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.
September 20, 2015 |
A North Philadelphia man was found guilty of felony murder Friday for the death of a bodega customer shot by his accomplice. Edward Friedland rejected a pretrial prosecution plea deal of 25 to 50 years in prison, hoping to be found guilty at trial of only wounding the owner of the La Familia Latina Mini Market in 2012. But Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson also found him guilty of second-degree murder under conspiracy law in the death of Rafael Del Valle, 26, a bodega customer who intervened in the robbery and was shot to death by Friedland's partner, Angel Nieves.
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.
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.
August 29, 2015 |
Luis "Bebe" Soto - accused of being the gunman who shot and killed a young woman, and wounded his own brother and two other men at the culmination of a chaotic Kensington neighborhood street fight in 2013 - may testify in his defense Friday when his Philadelphia murder trial resumes. Defense attorney Jack McMahon said Thursday he thought it likely the 27-year-old Soto would testify when Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega finishes questioning his final witness. The approaching end of testimony comes after two tumultuous days in which witnesses had to be threatened with contempt to testify as they complained of threats and intimidation, and McMahon, Vega, and Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson clashed in several angry courtroom confrontations.
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.
December 10, 1988 |
A West Oak Lane man who was one of six people indicted in September on charges of making fraudulent accident claims against SEPTA changed his plea from not guilty to guilty yesterday during a hearing in U.S. District Court. Hyford E. Myers, 36, of the 7100 block of North 20th Street, acknowledged that he had falsely claimed to have been injured in an Oct. 16, 1984, accident aboard the Route 23 trolley. Myers also admitted that he was not on the trolley when the collision occurred.