April 10, 2013 |
Montgomery County officials say a new state wiretapping law helped them take down a "notorious drug dealer" who sold large quantities of marijuana in Norristown and elsewhere. At a news conference Monday, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman displayed about 50 pounds of marijuana, stacks of cash, two semiautomatic handguns, and numerous cellphones seized last month from Ryan Gavlick and his alleged associates. Gavlick, 26, of Pottstown, and alleged supplier Jason Bishop, 38, of Philadelphia, were arrested March 8 in Upper Merion, after weeks of wiretaps and surveillance by county narcotics detectives.
March 6, 2013 |
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.
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 24, 2013 |
WHEN FORMER University of Pennsylvania economics professor Rafael Robb pleaded guilty in 2007 to killing his wife, he told a judge: "I just lost it. " On Wednesday, Robb lost it again, but this time "it" was his chance at freedom: The state Board of Probation and Parole changed its mind and revoked Robb's scheduled parole after a tough fight by his victim's family, along with Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Montco state Rep....
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.
December 19, 2012 |
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.
December 4, 2012 |
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.
November 6, 2012 |
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.
October 28, 2012 |
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.