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August 8, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Five men have been arrested and police are seeking 18 others in an elaborate scheme to bilk Comcast out of $2.4 million by selling discounted cable services for a fee, officials in Montgomery County said Tuesday. The scam was carried out from April 2011 to April 2012 in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery counties, said District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, during a news brief in Norristown. In all, 5,795 customers paid $150 to have promotional discounts applied to their cable accounts, giving them premium channels and lower rates they weren't entitled to, Ferman said.
NEWS
August 7, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A prisoner who in 2010 beat and stomped to death another inmate at the Correctional Institution at Graterford has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in jail, a Montgomery County judge ruled Monday afternoon. John A. Kasianczuk, of the 8500 block of New Falls Road, Levittown, will serve his term at a state prison, Judge Patricia E. Coonahan said in her ruling. Kasianczuk, who was 33 at the time of the attack, beat and kicked inmate Roberto Avalle in the head as the two exercised in an outdoor cage on the grounds at Graterford.
NEWS
August 7, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A prisoner who in 2010 beat and stomped to death another inmate at Graterford Prison has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in jail, a Montgomery County Court judge ruled Monday afternoon. John A. Kasianczuk of Levittown will serve his term at a state prison, Judge Patricia E. Coonahan said in her ruling. Kasianczuk, who was 33 at the time of the attack, beat and kicked inmate Roberto Avalle in the head as they exercised in an outdoor cage. Avalle, then 49, of Philadelphia, was "the new kid on the block," there only 10 days when the attack occurred on Aug. 22, said District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
NEWS
July 4, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Pottstown man who police said was "flying" on K2, or synthetic pot, and two others who supplied it from behind the counter of a local convenience store were charged Monday in connection with a May 21 car crash that killed two people. In the first charges to be lodged in Montgomery County under the state's 10-month-old ban on synthetic drugs, county officials and Pottstown police announced the filing of two counts of vehicular homicide against Roger Malloy, 27, of North York Street.
NEWS
June 19, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Investigators in Montgomery County are looking into the deaths of two people found on Sunday afternoon in Norristown. A man and woman were found laying on their backs in a rented bedroom on the second floor of a home in the 1200 block of Arch Street, said District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. She described the couple as "a tenant and his girlfriend. " The call came into authorities about 4:22 p.m.; the victims were found by another resident in the house. The two had multiple wounds to their head and torso area.
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
May 10, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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.
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.
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