Group set for peaceful walk

Posted: April 30, 2012

H ERE'S WHAT will be making news in Philly this week:

NEIGHBORHOODS

Anti-violence walk

Local City Year volunteers will unite with residents of three neighborhoods on Saturday for the third annual Walk for PEACE. (Promoting Education and Community Empowerment).

The aim is to promote awareness about city violence and provide the community with tools to foster peace in their neighborhoods.

The walk will begin at three sites throughout the city: the recently renovated West Philadelphia High School; Tustin Recreation Center in Overbrook, and Piccoli Park in Juniata Park. The walks will conclude with a block party featuring local speakers and performers, and a resource fair.

For more information about City Year's Walk for PEACE, contact Amber Cox at ACox@cityyear. org

FEDERAL COURT

Guilty plea expected in cops' steroids case

On Wednesday, the second of three ex-Philly cops charged in April 2011 in a conspiracy to distribute illegal steroids is scheduled to plead guilty in the case.

Prosecutors said George Sambuca, 26, of Mayfair, bought the illegal steroids from former detective and co-defendant Keith Gidelson and later resold them.

Sambuca, who has been free on bail, had joined the force in 2008 and worked in North Philadelphia's 22nd District. In August, former Police Officer Joseph McIntyre pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids and related offenses. Gidelson, who prosecutors say was the mastermind behind the conspiracy, has pleaded not guilty in the case and is awaiting trial with two other co-defendants. All three cops were dismissed from the force after their indictment.

Guilty plea in terror case

A Maryland student accused of conspiring with the Montgomery County woman known as "Jihad Jane" is expected to plead guilty in federal court.

Pakastani Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, was an honors student living with his family in Ellicott City, outside Baltimore, and planned to attend Johns Hopkins University. FBI agents arrested him in July. He was the youngest terrorism suspect indicted in the U.S.

Khalid is charged with helping Colleen R. LaRose, of Pennsburg, who used the online name "Jihad Jane," and others to raise money and recruits for a Muslim Holy War. Khalid, who pleaded not guilty in October, reportedly met her online in a jihadist chat room when Khalid was 15. LaRose pleaded guilty to related charges last year and is awaiting sentencing.

- Gar Joseph and Michael Hinkelman contributed to this report.

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