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April 11, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two men have been charged with murder in a March 22 slaying outside Brian's Cafe in Pottstown, the Montgomery County district attorney's office said today. The suspects were identified as Michael Hinton, 26, of Philadelphia, in custody since the day of the incident, and his cousin, Maurice Andrews, Jr., 19, of Pottstown, who remains at large. They have been charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder and related offenses in the shooting death of Victor E.B. Baez, 28. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said that both men had gone to the cafe with weapons.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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 24, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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....
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
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.
NEWS
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.
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