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April 11, 1991 | By Tanya Barrientos, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School District has recommended that George E. Wiggins, driver of the school bus that overturned and injured 41 children last week, be fired. Wiggins, 50, has worked for the school district since 1980, continuing to drive a bus despite two driver's license suspensions and at least three prior school bus accidents. The recommendation to fire Wiggins came on the heels of police findings that he was speeding at the time of last Thursday's accident. The bus, which had just turned off Roosevelt Boulevard onto Holme Avenue, was going 60 m.p.h.
NEWS
February 25, 1990 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
The future for a Hatboro police officer ousted last summer for events that included a scuffle with a businessman and a drunken-driving arrest will be decided shortly. Within the next few weeks, Montgomery County Court Judge William T. Nicholas is expected to rule on an appeal of Hatboro Borough Council to have the Robert Ottey Jr. permanently removed from the force. Nicholas heard arguments during a Tuesday hearing on the council's appeal of the police civil service commission's November decision to reinstate the officer after a 60-day suspension.
NEWS
July 2, 1989 | By Stephen Keating, Special to The Inquirer
An administrative law judge will hear the case of Monroe Township schoolteacher Robert P. Valenti, who has been suspended for the last three months after his March 11 arrest on a marijuana charge. "The board has decided to certify the charges against Mr. Valenti to the commissioner of education," said school board solicitor Walter L. Marshall Jr. during the public portion of the June 20 school board meeting. Before the announcement, the board met in private for 45 minutes with Valenti and his attorney, Mary Crangle of Haddonfield.
NEWS
December 17, 1988 | By Elizabeth Hallowell, Special to The Inquirer
A state Superior Court judge yesterday let stand a lower court's controversial dismissal of drunken-driving charges against state Senate President Pro Tem Richard S. Cordrey. Judge John E. Babiarz Jr. denied the state's appeal of the dismissal, ruling that the state had gone about its appeal improperly. The decision of whether to appeal Babiarz's ruling to the state Supreme Court is "under review," said state prosecutor Eugene M. Hall. Cordrey, a Millsboro Democrat, was arrested June 9 while driving near his home and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
NEWS
January 17, 1986
Receiving less than a prominent news position on Jan. 7 was an article from the Washington Post news service about the firing of the postmaster general for ineffective management after one year on the job. To me, the big story is that a governmental board not only recognized a poor performance but took action on it. Too bad, by many billions, that this same Board of Governors could not have been in the Pentagon during the ill- fated development of...
SPORTS
March 22, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The University of Arkansas' top executive upheld the dismissal of basketball coach Nolan Richardson, saying yesterday he concurred in a campus chancellor's decision to fire the basketball coach. President B. Alan Sugg said he reviewed 80 pages of material submitted by Richardson and interviewed a number of people while doing his own research. In the end, he agreed the coach should be replaced. "Based on my review, I am firmly convinced that the termination of your employment agreement by [Chancellor]
NEWS
February 4, 1988 | By Dawn Capewell, Special to The Inquirer
A part-time Hainesport police officer who was fired Jan. 6 has been told to disregard the order because the police chief failed to get authorization for the firing. John Carnuccio, Hainesport Township committeeman and police commissioner, told Officer Dennis Toomey in a letter that Chief Richard Knapp had failed to get authorization from the Township Committee when he fired Toomey. Knapp declined to comment on the letter yesterday. Bennett Bozarth, township solicitor, said that he advised the committee it could intercede between Toomey and Knapp, and that the next move was up to the committee.
NEWS
February 6, 1991 | By Richard A. Oppel Jr., Special to The Inquirer
A sixth-grade science teacher who was fired for passing out a list of racial jokes to other West Chester teachers was properly dismissed because he violated a school district code prohibiting immorality, a Chester County judge ruled yesterday. Judge Lawrence E. Wood threw out an arbitrator's ruling that had reinstated Daniel W. Reitmeyer Jr., who formerly taught science at Peirce Middle School in West Chester. The ruling was welcomed by the school board attorney. "We have repeatedly said that racism will not be tolerated in the West Chester Area School District.
NEWS
March 26, 1992 | by Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
Two police officers who allegedly brawled with two other men while off duty on March 2 have been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams said yesterday. The action against Officers Francis Cheney and Paul Viola came after an investigation that led the district attorney's office to recommend charges against the two. Cheney and Viola surrendered to Northeast Detective headquarters, Harbison Avenue and Levick Street, yesterday, Williams said.
