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December 4, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Norristown is home to two unfortunate trends - violent crime and witness silence. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono are hoping that a $5,000 reward will prod people who may have information in the slaying of Ryan Ladson-Singleton to talk to authorities. Ladson-Singleton, 21, was found in the early morning of Oct. 20 on a Norrsitown sidewalk on Green Street after being shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with an autopsy finding he had died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Montgomery County District Attorney has been recognized for her work with a non-profit that provides support for abused children. Risa Vetri Ferman was named a Woman of Worth by L'Oreal Paris. The program, in its seventh year, has honored 70 women who advocate for causes in their communities. Ferman co-founded Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center to coordinate a multi-disciplinary team response to child abuse. Child abuse victims now go to the facility where they report their story once to specially trained interviewers, according to the district attorneys office.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 26, 2012 | By Mari Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The body of a missing 10-month-old child has been found at the King of Prussia apartment complex where she was snatched as her grandmother tried to save her life, authorities said today. The body of Saanvi Venna was discovered at 4:30 a.m. in a basement area of the apartment building, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman. Police arrested Raghunanean Yandamuri, a family friend, who they said had sought a $50,000 ransom. Yandamuri, who lives in the same Marquis apartments complex, left a chilling ransom note.
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
October 25, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
WHERE IS baby Saanvi? One day after police discovered the body of her murdered grandmother in the family's King of Prussia high-rise apartment, authorities continued their desperate search for the child, who has been missing since the Monday murder and is presumed kidnapped. Relatives said that thugs had no reason to target their family. "We don't have any suspicion of anything, no threats on anyone," the girl's uncle Ram Venna told reporters Tuesday morning outside the Upper Merion Township Police Department, where the family spent the day with investigators.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Lansdale woman pleaded guilty this afternoon in Montgomery County Court to bilking a paralyzed stroke patient in her care out of property and savings worth $370,000. Janet M. Gitney, 58, of the 700 block of Brian Way, said she understood what she was agreeing to as Judge Joseph A. Smyth accepted the plea during an afternoon hearing in Norristown. Last year, Gitney was charged by Hatfield Township police with theft, fraud, forgery, and misusing her position as trustee for Eugene Waldspurger, 58, formerly of Hatfield.
NEWS
September 1, 2012 | By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman brought criminal charges Thursday against a couple who allegedly enrolled their child in the Lower Moreland Township School District when they lived in Philadelphia. Hamlet and Olesia Garcia were charged with theft of services and conspiracy to commit theft of services. Tuition payments for an out-of-district child attending the Lower Moreland schools would have cost $10,753 a year, Ferman said. Michael Cassidy, a Huntingdon Valley lawyer representing the Garcias, said his clients were innocent.
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