Alleged Domestic Assault Draws Large Police Response In Pottstown

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

POTTSTOWN, PA — Police took a man into custody Thursday night after he allegedly assaulted a woman and dragged her into his house after she tried to leave.

Around 7:21 p.m., Pottstown police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Cherry Street for the report of a domestic disturbance outside.

Witnesses told police they saw a man, who has not been identified, forcibly pulling a woman into a house on the block. Police said they were told it looked like she was trying to flee from the man and that she may have tried to escape more than once.

Residents also reportedly told police that the man and woman were arguing for most of the day. It’s believed that the two are in a relationship but unclear to what extent.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140710/alleged-domestic-assault-draws-large-police-response-in-pottstown

Changing Skyline: Parking Garages Threaten To Wall Off Schuylkill’s East Bank

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English: This is my own work, Public Domain Photograph, not copyrighted Ed Yakovich http://www.flickr.com/photos/10396190@N04 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Philadelphia spent the last decade working out a single, knotty planning problem: How should the old industrial spaces on the Delaware waterfront evolve? The consensus was that vacant land would be developed to resemble the rest of the city, with walkable streets, a mix of uses, and lively ground floors. No one was naive enough to think such projects could be realized without parking garages, but the expectation was that the structures would not dominate the river.

It’s a shame the conversation was never extended to the city’s other riverfront, the Schuylkill, which has come alive since a trail park pushed into Center City.

Like the Delaware, the Schuylkill is dotted with tracts of empty land crying out for housing, offices, and retail. But while little new has been built on the city’s big river – save for the suburban-style SugarHouse Casino – the Schuylkill is now sizzling with likely projects.

Predictably, each of the three proposals would front the river with a large, unsightly garage. They range from One Riverside’s modest, one-story garage at Locust Street to NP International’s multilevel, mega-development at Cherry Street. If built as designed, they would turn the bustling Schuylkill waterfront into Philadelphia’s own Great Wall of Parking.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/home/20140328_Changing_Skyline__Parking_garages_threaten_to_wall_off_Schuylkill_s_east_bank.html#FYw7GIe2AssxRvpe.99

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Carrero Pleads Guilty To Pottstown Murder

NORRISTOWN — A Pottstown man has admitted to strangling his girlfriend to death during a violent argument before hiding her body in the basement of her home and fleeing to Florida in the woman’s car.

Edwin Carrero II, 33, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Thursday to charges of third-degree murder, theft by unlawful taking and access device fraud in connection with the Feb. 2, 2012, strangulation death of 31-year-old Alicia Schmidt inside Schmidt’s 424 Cherry St. residence, where Carrero periodically resided.

“He strangled a defenseless woman in her bedroom with her children asleep in the house.  It doesn’t get any worse than this.  This is a murder case,” said Assistant District Attorney Wallis Brooks, who leads the district attorney’s domestic violence prosecution unit.

President Judge William J. Furber Jr. deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigative report about Carrero, who faces a possible maximum prison term of 30½ to 61 years.  Carrero, who also listed an address along Norris Hall Lane in West Norriton, bowed his head and did not respond to a reporter’s questions as sheriff’s deputies escorted him from the courtroom for the return to jail, where he remains pending sentencing.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130228/NEWS01/130229326/carrero-pleads-guilty-to-pottstown-murder-(video)#full_story

 

No Bond For Pennsylvania Man Arrested At Hard Rock, Found In Murder Victim’s Car

A man who is wanted in connection with the killing of his girlfriend in Pottstown, Pennsylvania has been ordered held without bond pending his extradition.

Edwin Carrero, 32, had his initial court appearance Wednesday morning.  He’s wanted in the murder of 31-year-old Alicia Schmidt and also charged with grand theft auto.

He was arrested Tuesday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood after a Seminole Tribal police officer said he noticed Carrero acting suspiciously and “rummaging” through the back of a Volkswagen Jetta.

Read more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-hard-rock-arrest-folo-20120208,0,2275282.story

Pottstown Murder Victim Identified

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

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(UPDATE 11:49 a.m.) POTTSTOWN — The identity of the woman found dead inside her 424 Cherry St. residence this morning has been confirmed by sources as Alicia Schmidt.

Sources say investigators still do not have the suspect in custody.

Read more: http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/02/02/springford_reporter_valley_item/news/doc4f2ac49bda6a3096207572.txt?nstrack=sid:16092949|met:300|cat:0|order:3