July 25, 2013 |
A Philadelphia man has been arrested in connection with multiple bank robberies in the city and Montgomery County, officials announced. Demetrious Washington, 26, allegedly robbed six banks starting in mid-May. He carried a silver revolver during the heists, according to a release issued by the Montgomery County district attorney's office. On Monday police stopped Washington, who was driving a Ford Taurus and circling a Sovereign Bank in Cheltenham. The bank had been robbed twice before.
July 20, 2013 |
A dramatic video of the Market Street building collapse was captured by a camera on a SEPTA Route 31 bus at the moment the four-story wall fell on top of a Salvation Army thrift store June 5. Six people were killed and 14 injured in the disaster. The video shows the building's west wall coming down in a cloud of dust as pedestrians run and vehicles veer out of the way. The bus was just west of 22d Street, traveling east on Market. Its security camera captured the only known video of the moment the building went down.
July 18, 2013 |
MATTHEW BALDWIN was supposed to have a preliminary hearing yesterday for allegedly gunning down an 18-year-old man at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center in North Philadelphia. Instead, he went free after a prosecutor withdrew charges of murder and related counts in the Sept. 10 slaying of Kharee Tillmon. The witness who identified Baldwin, 18, as the gunman failed to show up in court for a third time, and Municipal Judge Karen Y. Simmons refused to grant another continuance, said Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, who then was forced to withdraw the charges.
June 30, 2013 |
A former head of a credit union based in Plymouth Meeting was convicted Friday - again - of using credit union funds to pay $1,342 in dental bills for her husband. Montgomery County Judge William R. Carpenter found Anne L. Clyburn, 47, guilty of four felonies and eight misdemeanors in a retrial for some of the crimes of which she had been convicted in 2010. The crimes occurred in 2004, while she was president and chief executive officer of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 Federal Credit Union.
June 12, 2013 |
A Philadelphia judge Monday ordered the city Medical Examiner's Office to release for burial the body of Julia Papazian Law, the paralegal who died last month in the apartment of criminal-defense lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. Common Pleas Court Judge John W. Herron ordered Law's body released to her mother, Laureen Law of Absecon, N.J. The hearing marked the end of the pathology phase of the official probe of the death of the 26-year-old woman....
June 8, 2013 |
A Montgomery County man is in police custody after allegedly stabbing his wife to death early Friday, officials said, The incident occurred at a single home in the 2900 block of Denbeigh Drive in Hatfield Township and involved a middle-aged couple, authorities said. Police were called to the house at 3:38 a.m. for a domestic incident in progress and found a woman dead in the house. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of family, the district attorney's office said in a press release.
June 7, 2013 |
A 16-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a girl in the auditorium at Wissahickon High School in Ambler could soon be charged as an adult in the case, Montgomery County officials said. On April 29, the alleged assailant, who has not been identified, was walking with the 15-year-old victim at the school when he attacked and then raped her, the District Attorney's Office said. The girl required medical treatment for her injuries, the office said. Charges, including rape and involuntary deviate sexual assault, were filed on May 16 in Juvenile Court.
May 31, 2013 |
A former Philadelphia homicide prosecutor who abruptly resigned in June 2011 has filed a lawsuit alleging she was fired and was the victim of racial discrimination. MK Feeney, who is white, filed suit in federal District Court last week against the District Attorney's Office and its current head, Seth Williams, who is black. Feeney was hired by and spent most of her 15-year tenure working for Williams' predecessor, Lynne M. Abraham. Feeney alleges in her complaint that after Williams became district attorney in 2010, his office "engaged in a policy to consider race in connection with employment decisions . . . and treat nonwhite employees more favorably than similarly situated white employees.
May 24, 2013 |
The District Attorney's Office will ask a judge Friday to keep Herbert and Catherine Schaible behind bars on a probation violation even if the Philadelphia faith-healing couple posts bail in the murder case of their infant son. Wednesday, the Schaibles were charged with third-degree murder in the death of Brandon Scott Schaible, who was 7 months old when he died April 18 of bacterial pneumonia, severe dehydration, and strep after his parents withheld...
May 7, 2013 |
A 19-year-old Montgomery County man was found dead Sunday after being taken from his home at gunpoint. An autopsy Monday showed that Kareem Ali Borowy died of a gunshot to the back. His death has been ruled a homicide. According to authorities, several armed suspects entered a home in the 1200 block of Manatawny Street in West Pottsgrove just after 2 p.m. Sunday and demanded money. Borowy, 19, was taken by the intruders, according to the District Attorney's Office. Less than a half-hour later, a motorist saw a man, later identified as Borowy, five miles away, lying in the 2100 block of Sanatoga Station Road in Lower Pottsgrove, waving a hand and yelling for help.