A 24-year-old Montgomery County woman will spend the next 21 years behind bars. Emma Semler was sentenced to prison for providing drugs to her friend who overdosed in a KFC bathroom in 2014. Jenny Werstler’s parents do believe that justice was served, but if you ask them — Emma isn’t the only one that deserves to be blamed for their daughter’s death. Meanwhile, Germantown residents are finally getting some answers about the development plans for the shuttered Germantown High School. But not everyone likes what’s in store for the sprawling campus.
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One death forever altered the world of two local families. Jenny Werstler, 20, overdosed inside a KFC bathroom in Overbrook. Her friend Emma Semler panicked and left her there. Finally, five years later, someone had to pay the price.
Semler was held accountable. Last week, a judge sentenced her to 21 years in prison for supplying the drugs that killed Werstler.
The case that began with Werstler’s death and ended with Semler’s sentencing sheds light on the epidemic that has devastated Philly-area families in various ways. Werstler’s parents believe justice was served, but Semler’s sentence does little to ease their grief.
The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is in need of more space as its collection of medical oddities and visitor numbers grow. The college is seeking $25 million to double the size of the museum, add staff positions, and bolster the college’s junior fellows program.
The timetable for building construction has not been set. But the Mütter vows to preserve its beloved 19th-century flavor.
Developers met with nearly 100 Germantown neighbors this week to discuss the future of Germantown High and Fulton Elementary schools. The fate of the now shuttered schools has been a point of contention in the neighborhood and the meeting was billed as a first look at the master plan.
Developers have finally opened up about the plan which includes a charter school, cafe, coworking space, and more than 230 housing units. Residents raised concerns over what the apartments — and their price tags — could mean for the neighborhood.
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