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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.
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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]
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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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June 4, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FOR THE PAST five years, Doylestown native Devon Butler has sailed the seas, exploring shipwrecks, helping scientists assess oil-spill damages, excavating sunken cargo - whatever enabled him to indulge his passion for diving. His mother, Rosemary Carroll, worried occasionally about pirates, storms and diving accidents but didn't dwell on the dangers of her son's profession, lest her concerns consume her. Still, she never imagined the predicament Butler, 27, now endures: Police in Honduras hurled him and five crewmates into a dilapidated coastal jail on May 5, claiming that they were smuggling guns into the poor, crime-plagued Central American country.
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May 23, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
PHARRELL WILLIAMS ' "Happy" has become so popular, it's virtually impossible to go a day without seeing or hearing some new version of it on TV or YouTube. It's even made its way to Iran. And in Iran, that's not a good thing. An Internet video of six young Iranian men and women dancing to "Happy" has led to their arrests. Darn you, Western infidels. Criticism outside Iran was predictably swift yesterday, with calls for freedom for the jailed youths. Pharrell tweeted: "It's beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Supporters of Israel Resendiz Hernandez, a Norristown resident who faces deportation to Mexico but is seeking asylum here, are calling on immigration officials to release him to his wife and two U.S. citizen daughters while his case proceeds. About a dozen demonstrators rallied Wednesday in front of the regional headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at 16th and Callowhill Streets on what they said was Resendiz's 100th consecutive day in detention. Among the demonstrators was his wife, Pilar Molina, 29, and their daughter Caitlin, 9, a fourth grader who held a poster on which she had scrawled, "I want my Dad here for Father's Day. " "It doesn't make sense, he passed his 'fear' . . . interview," said his wife, referring to his stated fear of being returned.
NEWS
May 6, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT HOLLY Officials from the human rights group Amnesty International are investigating the deaths of two Burlington County Jail inmates, saying a letter they received from the Prosecutor's Office detailing the circumstances only bolstered their suspicions that at least one of the inmates was neglected. Robert Taylor, 75, a homeless man, died Dec. 30 in the jail. Jerome Iozzia, 50, of Browns Mills, died Feb. 25. Both deaths were ruled to be from natural causes, and the Prosecutor's Office ruled out wrongdoing by correctional officers.
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May 4, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A former Philadelphia Housing Authority supervisor convicted of stealing nearly $8,000 in public funds caught a break in court Friday, over strenuous objections from her former boss and even her own family. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond sentenced Sondra Wong Nelson, 37, to five years of probation and ordered her to pay back most of the money she stole. But from the start of Friday's hearing, he made clear he had no intention of sending her to prison. That did not sit well with Kelvin Jeremiah, PHA's president and chief executive.
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