December 30, 2014 |
A Bucks County baby who this year became the namesake for a state law requiring hospitals to test newborns for certain rare disorders, died Sunday, Dec. 28. Hannah Ginion would have turned 2 on Jan. 15. She suffered from Krabbe disease, an inherited condition that destroys nerve cells. "Hannah was called home to be with the angels this morning," said a post on a Facebook page that had provided updates about her condition. "She went peacefully. " Hannah was diagnosed with Krabbe disease when she was 5 months old - too late for a cord blood transplant that could have stopped or slowed its progression.
March 26, 2011 |
A Delaware County lawyer who was mayor of the tiny borough of Rutledge died Friday while skydiving in Gloucester County, authorities said. Carter Scott Shields, 45, plummeted into woods about 4:25 p.m. in Williamstown after his main parachute failed to open, said Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. County detectives determined that Shields' emergency chute activated automatically but failed to open completely, Weisenfeld said. Shields, who maintained a law practice in Media, was an experienced skydiver.
November 15, 2013 |
On his Facebook page, Craig Johnson wrote this about himself: "the best that ever did it, pimps up. " Johnson was a Philadelphia pimp, and he posted absurd boasts on Facebook about his criminal deeds: "when i die they should honer me for giving alot of women jobs i took them off the streets and made them learn a skill called get my money!" Of course, he was caught. Johnson, 42, was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in federal prison for two counts of sex trafficking of minors. He pleaded guilty in June to recruiting two girls, 15 and 16, to work as prostitutes at the Days Inn on Roosevelt Boulevard for about two weeks last year.
March 11, 2015 |
Cayman Naib, the 13-year-old Newtown Square boy whose body was found Sunday, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said Monday. He likely died before his parents concluded he was missing and commissioned an intensive four-day search - involving hundreds of volunteers - that ended on the outer edges of the family's property, police said. He used a gun that had been legally purchased and owned by his father, Farid, said Newtown Township Police Chief Chris Lunn.
June 10, 2015 |
A FORMER fraternity member who told State College cops about alleged hazing and sexual assault at his frat is suing Penn State University. James Vivenzio, 21, of Great Falls, Va., filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that the university was negligent in enforcing its anti-hazing policies and in responding to his initial allegations about the fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho. Vivenzio had disclosed an alleged invitation-only Facebook page that included...
August 28, 2012 |
A FACEBOOK page called "I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones" - the two alleged cop-killers who gunned down Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Aug. 18 - sparked outrage among law-enforcement authorities before it was taken down Sunday. It was created by former Philadelphia restaurant worker Joshua Scott Albert, who became infamous as the creator of the Staph Meal blog, which criticized the restaurant industry. And, as if that's not enough, Albert also launched a Facebook page earlier this month called "Kill Mitt Romney.
August 3, 2014 |
Authorities have long monitored social media postings of criminals for incriminating comments and other clues. Now one criminal - or at least his lawyers - have turned the tables. Imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill's lawyers on Friday renewed their legal campaign to get him paroled, criticizing a city prosecutor for boasting on Facebook about Mill's probation violation. On Monday, Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis responded to Mill's first parole petition in a court filing quoting pop music legend Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to urge the 27-year-old Mill - whose real name is Robert Williams - to take responsibility for his conduct.
March 24, 2011 |
A 26-year-old teacher at a Christian school in the city's Fairhill section has been charged with raping a 14-year-old female student in a relationship that developed over several years, police said Wednesday. Steven Fulton, who taught at Timothy Academy at 303 W. Lehigh Ave., was arrested Tuesday after the girl confided to an adult at the school over the weekend and police were notified, said Capt. John Darby of the Special Victims Unit. Darby said the girl had told investigators that she met Fulton when she was around 11 and that the relationship escalated over time.
August 8, 2014 |
KEITH BELAJONAS ended a fight with his wife yesterday morning in their Drexel Hill duplex by stabbing her and shooting her in the head. After the savage 2:30 a.m. attack, he bragged on his Facebook page: "caught her cheating, she got violent, i won. " When police responded to neighbors' reports of gunfire, they followed a blood trail through the open door and found Christina Corrigan-Belajonas, 28, dead - and the couple's sons, ages 4 and...