Lightning Round: the follow-up edition

Homemade parking lots

Last month, I wrote a story about how folks who lived near the Merion Golf Club were trying to make a buck off the U.S. Open by renting their homes to visiting players and tourists, and parking cars on their property.

After it ran, some readers told me Haverford Township had said there were regulations about what could be used as a parking lot and that if they didn’t stop parking cars where it wasn’t allowed, they would get fined. Though it wasn’t strictly in Montgomery County, I have been trying to reach Haverford Township officials to pass on to readers the fully skinny on the parking.

I called the police. They said : “There’s got to be impervious surface and egress. We don’t enforce it. It comes out of our codes enforcement [office].”

So I’ve been trying to reach the codes department. Monday, I got an answer.

“The Haverford Township Codes Department issued 14 warnings and 1 citation for code violation during the event,” a codes representative said. “The District Justice determines the amount of fines, not the Township.” I was unable to determine the fine levied on the person who received a citation.

Why the citation? The township staffer said it was because that person had ignored the warning given to him/her the day before.

Guilty verdict in trial of man who ordered a hit
I think this got in the paper. I think.
I wrote about a Montgomery County jury beginning to deliberate last week in the trial of Tyuan Simon. Turned out the jury returned with a verdict that evening. I wrote about the verdict the next day, and it’s still in my computer folder, so I’m just a-wondering if it made its way into print. Just in case it didn’t, I’ll repost it here:
A Montgomery County jury Thursday evening found a Norristown man guilty of putting a hit on a man he had been arguing with over a woman.
Tyuan Simon, 32, was convicted on all of the counts against him, including murder of the first degree and criminal solicitation to commit murder in the shooting death of Tyree Whiting.
A sentencing date has not yet been set. Simon faces up to a life sentence in prison.
“We are obviously disappointed with the verdict and my client will exercise his appeal rights,” said Simon’s attorney, Alfonso Gambone.
The shooting occurred Oct. 19, 2010, not far from the Uptown Roo House Tavern in Norristown. The shooter, Bruce Woods, Jr., who already had pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, testified at this week’s trial that Simon hired him to kill the 34-year-old Whiting.
The defense argued that Woods’ testimony was tainted by a deal with prosecutors to avoid a death sentence in his own case.
“We’re glad that they \[the jury\] saw through the defendant’s attempts to distance himself from his own order to murder the victim in this case,” said Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Quigg.