Today’s web bonus » Get our free app for tablets and smartphones. timesherald.com EVEN MORE ON FACEBOOK Find breaking news, features, sports, commentary and other information from the The Times Herald on Facebook. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ TIMESHERALDPA SOME SUN » PAGE A8 High: Low: 79 59 » timesherald.com Friday, September 25, 2020 $1.50 FACEBOOK.COM/TIMESHERALDPA TWITTER.COM/TIMESHERALDPA CRIME EAST NORRITON Authorities crush gun trafficking network Supervisors encourage everyone to get flu shots Officials also pass ordinance decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana By Gary Puleo firstname.lastname@example.org @MustangMan48 on Twitter The upcoming flu season and a plea for social media kindliness were among the topics at the Sept. 22 virtual Board of Supervisors meeting. After sharing that she recently went to her doctor to get a flu shot, Vice Chairwoman Amanda Cappelletti, said she was strongly encouraging everyone to get their flu shots as well. “It’s incredibly important. It’s critical that you get your flu shot this year, of all years, with the pandemic happening,” Cappelletti said. “It decreases the likelihood of the flu and they’ll be able to get you the care that you need much quicker if, God forbid, you do end up contracting the coronavirus. Please go get your flu shot … Walgreens, CVS, Small Town Pharmacy, East Norriton Pharmacy, your doctor’s office, all of those places offer the flu shot … Weis Market, wherever you have a pharmacy, please go get one. I encourage you to do so.” Supervisor Joseph Gavanus seconded Cappelletti’s remarks. “I’ve been following very closely about the county positivity rate and the good news is it’s going down,” Gavanus said. “We were down (2.79), from a 3.3 or 3.4. The coronavirus is still winding around. It’s not taking a holiday, so everybody keep up what you’re doing. Keep up the social distancing, keep wearing masks, keep washing your hands and try to stay safe.” Supervisor Dennis DeSanto noted that sometimes people on social media are “called out” for being renters, and “for living in a less affluent part of the township than others. I would just like to remind residents that all residents EAST NORRITON » “It’s incredibly important. It’s critical that you get your flu shot this year, of all years, with the pandemic happening.” CARL HESSLER JR. — MEDIANEWS GROUP Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele announces the dismantling of a gun trafficking organization that operated in Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Norristown Police Chief Mark Talbot look on. Officials say nine adults, five juveniles illegally bought and sold more than 44 firearms — Vice Chairwoman Amanda Cappelletti money by putting firearms in the hands of people who cannot lawfully buy and possess guns. Illegal firearms on our streets are a significant threat to public safety and should concern every lawabiding citizen,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said during a news conference outside the county courthouse on Thursday. With the charges, authorities alleged Anthony Jamaris McCrary, 23, Demetrius Hug- By Carl Hessler Jr. email@example.com @montcocourtnews on Twitter Authorities dismantled a gun trafficking network operating in Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties, alleging nine adults and five juveniles, including some from Norristown and Cheltenham, illegally obtained and sold 44 firearms using a straw purchase scheme. “This type of organization’s sole purpose is to make NORRISTOWN » Montgomery County officials announce arrests of alleged participants in gun trafficking organization. SHOTS » PAGE 3 GUNS » PAGE 2 Also, most voters will be passing on mail-in ballots points. The poll finds 48 percent of likely voters favor Biden while 42 percent support the Republican president. Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall Director G. Terry Madonna said in a statement accompanying the poll results that the race has clearly tightened in Pennsylvania — a key battleground state in the presidential election. But the gap between the two candidates grows slightly when the survey polls registered voters. That survey shows Biden draws support from 49 percent while 40 percent back Trump. The poll reflects interviews with 625 registered voters: 296 Democrats, 250 Republicans and 79 independents. Biden held a sizable advantage in surveys of Pennsylvania voters throughout the summer but it appears the race is tightening in recent days. An average of Pennsylvania polls compiled by the number crunchers at Real Clear Politics shows Biden with a lead of 3.8 percentage points. Biden, the former vice president who often touts his deep family roots to the Keystone State, has joked that he earned By Karen Shuey firstname.lastname@example.org @KarenShueyRE on Twitter The presidential race has tightened slightly in Pennsylvania, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll. In the latest survey released today, Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 6 percentage LEFT: ERIN SCOTT/THE NEW YORK TIMES; RIGHT: MICHELLE V. AGINS/THE NEW YORK TIMES Left: President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a press briefing at the White House on Sept. 16. Right: Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, speaks at a news conference in Wilmington, Del., on Sept. 2. POLL » PAGE 3 OBITUARIES H. Dale Armstrong, Mary (Romano) Gualtieri “Black Widow,” set to release Nov. 6, is now planned for May 7, and “West Side Story” is delayed for a year. 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