Windy, rainy weekend ahead • Local UM resident faces trial: murdering his neighbor

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📅 Friday, March 8, 2024
• Windy, rainy weekend ahead
• Local UM resident faces trial: murdering his neighbor
• Bunny Book Bash at Willow Grove Park Mall Saturday
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Windy, rainy weekend ahead.

The National Weather Service has issued a forecast indicating an impending wet weekend across the region, with an emphasis on the likelihood of strong wind gusts following the rain. On Saturday and extending into the night, a significant downpour is anticipated, bringing with it half an inch to an inch of rainfall specifically to the Huntingdon Valley area. While the predicted rainfall amounts might not typically raise alarm for flooding, the current saturation of the ground poses a risk for minor flooding in certain rivers and streams.

The weather scenario escalates with the forecast of very windy conditions from Sunday into Monday, where gusts could reach up to 45 mph. The detailed forecast for the weekend is as follows: Friday will see a gradual increase in cloudiness, with temperatures peaking near 56 degrees Fahrenheit and a light north breeze shifting southeast in the afternoon. The night will remain mostly cloudy with a low around 39 degrees.

The onset of rain is expected post-1 p.m. on Saturday, with an 80 percent chance of precipitation and potential new rainfall amounts ranging from a tenth to a quarter of an inch. The evening might witness rain and possibly a thunderstorm before transitioning back to likely rain showers, accompanied by breezy conditions. Sunday promises a respite with mostly sunny skies despite the windy conditions, followed by a partly cloudy Sunday night with temperatures dipping to 33 degrees.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Saturday: Rain, mainly after 1 p.m. High near 53.
Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 4 a.m., then rain likely. Low around 45. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Windy.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Breezy.

Local Upper Moreland resident faces trial on charges of murdering his neighbor

Christopher Casey, 55 of the Hatboro section of Upper Moreland Township, was held for trial after a preliminary hearing on Thursday on charges of third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and possessing an instrument of crime in connection with the alleged stabbing of his next-door neighbor on January 14.

Casey is accused of fatally stabbing 62-year-old Robert Wallace after an ongoing dispute which involved arguments about the defendant’s loud snoring. According to police, Wallace showed up at Casey’s residence while Casey was eating dinner. Following a verbal altercation between the two men, Casey used a large, military style knife to stab Wallace several times.

Police found blood both inside and outside of the residence. Casey now faces a formal arraignment hearing within the next several weeks. A judge will then schedule Casey’s trial date. Casey remains in the county jail in lieu of $1 million bail. “Casey said for the past year and a half, he and Wallace have been having personal issues because Casey’s loud snoring has become a source of contention,” the criminal complaint said.

Upper Moreland police had previously responded to numerous incidents involving arguments between Casey and Wallace. A conviction of third-degree murder carries a possible maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison. A conviction of voluntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, carries a possible maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.

Bunny Book Bash at Willow Grove Park Mall This Saturday

Macy’s Court at Willow Grove Park Mall is gearing up to host the Bunny Book Bash, a special event celebrating National Reading Month and the arrival of spring. Scheduled for Saturday, March 9, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, this family-friendly event promises an array of activities designed to delight and engage children of all ages.

Highlights of the Bunny Book Bash include:

  • Character Meet and Greet: Attendees will have the chance to meet beloved characters such as Daniel Tiger, Peppa the Pig, and Dr. Seuss, providing perfect photo opportunities and memorable moments for the little ones.

  • Interactive Storytime: Don Dougherty, a favorite local author and storyteller, will captivate the audience with "A Not-So-Typical Campfire Story," an interactive adventure that involves the audience in exciting scenarios like an earthquake and a thunderstorm. The performance is set for 11:30 am to Noon, and parents are encouraged to arrive early to include their child’s name as one of the main characters in the story.

  • Fun Activities: The event will also feature balloon twisting by Moments by Max, a craft station for creating personalized bookmarks, and a cozy book nook for reading and relaxation.

Abington's own Chad Kolarik is set to return for his second season as an assistant coach with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, continuing his coaching journey with the Under-17 team. After a successful 2022-23 season with the U.S. National Under-18 team, where he played a pivotal role in securing a gold medal at the 2023 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship and a triumphant first-place at the 2022 Under-18 Five Nations Championship, Kolarik brings his wealth of experience and insight back to the program.

Reflecting on his coaching philosophy, Kolarik emphasized empathy and understanding towards the young athletes' experiences, saying, “When we think about the troubles we have gone through, wins and loses as a 16-year-old player, and working out every day for the first time, we all understand that. We can put ourselves in the kids’ shoes.”

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also observed in support of taking action against gender inequality around the world. We all know the world couldn’t run without women (we mean, just listen to Beyoncé). This is the day to appreciate their efforts! Organizations large and small come together to show women just how valuable they are in today’s society. Also make sure to help women around you find resources on scholarships available for women from around the world to help them spread their wings and fly higher.

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