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COATESVILLE — The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a new urgent care benefit under the newly implemented MISSION Act, for eligible Veterans. The urgent care benefit allows Veterans enrolled with VA Healthcare to visit participating urgent care clinics in their community for treatment of minor healthcare needs.

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NORRISTOWN — A Montgomery County judge convicted a Philadelphia man of drug-related charges in connection with a traffic stop on Route 422 in Upper Providence during which state police uncovered crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in the vehicle.

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PLYMOUTH — Continuing in the transition with the Plymouth Township Police Department recently welcoming new Police Chief John Myrsiades, the Plymouth Township Council on Monday unanimously approved promotions for four police officers.

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PLYMOUTH — Fighting back tears, Plymouth Township Police Chief John Myrsiades recognized Lt. Karen Mabry, who he began his career with 30 years ago, and who has since become a friend and someone he described as a “counselor and confidant.”

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NORRISTOWN — The bags containing a mixture of fentanyl and heroin were stamped with “DANGER” and a skull and bones insignia and were delivered by a Souderton woman to a Lansdale man who suffered a fatal overdose, prosecutors alleged.

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SPRINGFIELD — Two Philadelphia men were charged with the armed robbery of the Dollar Tree July 3, after officers responded to a report at 10:02 p.m. of a robbery in progress at the Flourtown store, Springfield police reported.

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NORRISTOWN — A Whitpain Township couple and a North Wales man are in prison facing gun trafficking charges after Montgomery County authorities dismantled an alleged corrupt organization “that was profiting by arming criminals.”

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NORRISTOWN — As she apologized and wept uncontrollably in court, a Lower Frederick woman learned she’s headed to jail for driving drunk and striking a Schwenksville boy riding his bicycle in the township and then fleeing the scene.

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NORRISTOWN — A Lower Providence man faces decades in prison after a jury convicted him of charges he had sexual and indecent contact with two underage girls while they were in his company at several locations, including Horsham Township.

SKIPPACK — Dancers, musicians, veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters, politicians, farmers, clubs, non-profits, business owners and others from various parts of the county took part in the annual Skippack Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, July 4. (Photos by Ann Cornell)

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NORRISTOWN — A state court overturned the conviction and four-decade prison term for an East Norriton man accused of transporting heroin in retrofitted car batteries, finding authorities unlawfully tracked his cellphone in “real time” without a search warrant.

With many Pennsylvanians expected to celebrate Independence Day with a getaway, PennDOT is encouraging motorists to “Know Before You Go” by checking the “Holiday Travel Restrictions” page at www.511PA.com before planning their holiday travel.

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Since no one asked me to deliver a commencement speech this year, an obvious oversight, I’d like to offer the belated advice I would have shared if I’d been called to whittle down life into one neat package.

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NORRISTOWN — A Lansdale man is on his way to prison after he admitted to burglarizing two borough residences, reportedly to support his heroin habit.

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NORRISTOWN — A North Coventry man who burglarized a Collegeville residence and jumped into the nearby Perkiomen Creek while fleeing from police is on his way to prison after he admitted to the break-in.