May 10, 2012 |
The investigation involved wiretaps and electronic surveillance of cellphones — including analysis of 30,000 records on one phone number alone — but a major break in the case came in an old-fashioned, low-tech letter that arrived via U.S. mail. It turned out to be a critical piece in a local and federal probe that culminated in the arrest of 32 Montgomery County and Philadelphia residents on charges of manufacturing, selling, and using methamphetamines. "I get a good volume of mail, and some of it you can't make any sense out of," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who announced the arrests Tuesday.
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.
January 17, 2012 |
Authorities in Montgomery County have arrested a former Florida man in connection with the strangling death of a 40-year-old woman in her Wyndmoor, Springfield Township, home. This morning District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Springfield Township Police Chief Randall D. Hummel announced the arrest of Johnny Fossett, 31, for the murder of Lori Jefferson. Fossett is charged with first- and second-degree murder and related offenses. Fossett strangled Jefferson, gagged her and then bound her hands and feet together behind her back, Ferman said.
April 11, 2012 |
Montgomery County detectives are investigating the police shooting Monday of a strapping, unarmed man who fought with officers trying to subdue him in a Springfield Township neighborhood. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman declined Tuesday to name the man who had been shot or the officers until criminal charges are filed. Late Monday afternoon, a resident of Biddle Woods Lane in the township's Wyndmoor section arrived home with his family and saw the man standing in his driveway.
April 10, 2012 |
Montgomery County detectives are investigating the police shooting Monday of an unarmed man who fought with officers trying to subdue him in a Springfield Township neighborhood. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman declined Tuesday to name the man who had been shot or the officers until criminal charges are filed. Late Monday afternoon, a resident of Biddle Woods Lane in the township's Wyndmoor section arrived home with his family and saw the man standing in his driveway.
January 13, 2013 |
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.
March 1, 2013 |
A special operation to curb violence in Norristown helped authorities arrest a second suspect in a recent slaying and could lead to other homicide cases being solved. Andrew Tomlinson, 18, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, robbery, and other offenses in the Feb. 11 killing of Andrew Polen, 25, of West Norriton, Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Polen was one of two passengers in a car of a friend when they were targeted for robbery in Norristown, authorities said.
January 12, 2012 |
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.
October 6, 1997 |
A Montgomery County prosecutor has lashed out at defense motions filed on behalf of a former Norristown police officer accused of sexual assault that seek to make an issue of the two women's sexual histories. "It's a very pathetic and desperate attempt to blacken the character of two victims of a very serious crime," said Assistant District Attorney Risa V. Ferman. Claude LaCombe, 28, was fired from the Norristown Police Department Feb. 5. He is scheduled to go on trial today on charges including attempted rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
April 13, 2012 |
Officials in Montgomery County announced criminal charges today against a Philadelphia man who was shot by police Monday as he allegedly reached for an officer's gun during an arrest in Springfield Township. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman identified the suspect as Isaac Michael Holmes, 32, of Murdoch Road. The police officers involved in the incident were not identified. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound man was charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespass, disarming a law enforcement officer and related offenses.