November 7, 1994 |
As the Rev. Audrey F. Bronson entered the Sanctuary Church of the Open Door yesterday, members of the congregation she founded 19 years ago rose to their feet, their voices melding in the triumphal words of a gospel hymn, "Oh What a Leader (God Has Given Us). " As she approached the altar, Ms. Bronson, dressed in an emerald green business suit showered with tiny sequins, turned and raised her arms wide as if to embrace all 400 souls who had come to commemorate her 50 years as a servant of the One she calls "my strength and provider.
January 10, 2016 |
For 28 minutes on Friday, demolition contractor Griffin Campbell tried to convince a city judge that the Center City collapse that killed six people and injured 13 was an accident, that he really was sorry, and that he deserved a "fair chance . . . to prove to you, your honor, the person that I am. " Nevertheless, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson sentenced Campbell to 15 to 30 years for his role in the June 5, 2013, Salvation Army...
November 26, 2014 |
A Philadelphia judge has loosened - but not lifted - an order barring comment from lawyers and witnesses in the criminal trial over last year's deadly collapse of a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City. Rather than a "blanket order" prohibiting any out-of-court comments to reporters, requested by the District Attorney's Office, Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson said Monday that he would rely on the section of the American Bar Association's professional code for lawyers dealing with trial publicity.
March 17, 2014 |
BECAUSE NAFEAST FLAMER was just 17 when he murdered a man, he could have received a prison sentence that would have allowed him to be paroled after 35 years. But Flamer, now 25, is "incapable of rehabilitation" and is a "grave threat to the public," therefore he should never walk the streets again, Common Pleas Judge Glenn B. Bronson said yesterday. Bronson sentenced Flamer to life without parole for the murder of Allen Moment Jr., 24, who was shot and paralyzed in 2006 and died from infection in 2008.
March 29, 1986 |
Renowned for its free-style worship, the Sanctuary Church of the Open Door resounded yesterday with spontaneous applause, unrestrained hosannas and songs of praise to the Lord. Accompanied by piano and tambourine, several worshipers, microphone in hand, sang impassioned solos. Like millions of worshipers worldwide, congregants at the West Philadelphia church this weekend were joyously remembering the resurrection of Jesus. But unlike most of their Christian counterparts, this Easter holds a special significance to members of the 11-year-old church, which was ravaged by arson in January.
March 12, 2009 |
A veteran Center City personal-injury lawyer was sentenced yesterday to five to 10 years in prison for running an insurance-fraud scheme. H. Allen Litt, 59, was also ordered by Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn Bronson to pay a $100,000 fine and $67,000 in restitution. In issuing the sentence, Bronson said the brazenness of Litt's crimes was outrageous. Litt was convicted last month on one count of dealing in the proceeds of illegal activity, six counts of insurance fraud, nine counts of theft by deception, and two counts of attempted theft by deception.
February 17, 1987 |
A government prosecutor yesterday described "an elaborate scheme" in which the bookmaking operation of Joseph V. Mastronardo Jr. and the Center City office of Shearson Lehman Bros. Inc. "combined forces" to defraud the U.S. government by laundering more than $1.1 million in illegal gambling profits. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn B. Bronson said each was an "essential participant" in the scheme and that Shearson, the nation's third-largest investment banking and brokerage firm, was the "key to the success of the conspiracy" and the "last link" in the money-laundering chain.
August 22, 2015 |
Convicted Valentine's Day killer Shaun Warrick was sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms without parole Thursday after a Philadelphia jury deadlocked on whether he should get the death penalty for killing his ex-girlfriend and her cousin. The Common Pleas Court jury of six women and six men deliberated on a death sentence for about three hours before telling Judge Glenn B. Bronson it could not decide. On Wednesday, the same jury found Warrick guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2011 shootings of his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Barnhill, 19, and her cousin Marcedes Ivery, 22. Under Pennsylvania law, a jury's inability to vote unanimously for death means a default sentence of life without parole.
June 14, 2014 |
One of two men charged in the Aug. 18, 2012, robbery and slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker pleaded guilty Thursday in a deal that lets him escape life in prison if he cooperates in the prosecution of the alleged shooter. Chancier McFarland, 21, of North Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the predawn shooting of Walker, 40, as he walked to a bus stop after finishing his shift as a turnkey in the 22d District. Walker, a 19-year veteran of the force, was fatally shot about 6 a.m. Surveillance video showed him being confronted by two armed men. McFarland also pleaded guilty to participating in two strong-arm robberies of corner grocery stores on Feb. 28, 2011.
January 13, 1986 |
Police believe an arsonist set the five-alarm fire that heavily damaged the Sanctuary Church of the Open Door last Friday morning, according to the church's pastor. The Rev. Audrey Bronson said last night that police reported that they believe someone removed a grate on the outside of a window of her study "and threw something inside" that led to the fire. Bronson added that police said piles of papers were stacked against her study door in an interior passage that connects the study to a waiting room of the church on Walnut Street near 59th in West Philadelphia.