Pub­lic li­brary of­fers spring com­puter classes

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

For The Times Her­ald

NOR­RIS­TOWN » The Mont­gomery County-Nor­ris­town Pub­lic Li­brary Com­puter Lab is ex­cited to an­nounce that regis­tra­tion has be­gun for its spring 2018 sea­son of classes. This will be the li­brary’s fif­teenth year of­fer­ing com­puter classes to the Nor­ris­town and greater Mont­gomery County area.

Classes cover a di­verse set of top­ics, in­clud­ing com­puter fun­da­men­tals, Mi­crosoft Of­fice and the In­ter­net. The classes are “hand­son,” with each stu­dent seated at his or her own com­puter, where they fol­low along with the in­struc­tor, whose screen is pro­jected at

iels said.

“This of­fice will con­tinue to stand up for our el­derly cit­i­zens who are vic­tim­ized by peo­ple,” Daniels added.

Au­thor­i­ties al­leged per­sonal be­long­ings of the vic­tim had been re­moved from the home by the squat­ters and were lost, stolen or sold. The squat­ters also made changes to the home.

Dur­ing a sep­a­rate resti­tu­tion hear­ing on Mon­day, Judge Fer­man or­dered Muhammed and Fretwell to share in the pay­ment of $8,825 in resti­tu­tion to the vic­tim’s grand­daugh­ter, who choked back tears as she re­vealed her 90-yearold grand­mother died in Jan­uary.

“I’m sorry you had to go through this. I can tell from your tes­ti­mony that this has been an in­cred­i­bly emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence,” Fer­man ad­dressed the vic­tim’s grand­daugh­ter.

Fer­man said the amount of resti­tu­tion sought by the vic­tim’s fam­ily and pros­e­cu­tors was a “mod­est re­quest,” con­sid­er­ing that the real loss is likely much greater. The vic­tim’s grand­daugh­ter, of Col­legeville, pro­vided the judge with a list con­tain­ing items that rep­re­sented only a frac­tion of what went miss­ing or what was dam­aged in the home.

“I was just heart­bro­ken,” the vic­tim’s grand­daugh­ter tes­ti­fied, re­call­ing her emo­tions when she ob­served the en­cased me­mo­rial flag from her grand­fa­ther’s fu­neral was dis­carded by the squat­ters on the drive­way.

The woman’s grand­fa­ther died in 2007 and was a U.S. Navy vet­eran, tes­ti­mony re­vealed.

“She saw that it (the flag) was strewn in the drive­way like it was trash. So this was a case that had both a fi­nan­cial toll and an emo­tional toll,” Daniels said.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in Jan­uary 2017 when a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the vic­tim’s fam­ily no­ti­fied po­lice that the Lawn­ton Road home was oc­cu­pied by some­one, when it should be va­cant, and that no one had per­mis­sion to be on or inside the prop­erty.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that Mr. Muhammed as well as Miss Fretwell had set up shop and were ei­ther liv­ing or at­tempt­ing to live in that home,” Daniels al­leged.

Au­thor­i­ties al­leged Muhammed and Fretwell changed the locks on the doors, paid taxes on the res­i­dence and even opened ac­counts for elec­tric ser­vice and trash col­lec­tion at the res­i­dence.

“They had taken steps to make it ap­pear as though they owned this home and lived in this home when in re­al­ity they did not in any way,” Daniels said.

When con­fronted about tak­ing up res­i­dence at the home, Muhammed and Fretwell pro­duced re­ceipts in­di­cat­ing they paid prop­erty taxes on the home.

“Yahya stated he felt be­cause he paid the taxes he owned the prop­erty,” East Nor­ri­ton De­tec­tive An­thony Caso al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

De­tec­tives said Muhammed and Fretwell could not pro­vide any doc­u­men­ta­tion that they owned the home. The pair al­legedly claimed they were mis­in­formed by uniden­ti­fied peo­ple that they could pay taxes and own the house in seven years, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

“Their claim was that if they were pay­ing taxes on the home that they owned the home. That is com­pletely un­true,” Daniels al­leged. “The home was not on a tax loss list, it was not up for sher­iff’s sale, there was no fore­clo­sure.”

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