It was a soggy day but hundreds of volleyball players and spectators jammed into Memorial Park, Pottstown. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be much better so hopefully it will be a brighter day and no rain! This was the third day of the Rumble. Saturday and Sunday are the two biggest days of competition.
Editor’s note: The difference is that when Norristown searches for new employees, they actually hire the best qualified people instead of just moving people up and perpetuating the same bad policies like Pottstown (under the guise that Pottstown is so complicated nobody could come in and “figure it out” in less than a couple years). Sorry, new ideas are needed. Congrats to Norristown for being proactive and embracing change. Apparently, it’s working!
Pottstown and Norristown are the two largest urban areas in Montgomery County and share many of the same challenges, particularly when it comes to crime.
In the wake of the wave of violence in Pottstown which culminated in last month’s arrests of more than 30 people involved in an apparent gang war, a community meeting about crime was held recently in Norristown that focused on what police and authorities are doing now, and how citizens can help.
Norristown Police Chief Mark Talbot Sr. has been asking that question since he took over leadership of that department two years ago, and he’s starting to see answers get results.
In the last two years, major crimes in Norristown have dropped by 20 percent.
Another meeting with Assistant D.A.’s Kevin Steele and Jason Whalley is set up for June 1st, Pottstown Borough Hall, 100 E. High Street, 3rd floor at 7PM
THE LAST TURN OUT WAS FANTASTIC. LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN AGAIN.
Hopefully we will have another great turnout with an active audience.
I would really like to focus in on additional things that the DA/PPD can be doing to help the residents with their efforts.
• A willingness to pursue property forfeiture (landlords renting to drug dealers and other criminals in Pottstown)
• A standardized form for recording and reporting suspicious/criminal activity if there are any other items that you are aware of or that any people that you have been speaking to think we should be pushing for, please comment or message us.
This is a form that we think could be a good choice for Pottstown. When details matter there needs to be a good reporting method for crime.
Helping to Inspire Positive and Healthy Opportunities for Progress Inc. (HIP HOP INC.) is pleased to announce the Police and Community Together (PACT) Community Fun Day to be held at the Hill School, 860 Beech St, Pottstown, PA 19464 on June 13th, 2015 at 2:00pm.
The goal of PACT is to promote positive relationships between local police departments and the communities they serve. The PACT Community Fun Day will also recognize and support Destri Roye, a sixth grade student enrolled in the Pottstown School District who is fighting cancer.
The PACT Community Fun day will feature a basketball game between members of the Pottstown Police Department and faculty, staff and alumni of the Hill School. The community day will also be a fun filled day that will include face painting, music, door prizes and special guest. It promises to be a day in which community members can gather and show solidarity with local police departments, while enjoying a fun, family event.
Television personality Brooklyn Sal, from the CBS Sports Network and Arise TV will serve as special guest announcer and District Justice Scott Palladino will serve as special guest referee.
According to Ralph Godbolt, President and CEO of HIP HOP Inc., “Positive and supportive relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve is essential in developing strong and safe communities. The PACT Community Fun Day is a great first step in encouraging positive relationships between communities and the institution of policing, not to mention, we are proud to be able to use the PACT Community Day as a way to support Destri Roye and her family. Dextri is a strong and intelligent young lady and we are confident that with great community support, she will beat cancer.”
For more ticket and sponsorship information, please visit www.hiphopinc.org. For information on vendor opportunities, please email email@example.com.
HIP HOP Inc. is a youth development program that operates youth development programs in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
For More Information Please Contact:
HIP HOP INC.
Ralph E. Godbolt, President and CEO
On May 19 at approximately 9:40 pm the PPD responded to the Adult Book Store located on West High St. for a report of a robbery. The suspects were described as three black males wearing black clothing. One suspect fled north toward W. King St. the other two fled on foot toward Berks St. Anyone that may have information in regard to this robbery is asked to contact the Pottstown Detectives Division at 610.970.6574.
POTTSTOWN, PA – There is a fairly simple reason why violent crime in Pottstown seems to have been on the rise in 2014.
The police were short-handed.
“At the beginning of 2014, we were down by 15 officers,” said Pottstown Police Chief Richard Drumheller.
“As a result, we had to pull people off the drug detail and, not surprisingly, we saw an increase in the drug problem,” he said.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, Pottstown Borough Police Chief F. Richard Drumheller and Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono announce a warrant sweep leading to numerous arrests.
