July 24, 2015 |
"LEROY THE handyman" was held for trial yesterday on murder and related charges in the brutal strangulation, stabbing and beating death of 85-year-old Regina Brunner-Holmes in her East Mount Airy home. Authorities contend the defendant, Leroy Wilson, 37, committed the murder alone. They believe Brunner-Holmes, a grandmother, allowed him into her home, on Roumfort Road near Crest Park Road, because she knew him. Wilson had previously done odd jobs at her home and at other homes in the neighborhood.
July 21, 2015
P AUL GREENWALD, 64, of Huntingdon Valley, is a retired dentist and entrepreneur who recently began marketing a board game about marijuana, PasstheGrass, which he developed in 1976. It's interactive and designed to be used by people who enjoy relaxing at home with marijuana. It's available online at Amazon for $24.95 or can be downloaded via Android app on a tablet for $1.99. The game is recommended by its manufacturer for users 21 and over. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
July 6, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have arrested a man in Monday's slaying of an elderly woman from East Mount Airy, officials announced Saturday. In a news conference at police headquarters, Capt. James Clark, commanding officer of the homicide unit, identified the suspect as Leroy Wilson, 37, who was arrested early Saturday morning in Norristown. Clark said Wilson lived at the homes of girlfriends in Norristown and North Philadelphia. Regina Brunner Holmes, 85, was found Monday in her East Mount Airy home, beaten, stabbed, and with her throat slashed.
June 24, 2015 |
A COMMON PLEAS judge yesterday threw the book at a man who bilked a World War II veteran of $95,000 and who impersonated District Attorney Seth Williams as part of the nasty scam. Judge Rayford Means sentenced Shelton Thomas, 49, to the maximum sentence allowed - 16 1/2 to 33 years in state prison. On hearing his sentence, Thomas dropped his head to the defense table and said, "Damn!" He and Williams, 48, do not look alike. Thomas was accused of scamming Raymond Campbell, a World War II veteran who served in Europe and the South Pacific, out of his life savings from June 2011 to February 2014.
May 17, 2015 |
Most of us believe in second chances. If we didn't, no one would ever show up at a Phillies game. The second chance I'm talking about, however, is for someone who has lost his or her house as the result of foreclosure. It's been about nine years since the start of the U.S. foreclosure crisis, which peaked at 7.7 million houses in foreclosure in 2012. With the passage of the years, once-distressed homeowners with restored credit are reentering the housing market, even though damaged credit profiles and lender rules will greatly restrict the overall share of those eligible to buy. According to the National Association of Realtors, California, Florida, and Arizona, where the foreclosure crisis started, are expected to have the largest share of return buyers within the next decade.
May 8, 2015 |
IT'S GOING TO be a whole new financial world for college and high school graduates. Many of them will confront a number of money issues for the first time in their lives. So I'd like to offer some advice that you can use to help your graduate navigate this new fiscal terrain. Let's start with college grads. Here are three of my top tips: * Commiserate with them about the overwhelming amount of information they'll get about planning for retirement. College graduates entering the workforce will be bombarded with financial information.
February 19, 2015 |
Dave Muha is Big Man on Campus. After lunch in a dining hall at the College of New Jersey, he finds tweets about Muha sightings. He spots his name on T-shirts that raised a record amount of money for last year's freshman class. Every so often, he trends on Twitter as students pray to him, praise him, and plead with him. He can't even buy jeans an hour from the Mercer County campus without being confronted with his fame. "I pass my credit card to the clerk, who looks . . . and then gasps," he said.
February 6, 2015 |
For a filmmaker known for his movies' plot twists, M. Night Shyamalan said he did not see this one coming. The woman he trusted to look after his children and manage his home in Chester County for about six years was sentenced Wednesday to three to 23 months in prison, followed by a year of probation, for stealing money from Shyamalan and his wife. Selma Nolan Cody, 34, of Reading, pleaded guilty in Chester County Court on Dec. 8 to third-degree felony theft. She bought more than $15,000 worth of goods and services without the Shyamalans' permission, using a credit card they had given her to manage their house in Willistown Township.
January 22, 2015 |
Every day, Miss Anna comes to the Gallery - and on Tuesday, she was particularly elegant, in a long purple sweater, fashionable hairstyle, her eyebrows etched in darkly, perfectly arched. "Her brother died two years ago," said George Thomas, who owns the Creative Silver jewelry kiosk on the ground floor. "She was crushed. If I don't see Miss Anna for two days, I worry. I call her. " Who will worry about Anna Mazella, an Aramark retiree in her 80s, when Thomas closes his business - not by choice - at the end of the month?