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April 27, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Their paths don't cross professionally. He's in the kitchen, she's in a courtroom. But on Thursday, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and her brother, the acclaimed chef Marc Vetri, shared a stage for the first time. Their topic was neither cuisine nor crime, or sibling rivalry - but charity. Vetri, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind Vetri, Osteria, Amis, and Alla Spina, cofounded the Vetri Foundation in 2008 to promote healthy foods and active lifestyles.
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June 16, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was a political superstar when she ran for reelection in 2011, with such a sterling image and strong popularity that Democrats did not put up a challenger. The next year, Ferman stepped into a star-studded spotlight in New York City, as the L'Oréal Women of Worth awards' national honoree for her work on behalf of abused children. Her name often ended up on short lists of prospects for higher office. But Republicans and Democrats are now talking, or at least whispering, about the political damage Ferman may have suffered from botched investigations in two high-profile prosecutions - the rape case against former Montgomery County GOP chairman Robert Kerns, and a theft case against a contractor that ended with a Ferman apology and a $1.6 million payout to the man. Ferman still has ardent supporters.
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February 12, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
More than four months after rookie State Trooper David Kedra was killed in a Montgomery County training exercise, authorities on Tuesday identified and charged his shooter - an experienced instructor - with reckless endangerment. Cpl. Richard Schroeter, a 20-year veteran of the state police and a firearms instructor for over a decade, could face up to 10 years in prison. The grand jury report that recommended the charges also delivered answers to many of the questions that have surrounded Kedra's death.
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October 28, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR THREE DAYS, Raghunandan "Ragu" Yandamuri seemed the most caring of friends. After someone killed Satyavathi Venna and kidnapped her 10-month-old granddaughter, Saanvi, from the family's King of Prussia apartment Monday, Yandamuri attended a candlelight vigil and helped create and distribute fliers offering a reward for the baby's safe return. To show support for the family, he even visited the Upper Merion Police Department, where Saanvi's parents, Venkata Venna and Chenchu Latha Punuru, camped out with investigators, desperately waiting for any word of their missing infant.
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May 21, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County has agreed to pay $1.65 million to a Radnor Township contractor who accused District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman of bringing unfounded theft charges against him at the behest of a church that counts prominent county officials among its members. As part of the agreement, finalized this week, Ferman admitted no improper influence but was required to issue an apology to Walter Logan, whose alleged crimes she once described as "particularly despicable" and "really very low. " Those words, delivered to a TV news crew, came hours after her office had charged Logan in 2009 with bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown during a contract dispute.
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October 7, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police found the body of a young Montgomery County woman blindfolded and stabbed to death in a King of Prussia motel yesterday, prosecutors said. Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Risa V. Ferman said that the woman had been identified but that her name was being withheld until relatives were notified. The killing wasn't random, Ferman said. "We believe she was targeted based upon who she was and who she was with," she said. Ferman called the woman "a hotel guest" at the Motel 6 on Route 202 near an exit for the Schuylkill Expressway.
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July 1, 2010 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Conshohocken woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing a total of $193,242 from two municipal authorities for which she was administrator, law enforcement officials announced today. Linda Ann Marie Palermo, 41, of the 300 block of W. 11th Avenue, Conshohocken, is accused of committing theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking and related offenses. She'll be arraigned this afternoon at a district court in King of Prussia. Officials said Palermo has admitted to detectives she stole $27,855.
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June 19, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Investigators in Montgomery County are looking into the deaths of two people found on Sunday afternoon in Norristown. A man and woman were found laying on their backs in a rented bedroom on the second floor of a home in the 1200 block of Arch Street, said District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. She described the couple as "a tenant and his girlfriend. " The call came into authorities about 4:22 p.m.; the victims were found by another resident in the house. The two had multiple wounds to their head and torso area.
