Saturday, May 18, 2013
A look back at some of this past week's stories in Pottstown.
Gear Jammers Saloon to Host Benefit for Pottsgrove Alum Friends of Melissa Oister, who is battling multiple cancers, plan to host a benefit concert and pig roast in June. Pottstown Resident Sued over Alleged Dog Attack Two people were injured in the incident; they are suing the home's occupant, who owned the dogs, and the homeowner. TriCounty Community Center Offers Career Fair May 22 Over 70 employers are expected at the career fair on Wednesday. Man Arrested for Allegedly Lying in Borowy Murder Investigation A Philadelphia man reportedly admitted to lying during the early part of the investigation, and was charged with unsworn falsification to authorities. New Pottstown Police Chief to Make $95,000 Per Year Newly-hired chief F. Richard …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Reports from the Pottstown Police Department.
The following items contain information provided by the Pottstown Police Department. Arrests, where they are mentioned, do not indicate conviction. Harassment: On April 8 at 7:06 P.M., police responded to the unit block on Beech Street for a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, police encountered the victim as she was finishing moving out of her boyfriend's apartment, which was shared with his mother. The victim stated that shortly after her boyfriend brought a load of items to her can, the boyfriend's mother – identified as 56-year-old Patricia Ann Hetrick – called her a "no good whore" and punched her the victim in the face, police said. There were no marks on the victim, and she stated she did not need medical attention, …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Reports from the Pottstown Police Department.
The following items include information provided by the Pottstown Police Department. Arrests, where they are mentioned, do not indicate conviction. Retail Theft: On April 11 at 3:22 p.m., police responded to the Pottstown Walmart for a report of retail theft. Upon arrival, police encountered Michael Staso, of Pottstown, while he was being detained by the store's loss-prevention officer. The report states that Staso was seen walking back and fourth in the fishing section of the store, before he attempted to walk out with ten fishing lures valued at $33. Staso was taken into custody, and was later released after being cited for retail theft. Criminal Mischief: On April 2 at 11:33 a.m., police were dispatched to Trilogy Park for a report of …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Pottstown Police charge man with possession, disorderly after finding paraphernalia.
What some may have seen as a simple Q-tip, lead to an arrest of one local man. On March 22, at 6:49 p.m., Pottstown Police stopped an individual in the area of North Franklin Street and Chestnut Street after observing suspicious behavior, said police reports. Joseph Robert Voto, 28, of Hawley, Pa., was identified walking northbound on Franklin Street by Pottstown Police. Police reports state the Voto repeatedly looked over his shoulder to keep an eye on officers approaching. “I observed he had a look of concern on his face,” reported Ofc. Brandon Sheehan, of the Pottstown Police. After suspicion of a contraband, Sheehan approached Voto and gained his permission to search for narcotics, said the report. “I recovered a cotton swab from …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Police are asking for help to find the man pictured here, who is wanted for alleged aggravated assault and rape in Pottstown Borough.
The Pottstown Police Department is seeking community assistance in catching a man wanted in connection with an alleged aggravated assault and rape in the borough. Police are looking for a 5-foot-7-inch black male weighing roughly 170 pounds. He is clean-cut looking, and in his late 20s to early 30s with light brown or hazel eyes. Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to contact Det. Mark Wickersham or Det. Heather Long at 610-970-6574.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Patient, 75, cited for disorderly conduct after fight at the coffee machine.
It started off as a simple attempt to get coffee, but it resulted in a 75-year-old being cited with disorderly conduct after a fist-fight. Pottstown Police responded to 724 N. Charlotte St., on March 7 for a report of a fight. Employees of the senior care facility called in borough police when Phillip Thomas, 75, a Manor Care patient, met up with another Manor Care patient at the coffee machine. One employee reported that a fight had begun when Thomas told the other patient that he "needed to in a nut house.” Thomas then punched the patient in the face, after he’d attempted to walk away. “[Thomas] claimed that he felt threatened and that he defended himself,” said the police report. Thomas also told police he’d killed three people in the …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Members of the Ches-Mont Emergency Response Team will be recognized for their actions in a shooting incident that occurred in Pottstown last year.
The ASIS International’s Philadelphia Chapter will recognize and honor four members of the Ches-Mont Emergency Response Team (CMERT) for their exceptional service and bravery for their actions in arresting a barricaded shooter at a Pottstown apartment complex in February of 2012. The CMERT is a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team. The members of this law-enforcement team, who will be recognized at a special March 20 ASIS International Philadelphia Chapter ceremony, are: The ceremony will take place at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill. The Ches-Mont Emergency Response Team members will be among a group of 25 Philadelphia-area law enforcement officers to receive honors and recognition. According to a Pottstown Patch report on the …
Friday, February 8, 2013
A Pottstown woman to face jail time for allegedly assaulting her 2-year-old daughter.
According to the Pottstown Mercury, Briana Marie Brown, 22, formerly of Pottstown (now of Philadelphia) admitted she was guilty of child endangerment charges after a Pottstown Police officer witnessed her crimes on West King Street in April 2012. In an arrest affidavit, Pottstown Police Sgt. Thomas McCloy alleged Brown threw a small child into a set of stairs, and then beat her. "I then observed the female hold down the child and begin to strike her multiple times (five to six times) on the chest and stomach," said McCloy. Brown will face two-and-a-half to five years of prison time, in addition to undergoing a drug and alcohol evaluation as part of the presentencing process, according to the report. For the full story, click on the …
Monday, February 4, 2013
A Pottstown cop was allegedly assaulted after investigating a car accident.
He stopped by an accident scene and a punch in the nose was all the "thanks" he got for his work. Pottstown Police stated in a recent report that Officer Ronald Taylor, a Pottstown policeman, was punched in the nose with a closed fist when he stopped at an accident scene on Jan. 26, according to the Pottstown Mercury. The report stated that Taylor reposponded to a call at High and Adams streets in Pottstown when Robert Feltenberger, 26, of Pottstown, punched him. Police said that Feltenberger came from "the sidewalk in front of the Little Italy Pizzeria and punched Taylor in the face." The article notes that at that time, Officer Brandon Sheehan then tackled Feltenberger to the ground. When asked what provoked him to punch Taylor, …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Man accused of assaulting a borough officer.
Tuesday, January 15
"He who represents himself has a fool for a client." -Abraham Lincoln Erik D. Deger doesn't seem to think so. The Pottstown resident is scheduled to represent himself in an upcoming case in which he is charged with assault of a borough officer. "Deger, 27, of the 1300 block of South St., of Pottstown, waived his right to have a lawyer and told a Montgomery County judge on Monday that he wants a jury trial on charges of simple assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in connection with an alleged May 2011 incident," said an article in the Pottstown Mercury. Jury selection for the case is scheduled to being on Tuesday. “There will be no theatrics, no histrionics,” said Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy. The judge, who was formerly juvenile …