September 12, 2014 |
A 15-year-old Wissahickon girl who police say used a brick to smash the face of a Temple University student, during an attack in which two other girls also beat the victim and her boyfriend, has been ordered to stand trial as an adult. Zaria Estes of the 200 block of Rock Street was ordered to stand trial by Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner after a hearing Tuesday in the March 21 assault that left Abbey Luffey with a broken nose, a broken palate, and severely damaged teeth. Photos of the damage to Luffey's face and teeth were shown in court.
September 11, 2014 |
CALLING HER alleged use of a brick to bash the mouth and face of a Temple University student a "determined" and "vicious" attack, a Philadelphia judge yesterday ordered a 15-year-old girl to stand trial as an adult. Zaria Estes used her shirtsleeves to wipe tears from her eyes as Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner explained why the unprovoked March attack on Abbey Luffey a block west of campus was too serious to be sent to Family Court. The incident, during which two other teenage girls punched and kicked Luffey and her boyfriend, Andrew Mazer, affected the entire Temple community, Lerner said.
August 29, 2014 |
The fast-paced growth of Philadelphia's lower Spring Garden neighborhood quickened Wednesday, with the official groundbreaking of a massive, $160 million luxury apartment complex. The project promises to further transform an area that 20 years ago was a dead zone, and that 20 years from now may be unrecognizable. "It's overused in real estate," said Brady Nolan, one of the developers, "but every great project must have three things: location, location, and Whole Foods. " A big Whole Foods - twice the size of the current market nearby - will anchor the building, just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
August 6, 2014 |
Nicholas Kozay Jr., 86, of Philadelphia, a retired Common Pleas Court judge, died Thursday, July 31, of congestive heart failure at his home. While training as a lawyer, Judge Kozay began his career in the Municipal Court system as a clerk. In the early 1970s, he was appointed jury commissioner. He went on to implement the "one day/one trial" system for jurors. Under the one-day model, a potential juror comes to the courthouse knowing that if he or she is not chosen for jury duty by the end of the day, the obligation to serve has been met. His family said that the program was very well-received, and that he traveled to other cities to show officials how to implement it. Judge Kozay was appointed to Common Pleas Court in 1989 as a Family Court judge.
July 28, 2014 |
Francis J. McKibbin Jr., 67, of Center City, an architect who served as manager of major building projects in Philadelphia and elsewhere, died Friday, July 18, of sarcoma at Pennsylvania Hospital. Born in Germantown, he graduated from Father Judge Catholic High School for Boys. He earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Pennsylvania State University. He worked for Day & Zimmerman Associates, which became the Vitetta Group. He joined Alta Management as a partner with Majid Alseya, and later founded his own firm, Three Peaks Management.
June 27, 2014
Before lawmakers congratulate themselves on proposals to trim one of the most bloated legislatures in the nation, they need to scrap companion cuts slated for the state appellate courts. No question, there's room for spirited debate on the merits of shrinking the state House by 25 percent, from 203 to 153 members, and reducing the state Senate from 50 to 45 members. But the suggestion that the state's busiest appellate court could sacrifice four of its 15 judges, with another pair lopped off the state's seven-member Supreme Court, hasn't been tested.
June 23, 2014 |
DONTE WALKER, the teen arrested in January for smuggling a gun into a Philadelphia charter school before it was used to shoot two students, was sentenced yesterday to 6 to 23 months in jail followed by three years of probation. The ruling by Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos calls for Walker, 19, to be paroled from jail on July 5 and requires him to perform 30 hours of community service for each year he is on probation. He pleaded guilty May 27 to carrying a firearm in public, possessing a weapon on school property and recklessly endangering another person.
May 14, 2014 |
The mother of a girl held captive and tortured for nearly a decade in Linda Weston's Tacony apartment should have objected earlier if she believed her daughter was in danger, and she cannot now sue the city for violating her parental rights, a federal judge has ruled. With that, U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick dismissed a civil suit filed by Weston's sister Vickie against various local officials she blamed for failing to ensure daughter Beatrice's care. Beatrice Weston - who was placed in her aunt's custody in 2002 - was found in 2011, days after police discovered four mentally disabled adults locked in Linda Weston's fetid basement.
May 9, 2014 |
Zachary Woods was enjoying a pivotal time in his life. After spending five years working in China, the 27-year-old had just begun classes at the Wharton School on Monday. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend next month. But while walking to classes Tuesday, the native of New York state was struck by a car in a freak accident that flung him off an elevated section of Walnut Street. He died that night at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A distraught family member who asked not to be identified recounted his life and his dreams, and struggled to understand how he could suddenly be dead.