Penn star player on '79 team fatally stabbed, reports say

Posted: February 13, 2013

Star player on '79 Penn team fatally stabbed, reports say

* Nether Providence, Delaware County

Matt White, the star center of the University of Pennsylvania's 1979 Final Four basketball team, was found stabbed to death Monday, and his wife was being questioned, according to media reports.

6ABC reported that White had been found dead in his Nether Providence home in the afternoon. The Delaware County Daily Times cited police sources as saying that the incident was a fatal domestic dispute at the house on Parkridge Drive near Beatty Road, where White lived, according to public records.

White started on Penn's 1979 Final Four team that fell to Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans in the national semifinals. White had not been recruited by Penn, but left after earning the Jack Saxenmeyer Award as the Quakers' Most Improved Player. He also was named to the All-Ivy team in his senior season, and still holds school records for field-goal percentage in a season (63.3 percent in 1978-79) and for a career (59.1).

The Portland Trail Blazers selected him in the fifth round of the 1979 NBA draft. He went on to play professionally in Spain for 12 years.

D.A.: Unlicensed firm guarded upscale venues

* 3rd Street near George,

Northern Liberties

The owner of a private security company was charged Monday for allegedly providing security services without a license for several high-profile businesses and venues throughout the city over the past two years.

Osvaldo Gallelli, 39, who has an address in the Piazza at Schmidts, was charged with violation of the Private Detective License Act, the District Attorney's Office said. Between 2011 and this year, Gallelli's company, Prodigal Private Security, provided security services for dozens of venues and businesses in the area, including Cescaphe Ballroom, Eastern State Penitentiary, Hotel Monaco, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, PYT bar and restaurant, Water Works restaurant and the University of Pennsylvania.

The company also provided services for prestigious city events, including the Philly Craft Beer Festival, the Equality Forum and 2012's Welcome America, according to the D.A.'s office.

Girlfriend's 190G theft led feds to drug kingpin

* West Chester, Chester County

A Canadian drug broker who supplied "massive" amounts of marijuana to an area-based trafficker who reputedly ran one of the largest drug operations on the East Coast, pleaded guilty Monday to drug and money-laundering charges.

Dung Ngoc Nguyen, 53, took orders from her Ontario home from John Q. Le, the trafficker, who lived in West Chester. Native American couriers, who could cross from Canada to the U.S. with impunity through a reservation, brought nearly 1,000 kilos of marijuana to Le's Chester County home in 2005 and 2006, according to court documents.

It was after Le's girlfriend stole $190,000 of his drug money and gambled it away in Atlantic City that the plot began to unravel, and in numerous phone calls between Le and Nguyen monitored by federal agents, the two were implicated.

- Morgan Zalot and Sam Wood

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