August 2, 2013 |
FORMER STATE Sen. Vince Fumo returns to Philly on Tuesday, 1,436 days after he surrendered at a federal prison outside of Ashland, Ky., to serve time on public-corruption charges. Fumo must report to the Kintock Group, a 400-bed halfway house on Erie Avenue at Whitaker Avenue, which describes itself as a "residential environment for male and female offenders who are beginning their transition back to the community. " If that goes well, Fumo will return home to his mansion on Greene Street near 22nd Street in Fairmount to finish his sentence under house arrest.
June 30, 2013 |
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.
June 23, 2013 |
Lenny Dykstra, the troubled ex-Phillies outfielder, has been released from a federal prison after serving 15 months of a three-year term. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Dykstra was released last Friday from the Federal Correction Center in Victorville, Calif. His whereabouts were not known. Dykstra, 50, pleaded no contest in October 2011 to three charges of grand theft auto and one count of filing a false financial report, the latest in a series of downfalls in a tragic slide.
May 31, 2013 |
Eight years have passed since a firebomb turned a North Philadelphia family's rowhouse into one of the city's most horrific murder scenes, and it has been nearly four since prosecutors accused Kaboni Savage of ordering that deadly attack. His fate now lies in the hands of the jury that convicted him of the deaths of the four children and two women in that house, plus six other murders. In final arguments Wednesday, a prosecutor urged jurors to vote for the death penalty, arguing that Savage deserves no less and that others can never feel safe if the drug kingpin lives.
May 21, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN - A housekeeper has been sentenced to six years in federal prison in the theft of a Benjamin Franklin bust stolen in Montgomery County and reportedly worth $3 million. Andrea Lawton, 47, of Mobile, Ala., was living in Philadelphia when the bust was taken Aug. 24 from a home where she had worked as a housecleaner. She fled to Alabama with the bust and was arrested Sept. 21 in Elkton, Md., where she planned to sell it. Lawton pleaded guilty in December to a federal charge of interstate transportation of stolen property.
May 15, 2013 |
LUBBOCK, Texas - Billie Sol Estes, 88, a flamboyant Texas huckster who became one of the most notorious men in America in 1962 when he was accused of looting a federal crop subsidy program, was found dead by a caretaker early Tuesday at his home in DeCordova Bend, southwest of Dallas. Mr. Estes was best known for the scandal that broke during President John F. Kennedy's administration involving phony financial statements and nonexistent fertilizer tanks. Several lower-level agriculture officials resigned, and he wound up spending several years in prison.
April 28, 2013 |
BOSTON - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was moved from a hospital to a federal prison medical center while FBI agents searched for evidence Friday in a landfill near the college he was attending. Tsarnaev, 19, was taken from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was recovering from a throat wound and other injuries suffered during an attempt to elude police last week, and was transferred to the Federal Medical Center Devens, about 40 miles from Boston, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
April 24, 2013
A Philadelphia man's effort to give some payback to his girlfriend's former boyfriend earned him 15 months in federal prison and an apology letter writing campaign on Monday. Kenneth W. Smith, Jr., 26, pleaded guilty in January to making a call to authorities saying the ex was carrying explosives on a flight from Philadelphia to Texas on Sept. 6. As a result of the call, the plane returned to Philadelphia, where it was stormed by police and federal agents. The ex-boyfriend was taken off the plane and forced to kneel with his hands behind his head while he was searched.
April 23, 2013 |
KABONI SAVAGE, the convicted drug dealer facing the death penalty if also convicted of committing or ordering 12 murders, on Monday was portrayed by his attorneys and girlfriend as a good-natured man - even while threatening the girlfriend. It was the first day of the defense team's presentation of its case to the jury after federal prosecutors rested last week, capping 2 1/2 months of testimony. "We got a bond for life. I'd kill you before I let you go," Savage, 38, who is serving 30 years in federal prison for drug conspiracy, reportedly told Crystal Copeland during a phone call recorded by authorities.