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HARRISBURG — Montgomery County ranks among the Top 10 counties that recorded the highest number of animal abuse cases since a state anti-cruelty law known as Libre’s Law strengthened the protection of animals and went into effect in 2017, according to statistics compiled by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

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POTTSTOWN — As COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and misinformation complicate planning for a return to in-person learning next month, an online town hall Thursday aimed to clear the air and let parents know what they need to know.

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NORRISTOWN — An Upper Providence man identified in court papers as one of the “main targets” during an investigation of a drug trafficking organization in the Pottstown region will spend up to a decade in prison after admitting to his role in the operation.

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NORRISTOWN — A Pottstown man has some jail time and counseling in his future in connection with a domestic disturbance during which he strangled his girlfriend after reportedly getting upset about text messages on her phone.

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WHITEMARSH -- The Whitemarsh Township Authority has officially moved into its own 2,500-square-foot home. The Authority board, its professionals and dignitaries attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday evening to mark the opening of the new administrative office.

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Making the decision to admit a loved one into a nursing home can be a very stressful and confusing process. Not only must you handle the details involved in the physical move, but you must also navigate the paperwork and financial side of the admissions. Nursing home admissions agreements can be complicated and confusing. When presented with the nursing home admissions agreement, many do not realize the importance of carefully reviewing these agreements. It is important not to rush into a decision to sign the agreement, but rather to carefully read the agreement. If possible, you should have your attorney review the agreement before signing it.

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NORRISTOWN — The number of new, positive coronavirus cases and the 14-day average of cases in Montgomery County continued to inch upward during the latest seven-day period, according to weekly data compiled by health officials.

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Educators and mental health specialists largely agree creating art sharpens critical thinking skills, enhances mental flexibility and fosters self-esteem. No disrespect to the pros, but it’s more likely the girls and boys who designed the eye-catching murals on display at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery’s Braemer Medical Arts Building in East Norriton see art-making in more basic terms — simply a fun way to spend a hot summer day.

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NORRISTOWN -- Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Jeanne Sorg, is proud to proclaim 2021 to be a record breaking year for the office. In the first six months of this year, the office has recorded over 76,000 documents. For comparison, in an average year, the office typically records around 100,000 documents a year.

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UPPER MERION — A Philadelphia man must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that he fatally shot another man during what prosecutors characterized as “a drug deal gone bad” inside a King of Prussia hotel room.

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HARRISBURG — Six Southeastern Pennsylvania counties, including Montgomery County, saw slight upticks in coronavirus positivity rates for the first time in several weeks, according to the latest week-to-week data compiled by state health officials.

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NORRISTOWN — Already awaiting trial on charges he possessed child pornography, an Upper Hanover man who worked as a police officer with the Hilltown Township Police Department in Bucks County saw charges mount this week after detectives uncovered additional images on his electronic devices.

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NORRISTOWN — A Philadelphia man who previously was acquitted of third-degree murder by a jury in connection with the 2018 gunshot slaying of a Norristown man has admitted that he helped set up the robbery that went awry and led to the fatal shooting.