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June 28, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County native and his crewmates from a shipwreck-salvage team, jailed in Honduras since May, were released Thursday, his lawyer and a local representative said. The release of the crew ended an ordeal that kept their families on edge and attracted the attention of federal lawmakers. Devon Butler, 27, of Doylestown, was arrested May 5 when a ship carrying him and five others arrived in the coastal town of Puerto Lempira, according to reports. Honduran authorities arrested all six on smuggling allegations after finding guns aboard the ship, and their detention was upheld during two hearings over 10 days.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Listening to bankers - the local kind - Penn Law professor David Skeel , a historian of bankruptcy, "corporate shaming," and other questions of money and morals, hears two almost contradictory complaints: They feel "hammered" by tighter federal rules - while big nationwide banks, which have more resources to keep regulators at bay, are lending too much. "They are making no-document loans again, and lending to people who shouldn't be borrowing. " So says the author of The New Financial Deal (2010)
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arrested in January, Israel Resendiz Hernandez spent 144 days in Pennsylvania jails - some on a hunger strike - as he faced deportation to Mexico for illegally entering the United States last fall. On Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials allowed Resendiz to return to his wife and daughters in Norristown. He remains in jeopardy but is free, pending his request for asylum. A hearing on his case is scheduled for August. He came home to a jubilant reception at Tortilleria la Familia, the family's grocery in the heavily Mexican-immigrant western end of the municipality.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Michael Boren and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
After nearly six months of testimony and an exhausting presentation of bank documents, wiretap recordings, and PowerPoint slides, the mortgage-fraud trial involving Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of jailed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, is headed to jurors. Scarfo and alleged mob associate Salvatore Pelullo are charged with taking over the Texas-based FirstPlus Financial mortgage company and looting its shareholders of $12 million. A former CEO of the company and four lawyers who worked with the men were also charged.
SPORTS
June 17, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
TOMMY LINEBERRY, a 59-year-old Wilmington, N.C., resident, has driven the golf cart for NBC golf expert Roger Maltbie during previous U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2, according to golfweek.com, and had never gotten arrested on the course. But on Saturday, while waiting for Maltbie - who was walking with the final group of Martin Kaymer and Brendon Todd - to complete his on-course reporting on the 11th hole, Lineberry refused to heed the warning of a North Carolina state trooper and found himself in handcuffs.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN A 2008 interview, piano teacher Anton Fomin described his work: "Teaching is like playing piano with my students' hands. It's very gratifying and satisfying. " Yesterday, Fomin, 44, was charged with sexually abusing three 6-year-old pupils, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said. The instructor is accused of using his position at the Malvern School of Music - from which he has since been fired - to abuse two girls and a boy during one-on-one lessons. The allegations came to light last week, when a girl's father called Malvern police to report that the mother of another 6-year-old pupil had told him that her daughter said Fomin "puts his hand in [her]
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER Philadelphia police lieutenant, convicted last month of stealing utility services, talked her way into jail yesterday. No other conclusion could be drawn, given that before Aisha Perry started ranting, Common Pleas Judge Earl Trent had said he didn't think she and co-defendant George Suarez needed to be jailed. He said they had good character except for the charges on which they were convicted. But instead of being remorseful during her sentencing hearing like most defendants - including ex-cop Suarez - Perry, 55, went on the attack against Assistant District Attorney Terri Domsky.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TO HEAR police tell it, Matthew Miller wasn't quite ready for the Bucks County Correctional Facility's work-release program. The Bensalem man, 23, is accused of skipping out on the program yesterday, stabbing a Bensalem Township Police officer and stealing his patrol car along the way - all within an hour. "This guy is nobody you want your daughter to bring home," Fred Harran, Bensalem's director of public safety, said yesterday. "Now, hopefully, he'll never see the light of day. " Miller - who has a lengthy criminal record including guilty pleas for theft and drug offenses - has been charged with attempted homicide of a police officer and related offenses, police said.
NEWS
June 7, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 78-year-old Souderton-area doctor was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison Thursday for running a "pill mill" that illegally distributed tens of thousands of prescription drugs. Despite pleas from family members, Montgomery County Court Judge Gary S. Silow imposed the sentence on Richard Ruth and also ordered his son, Michael, to serve seven to 22 years in prison for his role in the scheme. Silow expressed bafflement at the Ruths' lack of remorse or acceptance of responsibility.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
They're from different parts of the city and had nothing in common - except for their predawn Wednesday wake-up call: court warrant officers arresting them for failing to appear for jury duty. Actually, it was more than that. Not only did they ignore at least two calls for jury duty, they ignored a summons telling them to appear in court May 21 or be held in contempt. Yes, we're talking about scofflaws in Philadelphia's new Juror Scofflaw Court. Two of the three - Timothy Shissler, 42, of Frankford, and John Sparks, 56, of Brewerytown - pleaded guilty before unsmiling Common Pleas Court Judges John W. Herron and Jeffrey P. Minehart.
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