February 6, 1998 |
Cops had been hunting more than two months for the gunman who shot up a star-studded birthday bash for a popular rapper at a Delaware Avenue nightclub, killing a bouncer and wounding two other men. Yesterday, the FBI nailed a suspect. In Richmond, Va. Agents raided a home there shortly before 9 a.m. and arrested Joseph Rodgers, 30. Rodgers, of Wilmington, is accused of killing Antonio "Tony" Blackston, a bouncer who was working the bash at Gothum on Nov. 21. During a brawl outside the club, a man armed with an automatic weapon began shooting.
December 8, 1997 |
Ever since Eagles lineman Mike Mamula allegedly waved his penis at her in an Allentown bar, Sherri Happaney says her life hasn't been the same. She says she's been called lewd names, threatened, harassed and hounded. She's gotten nasty letters and phone calls at home. She's suffered sleeplessness, migraines and asthma attacks. She's been demoted and fired. And now, five months later, the 30-year-old single mother who vowed not to squeeze cash from the millionaire football player admits she asked him for $150,000 for the trouble he caused.
November 30, 2011 |
A proposed city ordinance requiring registration and professional training for bouncers at drinking establishments cleared a City Council committee Tuesday and appears likely to become law. "I think we've come up with a bill that is reasonable, that will protect the public and also be fair to business owners," said its sponsor, Councilman William K. Greenlee, citing similar programs in New York; Providence, R.I.; and Sacramento, Calif. Greenlee said no opposition had surfaced since he introduced the measure in September, provoked by a series of incidents where bouncers' overreactions or bad judgment led to serious injuries for patrons.
September 16, 2009 |
Larue Yusef Smith had just lost his job as a bouncer at Moda in the late spring 2007 and needed to raise some quick cash to pay bills and rent. Unfortunately for Smith, he decided to overcome his financial predicament by committing a string of convenience-store robberies in Philadelphia during June and July 2007 using a loaded handgun. The robberies netted Smith, of North Wales, $2,510 - enough to pay his bills and buy him life in prison. Smith, 37, who has been in federal custody since 2007, was sentenced yesterday to a mandatory minimum of 232.5 years in federal district court for 10 Hobbs Act robberies in which he brandished a loaded handgun and demanded money.
December 6, 1997 |
Sherri Happaney, the bouncer who accused Eagles defensive end Mike Mamula of exposing himself to her at an Allentown bar in August, filed a criminal complaint against him yesterday before a district magistrate in Lehigh County. But District Attorney Robert Steinberg still must decide whether to pursue the charges of indecent exposure and public lewdness. Happaney, 30, of Catasauqua, Pa., said she had not brought charges against Mamula earlier because she feared she would lose her job. She was fired Oct. 22 as a bouncer at the Sterling Hotel.
October 25, 1993 |
Taunts about his sensational Palm Beach rape trial and an insult aimed at his date sent William Kennedy Smith into a rage early Saturday that ended with his arrest in Virginia for punching a bouncer in a barroom brawl. Smith, acquitted in 1991 of raping a 30-year-old Florida woman at the sprawling Kennedy estate in Palm Beach, could face a maximum of one year in prison for blindsiding a bouncer outside an Alexandria, Va., bar. "My friends and I were hassled, baited and insulted by people who wanted to pick a fight with me," Smith said through his lawyer, Greg Craig.
June 26, 2007 |
A bouncer who was shot and said his left ankle was bitten by Adam "Pacman" Jones in a strip-club melee sued the suspended NFL player and other members of his entourage for damages yesterday. The suit for an unspecified amount was filed with Nevada's Clark County District Court on behalf of Aaron Cudworth 3 days after the Tennessee Titans cornerback surrendered in Las Vegas on two felony charges of coercion and posted $20,000 in bail. Another bouncer was paralyzed and another person wounded during the Feb. 19 incident, which took place at Las Vegas' Minxx Gentleman's Club.
May 14, 1999 |
A burly tavern bouncer, who authorities say was so enraged by an acquaintance's early-morning visit last month that he beat the man to death with a baseball bat, was bound over for trial yesterday on murder charges. District Justice Joanne V. Adamchak ordered that Michael Scott, 46, be arraigned next month in Bucks County Court in connection with the death of Russell Tomasiello, 40, of Philadelphia, whose badly beaten body was found by a passerby along South Pennsylvania Avenue shortly after dawn April 10. Scott will remain in Bucks County prison without bail.
July 9, 1987 |
The legal difficulties of two murder suspects - including a reputed organized-crime figure - have grown a little deeper with their indictment on charges of threatening to kill a bouncer at an Atlantic City nightclub last month. The pair - alleged mob member Philip Narducci, 25, of the 3200 block of South Broad Street in Philadelphia, and Jeffrey D'Orio, 22, of the 1600 block of Croatian Street in Philadelphia - were indicted last Thursday, but the indictment was not disclosed until yesterday to give authorities time to find and arrest D'Orio.
November 29, 1997 |
Trigger-happy and wanted by police, Joseph Rodgers missed Thanksgiving dinner with his family this week. Instead, the man who cops believe is the gunman behind last week's deadly gunplay at a Delaware Avenue nightclub spent another day hiding from the law. Police yesterday named Rodgers as their prime suspect in the Nov. 20 slaying of Antonio "Tony" Blackston, a bouncer who was working a rap party at Gothum. "We believe he's the only shooter," said Homicide Inspector Jerrold Kane.