April 23, 2014 |
HER LONG, WAVY brown hair pulled back into a ponytail, a bespectacled Jocelyn Kirsch entered a federal courtroom in Philadelphia yesterday wearing a short-sleeved dark-green prison jumpsuit, her hands cuffed behind her back. The convicted identity thief - one half of the famed duo nicknamed "Bonnie and Clyde" - appeared plain, but still pretty, without makeup. As she sat in the holding area for defendants in the fifth-floor courtroom, the section normally considered the jury box, she smiled at one of her attorneys, Ronald Greenblatt.
April 17, 2014 |
At Community College of Philadelphia, Glenn Martin, a neatly dressed middle-aged man, spoke eloquently Tuesday about how he turned his life around after serving six years in prison for drug crimes in New York. Martin, who earned a college degree while behind bars, said he was inspired to change his life by a correctional officer, fellow inmates, and others. "I'm not the exception. I am someone exposed to exceptional opportunities," Martin told about 200 people attending a daylong program on incarceration sponsored by the Mural Arts Program.
February 14, 2014 |
THE SWEET nothings that lovers share, the passionate embraces and deep kisses that seem to slow down time, all go by the wayside when the clock's ticking and the guards are watching in a prison visiting room. "We can hug and kiss quickly when we first see each other, but that's it," said Kate Noxel, whose fiance, Jacob Angelilli, is incarcerated in Pennsylvania. "We're not allowed to hold hands. " As often as she can, Noxel drives about 80 miles, alone, from her home in Pottstown to see Angelilli at Camp Hill State Correctional Institution near Harrisburg, where she's searched and scrutinized.
January 8, 2014 |
IN A BLACK headscarf, short-sleeved green prison jumpsuit and white sneakers, Colleen LaRose, at 4-foot-9 and slightly pudgy, looked more like an elderly nun than a terrorist. The Montgomery County woman known as "Jihad Jane" gave a toothy smile to a few acquaintances in the courtroom at her sentencing hearing yesterday. According to assistant federal defender Mark Wilson, LaRose suffered a life of abuse that led her to travel to Europe after finding validity with Muslim extremists.
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.
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.
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...
August 13, 2013
HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. - Sixty-three-year-old Bill DeWeese works out with Muslims from Philadelphia. "They're fired up and focused and extremely fit," he says. "I have a very intense workout schedule," he adds, including weight training, playing on a softball team and taking a "fitness-over-40" class three times a week. This is courtesy of taxpayers. It takes place in Retreat state prison, an old and isolated medium-security facility along the Susquehanna River behind fences and seven rows of razor wire just southwest of Wilkes-Barre.
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.