July 30, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - More victims of sexual violence will be notified if their attacker moves, takes a new job, or has other changes in his or her status as part of a new partnership announced Tuesday by state law enforcement officials and victim advocates. Under Pennsylvania's Adam Walsh law that was signed into law in 2011, the State Police is responsible for notifying victims when a sexually violent offender registers with its Megan's Law unit or if the offender changes jobs or addresses.
May 8, 2015 |
ONE MINUTE Jesus Garcia was telling the angry men not to worry: If his friend had scratched their car while they parked on a South Philly street, they would take care of the damage, no problem. The next, Garcia was on the ground, getting punched and kicked in the head until everything went black. The police came, the ambulance was called. But by then, the guys were long gone, and with only a partial Delaware plate as a clue, they were never found. Back at work the next day as chef at Lucha Cartel, a Mexican restaurant on Chestnut Street near 2nd, Garcia had a swollen face.
November 12, 2014 |
Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is seeking to overturn a new state law that allows violent-crime victims to sue offenders whose speech continues to cause them "mental anguish. " In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Harrisburg, Abu-Jamal's lawyers said the measure - signed in October - violates the First Amendment rights of prisoners and was specifically targeted to silence him. Abu-Jamal, 60, is serving a life sentence at a state prison in Schuylkill County for the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
November 4, 2014
ISSUE | MUMIA LAW Free speech jailed I find it difficult to understand how the unrelated activities of someone imprisoned for many years - after being convicted of a murder - can perpetuate the crime and cause its victims to "relive that terror over and over again" ("Legislation will help relieve trauma of crime victims," Oct. 24). Nor can I understand how Harrisburg lawmakers, without hearings, passed a law related to the Mumia Abu-Jamal commencement speech that allows any crime victim, without indicating any statute of limitation, "to file a civil action in court if the criminal engages in activity that perpetuates the crime.
October 8, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A day after Mumia Abu-Jamal addressed graduates of a Vermont college, a House committee advanced a bill to give the family of the police officer he was convicted of killing a way to shut him up. The bill, believed to be the first of its kind, would let crime victims or their relatives seek injunctive relief if the criminals that harmed them seek publicity from the crime in any way. Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) called it unconscionable that Abu-Jamal - serving life for the 1981 slaying of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner - could get national exposure with a "taxpayer-funded rant.
September 17, 2014 |
EPITHETS HURLED by a surly crowd. A flurry of blows rained down on two men, singled out because they love someone of the same sex. It sounds like a scene from 30 years ago in some backwater town. But it happened Thursday, police say, when two men were walking two blocks east of Rittenhouse Square to grab some late-night pizza. "I want to find the people who did this," one of the men - whose identities the Daily News is withholding at their request - said last night at his home in South Philly.
April 19, 2014 |
Vowing to "become the man my mother raised me to be," a Frankford man who admitted raping four women between 2007 and 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 35 to 100 years in prison by a Philadelphia judge. Matthew Jones, 30, apologized several times to his victims and promised Common Pleas Court Judge Donna Woelpper that he would rehabilitate himself and pay restitution to crime victims while working in prison. "I am truly sorry for all the hurt that I caused," Jones said as his mother, sister, grandmother, and young daughter wept in the rear of the gallery.
April 11, 2014 |
THERE WASN'T a monster Corey Feldman couldn't handle in the movies. Feldman, 42, starred in a string of blockbusters and cult classics in the 1980s that Generation Xers and their siblings probably played over and over on VHS tapes until they broke. Feldman slayed vampires in "The Lost Boys," traded wisecracks with Mama Fratelli and her sons in "The Goonies," battled gremlins in "Gremlins" and shed youthful innocence in "Stand by Me. " But monsters lurked in Feldman's offscreen life, too. Adults in the Hollywood system and his own family abused him mentally and sexually, he says, at a time when he was one of the world's biggest child stars.
February 4, 2014 |
On calendars and in his head, Stephen Gallo tracks the number of days that have passed since his 19-year-old daughter, Nicole, was killed by an intoxicated driver. Gallo's mother, Donna, has watched her daughter's friends graduate from college, and seen her son pass his sister's age. Life moves on. But for the Gallos, time stopped the day Rachael Jankins killed Nicole in August 2009. When the Gallos learned that Jankins, 25, was up for parole last year, they took part in a new program that lets crime victims meet privately with the state parole board and testify about the impact of the crime.
January 14, 2014 |
Law enforcement went to Lindenwold's Hispanic community Sunday with a message for immigrants in this country illegally: We don't care. We want to prevent crime, and we need your help. Speaking after a Spanish-language Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Police Chief Thomas J. Brennan told a full church, "Anyone's status with regard to immigration is not important. Whether you are here legally or illegally, you're a member of this community and therefore deserve a right to be safe.