On April 23, 2015, Pottstown Police spearheaded a warrant sweep in the Pottstown area. The following agencies also participated in the sweep: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Montgomery County Detectives Bureau, Pennsylvania State Parole, Montgomery County Adult Probation and Pottstown Borough Code Enforcement.
Twenty people were arrested during the sweep. The sweep also led to a search warrant, which law enforcement served at 25 North Franklin Street, Apartment 309. The search revealed crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, and two firearms. The guns that were located were a .22 caliber Intratech handgun and a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun. Ammunition for both guns was also located during the search.
Additional marijuana, paraphernalia, and cash were seized during the arrests.
The following people (20) are charged with offenses:
Darryl Branch Jr. – Felony Drug Charges
Aurice Andrews – Felony Drug Charges
Devon Vogelsang – Felony Drug Charges
Christopher Saunders – Felony Drug Charges
Barry Moore – Felony Drug Charges
Ryan Hildebrand – Felony Drug Charges
Darryl Sutton – Robbery / Montgomery County Probation Detainer
Bryson Bridges – Robbery
Stacey Bowers – Chester County Bench Warrant
Daniel Ledford – Berks County Bench Warrant
Ebony Womack – Philadelphia Bench Warrant
Spencer Kinyanjui – DUI Warrant / Montgomery County Bench Warrant
Dustin Duval – Drug Charges / Montgomery County Probation Detainer
James Lewis – Montgomery County Bench Warrant
Brandon Wade – Montgomery County Bench Warrant
David McCorkle – Drug Charges / Montgomery County Bench Warrant
Damien Cody – Montgomery County Bench Warrant
JUVENILE – Robbery
Jared Santos – Montgomery County Bench Warrant
Lushan Goodlett – Felony Drug Charges
Pottstown PD and other law enforcement agencies are currently looking for twelve additional people for felony warrants for drug trafficking. These warrants are the result of a several month-long investigation into street level drug sales in the Pottstown area. The following people are wanted by the Pottstown Police. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact Pottstown Police at 610-970-6570.
Pottstown, PA – A Lower Pottsgrove Township police officer was injured and a suspect was shot Thursday night after a traffic stop gone awry.
The officer was making the traffic stop on East High Street in the borough at approximately 8:45 p.m. when a male suspect driving a blue BMW sport utility vehicle did not yield to police signals. The pursuit began at East High Street and Heritage Drive and continued westbound into the 1400 block of High Street where the officers had gotten the vehicle cornered and stopped, according to Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz.
The officer, whom police have not yet named, then got out of his car to approach the driver.The driver then allegedly hit the officer with the car and the officer began shooting at the vehicle, Foltz said.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Pottstown Borough Police Chief F. Richard Drumheller announce the arrest of Richard Collins and Mariah Walton for first degree murder, conspiracy, and related offenses. These arrests are the result of a joint investigation into a homicide, which occurred in the area of Washington and Beech Streets, Pottstown Borough.
On Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:27 AM, the Pottstown Borough Police Department responded to Washington and Beech Streets for an unresponsive person. The victim, Artie Bradley, age 38, of Pottstown was pronounced dead at the scene. On Saturday, March 21, 2015, an autopsy was performed on the body of Artie Bradley at the Montgomery County Morgue. The autopsy revealed that Bradley died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death was ruled homicide.
The Pottstown Borough Police Department and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau conducted a lengthy investigation, incorporating witness accounts, video surveillance, and various other technological tools they were able to piece together the murder of Artie Bradley. The investigation uncovered an existing relationship between Bradley, Collins and Walton. In the months leading up to Bradley’s murder, Collins and Bradley had a falling out over money.
The soured relationship between Collins, Walton, and Bradley culminated on March 20, 2015 when Collins and Walton were called to assist in an altercation against Bradley’s paramour. This altercation provided Collins and Walton the opportunity to facilitate a confrontation between Collins and Bradley, resulting in Collins fatally shooting the victim, Bradley.
The defendants will be arraigned at Magisterial District Judge Scott Palladino’s Court, which is located at 1 Security Plaza, Suite 101 in Pottstown at 12:30 today.
The cases will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Samantha Cauffman.
POTTSTOWN, PA – Police departments in the Pottstown area are planning to intensify efforts to enforce DUI and alcohol related crimes.
The multi-jurisdictional DUI enforcement team plans to conduct at least one sobriety checkpoint operation within the next week, according to a press release from Pottstown Police. The effort is aimed at reducing the number of DUI related accidents by deterring potential drunk drivers.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Pottstown Borough Police Chief F. Richard Drumheller announce the joint investigation into a homicide, which occurred outside of residences near Washington and Beech Streets, Pottstown Borough.
On Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:27 AM, the Pottstown Borough Police Department responded to Washington and Beech Streets for an unresponsive person. The victim, Artie Bradley, age 38 of Pottstown was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Saturday, March 21, 2015 an autopsy was performed on the body of Artie Bradley at the Montgomery County Morgue. The autopsy revealed that Bradley died as a result of multiple gunshots. The manner of death was ruled homicide.
The Pottstown Borough Police Department and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau are investigating this homicide. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pottstown Police Department at 610 970-6570 or Montgomery County Detective Bureau 610 278-3368
Pottstown, PA – The victim of Friday night’s homicide was identified today as 38-year-old Pottstown man Artie Bradley.
Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said that the Montgomery County coroner performed an autopsy Saturday that determined Bradley died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Pottstown, PA – Ask law enforcement dealing with violent crime in Pottstown about the biggest obstacle to catching criminals and they are likely to say it’s silence.
Or, more specifically, silence when police ask witnesses to provide information about a crime.
Repeatedly in recent months, as police have been grappling with a wave of violence, Pottstown Police Chief Rick Drumheller has pleaded with people to come forward and say what they know.
“It’s time to pick a side,” Drumheller said during a Dec. 3, 2014 council meeting.
Editor’s note: A continuation of Evan Brandt’s series about crime in Pottstown. Well worth the read. The blogging community has been trying to get this problem addressed for a while now and it’s great that the mainstream media and Montco officials are getting on the bandwagon to clean up Pottstown. We feel Pottstown has great potential but it can’t be realized until crime is brought under control. When criminals learn that Pottstown isn’t open for business anymore, redevelopment can really take hold.
How many times have you heard it in the past year?
“Pottstown is turning into another Reading.”
It’s the kind of comparison not meant to reflect well on the Berks County seat, labeled in 2011 as the nation’s poorest city.
But comparisons are a way to put things in context.
Editor’s note: Nice job, Evan. Make sure you read the whole article because this is a good news, bad news piece. Crime is still a problem in Pottstown.
POTTSTOWN, PA – Crime is not up in Pottstown, at least not according to the numbers.
Crime in the borough last year was, in nearly all categories, below the borough’s 10-year average, according to a Mercury analysis of crime statistics provided by the Pottstown Police Department.
The numbers of serious crimes like murder, rape and arson have remained relatively flat since 2005, and in addition, the statistics show that 2014 saw 13 percent fewer major crimes and a decrease of more than 16 percent in all reportable crimes.
Pottstown has not had more than two murders per year since 2007.
Editor’s note: Unfortunately, I was almost right in the middle of this tonight. Getting a little too close for comfort. I think the Attorney General’s Mobile Task Force is sorely needed. Much of the crime in Pottstown is drug related. It’s time to get serious and ferret out these criminals. This needs to be the first order of business, not tourism. People are not going to flock to Pottstown if it is NOT SAFE! You are putting the cart before the horse.
POTTSTOWN – A shooting that took place in the area of a downtown alley Wednesday evening resulted in at least one victim being taken by car to the hospital and then flown by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital for further treatment.
The patient’s condition and name were unavailable at press time.
Personnel at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center refused to provide any information or even confirm a shooting victim was or had been in the hospital.
However, The Mercury learned from another source that a patient flown from the hospital’s helicopter pad was the shooting victim.
Apparently, the inmates are running the asylum in good old Pottstown. Several shootings, one fatal stabbing and a gas leak happened over the weekend. Sounds like your tax dollars are hard at work. Apparently, council is adding $6 million to the budget bringing it to $44 million. Frankly, that should include a dozen more police officers and somebody should be reaching out to county and state officials for help. This mess needs cleaned up once and for all. It’s the same crap, in the same part(s) of town, over and over again. We all know it’s drug related, gang related or a turf war etc… Hey, Ma, “Pass the Section 8 housing please. I want a heapin’ helpin’ so I can smother it in drugs.” Happy Thanksgiving, Pottstown style. Who needs mashed potatoes and gravy ;). We sure know who the turkey is!
I can tell you people are scared. They are afraid to take out their trash at night, drive through town at night etc… The comments on Facebook by residents are upsetting to read. You can feel the anger, fear, frustration and almost panic in their comments. Some think it’s hopeless.
