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January 17, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 10, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven months after missteps led her to drop rape charges against a prominent Republican Party official, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is restructuring her office and partnering with a national research center devoted to evaluating problems in the justice system and improving the integrity of investigations. The changes, which Ferman will announce at a news conference Wednesday in Norristown, will be aimed at improving the office's professional standards. The restructuring will include the creation of new positions in her office, according to a statement it released.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers
RELATIVES of Saanvi Venna sat, their faces aglow in soft candlelight, as a Hindu priest led them and about 200 supporters in prayer Wednesday night during a vigil at King of Prussia's Heuser Park - an offering made in hopes that baby Saanvi, abducted on Monday, would be brought home safely. "I think the police are trying everything they can," said Vijaya Reddy, a cousin of 10-month-old Saanvi's father. "I just want her to be returned safe to us. " Saanvi was in her grandmother's care Monday, when someone entered their sixth-floor home in the Marquis Apartments, on Dekalb Pike near Kings Circle, killed the grandmother, Satayvathi Venna, 61, and kidnapped Saanvi.
NEWS
May 19, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County assistant district attorney has been fired after "serious discrepancies" were discovered in the unit she oversaw, according to the Prosecutor's Office. Karen Grace Ricca, who oversaw the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition unit (ARD), was terminated Thursday during a regularly scheduled meeting of the county's salary board. No official reason was given and efforts to reach Ricca were unsuccessful. ARD is a pretrial program for first-time nonviolent offenders who agree to certain conditions and are closely supervised by the courts.
NEWS
October 6, 1997 | By Karen E. Quinones Miller and Steve Ritea, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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