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December 19, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THEY ALLEGEDLY yanked teeth, did root canals, put braces on crooked teeth and administered drugs. But the two women who ran an underground dental business in Bryn Mawr, luring patients by offering deals to the uninsured, were not licensed dentists, authorities say. In fact, one had no medical training whatsoever. Lower Merion police arrested the pair Monday and issued a public plea to help identify potentially dozens of people whom they allegedly illegally treated. Cheryl Laing, 45, and Jessica Gullickson, 24, both of Broomall, were charged with corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy, reckless endangerment, theft by deception and unauthorized practice of dentistry after a grand-jury investigation found that they had treated patients at Smilz 4 Life on Old Lancaster Avenue near Elliott Avenue, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
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February 20, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THERE IS NOTHING funny about the fallout from an office "prank" at a Montgomery County meat-processing plant. A man was killed Wednesday, brutally stabbed by a co-worker who then allegedly turned the knife on himself after promising to "see you in hell," officials said yesterday. And it all apparently traces back to when the victim tried to pull the chair out from underneath his alleged attacker, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement. Peter Jok Atem, 32, has been charged with first-degree murder and related offenses in the slaying of Danny Vazquez, 25, with whom he worked at the MOPAC plant in Franconia Township, Ferman said.
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February 12, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
More than four months after rookie State Trooper David Kedra was killed in a Montgomery County training exercise, authorities on Tuesday identified and charged his shooter - an experienced instructor - with reckless endangerment. Cpl. Richard Schroeter, a 20-year veteran of the state police and a firearms instructor for over a decade, could face up to 10 years in prison. The grand jury report that recommended the charges also delivered answers to many of the questions that have surrounded Kedra's death.
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January 8, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced Tuesday that she will not seek a third term and instead will run for a seat on County Court. Ferman said her decision had been "an evolution over some time. " "After eight years constantly being in the eye of the storm, it wouldn't be such a terrible thing to slow down for a little bit," she said. "But I think it will present a different set of challenges. I'm looking forward to the intellectual aspects of the bench, analyzing and making decisions.
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December 25, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
If Bradley Stone's capacity for violence existed before last week, he apparently kept it well-hidden. In the past year, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Tuesday, Stone raised no red flags in 22 court appearances and 17 visits or contacts with probation officers, lied about having guns, and convinced a military psychiatrist that he wasn't homicidal or suicidal. Last Monday, he proved it all wrong. In about 90 minutes, officials said, Stone shot, slashed, and chopped to death his ex-wife and five of her relatives, according to newly released autopsy details.
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December 19, 2014 | BY JASON NARK & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE MAN WHO caused so much pain in Montgomery County this week may have gone easy on himself in the end. At a news conference Tuesday night, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman had said that Bradley William Stone, the former Marine who brutally murdered his ex-wife and five of her relatives in Montgomery County on Monday, appeared to have taken his own life in the same violent fashion: self-inflicted cutting wounds to the chest....
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December 17, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Laura McCrystal, and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
In one of the region's deadliest shooting rampages, an Iraq war veteran shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives early Monday, terrorizing four upper Montgomery County communities and sparking a manhunt that continued deep into the night, officials said. The suspect, Bradley W. Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, had a "familial relationship" with all of the victims, officials said. Besides his ex-wife, he allegedly killed her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law, and niece.
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December 17, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, MORGAN ZALOT, BARBARA LAKER & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHO WILL tell the 17-year-old boy at his hospital bedside that his mother, father, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt are dead when - and if - he wakes up? Who will kneel and take the boy's hand gently into theirs, telling him that things will be OK, never knowing if they really will? Who will acknowledge that he'll never again look forward to Christmastime? And will they be able to tell the boy that the man he once called uncle, the man accused of slaughtering his entire immediate family, has been captured?
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October 24, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven months after missteps by her office led her to drop rape charges against a prominent Republican Party official, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has created two positions aimed at improving professional standards and integrity in her office's investigations. Ferman said she also had enlisted a national research center to review how her office handled the case against former county GOP Chairman Robert J. Kerns, a study she said would help staffers better understand how mistakes happen and how to avoid them.
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July 3, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
STATE SEN. LeAnna Washington, awaiting trial on two felony public-corruption charges, would rather face a jury in Philadelphia than in Montgomery County. Washington's attorney, Henry Hockeimer Jr., yesterday asked a Montgomery County judge overseeing the case being prosecuted by the state Attorney General's Office to move it to Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas. Hockeimer's argument: All of the action in the case is in Philly. Washington, 68, has an unexpected legal ally in that argument: Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
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