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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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March 4, 2016
Members of an alleged identity theft gang who led police on a chase on I-76 Tuesday were arraigned Wednesday and are being held at Chester County Prison, police said. Four men and three women face charges that include aggravated assault of a police officer, fleeing from police, identity theft, receiving stolen property and related offenses. The suspects, who are from Florida and Maryland, were unable to post $300,000 cash bail. They are associated with the "Felony Lane Gang," Tredyffrin Township police said, and are accused of stealing driver's licenses, credit cards and other documents from child-care centers, parks and other locations.
NEWS
February 13, 2016
A former Chester County pastor accused of raping and impregnating a teenager who lived with his family was formally arraigned Thursday on 11 charges, including sexual assault. Jacob Malone, 33, of Exton, appeared via video feed from Chester County Prison for his arraignment at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester. Malone, dressed in a plain white t-shirt and jeans, followed along as a court administrator read the packet of charges against him. He did not address the charges.
NEWS
January 16, 2016
Ex-Sheriff Green's codefendant: I'm innocent A codefendant charged in a fraud conspiracy with former Philadelphia Sheriff John D. Green pleaded not guilty Thursday during his arraignment before a federal magistrate judge. James Davis, 65, of Wyncote, Montgomery County, who co-owned advertising and title-search companies, is accused of illegally obtaining near-exclusive control of business connected with the Sheriff's Office's sales of foreclosed properties between 2002 and 2010.
NEWS
October 12, 2015
A 55-year-old Florida man was arraigned Saturday in Morrisville in connection with the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Bensalem girl more than three decades ago. George Shaw Jr., 55, was charged with homicide, rape, rape of an unconscious victim, and possession of an instrument of crime in the 1984 attack on Barbara Rowan, who went missing in August 1984 after allegedly visiting Shaw's 3-year-old daughter at his house. Rowan's body was discovered weeks later. Shaw, a Florida resident, was denied bail by District Judge Michael J. Burns based on the serious nature of the crime.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
Appearing publicly for the first time since she was criminally charged Thursday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Saturday walked into the Montgomery County detective bureau in Norristown to be fingerprinted and then was arraigned via video conference by a judge in Collegeville. Magisterial Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar set bail at $10,000 unsecured, which meant Kane was allowed to freely depart the Norristown bureau. She left the building through a side door after entering through the front door, and in both cases declined to answer questions from reporters.
NEWS
August 9, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Democratic and Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives on Friday joined Gov. Wolf and several other elected officials in calling for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to step down in the face of criminal charges. State Rep. Dave Reed, majority leader in the GOP-controlled chamber, said Friday that the charges make it "virtually impossible for her to function as the commonwealth's top law enforcement officer. " While Kane is presumed innocent, Reed said, the state "cannot afford to have such a distraction impairing the office of the attorney general.
NEWS
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.
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