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October 13, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Darryl Strawberry's impromptu visit to a Manhattan nightclub this week could land him behind bars for violation of the six-month house arrest sentence handed down at his income tax trial. "We've turned the case over to the probation department," Deputy U.S. Attorney Shirah Neiman said yesterday. The New York Yankees outfielder stopped inside a Manhattan nightclub Monday night without permission from his probation officer. Strawberry was sentenced April 24 to six months' house arrest following his guilty plea to a tax-evasion charge.
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February 23, 2006 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The electronic bracelet around Alexander Elkin's ankle alerted no one as he took a detour from work. Meant to monitor Elkin, 45, while he was on house arrest for assault, the device didn't deter him from tracking down and killing his ex-wife, Alla, in a parking lot in the Far Northeast on Oct. 7. Or from murdering Alla's friend, Irina Sulimova, 35, as she stood outside a deli. Seven hours after Elkin killed the women and then himself with a .40-caliber handgun, Bucks County prison officials learned something was wrong.
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April 12, 2008 | By Dwight Ott and Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Eli Karetny, who operated the riverside nightclub that collapsed into the Delaware in 2000 killing three women, was released from house arrest yesterday, angering victims' relatives. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper said it was "standard" to release house-arrest defendants after they served the minimum sentence. Karetny, 67, of Cherry Hill, passed the minimum of his nine- to 18-month sentence last month, and Woods-Skipper said court personnel who monitor Karetny could be better used on other offenders.
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August 11, 2001 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A lot of judges like them. And, for many folks facing time for minor charges, it sure beats going to jail. But for now, the increasingly popular electronic-monitoring anklets that allow nonviolent offenders to serve under house arrest instead of behind bars are in short supply in Philadelphia. Because of that, more than 50 people ordered by judges to begin house arrest are still in jail, waiting for an ankle device to become available. And as more inmates are stuffed into the city's already overcrowded jails, the cost of housing them will increase as well.
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February 19, 2010 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a mob scene at the Saloon, the popular South Philadelphia restaurant, during a Christmas party for a bunch of wiseguys. And it nearly landed mobster Steven Mazzone back in jail. Instead, Mazzone, 46, was sentenced yesterday to six months of electronically monitored house arrest for violating the terms of his probation by attending what authorities have described as a Cosa Nostra Christmas party Dec. 17. Mazzone, released last year after serving the bulk of a nine-year sentence for racketeering, is currently serving a three-year term of supervised release.
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November 9, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
A high-ranking Philadelphia police officer indicted Friday on federal extortion and bribery charges pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate yesterday. Police Inspector Daniel Castro, who had been under 24-hour house arrest over the weekend, is no longer under house arrest. U.S. Magistrate Thomas Reuter removed that condition yesterday before Castro's arraignment but ordered all previous conditions of bail - including no contact with other witnesses - to remain in force. Castro, 47, dressed in a dark-blue suit, white shirt and tie, sat quietly in the courtroom, surrounded by family members.
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July 18, 1998 | STEVEN M. FALK/ DAILY NEWS
A man barricaded himself in a house at 8th and Pemberton streets, South Philadelphia, yesterday afternoon, and kept police at bay for nearly seven hours before SWAT team members dragged him from the building.
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June 18, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The prosecutor asked for the big house for the 19-year-old man convicted of trying to throw a cop off a second-floor roof last year. But the judge sent the man to his own house on 5th Street near Cumberland instead. Common Pleas Judge Marlene F. Lachman this week sentenced Jonathan Ruiz to four to 23 months of house arrest, two years' probation and 30 hours of community service. Defense lawyer Louis T. Savino Jr. called his client's action "an aberration. " Savino said Ruiz may have been high on marijuana when the incident occurred during an arrest on a roof on 2nd Street near Diamond Oct. 7. Assistant District Attorney Harry Spaeth said Ruiz was driving a stolen car when he was stopped by cops at Philip and Diamond streets and fled to the roof.
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March 17, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer
Robert M. Drinane Jr. 18, a University of Delaware freshman, doesn't have much of a summer vacation to look forward to. He'll be under house arrest. Drinane, who last year graduated third in a class of 286 at Conestoga Valley High School, where he was a star athlete and member of the National Honor Society, was charged in August with drunken driving and underage drinking. He pleaded guilty, and was sentenced yesterday by Lancaster County Judge Michael J. Perezous to stay home for the summer.
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August 14, 1996 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
When "Mrs. Doubtfire" became a hit, it legitimized the idea that divorce could be fodder for broad, formula comedy. On its heels, so to speak, have come movies like "Bye Bye Love" and now "House Arrest," the story of Grover Beindorf (Kyle Howard) a teen-ager who locks Mom and Dad in the basement when he learns they are planning to separate. Grover wants to force his parents (Kevin Pollack and Jamie Lee Curtis) to undergo a kind of punitive therapy - they must resolve their differences, or remain imprisoned.
