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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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March 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 4, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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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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January 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The revival of a working relationship with a Philadelphia law firm is giving the Montgomery County district attorney's staff a boost. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which has an international practice, is lending free legal support to District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman's office. Eleven lawyers from the firm's litigation division were sworn in recently as special assistant district attorneys. Eventually, 20 of the firm's newer lawyers will be involved with criminal proceedings that include assisting at preliminary hearings, violation of probation and parole hearings, and, possibly, trials.
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January 12, 2012 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A teacher at a Montgomery County middle school has been charged with indecent assault in connection with alleged inappropriate touching of students. William Schellinger, 42, a Spanish teacher at Colonial Middle School in Plymouth Township, was initially accused of improper behavior in October and placed on paid leave. According to the Montgomery County District Attorney, Shellinger "initiated inappropriate contact" with five boys ranging in age from 15 to 18. The boys were tutored or mentored by Schellinger when the contact occurred, said D.A. Risa Vetri Ferman.
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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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March 6, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman on Tuesday identified the jogger fatally injured in Limerick Township on Monday afternoon as Merinda Thompson, 40, of Royersford. Thompson was jogging north on the southbound shoulder of North Lewis Rd. near Royersford, when a northbound car "crossed over into the southbound lane and then partially off the road striking Ms. Thompson," Ferman said in a press release. "The car then struck a utility pole before coming to rest," the press release stated.
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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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March 19, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
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.
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March 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 4, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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August 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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August 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
        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.
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July 28, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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