March 12, 2008 |
The paths of two teenagers, childhood friends from Coatesville, crossed for a final time at the YMCA in Kennett Square on the evening of July 4, 2006. Yesterday in Chester County Court, Benjamin Bowman confessed to inviting Ra'jhun Tinson, 19, to take a late-night swim and then fatally shooting him over an alleged drug debt. Bowman, then 18, admitted that he left the body next to the outdoor pool fence, where YMCA workers preparing for a family swim meet found Tinson the next morning.
December 15, 2005 |
Police believe a Bucks County man facing substantial prison time in Montgomery County saw an opportunity to flee in Chester County and violently seized it on June 30. Yesterday in Chester County Court, Chad Daher Myers, 26, of Quakertown, received 13 to 26 years in prison on charges that included aggravated assault, escape, carjacking, and theft of a firearm. Under a plea bargain, Myers admitted freeing a hand from his cuffs, lunging for a constable's gun, firing shots, stealing a nearby vehicle, speeding from police, and crashing the stolen black Jeep into a beer truck in Narberth.
December 16, 2011 |
A 22-year-old Chester County landscaping worker admitted in court Friday that he conspired with his boss' wife to poison and fatally bludgeon her husband. Stephen M. Shappell, 22, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the 2010 death of Kevin Mengel, 33. Under an agreement negotiated between First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Carmody and defense attorney Thomas Wagner, Shappell must testify against his codefendant, Morgan Marie Mengel, 36, during her January trial.
March 10, 2006 |
A Chester County Court jury yesterday quickly rejected a West Chester defendant's claim that he accidentally shot and killed his longtime girlfriend. After a half-hour of deliberations, the panel found Brian K. Thompson, 37, guilty of first-degree murder for shooting Crystal Thompson, 36, with a shotgun on July 7 near their home on Barnard Street in West Chester. The conviction carries an automatic life sentence, which Judge James P. MacElree 2d is expected to impose on Thursday.
February 5, 2010 |
Sometimes, you have to state the obvious. Common sense says people arrested for drunken driving who want to enter Chester County's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, a prison alternative, shouldn't show up soused for the meeting that begins the enrollment process. First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Carmody felt the need yesterday to add two sentences to the county's written requirements for the "DUI-ARD candidates. " The reason? In the last month, three or four applicants had shown up inebriated for that start-up meeting in court.
October 10, 2008 |
A Chester County mother admitted yesterday that she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she caused a head-collision on March 27 that killed a young state trooper. Kristina M. Quercetti, 40, of Landenberg, whose 4-year-old son was in the backseat at the time of the crash, entered guilty pleas to charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, and traffic offenses.
October 30, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER More than 40 pounds of marijuana-laced hard candy - in every color of the rainbow and in sizes ranging from a marble to a small orange - was seized last week from a West Chester University apartment, prosecutors said. The candy, found wrapped in plastic bags for distribution, were intended for college students, not children, Chester County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Carmody said Monday. He said the timing of the bust was likely a coincidence but still was a concern considering its proximity to Halloween.
December 1, 2011 |
Downingtown's 28-year-old mayor was accepted Tuesday into a prison-alternative program for a drunken-driving offense. Chester County First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Carmody said Joshua A. Maxwell, a first-time, nonviolent offender, easily qualified for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. Under ARD, a state program whose guidelines vary from county to county, participants are promised a clean slate if they complete requirements such as community service and treatment programs.
December 19, 2002 |
A murder suspect was ordered yesterday to stand trial on separate charges that he stabbed and robbed a Berwyn gas-station attendant last month. District Justice John F. Anthony ruled that Stephen Carlton Pinder Jr., 28, of Wayne, will face charges of robbery, aggravated assault, theft and related offenses. Although the armed robbery occurred in Easttown Township, several Tredyffrin police officers attended the preliminary hearing. Pinder has been identified as a suspect in the Nov. 19 homicide of Mildred Dunston Allen, an 85-year-old woman whose Tredyffrin Township neighborhood abuts the one Pinder grew up in. "He has not been charged with murder; everyone is just trying to get a complete picture," said First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Carmody.