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November 1, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT'S OFFICIAL: "The f---ing senator" is f---ing guilty. State Sen. LeAnna Washington, who once referred to herself by that infamous title, pleaded guilty yesterday in Montgomery County Court to a conflict of interest charge, Senior Deputy Attorney General Susan Lynn DiGiacomo confirmed yesterday. Prosecutors dropped a theft-of-services charge lobbied against Washington. As part of her plea, Washington will avoid jail time and keep her pension, and agreed to cooperate with the investigation into her misappropriation of state funds, said DiGiacomo.
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August 9, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judges have twice posed the same question to federal prosecutors seeking to detain six former Philadelphia narcotics officers as they await trial on corruption charges: Is there any evidence to suggest that the ex-members of the Narcotics Field Unit have attempted to harass or threaten those who speak out against them? Prosecutors have offered little to suggest as much in court - most recently Thursday, as U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno affirmed a lower court's order releasing four of the former officers on house arrest.
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June 29, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Demolition contractor Griffin Campbell will remain in prison pending trial in last June's disastrous Center City building collapse, a Philadelphia judge ruled Friday. Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner said the Pennsylvania constitution did not give him discretion to grant the bail motion filed by Campbell's attorney, William D. Hobson. The constitution permits bail for all crimes except where the possible penalty is death or life in prison. Although Campbell, 50, is charged with six counts of third-degree murder, state sentencing law includes a provision for mandatory life in prison without parole for someone convicted of two or more counts of third-degree murder.
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April 17, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman convicted of Medicaid fraud and stealing money meant for her 22-year-old autistic daughter was sentenced to 12 years on probation Tuesday and must pay back about $180,000. Michelle Cohen, 52, will have to pay more than $160,000 to the state Department of Public Welfare and $19,400 to the West Chester Area School District, as well as more than $20,000 to the state for the cost of prosecuting her, Judge Jacqueline C. Cody said. Cohen will serve the first six months of her sentence under house arrest and do 250 hours of community service after that.
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March 29, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The judge said he couldn't believe the sentence he was imposing. A "gift," he called it - three months' house arrest and six years' probation for a former Philadelphia police officer who took $5,000 and skipped court so a man he arrested on gun charges could skate free. "It was an honest mistake, but the worst decision I ever made," Jonathan Lazarde said Thursday before his sentencing by Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Coleman. The judge seemed surprised by the statement and, before sentencing Lazarde, seemed to be reconsidering.
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March 28, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
"AN HONEST mistake" is how disgraced ex-cop Jonathan Lazarde yesterday described the extortion scheme he undertook last year that ended his career and resulted in his pleading guilty in January. "It was the worst decision I ever made," Lazarde, 28, added during his sentencing hearing in Common Pleas Court. "I'm still stuck on 'an honest mis-take,' " Judge Robert P. Coleman said after Lazarde spoke. The judge told Lazarde misconduct like his leads to distrust of police and makes it harder for prosecutors to win convictions.
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February 1, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLLINGDALE A former Collingdale councilman accused of stealing almost $3 million from his former employer to feed a gambling habit has been placed under house arrest. James Bryan, 45, was arraigned Wednesday night on charges of theft and forgery. Over several years, he frequented Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester two or three times a week and spent up to $2,000 per visit, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. In addition to Bryan's gambling addiction, medical and family issues also were motives in the thefts, said Michael Diamondstein, his attorney.
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December 21, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eugene Gilyard was a street-corner drug dealer when he and Lance Felder were sent to prison 15 years ago for killing North Philadelphia businessman Thomas Keal, 52, during a robbery. Last month, when a judge ruled that both men had been wrongly convicted of murder and ordered that they be placed under house arrest, the 34-year-old Gilyard, by now married to a woman he had never lived with, entered - with restrictions - a world that had left him long behind. Last Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi ended their house arrest.
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December 15, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
TWO PHILADELPHIA men who were granted a new trial in October after spending 15 years in prison for a murder they claim they did not commit received an early Christmas present yesterday: A judge freed them from house arrest. The ruling by Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi allows Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder the opportunity to seek employment while awaiting retrial for the 1995 slaying of North Philly businessman Thomas Keal, 52. DeFino-Nastasi ordered the retrial after finding that the evidence used to convict both men at their 1998 trial was "extremely weak" while new evidence had surfaced implicating others in the robbery-turned-murder.
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November 10, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
TWO PHILADELPHIA men who've spent the last 15 years in state prison serving life sentences for a murder have moved a step closer to getting the chance to prove their innocence. Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder, both 34, whose request for a new trial was granted Oct. 8, yesterday were each given $20,000 bail bonds and house arrest with electronic monitoring. Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi's decision to set the men free while they await retrial is unusual given that bail is rarely granted in Pennsylvania for those charged with first-degree murder.
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