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NEWS
November 29, 1986
Is it necessary for companies who sell granite memorials to circle like vultures around a bereaved family? My entire family has been harassed by mail and phone by these parasites who prey upon those grieving over a deceased. This harassment starts before the earth of the cemetery plot has even settled. I suggest that monument companies adopt a uniform code of ethics. This would alleviate the uncalled for "hard sell" tactics that seem to be a common practice in this area. Greg Bazsa Carteret, N.J.
NEWS
August 21, 1988 | By Kitty Dumas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine months after a black couple were attacked in front of their Frankford home by a group of white youths and adults, the family still lives in the neighborhood, the harassment continues and the community is trying to solve the problem. Members of community groups in Frankford are helping the family, Bill and Maryellen Snow and their four children, as well as their young harassers. The attackers have bullied people for years as a matter of course, community leaders said, and are now vengeful because some of their ranks were punished by the courts for the incident Nov. 6. The Snows, the groups' members said, have worked to improve the home they bought nearly four years and do not want to leave.
NEWS
July 25, 1991 | By Lyn A.E. McCafferty, Special to The Inquirer
It started innocently enough. James Diamond wanted to woo Carole Anne Suchomajcz, so he went to ask for permission to date her - from her boyfriend, Steven Rachko. Diamond began badgering and harassing Suchomajcz when she agreed to testify against him about a fistfight that erupted between Diamond and Rachko on her front lawn in the 4000 block of Gideon Road, Chester Township. In County Court last week, Diamond, of the 200 block of Kerwood Drive, Broomall, was sentenced to 24 months probation by Judge Frank T. Hazel for harassing Suchomajcz.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
A Hunting Park man has been arrested on charges of repeatedly exposing himself to a woman on SEPTA's Broad Street Line, and police said he was identified through an anonymous tip. Dysan C. Baysmore, 20, of the 1200 block of West Wingohocking Street, was arrested this month, police said Thursday. Baysmore sat next to a 20-year-old woman on a subway train traveling between the Fern Rock and Olney stations Oct. 31, police said. While sitting next to her, he allegedly exposed himself and inappropriately touched himself, police said.
NEWS
June 14, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former supervisor in the Bucks County courts says coworkers pressured her to leave her job through a campaign of harassment that included adding her black son to a list of child-support evaders in what she describes as a racially discriminatory joke. Mary E. Kasper, who worked for the court system's domestic-relations division until voluntarily leaving last year, made her allegations in a lawsuit filed against the county and the division's director Laura LoBianco last month in a Philadelphia federal court.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Welder Solomon Daniels had just grabbed his work clothes from his locker at the Siemens plant near Trenton when, he said, he saw the noose out of the corner of his eye, swinging from the shower curtain rod. "I was more or less terrified," said Daniels, 48, an African American man who lives in Burlington. Horrified by the noose, which evokes lynchings, Daniels looked twice to make sure, then called a coworker into the locker room to witness it. He took pictures. That was Jan. 27. On Friday, Daniels and two other African American employees at Siemens Demag Delaval Turbomachinery Inc. talked to reporters about what they called a factory floor culture of racism and harassment in which African Americans couldn't get promoted and complaints to the human resources department went nowhere.
NEWS
June 23, 2011
ENOLA, Pa. - A Huntingdon County district justice apologized and paid a fine after pleading guilty to harassment Wednesday following his April 1 arrest at a hotel outside Harrisburg. A court official said District Judge Douglas Gummo paid the $438 penalty for the offense that stemmed from his behavior while attending a judicial conference. Prosecutors dropped charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Police said Gummo was intoxicated and dressed in a bedsheet when he tried to enter the hotel room of a female judge three times in 40 minutes.
NEWS
October 29, 1991 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Bucks County district attorney has cleared a district justice of harassment allegations filed by a Falls Township supervisor who said the district justice phoned him twice late at night and threatened him. "There is no basis to approve criminal charges," District Attorney Alan Rubenstein said of the complaint filed by Keith Gowton against his political enemy, District Justice Dorothy Vislosky. Rubenstein said Gowton's allegation of harassment by communication failed to meet state law, which says the calls must be anonymous, indecent or serve no purpose.
NEWS
September 18, 2009 | By Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Yeadon councilman pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of harassment against the borough's former finance director. The plea deal calls for no additional punishment or fines for Terry McGirth, who is alleged to have inappropriately kissed Terri Phifer Vaughn. "After speaking with the victim, this is what was offered," said Erica Parham, Delaware County assistant district attorney. "It is my understanding that she was satisfied with his admission of culpability. " McGirth was ousted from his seat in the summer after a judge ruled that his 2003 Chester County conviction for embezzling $100,000 from an employer barred him from the job. He was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison, followed by seven years of probation.
