August 15, 2013 |
Philadelphia Police Officer Gerold Gibson's assignment on Jan. 31 was routine: Pick up a suspected drug car and drive it back to the narcotics unit for processing. Gibson did not know that the 1998 Lexus was part of a police-FBI sting and equipped with hidden cameras. Seven minutes of video - allegedly showing Gibson search for and pocket $140 in cash - was key evidence Tuesday at a preliminary hearing where Gibson was held for trial. Gibson, 43, an officer for 17 years and son-in-law of Gov. Corbett, was ordered to stand trial on six theft-related charges by Municipal Court Judge Felice R. Stack.
August 12, 2013 |
Aramark Corp., the Philadelphia food-service and uniform company, confirmed last week that it is contemplating another run at the stock market. It would be the third initial public offering in the history of Aramark, which is headquartered at 11th and Market Streets and employs more than 6,500 people in the city. A third IPO - that could value Aramark at $12 billion, one analyst estimated - would put Aramark in rare company. "There have only been a handful of companies that have gone public three times and have gone private twice," said Jay R. Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
August 8, 2013 |
A Whitpain Township man was arrested in connection with a bank robbery after a large amount of money was found in a coffee can in his kitchen, police said Tuesday. Charles Decembrino, 43, was charged with robbery and related offenses after being identified from video surveillance as the suspect who went into the TD Bank on Swede Road Friday, demanded money from a teller, and implied he had a gun, said the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and township police. He fled toward East Norriton Township with about $6,500 from the bank.
August 1, 2013 |
IT APPEARS that Patricia Chandler hit the lottery and hightailed it out of Upper Darby. No one answered the door at Chandler's home on Wingate Road near Shirley last night - or a few weeks ago - when a Daily News reporter came knocking in search of the new millionaire. Lottery officials said yesterday that Chandler finally came forward to claim the June 22 $131.5 million annuity Powerball jackpot. Chandler opted for the $77.4 million cash lump sum. "She's probably already out of the neighborhood.
July 27, 2013 |
Until he was gunned down by two assailants on a frigid January night in 2012 outside his Delaware County residence, Gbolahan Olabode seemed to epitomize the American dream. The assailants still have not been caught, but a recent court filing has cast a different light on the life of the Nigerian immigrant, whose body was found next to his silver Mercedes-Benz with $6,851 in his pockets and a bag of groceries at his side. Olabode, known as "Bo," also had more than $1 million in available cash in his Lansdowne home, bank accounts, and safe-deposit boxes.
July 25, 2013
DEAR HARRY : I'm 93 and in excellent health. I live in a retirement community in the suburbs. My pension (fully funded) and Social Security cover all my expenses and then some. Including my recent inheritance from my deceased wife, my estate is about $11 million. I have been making gifts to my children and grandchildren of $14,000 a year each. You may be wondering why I need free advice. You are objective and fair-minded, and I knew your brother many years ago. My money was made by "aggressive" investing.
July 24, 2013 |
I DON'T BEGRUDGE people who profit from personal experiences. There's often something we can learn from other people's dramas and traumas. Yet there was something upsetting about the swift actions by one juror in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was found innocent of all charges stemming from the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. For now, we know this person only by her court designation, B37. She was the first juror to grant an interview, sitting down with CNN's Anderson Cooper in a session that aired the Monday and Tuesday after the verdict.
July 20, 2013 |
It was supposed to be a "sweet beat" - a robbery that would earn Ceasar Holloway enough for an Aston Martin luxury car. It turned into a double murder at a flashy new Northern Liberties complex that on Thursday earned Holloway 20 to 40 years behind bars. Before he was sentenced by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart, Holloway, 37, turned and apologized to Sandy Thal, the mother of victim Rian Thal. "It was not my intention for anything like this to happen to your daughter," he said.
July 19, 2013 |
State Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County raised the most money in the second quarter among the four Democrats fighting to represent Pennsylvania's 13th District in the U.S. House. Leach pulled in $357,590 between March 1 and June 30, according to the latest federal campaign finance reports. After expenses, his campaign fund had $277,263 on hand. Marjorie Margolies, seeking to reclaim the seat she held for a term in the early 1990s, raised some political insiders' eyebrows by finishing last in the quarterly money sprint, with $185,345.
July 16, 2013
CAMDEN - Thieves broke into PNC bank machines in the 100 block of North Broadway Saturday night and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. Authorities responding to a report of smoke coming from the building around 11 p.m. discovered that the ATMs had been tampered with. Police said witnesses reported seeing two black males loading the machines' contents into a black Honda Accord and speeding away. "This was not an act of smash and grab, rather a sophisticated burglary that seemed well-planned utilizing unconventional tools to gain entry into the building and the ATM machines," said Camden County Chief Scott Thomson.