Thursday, May 23, 2013
Operation 'Weed Whacker' nets eight arrests, four firearms, over $700,000 in cash and 400 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has announced eight arrests in connection with Operation "Weed Whacker," which sought to bring down a multimillion-dollar marijuana trafficking ring. According to the press release, the DA's Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) began an investigation in September of 2012 into the trafficking of high-grade marijuana in Whitpain Township. Two months into the investigation, detectives learned that hundreds of pounds of marijuana were being distributed throughout southeastern Pennsylvania by two brothers, identified as Dennis Frederick, 40, of Delaware County, and Jeffrey Frederick, 32, of Philadelphia, the release states. Through the use of wiretaps, investigators tied the Frederick brothers' to …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Kareem Ali Borowy, 19, was found dead on the side of Sanatoga Station Road in Lower Pottsgrove on Sunday afternoon. Police believe he was abducted from his home during a home invasion earlier in the day.
The body of a local teen was discovered along the side of Sanatoga Station Road in Lower Pottsgrove Sunday afternoon, following a reported home invasion and abduction in West Pottsgrove earlier in the day. West Pottsgrove Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Manatawny Street at about 2 p.m. for a report of a home invasion. According to reports, multiple individuals armed with handguns approached the teen—identified as 19-year-old Kareem Ali Borowy—and demanded cash. The gunman then abducted the teen from his home, and fled the scene in a car. Reports indicate Borowy's adopted mother, Ruth Borowy, was inside the home with three other adopted children at the time of the abduction occurred. An earlier report from The Mercury stated the…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Blue Bell-based Correctional Medical Care Inc. is being investigated by New York's Attorney General in connection with the deaths of nine inmates who reportedly received substandard medical care.
The Attorney General of New York has announced that his office has launched an investigation into the deaths of nine inmates over a three-year span after critical reports by the New York Commission of Correction (COC) regarding the prison medical care provided by Blue Bell-based Correctional Medical Care Inc. (CMC) . In an article by Steve Reilly at the Ithaca Journal, CMC repeatedly defends the care they provide, but Reilly cites reports by the COC's Medical Review Board which state that CMC had at least "some level of fault" in the deaths of nine inmates. Some reports go as far as recommending county-level inquiries to decide if CMC is fit to provide care, the report states. CMC was founded in May of 2001 by Emre Umar, whom the report …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
One of the alleged shooters is in custody, while the second continues to elude capture.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has just announced the filing of murder charges against two men in connection with the fatal shooting of Victor Bonilla-Baez outside of Brian's Cafe on March 22. According to the release, Michael Hinton, along with his cousin, Maurice Andrews Jr., of Pottstown, are both charged with first, second, and third-degree murder and related offenses in connection with the shooting. Hinton has been in custody since March 22, but police have been unable to locate Andrews. Police responded to a report of a shooting outside of Brian's Cafe at 2:17 a.m. on March 22, where they discovered Bonilla-Baez lying on the street with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He was transported to Pottstown Memorial …
Monday, April 8, 2013
'Operation Walled-In' leads to the arrest of six people, including two from Pottstown and two from the Norristown area.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has announced the arrest six people stemming from a target-specific wiretap investigation titled "Operation Walled In." Earlier this year, an investigation began into 26-year-old Ryan Gavlick, of Pottstown, whom authorities describe as the leader of a sophisticated drug trafficking organization. The investigation documented Gavlick's use – under the alias "Paul Wall" – of more than 14 cell phones, which they claimed were used to elude law enforcement. Click here to read about Gavlick's prior criminal history Utilizing an updated wiretap law that was passed in December of 2012, investigators were able to secure a court order authorizing a target-specific wiretap of Ryan Gavlick on Feb. 28. …
Ryan Gavlick, 26, of Pottstown, is among six people who were arrested as a result of a target-specific wiretap investigation.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman held a press conference Monday to announce six arrests stemming from a target-specific wiretap investigation. Among those arrested was 26-year-old Ryan Gavlick, of the 800 block of Schuylkill Avenue, Pottstown, who Ferman described as a "notorious drug dealer." Gavlick is charged with corrupt organization, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, criminal use of a telecommunication facility, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities and violations of the Uniform Firearms Act. Ferman stated Gavlick was the leader of a sophisticated drug trafficking organization, which spanned Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. She added that he …
Friday, March 22, 2013
A 27-year-old man was shot and killed outside of Brian's Cafe on Jefferson Avenue early Friday morning.
An early-morning shooting outside of Brian's Cafe on Jefferson Avenue has claimed the life of an unidentified 27-year-old man. According to a release from the Montgomery County District Attorney's office, the shooting occurred at 2:17 a.m. along the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue. Upon arrival, police discovered a 27-year-old male victim with gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by Goodwill Ambulance to Pottstown Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The victim's name is being withheld pending family notification. According to a source in the law enforcement community, a second shooting victim was later discovered in Lesher Alley shortly before 8 a.m. Friday morning. That report remains unconfirmed at this time, …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Troy Czukoski, 42, of Exton, is facing a federal child pornography charge following an investigation by the United States Postal Service. He previously served seven years as principal of Phoenixville Area Middle School.
A former principal at Phoenixville Area Middle School is facing federal child pornography charges following an investigation by the United States Postal Service. Dr. Troy Czukoski, 42, of Exton, is alleged to have possessed between 150 to 300 images of children engaging in sexual activity, according to United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. He is being charged with one federal count of possession of child pornography. If convicted, Czukoski faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a mandatory minimum of five years of supervised release and fines in excess of $250,000. To read the full story on the Phoenixville Patch, click here. Subscribe to our free daily newsletter | Follow us on Facebook | Follow us @PottstownPatch See also: Drug …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
No charges have been filed yet in the Monday afternoon crash that took the life of a 40-year-old woman while she was jogging in Limerick Township.
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Tuesday, March 5
District Attorney Risa Ferman's office has begun an investigation into a fatal crash that took the life of a 40-year-old woman on Monday. Merinda Thompson was jogging when she was struck from behind by a green Ford Focus driven by an unidentified 18-year-old man. Visit Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch for full coverage.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Devon T. Rosenberger, 26, of Gilbertsville, was pronounced dead at the scene of Tuesday morning's accident on Route 100 in Washington Township.
A Gilbertsville man was killed in a fiery crash Tuesday morning, after his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a pickup truck along Route 100 in Washington Township, Berks County. According to a report in the Reading Eagle, Devon T. Rosenberger, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene, after the initial collision caused his vehicle to burst into flames while he was still trapped inside. The report states that first responders were unable to free Rosenberger from the vehicle, but officials later stated they believed he was killed during the head-on impact. The accident occurred around 6 a.m. on Route 100, between East Chestnut Street and Stauffer Road in Washington Township, according to the Morning Call. …