The Memo: May 17, 2011
Montgomery County news from around the web.
It's primary day in Pennsylvania. But with only one contested row office race on the ballot (two Republicans seeking the sheriff's seat) and only a handful of common pleas court benches up for grabs in Montgomery County, political watchers are expecting a low turnout. This rainy weather probably won't help much either. Here's what everyone else has been talking about:
School takeover: Chester County charter school magnate and big GOP donor Vahan Gureghian has trustees in the Pottstown School District a little worried over a letter he sent last month raising the question of a charter takeover of their public elementary schools. But are they worried over nothing? [Daily Times]
Saying goodbye to Skyler: Family of Skyler Kaufman laid her to rest yesterday, as the attorney for the 9-year-old Souderton girl's alleged killer – James Lee Troutman – seeks mental evaluation for his client. [Inquirer] [MontCo Memo]
Hit, run and return?: Montgomery County authorities have charged a 74-year-old Gilbertsville woman in a fatal hit-and-run last month. But her attorney argues that the woman didn't realize she had hit anyone and turned herself in once the she saw the damage to her car. [Inquirer]
Texting trouble: A former North Penn School District vice principal is sentenced to 2 ½ to 5 years in prison for sexually-charged text messages he sent to two teenage students. [Inquirer]
New use for full-body scanners: ABC's Nightline reports on a body scanning system that hasn't drawn nearly the protest as those pesky devices at the airport. The My-Best-Fit machines -- including one at the King of Prussia Mall -- take multiple body measurements and print out a size chart that tells you what sizes will fit at several different mall stores. [ABC News]