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November 27, 1986 | By Christopher Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
A committee to study ways to speed the city's arraignment process and ensure that detainees with mental or physical problems are properly cared for was appointed yesterday by Common Pleas Court President Judge Edward J. Bradley. Bradley's move came in response to an incident in which a Northeast Philadelphia man, who was later determined to have suffered a stroke, was detained by police. The man, Robert Caraffa, 56, was arrested Oct. 17 and charged with drunken driving after the car he was driving struck a pair of parked autos.
SPORTS
October 22, 2010 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles fullback Owen Schmitt waived an arraignment on Wednesday for a year-old charge that he was driving with a suspended license in Seattle, a charge his attorney expects to be dismissed because of a paperwork error. The next arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 16, according to Schmitt's attorney, Diego Vargas. Because Schmitt is currently living in Philadelphia, Vargas does not expect the court to require him to appear. The violation occurred on Oct. 5, 2009, not earlier this month as was reported in Friday's Inquirer.
NEWS
February 24, 1986 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Ardmore man who allegedly used a handgun to break away from jailers in November and who earlier this month allegedly tried to bribe his way to freedom was taken before a district justice in Ardmore last week for arraignment on charges of attempted homicide. The suspect, Woodrow Mitchell, 41, of the 300 block of West Spring Avenue, Ardmore, was arraigned Friday before District Justice Caroline Stine on charges of attempted homicide, simple and aggravated assault and weapons offenses in connection with the Jan. 11 wounding of another Ardmore man. Mitchell is accused of firing a bullet into the abdomen of Robert Lee Johnson, 56, inside a vacant Ardmore store.
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May 25, 2006 | By Mitch Lipka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Solomon Montgomery, who is accused of killing Police Officer Gary Skerski, was arraigned yesterday in a hospital room and ordered held without bail. Montgomery, 23, of North Philadelphia, who was shot while being apprehended last week, is due in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. Neither the District Attorney's Office nor the office of the bail commissioner, which conducted the proceeding at Albert Einstein Medical Center, would comment. Montgomery is awaiting assignment of a court-appointed lawyer.
NEWS
March 13, 2008 | By Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 27-year-old former faculty member at St. Hubert Catholic School for Girls has been scheduled for arraignment April 2 on accusations that he committed oral sex and other offenses with a 16-year-old girl during an eight-month relationship. Scott J. Healey, who was involved in fund-raising and recruiting at the Holmesburg school as director of institutional advancement, stood before Municipal Judge Ricardo Jackson at a preliminary hearing yesterday as the girl spoke quietly about various sexual acts and contact with the defendant.
SPORTS
December 7, 2007 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
More than 200 journalists and members of the public are expected to crowd the courtroom and a second overflow room at the Phillip Burton Federal Building today for the arraignment of Barry Bonds. The brief hearing will mark the home-run king's first public appearance since he was indicted Nov. 15 on four counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice. The charges could mean prison time if Bonds is convicted. Bonds' agent says the slugger wants to play in 2008. "He's training currently, and he'd like to come back in 2008 to put a World Series ring on his finger," Jeff Borris told MLB.com.
SPORTS
March 24, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Suspended Villanova basketball player JayVaughn Pinkston is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, but he will be facing one fewer charge than had been filed against him initially for his role in an off-campus altercation in November. Pinkston's attorney, James Famiglio, said Wednesday that one count of simple assault had been dismissed by Montgomery County District Justice James Gallagher at a preliminary hearing Jan. 31. Pinkston, 19, of Brooklyn, N.Y., still faces one count of simple assault - a second-degree misdemeanor - and two counts of harassment.
SPORTS
October 23, 2010 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles fullback Owen Schmitt waived an arraignment on Wednesday for a year-old charge that he was driving with a suspended license in Seattle, a charge his attorney expects to be dismissed because of a paperwork error. The next arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 16, according to Schmitt's attorney, Diego Vargas. Because Schmitt is currently living in Philadelphia, Vargas does not expect the court to require him to appear. The violation occurred on Oct. 5, 2009, not earlier this month as was reported in Friday's Inquirer.
NEWS
August 14, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 22, 1987 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
A sharply divided state Supreme Court yesterday overturned a longstanding doctrine, ruling that post-arrest statements given by criminal defendants no longer must be suppressed merely because the state does not promptly arraign the defendants. The 4-3 decision, which prompted five different opinions, strikes down a 10-year-old doctrine prohibiting prosecutors from using as evidence statements by defendants not arraigned within six hours of arrest. Justice Nicholas P. Papadakos, the author of a court opinion joined by Justice Rolf Larsen, wrote that the court's experience with that "rigid rule" had "shielded the guilty for no reason relevant to the individual circumstances of their case.
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April 10, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
NEWS
August 14, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 29, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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...
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
      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.
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