar.

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