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June 27, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge has dismissed witness-intimidation charges against the relative of four North Philadelphia election workers accused of adding votes to the machine after the polls closed in the November general election. Municipal Court Judge Roger F. Gordon said Thursday that he could see no evidence of a crime on a dark surveillance videotape prosecutors said showed Brandon Way, 31, slashing the car tires of a poll watcher who had reported the alleged fraud by Way's relatives. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner said he would review the evidence and likely refile the charges in Common Pleas Court.
NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
As temperatures climbed toward record-tying heights on a steamy Friday, hundreds of thousands of the region's residents were not complaining: Those would be students. The entire Philadelphia school system shut down at noon, and scores of other schools in the region also closed early on an impressively hot June day. The temperature hit 95 officially at Philadelphia International Airport - matching the record for the date and the highest reading of 2015, beating Thursday's high by three degrees.
SPORTS
June 13, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There is no mystery about why the Eagles - let's get specific here, we're talking about Chip Kelly - cut Evan Mathis on Thursday. Mathis wanted a new contract. He thought he deserved one, and he made that desire public. Kelly doesn't want any players on his team thinking about anything but football, which means he doesn't want them thinking about how much money they're making and he certainly doesn't want them talking publicly about it, which means Mathis was bound to be gone sooner or later.
SPORTS
June 12, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
IS EVAN MATHIS black? Chip Kelly's latest thunderclap move seems to further erode the unsophisticated claim of LeSean McCoy that Chippah prefers white players and coaches. Players don't come much whiter than two-time Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis, self-described Mathlete, Wielder of Mjolnor and sit-down comedian . . . and, now, unemployed former Eagle. No, this was more about the continued dissolution of individuality at the NovaCare Complex, where only one culture matters - not black culture or white culture, but Kelly culture.
NEWS
June 7, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - A judge on Friday rejected a request that he dismiss bribery and other charges against State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop in the sting investigation after her lawyer argued that the case was too old and Bishop's memory too weak. Dauphin County Court Judge Scott Evans also turned down Bishop's bid to have any potential trial held in Philadelphia, saying he did not have the authority to make that decision. Evans did not rule on Bishop's contention that prosecutors in the sting operation selected their targets based on race and that as a consequence, the entire case should be thrown out. Bishop, 81, is among six current or former Democratic elected officials from Philadelphia who were charged with taking money from a lobbyist who sought political and legislative favors.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JUDGE dismissed an attempted-murder charge Thursday against a man accused of running over a cop's leg in January, but held the man for trial on aggravated assault and related offenses. Municipal Judge David Shuter agreed with defense attorney Perry de Marco Sr., saying that defendant Dominique Fallins, 24, "was trying to get away from the officer, not trying to kill him. " Police Officer Joseph Kochmer, of North Philly's 22nd District, testified at Fallins' preliminary hearing that about 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8, he and partner Brian Hollman were in a patrol car, stopped at a light on Ridge Avenue, near 32nd Street, in Strawberry Mansion, when he saw a 2006 silver Chevy Impala traveling south on 32nd.
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
UPDATE: A new trial date of Sept. 14, 2015, was set today for Chaka Fattah Jr.'s trial on fraud charges . AN APPEALS COURT yesterday ruled in favor of the U.S. government in a fraud case against Chaka Fattah Jr., paving the way for a new trial date to be set in federal court against the son of the prominent U.S. congressman. Fattah Jr., 32, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, is not a lawyer but is representing himself. He was indicted by the feds in July, charged with defrauding several banks, the IRS and the School District of Philadelphia of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
SPORTS
May 23, 2015 | By Joe Juliano And Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Penn State cornerback Da'Quan Davis has been dismissed from the team by head coach James Franklin in the wake of the player's May 9 arrest by university police on drug and underage drinking charges. According to Centre County Court documents filed Monday, Davis, 20, of Rosedale, Md., was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use along with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. He also was cited for buying alcohol as a minor, a summary offense.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was probably inevitable. The defense lawyer for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, a Philadelphia legislator arrested in the sting corruption case, is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed, saying she was targeted for prosecution because she is African American. To make his case, the lawyer cites Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's repeated statements that the case may have been tainted by racial prejudice. "The elected attorney general of this Commonwealth declined to prosecute this matter," lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. wrote in a legal brief filed this month.
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