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The sisters of Leila Trabelsi, wife of former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, are all smiles as they arrive in a Tunis courtroom yesterday. The trial of 23 relatives and associates of the former Tunisian president on charges of trying to flee the country illegally in January resumed this week after a weeklong postponement.
The sisters of Leila Trabelsi, wife of former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, are all smiles as they arrive in a Tunis courtroom yesterday. The trial of 23 relatives and associates of the former Tunisian president on charges of trying to flee the country illegally in January resumed this week after a weeklong postponement. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: August 13, 2011

PHILADELPHIA

Trolleys delayed

SEPTA trolleys temporarily bypassed the 15th Street station in Center City during the height of the evening rush hour yesterday.

Police arrived at 4:42 p.m. after getting a call about an unattended backpack that had been left inside the station at 15th and Market, said Jerri Williams, a SEPTA spokeswoman.

Passengers on westbound trolleys were asked to get off at the 13th Street station while police investigated the backpack, which turned out to be harmless.

Service was briefly disrupted on trolley routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36, Williams said, and resumed full service about 5 p.m.

Young woman missing

Police are requesting help from the public to find a mentally challenged Roxborough woman who disappeared more than a week ago.

Anisha Wilson, who lives on Rector Street near Roxborough Avenue, was seen wearing black sweatpants and a white T-shirt when she disappeared on Aug. 4, police said.

Wilson, 18, is 5 feet 4, weighs about 200 pounds, has brown eyes, black hair and is on medication, police said.

Tipsters should call the Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353.

$ for traffic lights

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Phila., announced yesterday that the city is getting a $3.261 million federal grant for traffic-signal upgrades to improve mobility and safety.

The discretionary grant comes from the Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program of the Department of Transportation. The money will be distributed through PennDOT for traffic-control upgrades in Philadelphia.

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'Clown' robber jailed

A Pennsylvania woman who donned a clown suit and robbed a bank last summer will spend two to 10 years in prison.

Carolyn Williams, 44, was sentenced yesterday in Northampton County court. She pleaded guilty in June to a felony robbery charge.

Williams made off with about $7,000 after wearing the garish outfit, red nose and rainbow wig into a Bethlehem Township bank last August and saying she had a bomb.

She falsely claimed she had been forced to rob the bank by a kidnapper who had her children.

Ex-U.S. rep rips judges

A former congressman and state auditor general said yesterday that professional-misconduct charges that could cost him his law license are fueled by a "little clique" of federal judges who dislike him and treat him unfairly in court.

Don Bailey, a civil-rights lawyer in Harrisburg, is charged by prosecutors from the state Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board with violating the rules by making false statements critical of certain federal judges in the state. He said the system "is crooked."

The panel will make a recommendation on any disciplinary action to the board, which in turn will make a recommendation to the Supreme Court. The high court could impose any penalty, up to disbarment, said Robert Fulton, the board attorney prosecuting the case.

- Staff and wire reports

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