February 6, 2015 |
A FEDERAL judge yesterday sentenced two corrupt former Philly cops to a total of 23 years behind bars, castigating one of them in harsh language. Jonathan Garcia, 26, and Sydemy Joanis, 28, both of Philadelphia, were sentenced to 17 1/2 years and 5 years, respectively, by U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis for robbing drug dealers and pocketing the proceeds. "You never should have been a cop," the judge told Garcia. "This is about what was lacking in you . . . You were a junkie who was a cop. You've done more harm than you can fathom.
February 6, 2015 |
For a filmmaker known for his movies' plot twists, M. Night Shyamalan said he did not see this one coming. The woman he trusted to look after his children and manage his home in Chester County for about six years was sentenced Wednesday to three to 23 months in prison, followed by a year of probation, for stealing money from Shyamalan and his wife. Selma Nolan Cody, 34, of Reading, pleaded guilty in Chester County Court on Dec. 8 to third-degree felony theft. She bought more than $15,000 worth of goods and services without the Shyamalans' permission, using a credit card they had given her to manage their house in Willistown Township.
February 5, 2015 |
A position in the Camden County Jail that has faced high turnover will be filled on an interim level this month, making that person who fills it the sixth jail population manager since 2011. The move comes amid a vacancy in the position and a letter from U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle, who told county officials on Jan. 26 that he was "very concerned" about the turnover. The jail population manager focuses on how inmates are processed, from arrest to court date, and makes recommendations on how to improve their movement in the system.
January 22, 2015 |
PHILLY'S ONCE high-flying Don Tollefson was hauled away in handcuffs yesterday after a Bucks County jury found him guilty of theft, fraud and deception for fleecing hundreds of people out of phony sports-travel packages. After the verdict was read, Tollefson was remanded to prison, where he is being held on $350,000 bail. Escorted from court by four sheriff's deputies, Tollefson asked the media to respect his family's privacy. "I'll continue to work to be sober and a better person in any way I can, wherever I am," he said.
January 7, 2015 |
RETIRED Delaware County Senior Magisterial District Judge Kenneth Miller will serve no time in prison for his part in the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing scandal. A federal judge who sentenced Miller yesterday said he regarded him as less blameworthy than other judges ensnared in the sweeping corruption probe. U.S. District Judge Michael Kelly sentenced Miller to one year of probation and fined him $1,000 for his involvement in the scandal that knocked the city's Traffic Court out of commission.
December 25, 2014 |
A former Marine, Matt Broughton was aware of the irony when he was arrested, for the first time in his life, on Veterans Day. But, with bail set at $200,000, and the prospect of missing Christmas with his daughters, ages 5 and 2, looming, he didn't have time to dwell on it. "I missed Thanksgiving, but I was really wanting to get out for the rest of the holidays," said Broughton, 25, of Warminster, who was charged with burglary. He did a tour in Iraq in 2009-10 and still grapples with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
December 23, 2014
THE PARADE of Philadelphia politicians in trouble with the law seems to grow larger each passing month. Last week, state Reps. Ronald Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown were charged with accepting bribes offered by a fake lobbyist as part of a sting operation. District Attorney Seth Williams is continuing his investigation of two other state legislators about their possible involvement in taking money from the same "lobbyist. " Last month, state Sen. LeAnna Washington pleaded guilty to using her Senate office staff to raise money for her campaign.
December 16, 2014 |
Melvin McIlwaine had one of those weeks last week. His criminal fraud trial was to have started last Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, but he wound up in the emergency room, complaining of "cardiac arrest" followed by a day of nausea. So the only way to ensure McIlwaine stayed healthy - and available - reasoned Judge Angelo J. Foglietta, was jail. "I'll be here, even if I have a nosebleed," McIlwaine, 61, of South Philadelphia, protested when he appeared a day later before Foglietta.
November 26, 2014 |
A 55-YEAR-OLD MAN who was involved in an accident that killed an off-duty Philadelphia firefighter was sentenced yesterday to 30 to 60 days in county jail. Teddy Wilson had been convicted of DUI by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner, and acquitted of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter. "This was a very, very difficult case to try," the judge said yesterday. After reviewing witness accounts, "I am absolutely convinced in a system where the commonwealth bears the burden . . . there was absolutely no way any fair fact finder could determine . . . who was responsible for this accident.