November 13, 2013 |
FORMER STATE Sen. Vince Fumo was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday afternoon, suffering from internal bleeding, apparently related to a biopsy he had a few days ago for prostate cancer, according to his biographer. Ralph Cipriano, a former Inquirer reporter who blogs at BigTrial.net and is writing a biography with Fumo, said the former senator called him while on his way to the hospital. Cipriano said that Fumo told him he was bleeding from several places, felt dizzy and might need a blood transfusion.
October 25, 2012 |
Convicted mobster Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino - the father of former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino - died Monday at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. The elder Merlino, 73, had spent the last quarter-century behind bars. The federal Bureau of Prisons listed his potential release date as August 2016. Local attorney Joseph Santaguida confirmed Merlino's death but offered little other information Tuesday. He said simply that Merlino had been "sick for a while.
February 7, 2012 |
It was the second-biggest mistake of LaRue Y. Smith's life. Laid off from his job, Smith went to his computer, copied out a list of 7-Eleven stores in and around Philadelphia, grabbed a gun, and started sticking them up. The clerks and customers were terrified. Smith fired his revolver once, by accident, and almost shot himself in the leg. Police caught the former Marine eight weeks after his crimes had started in June 2007. Within hours, he confessed to a dozen robberies that netted him an unimpressive $2,510, plus cigarettes, chips, and soft drinks.
November 9, 2013 |
MEDIA Weeks before his sentencing Thursday for child-pornography possession, former Delaware County middle-school principal Troy Czukoski walked into a children's locker room during a youth hockey tournament - a decision a federal prosecutor described as "unfathomable. " Czukoski, who said he was helping his 7-year-old daughter maneuver to the bathroom while wearing her goalie equipment, told Judge Legrome D. Davis that he was in the room for no longer than three or four minutes and that no children were changing there.
March 24, 2013 |
A FORMER MEMBER of the board of directors of a federal credit union that had been founded to serve low-income Hispanics pleaded guilty Friday to embezzlement and money-laundering, which caused the bank's collapse. Miqueas Santana, 43, who served on the board of the Borinquen Federal Credit Union, at Allegheny Avenue and Front Street, faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, five years of supervised release and more than $1.2 million in fines when he is sentenced in federal court on June 21. Between July 2009 and June 2011, Santana stole more than $500,000 from the bank, aided by a former manager, and used the money to buy real estate around the city, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
July 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK — On Tuesday morning, Old City developer Michael Yaron stood in the hallway of a Manhattan courthouse with friends and family, framed by a tall open window, the Empire State Building rising up behind him. A few hours later, inside Courtroom 21D, Yaron learned that the empire he started from humble beginnings in Israel, in the storied halls of Oxford University, and on the streets he transformed in Philadelphia, will come to an end...
November 7, 2013 |
The day he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on drug and gun charges, Robert Warner made a promise to himself: "I wanted to come out," he said, "a better man than when I went in. " On Tuesday, the 46-year-old, now a manager at a King of Prussia fast-food restaurant, stood proudly next to the nation's top law enforcement officer - his criminal past behind him and a future ahead as a graduate of an innovative federal program aimed at...
October 23, 2009 |
In sentencing the former head of a Northeast Philadelphia charter school to more than three years in prison for plundering its coffers, a federal judge yesterday called for more scrupulous government oversight of the taxpayer-funded charters so "this type of criminal activity is not allowed to be repeated. " On one side of U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno's courtroom were a few dozen staff members and parents of students at Philadelphia Academy Charter School, angered by the confessed crimes of Kevin M. O'Shea.
June 29, 1995 |
Admitted mob hit man Rosario Bellocchi, who was once engaged to marry the daughter of reputed mob boss John Stanfa, pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge yesterday and formally agreed to become a government witness. Bellocchi, 26, appeared calm and relaxed during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia before Judge Ronald Buckwalter. He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, admitting his involvement in one murder, one attempted murder, three murder conspiracies, and one kidnapping.
July 15, 2012 |
A U.S. district judge handed prison terms Friday to the founder of a Northwest Philadelphia charter school and its former chief executive for stealing $522,000 in taxpayer money to prop up a restaurant, a health-food store, and a private school they controlled, and for defrauding a bank. Hugh C. Clark, a lawyer who helped found New Media Technology Charter School and served for many years as its board president, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Ina Walker, a career educator and the charter school's former chief executive officer, was sentenced to six months in prison.