May 22, 2016
A Gloucester County man was sentenced Friday 61 years in prison for killing his ex-wife in 2012, prosecutors said. Charles F. Sawyer, 62, of Glassboro, was found guilty after an eight-day jury trial of first-degree murder and related offenses for the fatal shooting of Rita Sawyer, 53, in her Glassboro home on July 2, 2012. Sawyer bound his ex-wife with duct tape and then shot her in the head. Prior to the murder, Sawyer had sent a series of threatening text messages to her. Sawyer must complete 85 percent of his sentence - or 461/2 years - before he is eligible for parole, prosecutors said.
May 18, 2016 |
For the second time this year, a "heavy mouse infestation" and a staggering list of basic health violations prompted the Philadelphia health department to ask a Sichuan Chinese restaurant near the Belmont Reservoir to close temporarily. Chun Hing, in the 4100 block of Monument Road, was cited for 39 violations last week. Many of the infractions found May 12 echoed those found in a mid-February inspection: fresh rodent droppings throughout the kitchen, inadequate handwashing by employees, food thawing at room temperature, filthy dish racks and an ice machine held together with duct tape.
April 26, 2016 |
Police say the 20-year-old woman who was abducted in West Philadelphia and sexually assaulted in an 11-hour ordeal on Saturday knew her attacker. The woman told police she was abducted at 4 a.m. around 49th Street and Lancaster Avenue. A man with a gun forced her into a black vehicle with tinted windows and a trash bag covering the driver-side rear window. The victim was bound with duct tape but managed to free herself around 3 p.m., about two miles away, at 57th Street and Larchwood Avenue, police said.
April 25, 2016
Police are investigating the abduction and sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman who escaped her attacker on Saturday afternoon after an 11-hour ordeal. The woman told investigators she was abducted at 4 a.m. around 49th Street and Lancaster Avenue when she was forced by a man with a gun into a black vehicle with tinted windows and a trash bag covering the driver-side rear window. The victim, who had been bound with duct tape, freed herself at 57th Street and Larchwood Avenue in West Philadelphia around 3 p.m., police said, about two miles from where she was abducted.
March 17, 2016 |
Police in Chester County are searching for a man who wore a Halloween mask and barged into a woman's Wayne home over the weekend. The home invasion and robbery occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday on the 100 block of Crestline Road in Tredyffrin Township. The victim woke to find a stranger wearing a mask "with a bulbous nose" standing at the foot of her bed, the township police said in a news release Monday. The man tied the woman up with duct tape, and warned her: "Be quiet and you won't be hurt," police said.
January 15, 2016
ARKANSAS Theories clash in murder trial Jurors in the capital murder trial for an Arkansas man accused of killing a real estate agent heard vastly different theories Wednesday, with prosecutors describing a brutal killing and the defense claiming the victim may have accidentally died during a consensual sex act. Prosecutors said during opening statements that Arron Lewis and his estranged wife targeted Beverly Carter as part of a ransom scheme....
April 10, 2015 |
A PIMP WHO chopped up a man's body with an ax two years ago, then dumped the victim's torso in the Schuylkill, pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder and related charges. Keith Tolbert, 35, faced trial in the death of Francis Zarzycki, 40, of Somerton, who had been at Tolbert's Center City apartment on Aug. 26, 2013, to have sex with two prostitutes, but died during a struggle when Tolbert and the two women tried to rob him. Amid jury selection yesterday - five jurors had been picked - Tolbert instead decided to plead guilty to third-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy to commit robbery, in a deal in which he is to be sentenced to 22 to 44 years in state prison, Assistant District Attorney Brian Zarallo said.
March 5, 2015 |
MURDER SUSPECT Tam Minh Le sat at a defense table yesterday and stared directly at the man who clambered out of the Schuylkill last year. Victim Tan Voong, 20, testified to a terrifying ordeal last August in which his friends - two brothers - apparently were beaten, stabbed and then kicked into the river with him. The brothers died. Le, 43, stared coldly and with confidence at Voong during his testimony. Authorities have said that Le, who served prison time for a 1993 killing in Rochester, N.Y., is associated with a Vietnamese-American gang called Born to Kill.
February 26, 2015 |
One would like to imagine that, as electrical engineers in the same group at Lockheed Martin, Michael Petner and Tuan Ngo are quick to offer each other words of encouragement. But is it always quite so boisterous? "Think light!" Petner shouted at Ngo on Tuesday. "Just keep those legs up. Good job!" The 145-pound Ngo grinned gamely in reply. It might have been partly a grimace. After all, he was stuck to a cinder-block wall with duct tape. At the defense contractor's Moorestown facility, employees are participating in National Engineers Week, a celebration of a discipline that too often goes without credit for its creativity and sense of humor.
December 19, 2014 |
A Vietnamese gang member charged this summer with the double slaying and abduction of two men found stabbed, bound, and beaten in the Schuylkill was added Wednesday to the U.S. Marshals Service's Top 15 Most Wanted list. Police obtained an arrest warrant in September for Tam Minh Le, 42, weeks after they fished the bodies of brothers Vu Huynh, 31, and Viet Huynh, 28, both of Paoli, from the river. The brothers had been bound with zip ties, stabbed, weighted down, and had their throats slashed and heads wrapped with duct tape.