March 19, 2014 |
CRITICAL evidence that had been the linchpin of a rape case against a powerful suburban political leader was tossed out the window yesterday. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said members of her staff had misread a lab report to erroneously say that the sleep aid Ambien had been found in a woman's blood, and that as a result all charges against former county GOP boss Robert J. Kerns would be dropped. A grand jury report had lambasted Kerns - equating him to a monster who savagely raped a woman who had passed out. Kerns was forced to resign as head of his county GOP committee and quit his North Wales law firm.
March 5, 2014 |
KING OF PRUSSIA Concerned about the sex trade at motels and hotels around King of Prussia, police set up an undercover sting and arrested six men for patronizing prostitutes, authorities said Monday. "This particular initiative is one that you might typically refer to as a 'john sting,' " Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Upper Merion police and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, part of Ferman's office, placed an advertisement on an unnamed website offering prostitution services Friday.
November 28, 2013 |
The former chairman of Montgomery County's Republican Party was charged Tuesday with drugging a female employee of his Lansdale law firm and raping her while she was unconscious. Robert J. Kerns, 66, surrendered to county detectives Tuesday morning and was expected to be released after posting a portion of the $1 million bail. He faces 19 counts, including rape, sexual assault, tampering with evidence, and lying to authorities. The charges followed weeks of investigation and represented a spectacular downfall for a power broker who led the county GOP for five years.
November 4, 2013 |
Handcuffed and caught in the glare of a TV news camera, Walter Logan did the one thing a man in his position is expected to do: proclaim his innocence. In 2009, the contractor was accused of bilking more than $370,000 from Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, which had hired him to build a family center. And Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was particularly forceful in her condemnation. "For someone to steal from a church is really very low," she told an interviewer.
August 25, 2013 |
The former treasurer of a Montgomery County nonprofit fire department has been charged with stealing nearly $250,000 from the organization and using the money to fly to China and Las Vegas and to buy jewelry, spa visits, and tickets to sporting events. Montgomery County detectives charged Ronald Kenneth Nolan on Thursday with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, misapplication of entrusted property, and related offenses in the theft from the Upper Gwynedd Township Volunteer Fire Company.
August 14, 2013 |
An assistant wrestling coach at Neshaminy High School, who also coached a youth team in multiple counties, was arrested on charges relating to viewing child pornography, authorities said Monday. Thomas Scott Porter, 50, of Hatboro, was charged last week with possession and dissemination of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Besides being an assistant wrestling coach at the high school, Porter also is a youth wrestling coach, authorities said, for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Team, which works with young people from Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties.
July 28, 2013 |
Not many people get their marriage licenses with a prayer group protesting a few feet away. But that's what happened to Lynn Zeitlin and Gabriela Assagioli on Friday in Norristown. The couple, from Penn Valley, have been together for several years and had put on a wedding ceremony in the past, but they came to the Register of Wills' Office on Friday to obtain a Montgomery County marriage license. Even though same-sex marriage is not legal in Pennsylvania, D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills, has allowed his office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples since Wednesday.
July 12, 2013 |
In an effort to coordinate a patchwork of approaches to preventing and reporting bullying, Montgomery County officials presented a new manual Wednesday that was a year in the making. While the policies and practices suggested in the manual are not mandates, officials hope that school districts and law enforcement agencies will follow what a task force found to be best practices around the country. "This is one of the most challenging issues facing our youth," District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at East Norriton Middle School.
May 24, 2013 |
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and its law enforcement partners have been confiscating a lot of marijuana lately - nearly $15 million of it, actually, in an investigation called Operation: Weed Whacker. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced Thursday the dismantling of a major marijuana trafficking ring that saw 3,673 pounds of marijuana - with a street value in Pennsylvania of $14.7 million - shipped in from January to April by a California supplier. It was sent to a pair of Philadelphia-area brothers, who allegedly then sold the drug to dealers throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.