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.
November 21, 2014 |
As security guard Carlos Cadiz walked down the sixth-floor hallway around 2:30 a.m. making his nightly rounds, the air around him started to feel cooler, denser. He fought back an overwhelming feeling that someone was striding along with him, close but not quite touching his arm. Suddenly, a locked door leading to the old jail started rattling violently. "I just ran for the elevator," said Cadiz, a guard at Camden City Hall. "I got out of there fast as I could. " This month, with the help of 10 paranormal investigators who blanketed the sixth floor with spirit-detection technology, Cadiz was introduced to his walking mate.
November 16, 2014 |
The 80-year-old man who police said fired nine shots at officers and threatened to shoot down a news helicopter -- evidently because he was angry at The Inquirer -- is being held at the Delaware County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Thursday for Joseph Smith, of Upper Darby Township. After Smith called 911 threatening to kill himself, police arrived at Smith's apartment about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and found him "irate," said Michael Chitwood, the Upper Darby police superintendent.
November 13, 2014 |
OOPS! Former Philadelphia Police Inspector Daniel Castro was mistakenly let out of federal prison last month and told he could serve the rest of his sentence at his Northeast Philadelphia home. What happened? Well, sources say a U.S. Probation Office revised presentence report omitted key information, which led prison officials to believe Castro was eligible for getting a year knocked off his five-year sentence for completing a prison drug-abuse program. But Castro, 51, wasn't supposed to be eligible for early release because of his violence-related conviction.
November 12, 2014 |
A Delaware County woman Wednesday became the first person sentenced for the straw purchase of guns under the state's "Brad Fox Law," receiving a six-to-12 year jail term. In addition, Delaware County Court Judge James Bradley ordered Staci Dawson, 22, of Chester, to serve seven years' probation. The law, which went into effect last year and is named for a slain Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, police officer, is aimed at toughening penalties for those who purchase guns for felons.
November 10, 2014 |
AN APPELLATE-COURT panel yesterday denied ex-narcotics cop Thomas Liciardello's request to be released from prison pending his trial on racketeering conspiracy and robbery charges. Liciardello, 38, is the alleged ringleader of a group of ex-narcs accused of robbing suspected drug dealers, at times violently. Defense lawyer Jeffrey Miller said the 3rd Circuit appeal centered on the lack of "clear and compelling evidence that [Liciardello] posed a threat to witnesses or the community.
November 8, 2014 |
OUTSIDE THE courthouse last month, Joseph Merlino laughed off his upcoming prison stint as an opportunity to take his workout routine to the next level and "get my sixpack back. " But, come on, do you really think "Joey Sixpack" wants to spend four months doing crunches in a jail cell? Lawyers for the ex-mob boss are asking for a postponement of his sentence while they appeal a judge's ruling that he violated the terms of his probation while living in Florida. At a court hearing on Oct. 24, U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ordered Merlino to report to prison on Nov. 24 after detectives testified that he'd been spotted with John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini in a Boca Raton cigar bar in June.