Pottstown Mayor: ‘Interventions’ Planned For Nuisance Properties After Weekend Shooting

Editor’s note:  Thank you, Sharon!

POTTSTOWN, PA — Mayor Sharon Thomas said a potential plan is in place to deal with “nuisance” properties in the borough following the shooting and subsequent fights with police early Sunday morning outside the Montgomery Elks Lodge.

“I spoke with Chief (Richard) Drumheller today about some interventions,” said Thomas. “There are some plans but they need time in order to come into position, but this is not the time to implement them because there is an ongoing investigation.”

Pottstown Police responded early Sunday morning for a shooting outside the Montgomery Elks Lodge at 609 Walnut St. Arriving around 2:45 a.m., officers found a man, who multiple sources said was Brandon Germany, wounded on the ground, Pottstown police said. While attending to the victim, a crowd came out of the lodge and at least two people assaulted the officers, police said.

The officers were not identified and were taken to an “area hospital” for treatment.

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POTTSTOWN POLICE: Two Officers Assaulted While Aiding Shooting Victim

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(Updated 2:45 p.m.) POTTSTOWN, PA — Two borough police officers were attacked and injured as they attempted to aid a shooting victim outside the Montgomery Elks Lodge on Walnut Street early Sunday morning, police said.

Both officers were taken to an area hospital and “treated for their injuries,” according to a release from the Pottstown Police.

Pottstown Police Captain Robert Thomas said the officers, who were not identified, will both be “OK” after the incident which began around 2:45 a.m.

The officers, who were nearby, responded to the Elks Club on the 600 block of Walnut Street for the report of a shooting, according to a Pottstown Police release.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140202/pottstown-police-two-officers-assaulted-while-aiding-shooting-victim

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Exeter School Van Struck In Pottstown Hit-And-Run

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POTTSTOWN — Two Exeter Township School District students were sent to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after the school van they were riding in was broadsided in a hit-and-run crash on Berks Street

Around 2:30 p.m., the Pottstown Police responded to the crash at the intersection of Glasgow and Berks streets.

Ted Mohn, the van’s driver, said he was stopped at the four-way intersection there, began heading west again on Berks Street when a car traveling south on Glasgow Street “jumped the gun” and struck him.

The van, which was taking students from Buxmont Academy in Lower Pottsgrove, sustained damage to the mid-rear section of its passenger side and ended up sideways pointing northwest on Berks Street.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140114/exeter-school-van-struck-in-pottstown-hit-and-run

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Wyomissing School District And Reading Hospital Reach Deal On Tax Dispute

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The Wyomissing School District has reached an agreement with Reading Hospital in an ongoing dispute over tax-exempt status for hospital properties in the district.

On Monday the hospital announced that it had agreed to provide $408,500 in annual health-related services to the district in an effort to help offset the annual deficit caused by decreases to state funding and local tax revenue, as well as mandated increases in the Public School Employee Retirement System contributions.

The agreement puts an end to the district’s efforts to increase the amount of property tax it collects from the hospital. However, it does not include a pending tax assessment appeal by The Highlands at Wyomissing.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=399500

Pottstown Crash Deaths Focus Shifts To Drug Sale

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Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

POTTSTOWN, Pa. — The investigation into a Monday night crash that killed two people and critically injured a third shifted Thursday to a downtown store that allegedly sold synthetic marijuana to one of the crash victims.

According to court documents obtained exclusively by The Mercury Thursday, members of Pottstown’s Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 315 and 317 E. High St., which houses a convenience store called the Achi Store.

As investigators were searching Tuesday for Roger Tracey Malloy, 27, of 303 N. York St., Pottstown, the driver in the fatal wreck, authorities learned that one of Malloy’s passengers, 16-year-old Kendall Harper, of Pottstown, had purchased K2, or synthetic marijuana, from the Achi Store, according to court papers filed seeking the warrant.

According to court papers, authorities learned in their investigation that Malloy has been smoking K2 and drinking before the crash occurred.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20120525/NEWS01/120529577/search-warrant-for-drugs-served-on-pottstown-store-&pager=full_story

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike O’Pake Dies From Heart Surgery Complications

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PA State Senator, Mike O’Pake, a tireless advocate for Berks County and Reading has died after undergoing heart bypass surgery on November 22, 2010.  Senator O’Pake seemed to be doing better, so his death today took many by surprise.

Read the entire story in the Reading Eagle:

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=274929