So I say to you, pack the council chambers for meetings and express your outrage to the people who hold the purse strings and can actually do something about it. Pressure them to clean up Pottstown. They will cave in and do something if enough people complain. But if the same 20 people show up at meetings every month they pass all this off as a few malcontents and naysayers causing problems. They are more interested in speed traps and tourism than public safety.
There is a bigger problem here than the leadership is willing to admit. The “keep a lid on the powder keg” strategy has been an #epicfail and proactive policing needs to happen. Stop putting lipstick on a pig and start throwing money at a huge public safety issue! People are dying, isn’t that enough motivation?????
Pottstown, PA – One woman died after a crash that occurred on Industrial Highway near Moser Road on Thanksgiving morning.
At approximately 1:40 a.m., Pottstown Police located an accident involving a silver Volvo occupied only by the driver, who did not survive the crash.
Police have withheld the driver’s information until the family of the victim can be notified.
POTTSTOWN, PA –About 700 volunteers from the Borough of Pottstown, The Hill School, the
Pottstown School District,and other organizations will again combine forces to demonstrate their
commitment to our hometown during the second annual CARES clean-up event to be held on Friday,
October 24, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Rain date will be Monday, October 27.
Click here to view (and share) a short documentary created by Hill School student Jake Trombley
(Douglassville, Pa.) about last year’s CARES project and its impact on Pottstown.
The clean-up will occur in a targeted area of Pottstown, from High Street north to Beech Street,
and Manatawny Street east to Edgewood Street.
All 515 Hill School students as well as Hill faculty and staff; at least 50 Pottstown High School students
and numerous faculty members; and many Borough workers and officials will be dispersed to weed,
pick up trash, and complete other “spruce up” tasks in public spaces in the core downtown area. In
addition, about a dozen volunteers from the Montgomery County Community College as well as
additional individuals from other community businesses and organizations will join the students and
other workers on their clean-up teams.
E-waste collector ReduxTech will be on hand to accept any old items that had electricity running
through them for recycling. The collection truck will be located in The Hill School Center For The
Arts parking lot off Beech Street from 9 a.m. to noon on October 24.
In addition, the Pottstown School District is running a blood drive in the High School gymnasium
from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Individuals interested in making a donation at the Pottstown High School
on October 24 may send an email to Pottstown faculty member Mark Agnew at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop-in blood donations are also welcomed.
The CARES organizers ask that Pottstown area residents support our community by also
stopping by the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities at 57 North Franklin Street and
donating nonperishable food, laundry detergent, toiletries, warm clothing, and other items that will be
greatly appreciated by area families in need at this time. The Cluster will be accepting donations on the
CARES day (October 24) from 9 a.m. to noon.
Numerous organizations have contributed funding, tools, supplies, or other support to the CARES
endeavor. The generosity of the United Way and Home Depot provided funding for a Pottstown
CARES Community Tool Share Shed from which community individuals and organizations may
borrow tools. Interested parties should contact Katie Scanlan, High Meadows Foundation Sustainability
Chair at The Hill School, at email@example.com or 610-705-7277. CARES asks that tool borrowers
contribute one additional rake, shovel, or broom for each tool used and returned in order to helpexpand
the tool share program.
Organizations that wish to make additional donations of time, materials, or funding toward
CARES should contact Scanlan at the email address or phone number above; take donations of work
gloves, trash and leaf bags, or tools to Borough Hall at 100 E. High Street; or email
PottstownCARES@pottstown.org with suggestions or questions.
The massive CARES day volunteer crew will assemble under Hill’s former hockey rink roof at
8:30 a.m. on October 24 to receive instructions and participate in a group photo. All volunteers are
asked to wear blue – a “school color” shared by The Hill, the Pottstown School District, and the
Borough. Pre-organized teams then will disperse to their designated project areas until about noon,
when they will return to Hill for a picnic buffet lunch prepared by Sodexo, Hill’s food service provider.
Sodexo is generously donating the meals for all volunteers as well as Hill students and personnel.
The initial, joint CARES (Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment, and Sustainability)
endeavor was conceived in the spring of 2013 during conversations between Borough Manager Mark
Flanders, Pottstown School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Sparagana, and Hill School Headmaster Zachary
Lehman. The three leaders envisioned a collaborative project that would help to “spruce up” a
designated area in the core of Pottstown while boosting community pride. The CARES planning team
hopes these events will motivate Pottstown residents to engage in ongoing clean-ups of their own in
their immediate neighborhoods.
CARES project organizers wish to give special thanks to the Pottstown Police Department and
Emergency Services organizations and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for their support.