Cops Arrest Suspect in Grisly Montco Hammer Murder

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

Police in Montgomery County arrested a 34-year-old Norristown man on Monday after he reportedly bludgeoned a friend to death with a carpentry hammer following an argument at his residence this past weekend. Read more »

Brady: Shut Down the Norristown High Speed Line

Norristown High Speed Line train

Photo by Peetlesnumber1 via Wikimedia Commons; used under a Creative Commons License

Pa. Congressman Bob Brady wants SEPTA to shut down the Norristown High Speed Line while a federal investigation unfolds into the cause of a crash that injured more than 40 people this week.

The National Transportation Safety Board is probing the collision, which occurred early Tuesday morning when a train carrying 41 passengers and an operator struck an unoccupied parked train at the 69th Street Transportation Center.  Read more »

WATCH: Mike Pence Got a Haircut in Norristown

More than 15,000 people tuned in to CNN’s live video today of Mike Pence getting a haircut in Norristown. The barber, you may note, has a similar haircut to the one Pence has.

Pence today got a 20-minute haircut at Jones Barber & Hairstyles on East Airy Street. If you don’t have time to watch the entire video, please go to the end, where Mike Pence applauds his haircut and this exchange takes place: Read more »

Man Arrested for Murder of Norristown Man He Met On Craigslist for Sex


Chad Marshall Wilcox

Twenty-eight-year-old Chad Marshall Wilcox has been arrested and charged with robbery and first-degree murder of a Norristown man he met on Craigslist for sex.

Instinct reports that “Wilcox allegedly killed his victim, Manuel Hakimian, 36, on September 21 at Hakimian’s home in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb. Authorities believe Wilcox slit the victim’s throat. … After allegedly killing Hakimian, Wilcox used Hakimian’s bank and credit cards in at least five states. Wilcox also stole his car, which was spotted on September 24 by police in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Wilcox crashed the car and escaped on foot; police found a folding knife with blood on it along with receipts matching some of the purchases made with the stolen cards. Wilcox was ultimately arrested in Johnston County, North Carolina a few days later.”

The Associated Press has more:

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Out Norristown Actress Maria Bello Lends Her Voice to Lisa Scottoline’s New Novel


A match made in local-celebrity heaven: Norristown native and Hollywood actress Maria Bello will narrate the audiobook for bestselling author Lisa Scottoline‘s upcoming novel Betrayed

Known for her work on TV’s ER and films like A History of Violence and The Cooler, Bello grew up in Norristown and graduated from Villanova University. You may remember that she came out in a much-talked-about New York Times piece in 2013.

Scottoline is a Philadelphia lawyer and author who has penned over 20 novels, two of which have reached No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Midday Headlines: Rittenhouse Club Horror Story

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New projects in and around the city are thriving (even if approvals can be cumbersome), but not all developments are created equal. Case in point: the Rittenhouse Club condo apartments in Norristown.

In an an article written for the Inquirer, Carolyn Davis tells the home buyer horror story that unfolded with a Norristown condo complex at its center.

The 26-unit project by developer R. Bruce Fazio cropped up with issues from the start. And not just cliché, annoying-leaky-pipes type of issues. No, more like scary naked wiring and wooden fire-escape staircase (what?!) issues. And it doesn’t stop there:

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Theatre Horizon Announces Its 2014-2015 Season Lineup

Steve Pacek, Adam Altman, Geneviève Perrier, and Damon Bonetti in Theatre Horizon's "39 Steps." Photo by Matthew J. Photography.

Steve Pacek, Adam Altman, Geneviève Perrier, and Damon Bonetti in Theatre Horizon’s “39 Steps.” Photo by Matthew J. Photography.

Norristown’s Theatre Horizon has unveiled the lineup for its 10th anniversary season, which Artistic Director Erin Reilly says is all about “giving voice to the voiceless.” Known for producing challenging yet inspirational dramas, Theatre Horizon’s upcoming season will include works by Stephen Sondheim and Suzan-Lori Park, with the stories and actors aiming to reflect the diversity of the local theater community.

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Midday Headlines: Montco Considers Spending Millions on Norristown HQ

Montgomery Plaza office buildings, courtesy of Google Street View

Montgomery Plaza office buildings, courtesy of Google Street View

The Inquirer’s Jessica Parks reports that Montgomery County, after selling off much of its property over the last year, is reconsidering what to do with its headquarters and central offices in Norristown. The county is hiring a consultant to study the options, “including rehabilitating One Montgomery Plaza, building atop the county courthouse plaza, replacing an underground parking garage, renovating or tearing down the old stone prison, or even expanding the county footprint by buying the Post Office building behind the courthouse.” The 10-story One Montgomery Plaza alone needs at least $17 million in repairs.

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For Sale: Norristown Home with Backyard Creek

Exterior shot of the Norristown colonial.

Exterior shot of the Norristown Colonial Stone.

Oh, forget the interior for a second and just take in the natural landscape surrounding this home. Afforded with 17.5 acres of land, the grounds contain both a property-length creek (or “crick” as someone once corrected me) and waterfall. Also nearby is a springhouse that would have my mother squealing in my ear from delight. The gallery provides a view of these notable outdoor features.

Now, onto the house itself.

The home was built in 1748, expanded in 1884, and throughout it all kept its original den with stone fireplace. Another fireplace can be found in the living room, in addition to hardwood floors which cover most of the house, the exception being the playroom. That has bluestone floors…as well as a third fireplace. It can be accessed through a glass sun porch.

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