May 9, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced Tuesday to house arrest and community service in soup kitchens, and ordered to send handwritten apologies for her crimes on photographs of herself in handcuffs to every judge in the state. She was given no prison time. Allegheny County Court Judge Lester Nauhaus sentenced Melvin to three years of house arrest, with two years on probation to follow. A jury convicted Melvin and her sister Janine Orie on Feb. 21 of using judicial staff, as well as aides to another sister, former State Sen. Jane Orie, to work on Melvin's 2003 and 2009 campaigns for the Supreme Court.
April 4, 2013
Bail remained at $600,000 Tuesday for the man accused of stealing two vintage vehicles and the South Philadelphia home of a World War II veteran through a yearlong deception scheme. Public defender Beena McDonald asked Judge Nazario Jimenez Jr. at a morning hearing to lower Melvin Mcilwaine's bail to $60,000 and put Mcilwaine on house arrest. She said Mcilwaine, 59, is a married father with three children and has "strong ties to the community. " The prosecutor, Deborah Cooper Nixon, said the alleged scam against Ray White, 88, "is one of the most egregious cases of elderly abuse," adding: "He was scammed out of everything he owned.
February 9, 2013
The Kaboni Savage racketeering and murder trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. Savage, 38, a convicted drug dealer, is on trial on charges he ordered a deadly firebombing attack to retaliate against a cooperating witness, and plotted to retaliate against other witnesses. He could face the death penalty if convicted. On Thursday, Savage's lawyer, Christian J. Hoey, cross-examined FBI Special Agent Kevin Lewis. The agent admitted he had "no idea who shot Mr. Savage" at a recreation center in March 2001, when Savage was on house arrest.
January 15, 2013 |
While taxpayers are on the hook for more than half the $3.5 million settlement for dozens of people who served time after being arrested by a group of rogue Camden police officers, a retired sergeant convicted in the case has been collecting a $69,000-a-year disability pension from the state. Dan E. Morris, 49, was injured in a car crash in September 2008, and retired Jan. 1, 2010, before federal prosecutors charged him for his role in a campaign by narcotics officers under his command to plant drugs on suspects and steal money from dealers.
January 5, 2013 |
A Philadelphia fugitive, awaiting trial on a charge of attempted murder and sought in a sexual assault, was captured Friday in Vermont, authorities said. Clifford Moore, 34, was arrested without incident while riding in a taxicab outside Burlington, where he had been staying at an apartment complex, said Jim Burke, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. An arrest warrant was issued for Moore in connection with a sexual assault in September, Burke said. Moore had been jailed pending a scheduled Oct. 29 attempted-murder trial, but too much time had elapsed since his 2010 arrest under state law requiring a prompt trial.
December 16, 2012 |
DENNIS VETERI, the South Jersey man who made headlines in January when a cellphone video of him beating another man in front of Geno's Steaks went viral, will definitely be home for the holidays. Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler on Friday sentenced Veteri, 33, to 11 1/2 to 23 months of house arrest followed by five years of probation for the Jan. 2 beating of off-duty Woodbridge, N.J., cop Neal Auricchio, 31. Assistant District Attorney Francis McCloskey had asked that Veteri be sentenced to 1 1/2 to four years in prison.
December 15, 2012
A South Jersey Flyers fan was sentenced Friday to house arrest for beating a New York Rangers fan - and off-duty North Jersey police officer - unconscious outside Geno's Steaks in January. Dennis Veteri, 33, of Glassboro, got into an altercation with Neal Auricchio Jr., a police officer in Woodbridge, who was in Philadelphia Jan. 2 to attend the Winter Classic game between the Flyers and Rangers. Veteri was sentenced to 111/2 to 23 months of house arrest and then five years' probation.
December 12, 2012 |
Alice Hamilton was a 62-year-old widow suffering from terminal cancer in 2007 when she moved into a nursing home and asked her longtime Bensalem neighbor to handle her affairs. The neighbor, Virginia Marquardt, promptly obtained power of attorney for Hamilton and started spending her money. Marquardt, a former registered nurse, stole nearly $313,000 over the next 41/2 years, for everything from meals at local restaurants to trips to Las Vegas and Mexico, tickets for sporting events and a comedy hypnotist, payments for real estate taxes, and credit card late fees.