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Posted: May 10, 2011

Vigil for slain bar owner

Family and friends of John Adams, an Olney bar owner who died a year ago today after being shot in a robbery outside his bar, will hold a candlelight vigil in his memory at 6 tonight. Adams, 47, ran Johnny's Top Cat Club, on 5th Street near Ruscomb. He was accosted by two men outside his bar the night of May 2, 2010, after he walked a female patron to her car. After being shot by one man, he died in a hospital eight days later. The vigil will be held outside the club, which has since been closed.

Nicholas Roll, 22, and Brent Dixon, 32, are in custody, awaiting trial on murder, robbery and related charges in Adams' slaying.

42 months for ex-cop

James Venziale, 32, a former Philadelphia cop charged last summer in a plot to rip off a drug dealer of 300 grams of heroin and resell it, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison yesterday.

Venziale got a break from U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III after prosecutors sought leniency for Venziale based on his cooperation. Venziale, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and drug possession charges in February, testified against his former partner in the 39th District, ex-cop Mark Williams, at Williams' trial in March. Williams was convicted of related offenses and has yet to be sentenced.

Delco officials charged

Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green filed theft charges yesterday against four Newtown Township officials, including the tax collector and an elected member of the Board of Supervisors, for allegedly tapping the township's FedEx account for their personal use.

The defendants are: George Clement Jr., assistant to the township manager; Gwen Toyzer, administrative assistant to the township manager; Marie Richards, the tax collector; and George Wood, a township supervisor. Green said all four admitted to using the FedEx account and agreed to make restitution.

Authorities attributed most of the $1,231 loss to Toyzer.

Tougher police-dog law

Lawmakers have approved a bill that calls for a minimum five-year prison term and a fine of up to $15,000 for killing a police dog. Current law calls for a three-to five-year term. The measure was drafted in response to the 2010 killing of a Gloucester Township police dog named Schultz. The 3 1/2-year old German shepherd was thrown into traffic by a robbery suspect.

Change in adoption rules

Adoptees who want to know their medical history or find out why they were given up by their birth parents are closer to being able to access records under a bill approved yesterday. The bill now goes to Gov. Chris Christie. If it becomes law, parents who surrendered children for adoption would have one year to shield their identities. After that, an adopted adult or adoptive parent would be able to request a copy of the adoptee's birth certificate.

-Staff and wire reports

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