December 28, 2015 |
Bruce L. Castor Jr. thrived on locking up criminals, once winning five first-degree murder convictions in a year. He spoke his mind. He fought with fellow Montgomery County commissioners who forged an alliance against him. He had ambitions of becoming governor. Now, Castor's action-packed career in public office is coming to a quiet close. The confident, spotlight-loving, cowboy-boot-wearing Republican lost a race this fall to return to his former position as district attorney.
August 8, 2000 |
Montgomery County Court Judge William R. Carpenter heard attorneys' arguments yesterday on the question of whether to move to another county the trials of a state trooper accused of sexually assaulting several women while on duty. Carpenter did not rule on the matter, but he noted that he also had the option of bringing in jurors from another county to serve at the trials of Trooper Michael K. Evans, 32, of Pottstown. The trials are set to begin in September. When asked about out-of-county jurors, defense attorney Marc Steinberg said: "I would never say never, but right now, we're requesting a change of venue.
July 25, 2000 |
The attorney representing Michael K. Evans, a state trooper charged with sexually molesting several women while on duty, is asking a Montgomery County Court judge to move the trial to another county. Evans, 32, of the 1000 block of Belleview Avenue, Pottstown, faces several charges of sexual assault against three women and three teenage girls. He was suspended without pay shortly after his arrest in February. According to a motion filed by Evans' attorney, Marc Steinberg, extensive media coverage of the case and "numerous press conferences" by the District Attorney's Office could make it impossible for Evans to receive a fair trial in Montgomery County.
July 9, 1998 |
A Phoenixville pharmacist, whose son was convicted of a 1995 double murder, is on his way to prison after he pleaded guilty this week to improperly dispensing prescription drugs. James Fairley, 50, of King of Prussia, agreed to surrender his pharmacy license and pay $12,000 to authorities rather than have his Chester County business, Phoenixville Pharmacy on Bridge Street, seized under federal forfeiture laws. "He was very cooperative," said Fairley's Philadelphia attorney, Robert E. Madden.
June 1, 1998 |
Thelma Koe stood in the blazing morning light, held her grandson Brandon's hand, and brushed away the stream of tears behind her sunglasses. "I just have to cry every time I look at it and see all these people coming together," she said softly. From a gravel pathway off Ziegler Road, she watched a sunburned and sweating army of friends and strangers hammer together the tribute that would rise out of a community tragedy. Koe was one of hundreds this weekend who volunteered to construct a wooden castle and heart-shaped slides in the center of a sprawling field now officially known as the Manderach Memorial Playground.
May 14, 1998 |
Twelve straight days of rain had threatened to upset plans for the construction of a playground to honor a township mother and daughter slain in 1995. But thanks to the reappearance of the sun yesterday, this weekend's earthmoving plans are on. Caleb Fairley killed Lisa Manderach, 29, and her 19-month-old daughter, Devon, while they were shopping in his family's Collegeville clothing store, Your Kidz & Mine, in September 1995. Since then, residents have been working to build a tribute to the victims.
April 9, 1998 |
Three years ago, a Limerick woman and her 19-month-old daughter were strangled. Caleb Fairley was convicted of murdering them in his family's Collegeville clothing store. Three months ago, police say, a Trappe woman overdosed on painkillers illegally sold to her by a Phoenixville pharmacist - Caleb's father, James Fairley. Police now say James Fairley, who was arrested last month, was illegally selling prescription drugs the entire time his son was being tried for the double murder.
March 18, 1998 |
The parents of double-murderer Caleb Fairley have agreed to pay $1.6 million in a wrongful-death suit filed by the family of the mother and daughter Fairley strangled. Lisa Manderach, 29, and her 19-month-old daughter, Devon, were shopping on a Sunday afternoon at the Your Kidz & Mine clothing store in Collegeville 2 1/2 years ago when Fairley killed them. Fairley's parents owned the store, and the suit claimed that James and Ruth Fairley were negligent in hiring their son to work there without supervision.
March 14, 1998 |
James Fairley, father of double-murderer Caleb Fairley, has been arrested on charges of delivering drugs to an addict without a prescription, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said yesterday. Authorities said Fairley, 50, of King of Prussia, owner of a Phoenixville pharmacy and a pharmacist himself, had been giving Darvon, a mildly addictive painkiller, to a Trappe woman for at least a year after her prescription expired. According to court documents, Fairley initially took money for the pills and then, about a year ago, asked the woman for sex in return for the drugs.
October 30, 1997 |
Today, he comes. The Main Line Murder defendant. The guy who has turned life upside down for anyone who works in the Montgomery County Courthouse. "It's a good time to take a vacation," joked Montgomery County Court Judge Stanley R. Ott, anticipating the gaggle of reporters who will descend on Norristown this morning. "I was hoping to get out of here for a couple of weeks. " From janitors to judges to the guy who sells coffee, the courthouse crowd seemed to agree that major heads of state could arrive with less anticipation than that greeting Craig Rabinowitz, who goes on trial today for murder.