Investigation Into Two Deaths In Montgomery Township

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Montgomery Township Police Chief Scott Bendig announce the joint investigation into a homicide, which occurred at 806 Karens Court in Montgomery Township.

On Thursday, April, 30, 2015 at 6:47 PM, the Montgomery Township Police Department responded to the 806 Karens Court for a reported disturbance with shots fired. Arriving officers located a gunshot victim, identified as Brienne Francisco, age 36, at the entrance of the residence. The victim was transported by MEDIVAC to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

The Montgomery County SWAT Central Region Team was deployed due to the potential of a barricaded person inside the residence. Upon entry into the residence, officer’s located a deceased male, age 56, on the first floor. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the male appeared to have sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A revolver was located next to his body. The identity of the male is being withheld pending family notification.

Investigation has revealed that both Brienne Francisco and the deceased male resided at 806 Karens Court. Autopsies are pending at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.

Meet With The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

First Assistant District Attorney, Kevin Steele, has responded to a request from a Pottstown resident/businessman to meet with the community regarding the problems of drug dealers and drug houses. This will be an opportunity to engage the District Attorney’s office and to ask questions about how they can work with us to reduce crime.

We will be meeting with Asst. D.A. Jason Whalley.

Because of the importance of this meeting we want thoughtful participation by residents who will take time to familiarize themselves with the PA Drug Nuisance Law and ask relevant questions.

This is NOT a meeting to “bash” law enforcement or dwell on personal experiences.

We are working to build a connection based on trust and communication between the community, the D.A.’s office and local law enforcement.

PLEASE RSVP for this meeting. There could be a change in venue or time but we will update you ASAP with any changes.  To RSVP email and put COUNT ME IN in the subject line and put your name in the body of the email along with any other information you want to pass along or questions. You should familiarize yourself with the PA Drug Nuisance Law in order to be able to participate in the discussion.  Here’s the link to the Pennsylvania Drug Nuisance Law:

DA Ferman: Bradley Stone Committed Suicide In Woods Near His Home

The manhunt for Bradley W. Stone, the ex-Marine wanted in the killings of his ex-wife and five of her family members in Montgomery County, ended Tuesday with the discovery of his body in woods near his Pennsburg home, police said.

Stone is believed to have killed himself with a knife found near his body, county District Attorney Risa Ferman said at a 4:30 p.m. press conference.

Earlier, officials evidently were at a loss as to Stone’s whereabouts as District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced a multiagency effort involving local, state and federal law enforcement officers to find him.

But a grid search of the area surrounding his home eventually turned up his body in the woods, Ferman said.


Pottstown 2009 Crime Statistics

I am scratching my head wondering how the recently released 2009 statistics for Pottstown Borough are not good news?  Not sure what the Mercury is getting at and who exactly thinks crime reduction is meaningless.  Arrests up, crime down and no murders is a big woohoo in my book!

Pottstown has an unjustified reputation that is based on “classism” and “racism” from people who are on the outside looking in.  People have actually said to me, out loud mind you, that they are “afraid” to come into Pottstown.  My response is, “Oh grow the hell up.”

We are a diverse, urban community.  Really a small city.  There are no perfect utopias in which to live.  Bad things happen every where.  Even in the “suburbs”.  You are not exempt if you live in Limerick, a Pottsgrove, a Coventry or are driving down 422.

Unless you are doing something completely stupid like withdrawing a large sum of money from an outdoor ATM at 4 am or wandering around questionable places, you are pretty darn safe here. 

I have lived in and around Pottstown for over 25 years and am no worse for wear because of it.  Even when I lived on Walnut St. and on King St., nothing bad happened to me.  I do not live a charmed life either.  I just use common sense.

Chief Mark Flanders and our Pottstown Police Department should be commended for their hard work at fighting crime (which is generally brought in from the outside).  Most people who live in Pottstown are decent, hard-working people.  We do not all have an Access Card and wear pajamas!  The trouble makers generally come in from out-of-town.

The Montgomery County DA, Risa Ferman is also to be commended for her tough stance against drugs and violence.  Her desire to get rid of the drug dealers and the violence they inflict on Montco residents is awesome.  DA Ferman wants these people gone from our county and has been a great ally for our local police departments.

So kudos all around to our involved Pottstown citizens and law enforcement agencies.  Let’s make 2010 even better!

Power to the Pottstown people!