April 10, 2015 |
A 22-year-old Philadelphia man was arraigned Wednesday on weapons and assault charges after he allegedly shot his father in the head while they rode together on the Schuylkill Expressway during rush hour Tuesday. A Montgomery County district judge set bail for Kymere Corbin at $500,000 cash and scheduled a preliminary hearing for April 20. "You are going to jail unless you are able to post that," Judge William Maruszczak said as Corbin slumped in his chair in the King of Prussia courtroom.
October 16, 2014 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Tears rolled down Steven Pratt's face in an empty courtroom Tuesday and guilt spilled from his mouth. Pratt, 45, stood alone without an attorney, his hulking frame hunched over as he sobbed, and he seemed eager to skip the proceedings and head back to the place he's called home for 30 years - prison. Pratt is accused of beating his mother, Gwendolyn Pratt, to death on Sunday, less than two days after she picked him up from Bayside State Prison and threw him a welcome-home party at their house in Atlantic City.
August 14, 2014 |
As he was arraigned on murder counts before a Delaware County judge Tuesday, Richard Plotts asked questions, sniffled, raised his eyebrows, and said he didn't understand all the charges against him. Plotts, accused of killing his caseworker and exchanging gunfire with his psychiatrist at a Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital facility last month, appeared in court in Yeadon through a video feed from prison. The 49-year-old Upper Darby Township man is charged with first- and third-degree murder for the killing of caseworker Theresa Hunt, assault for shooting his psychiatrist, and several related charges.
August 3, 2014 |
A Camden man charged with murder in the 2012 stabbing of a homeless woman was ordered held on $2 million bail Friday. The arraignment of Tino Cruz, 32, marked the initial court proceeding in the first solved case credited to Camden's recently formed Cold Case Unit. Assistant Prosecutor Christopher St. John said in court that two witnesses cooperated with investigators, and another source told officials that Cruz had admitted killing Georgianna Jedrzejewski, 55. Jedrzejewski, an Air Force veteran, was known in the neighborhood as the "Cat Lady" because she cared for stray cats.
August 2, 2014 |
Two contractors for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation were arraigned Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into "massive and widespread theft, fraud, corruption, and money-laundering" by PennDot officials and contractors in the five-county Philadelphia region. "Those involved in criminal acts include PennDot officials and employees, as well as PennDot contractors and personnel working for PennDot contractors," said the state grand jury presentment, released Thursday by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.
July 30, 2014 |
The 911 calls came within minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning. First, for a 5-year-old girl banging on the front door, her clothes bloodied, at the Winslow Township home she shared with her mother. "Mommy is dead," the girl, uninjured, told another person, who answered the door, according to authorities. Less than a mile away, a pizza delivery driver dialed 911 after finding a body - the girl's mother, covered in blood - on the side of a road. Night turned to dawn, and a manhunt ensued for Jennifer Bongco's killer.
July 29, 2014 |
A CHILD'S drawing of Dr. Lee Silverman is taped to his front door in Lower Merion, waving with a bandaged hand and with a Band-Aid on his head. "My dad is a hero," Silverman's little daughter wrote above it. Meanwhile, Richard Plotts, Silverman's psychiatric patient for 20 years, was arraigned on murder and attempted-murder charges Saturday night in his bed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for fatally shooting a caseworker and...
March 28, 2014 |
Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson will be released from jail Friday and transferred to an inpatient drug-treatment facility as he awaits trial on felony fraud charges involving an alleged travel-package scam, officials said. The petition to release Tollefson was filed by a public defender - not the two high-profile attorneys who flanked him at his arraignment in Warminster in February, according to court documents. Bucks County Judge James McMaster granted the order on Tuesday, reducing Tollefson's bail from $10,000 to zero.
February 28, 2014 |
IN A LOUD VOICE, and leaning on a cane, Edward Sweeney - until recently a top leader of Ironworkers Local Union 401 - pleaded not guilty during his arraignment yesterday to a host of federal charges slapped against him last week. Dressed in a black jacket, with the words "U.S. Paratrooper" and "82nd Airborne Division Association" on the back, the 55-year-old did not comment outside the courtroom when asked about the federal allegations and about Sarina Rose, a vice president at Post Brothers Apartments, with whom he had an encounter last year near the Goldtex site that landed him in Municipal Court.
February 8, 2014 |
Confessor Santiago's family sat in the second row of Courtroom 36, waiting to see the suspect charged with fatally beating the man whose smiling face adorned their dark hoodies. Rasheen Kelly, 32, walked through the side door of the Camden courtroom. His appearance caused one Santiago family member to storm out as the proceedings began before Superior Court Judge Edward McBride Jr. Kelly, arraigned Thursday, is charged with beating Santiago in the 2100 block of Sewell Street in Camden on Jan. 19. Authorities have not disclosed what caused the dispute or the weapon used in the beating.