September 29, 2012 |
The country's leading car-rental companies have agreed to back legislation barring rentals of recalled vehicles before they have been repaired - a controversial practice that led to the deaths of two California sisters in 2004 in an Enterprise rental and to their bereaved mother's long campaign for change. A spokeswoman for Enterprise Holdings, the largest car-rental company and owner of the Enterprise, National, and Alamo brands, said the company had already changed its practice but had initially resisted a legislative mandate.
March 16, 2012 |
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia man was arrested on murder charges yesterday for allegedly starving his 82-year-old father to death, the District Attorney's Office said. Medics responded to a home on Kirkwood Road near Eden Street on Dec. 26 to treat Thomas Hauck's mother - who was malnourished - and found Leonard Hauck, 82, dead in the basement, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the D.A.'s Office. Thomas Hauck, 57, told officials that his father had died days earlier and that he was unsure what to do with his corpse.
April 13, 2000 |
A Trenton man who was charged with second-degree murder for his role in a fatal robbery pleaded guilty to third-degree murder yesterday after agreeing to testify, if called, in the trial of another man charged in the case. Courtney P. Boone, 21, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, robbery and related charges before Bucks County Court Judge Edward G. Biester Jr. yesterday morning, shortly before a jury was scheduled to begin deliberations in his case. Boone could face up to 40 years in prison for the murder.
March 13, 1998 |
A former Bristol Township couple has been arrested on charges of repeatedly forcing their 7-year-old daughter to participate in sexual acts with them, police said. Bucks County District Attorney Alan Rubenstein announced the arrest yesterday of the parents, both 30 years old, and described the circumstances surrounding the charges as "revolting. " The couple's names are being withheld by The Inquirer to protect the identity of the child. If convicted on a total of 10 counts each, each parent could face up to life in prison, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Terry Houck, who prosecutes sex-related offenses.
April 12, 2000 |
A Trenton man should be convicted of second-degree murder for his "cold-blooded" role in a robbery that left an avid gambler dead at a Bristol Township strip club, a Bucks County prosecutor said yesterday in his closing arguments. Assistant District Attorney Terence P. Houck said Courtney P. Boone, 21, aided and encouraged another man in a robbery that resulted in the shooting death of Charles Bethea, 52, of Yardville, N.J., in February of last year. Houck said Boone and DeWayne Housley, 23, the alleged triggerman, planned to rob Bethea, a gambler known to carry rolls of cash in his pockets, when they followed him from a Trenton gambling club to Diva's International Gentlemen's Club, a strip club on Route 13. "There is no question, no dispute, that the reason the car went down there was to rob this man," Houck said.
November 19, 1994 |
Colson A. Derby Jr. knew exactly what he was doing when he fired five bullets into the head and back of a South Philadelphia man on June 3, a Bucks County Court jury decided yesterday. The jury yesterday rejected the defense contention that Derby, 40, of Levittown, was temporarily insane when he rolled his wheelchair up to a car and shot Patrick S. Mooney. It convicted him of first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence without parole or the death penalty. Within 10 days, Judge Edward G. Biester will pronounce sentence after a hearing.
December 6, 1990 |
A New Jersey man has been ordered to spend his life in prison for the September 1989 beating death in Bristol Township of a man described as a "neighborhood pal. " David Lennitt Jr., 23, of Mount Holly, was sentenced Monday in Bucks County Court to a mandatory life sentence in state prison for the murder of Van Paxton, 29, of Beverly, N.J. Paxton's body, clothed only in underwear and socks, was found Sept. 21, 1989, in a field behind an adult bookstore in the 6900 block of Route 13 about 3:30 a.m., about an hour after neighbors were awakened by groans and cries for help from the field.
November 8, 1995 |
A Bucks County jury yesterday acquitted a Levittown man of charges that he sexually molested a teenage girl but found him guilty of simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The girl, who was sent to jail for not testifying last week, sobbed in the front row of the courtroom as the jury announced six not-guilty verdicts for three charges of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure. The members of the jury could not reach a verdict after eight hours of deliberation on Monday that kept them at the courthouse past midnight.
September 10, 1996 |
The trial of a former Civil Air Patrol captain accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old cadet repeatedly in 1985 began yesterday with the news that the former cadet, now a 23-year-old man, may not be alone. Chief Deputy District Attorney Terry Houck said he planned to support the young man's allegations by calling other men to testify that Edward Leidy assaulted them, too. Houck said 11 had come forward. Leidy's attorney announced he would object to any such testimony, and the judge said he would review the admissibility of each witness individually.
June 11, 1997 |
From his jail cell in the Bucks County Prison, Christopher Antimary persuaded his high school counselor to help him graduate. Awaiting trial on charges that he was involved with a spree of armed robberies in Middletown and Falls, he asked friends to bring him his homework in jail, and teachers to prepare assignments for him do behind bars. For a while, it was a well-coordinated effort that culminated last week with Antimary winning an extremely rare, one-day-only bail reduction that enabled him to graduate with his Bensalem High School class in commencement ceremonies tomorrow.