January 18, 2015 |
After he was fired from his $240,000-a-year job at Fox29, Don Tollefson was living off his wife's income and disability payments related to a car crash. But two infusions of cash soon came his way. The first was a $333,000 out-of-court settlement in the car accident. When that dried up, he cracked open his $400,000 pension from Fox, Tollefson testified Friday. All the money was gone in less than four years. "I'm proud to say I spent it on the kids," Tollefson told jurors on the ninth day of his fraud trial.
January 16, 2015 |
IN 1999, DOUGLAS KRATZ was a $200-a-day heroin addict. Nothing mattered but his next fix. That's all he was thinking about when he and an acquaintance were arrested by two SEPTA cops one October night. Officers Eric Cohn and Steven Zambon were on patrol around the North Broad railroad station shortly after 9 p.m. Oct. 18 when they spotted Kratz and a woman on the outbound platform with drug paraphernalia, according to a transit police report. They later discovered a needle and seven small bags of heroin known on the streets as "Al Pacino.
January 14, 2015 |
TAKING THE STAND in his own defense yesterday, Don Tollefson gave a lengthy narrative of how his now-defunct charities came to be, how he collapsed under the weight of his own expectations for himself, and how being in recovery has given him "a new approach to living. " Acting as his own attorney, Tollefson spent more than two hours chronicling how his Winning Ways charity unraveled and sunk him into six-figure debt. On the fifth day of his theft trial in Bucks County Court in Doylestown, Tollefson called several character witnesses to the stand who backed his claim that he had good intentions throughout the existence of Winning Ways.
January 11, 2015 |
The prosecution in Don Tollefson's fraud trial rested its case Friday afternoon after scores of people testified that he had ripped them off through a sports ticket-selling scheme. The former Philadelphia sportscaster is already facing hurdles as he mounts his defense, which is expected to start Monday. Tollefson, who is representing himself, told a Bucks County Court judge on Friday that he could not afford the nearly $90 he will need to subpoena 25 of his witnesses. Those witnesses, who apparently have not agreed to willingly testify, include Howie Roseman, executive vice president of the Eagles.
January 8, 2015
One person was killed in an accident involving multiple cars in Cherry Hill on Tuesday. The accident occurred sometime before 10 a.m. on Haddonfield-Berlin Road. Police did not identify the person killed on Tuesday afternoon, and said they were trying to notify the family. Up to five vehicles may have been involved in the accident. The cause of the accident was being investigated. The crash came during the season's first considerable snowfall. Michael Boren
January 6, 2015 |
William A. Boone Jr., 82, of Chesilhurst, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee who was a dedicated family man and church volunteer, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, of congestive heart failure. After a routine morning that included a piping-hot cup of coffee brewed just the way he like it, breakfast, and a round of his favorite card games on the computer, Mr. Boone died quietly at the Erial home of his daughter, Minretta B. McFadden. "He kept saying, 'I'm looking for that ace,' " his daughter said with a laugh.
January 3, 2015 |
Their hands cupping candles, children and adults gathered Thursday night near a pitcher's mound on a baseball field in Franklin Township to pay tribute to the life of Matthew McCloskey. Family, friends, and community members held vigil on the field where Matthew, 10, played his last game, in June, with his team, the Orioles. They told of his infectious smile, caring nature, and adventurous personality. "We're just trying to heal," said Susan Cleary, 49, of Franklin Township. Matthew, a fifth grader at Caroline L. Reutter School, was killed Sunday night as he attempted to cross Delsea Drive (Route 47)
December 28, 2014 |
Douglas Culbreth, 73, of Upper Roxborough, a retired Philadelphia police detective who investigated the 1981 fatal shooting of Officer Daniel Faulkner by Mumia Abu-Jamal and remained a firm believer in Abu-Jamal's guilt, died Friday, Dec. 26. He suffered an apparent heart attack, said Aisha Perry, a family friend. He had fallen ill at home and was taken to Roxborough Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Culbreth, a Vietnam War veteran, also served as an investigator for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he worked for 18 years until his death.
December 10, 2014 |
Caitlyn Ricci and her parents sat on opposite sides of the Camden courtroom, emblematic of a deep family divide. On the right was Ricci, 21, wearing a solid green shirt and black dress pants, with her attorney. On the left side, seated together, were her divorced parents: middle school English teacher Maura McGarvey and varsity high school basketball coach Michael Ricci, joined by each of their attorneys. Superior Court Judge Thomas Shusted Jr. implored both sides - who have fought more than a year over who should pay Caitlyn Ricci's college tuition - to stop bickering.
December 5, 2014 |
IN THE FEARSOMELY effective Aussie horror movie "The Babadook," a mother driven round the bend by her 7-year-old goes off. Most horror movies are pitched to teens, but this one seems aimed squarely at parents, who will squirm when the woman, at her wits end and a little beyond, tells her needy, clingy child she's thinking of bashing his head against a brick. Uh, mom, you're not supposed to say that out loud . There are, to say the least, extenuating circumstances. The first thing the movie tells you is that Amelia (Essie Davis)