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June 30, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Two high-ranking members of Willingboro's Muslims Over Everything street gang who were already serving time in federal prison have been indicted in connection with two 2008 killings and one attempted murder. Terrek Parker, 27, of Babcock Lane, and Eric D. Williams, 29, also known as Eric Bryant, of Midvale Lane, are charged with the murders of two rival Bloods gang members and the attempted murder of a third, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. The indictments against the two Willingboro men include two counts each of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of criminal attempted murder, one count of gang criminality, and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
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February 7, 2012 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 25, 2012 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 19, 2002 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Crime paid very well for Larry Lavin. But now, the Ivy League-educated former dentist is the one who's paying dearly. The man once dubbed "Doctor Dealer" has spent the last 16 years in federal prisons on drug and tax charges. If his attempts to reduce the remainder of his sentence fail, Lavin likely will serve another seven years. It's a far cry from the early 1980s, when Lavin, who went to Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of Pennsylvania, lived lavishly on the Main Line.
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May 1, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Add U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to the long list of men mystified by the jet-setting identity thief Jocelyn Kirsch. Not for her fake flowing tresses, which prosecutors alleged seven years ago she bought with other people's money, and not for the bikini shots, which were plastered across tabloid covers after her initial 2007 arrest. No, the federal judge was more puzzled Tuesday with a question at Kirsch's core as he sentenced her to five months in prison Tuesday for violating her federal probation with a simple stretch of shoplifting.
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March 28, 2011 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted drug kingpin Kaboni Savage is not happy with his accommodations at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, where he is awaiting trial on racketeering-murder charges that could carry a death sentence. Even Guantanamo Bay, the notorious federal lockup for suspected terrorists, would be better than the FDC at Seventh and Arch Streets, Savage said in a handwritten memo filed with U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick last week. In the memo, Savage, 36, complained about the conditions under which he is being held and the difficulty he has had meeting with his court-appointed attorneys.
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July 11, 2012 | BY JASON NARK and Daily News Staff Writer
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...
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October 23, 2009 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 27, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
The former warden of the Federal Detention Center in Center City pleaded guilty this morning to witness tampering, obstruction of justice and related offenses in connection with an incident in which a guard accidentally brought a gun into the center. Troy Levi, 49, of Williamstown, N.J., is to be sentenced on May 7. According to a plea agreement with the government, Levi is to be sentenced to five years probation (with the first four months served in home confinement), 400 hours of community service and a $15,000 fine.
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August 15, 2011 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
An ongoing state investigation into a South Philadelphia drug-trafficking and loan-sharking ring may create additional criminal problems for jailed mob underboss Joseph "Mousie" Massimino. Massimino, 61, is suspected of financing part of the operation, according to court documents. Charges are expected to be filed later this year in the case, which is being handled by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. In a motion filed in federal court earlier this month, authorities said the investigation was focused on convicted South Philadelphia drug dealer William "Billy" Andrews, whom they described as a "close associate" of Massimino's.
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