SPORTS
November 8, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
The father of an Episcopal Academy football player was charged with harassment and banned from campus for the team's season finale because of an incident after a football game Friday night. Richard J. Butts, 51, was arrested and charged with summary harassment, said police in Newtown Township, Delaware County. According to sources, Butts, the father of Churchmen senior standout Evan Butts, angrily confronted one of Malvern Prep's players and directed a racial slur at him after Episcopal's 49-21 home loss.
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NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's own personnel office has recommended she fire her newly appointed chief of staff after two female employees alleged he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, according to people with knowledge of the advice. The Human Resources section sent the advisory memo to Kane shortly after she named Jonathan Duecker to the top post last month, recommending his termination for violating both the office's internal policy on sexual harassment as well as state rules governing such behavior, the sources said.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
  Attorney General Kathleen Kane promoted a top aide to serve as her chief of staff despite a report from her internal affairs unit informing her he had made unwanted sexual advances to two female colleagues, The Inquirer has learned. The report summarized the findings of an internal investigation that said Jonathan Duecker had groped one woman and made improper sexual advances to another, according to people with knowledge of the matter. That document was sent to Kane the weekend before she promoted Duecker, a onetime supervisor of narcotics agents, to chief of staff, the sources said.
NEWS
May 2, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's new chief of staff has been accused by an assistant state prosecutor of making inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances. Deputy Attorney General Michele Kluk confirmed in an interview Thursday that she reported the February 2014 incident to her superiors shortly after it occurred - more than a year before Kane promoted Jonathan Duecker, a former supervisor of the office's narcotics agents, to the new post. In addition, a second woman who works in the office has told supervisors that Duecker had sexually harassed her, according to people familiar with the woman's account.
NEWS
April 28, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A former Delaware County police officer convicted of falsely imprisoning two women - alleging making a suggestive comment to one of them - during routine stops was sentenced Tuesday to six years probation. Judge Mary Alice Brennan also fined Christopher Scott, 36, of Berwyn, Chester County, a part-time officer in Darby Township at the time of the incidents, $2,000 and ordered him to undergo psychological evaluation. In January, Scott was convicted of two misdemeanor charges, false imprisonment and abuse of power, but was acquitted of more serious counts of stalking and kidnapping the two women.
NEWS
February 25, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
HAVING YOUR BOSS unzip his pants and "adjust himself" in front of you should not be part of anyone's workday. Neither should opening a desk drawer and discovering that a colleague has ejaculated all over its contents. But these stomach-turning events - and others just as offensive - were not unusual for female members of the Philadelphia Fire Department, the Daily News has found. Such incidents hint at larger ingrained problems - sexual harassment, discrimination and questionable relationships between supervisors and subordinates - that the department's leaders have ignored for years, critics say. In fact, the Inspector General's Office referenced systemic issues in its investigation into allegations that 15 Fire Department employees had sexual encounters with or sexually harassed a mentally troubled female paramedic.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE TEENS WERE clearly up to no good. I was taking a shortcut to work through the Pennsylvania Convention Center entrance on Market Street last week when I saw a bunch of teenagers having some sort of confrontation with a mentally ill homeless man. I couldn't tell what they were arguing about as I rushed by. But whatever the teens were saying or doing was increasingly agitating the man. So I stopped. When I told them to leave the guy alone, the group quickly turned on me. The young woman in the group, capturing every moment with her cellphone, said I had it all wrong.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ONE SOUTH JERSEY man didn't toe the line when it came to expressing his affection earlier this month, according to police. Derrick Johnson Jr., 30, was arrested Tuesday by Mount Laurel Police, who had been searching for him for weeks after a bizarre, late-night encounter outside a supermarket in the Burlington County town. Johnson, of Mount Laurel, allegedly gets his kicks from women's toes, and he isn't afraid to let people know. Sometimes a demonstration is required. Police said Johnson approached a woman Oct. 4 as she was loading groceries into her car in the parking lot of a Shop-Rite on Ark Road near Route 38. He told the woman - whom he didn't know - that he wanted to have a chat, and then complimented her on her toes, police said.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A BILL to eliminate a little-known carve-out in state law that allows a person in a labor dispute to stalk, harass or threaten another person in the dispute is expected to die Monday when the House concludes voting this session. The House is not planning to vote on a Senate-amended version of House Bill 1154 during its final voting day. State Rep. Ron Miller, R-York, who sponsored the bill, and others have had concerns about the Senate-amended bill. Yesterday, he said it's "unfortunate" that the bill will die. "There should not be a loophole in the law. There should not be an exemption.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. has asked a bankruptcy judge to order its biggest union to stop harassing convention clients. An official with Unite Here Local 54, which represents 1,140 workers at Trump Taj Mahal, has been contacting organizations that have meetings scheduled at the casino and urging them to consider using another venue in the city, one not trying to eliminate health insurance for workers. "Atlantic City and New Jersey have a lot of labor and labor-friendly businesses, and most groups don't want to get involved in a labor dispute over health care or anything else," Unite Here spokesman Ben Begleiter said Thursday.
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