July 2, 2013 |
"Visitation cancelled," read the sign on the door of the Gloucester County Jail. So Melissa, who asked that her last name not be published to protect the identity of her 22-year-old son serving time for a marijuana conviction, turned back to the parking lot, dejected. She had arrived June 22, hoping to see him one last time before his transfer to the Salem County correctional facility as part of Gloucester County's plan to cut costs by closing its jail and farming prisoners out to surrounding counties.
June 28, 2013 |
Sean Benschop, the excavator operator facing criminal charges in the June 5 building collapse that killed six people, did nothing to cause the accident and has been made a scapegoat for those who failed to follow appropriate safety procedures, his lawyer said Wednesday. "He was not at fault and didn't do anything to cause the collapse of that building," Daine A. Grey Jr. told reporters after a Municipal Court hearing at which Benschop's bail was set at $1.55 million. "We believe that building was completely unstable and would probably have fallen if nobody showed up at the job site.
June 27, 2013 |
GETTING hard time in jail for carrying a gun doesn't really happen in Philadelphia. Unless maybe the gun is dripping with the blood of a murder victim. Or your criminal record is packed so full of felonies that cops know the swirls of your fingerprints by heart. There's a raft of reasons why, but it starts with gun laws. In New York, it's illegal to carry a gun without a New York license, even if the owner has a permit elsewhere. Punishment for violators - even those with no criminal record - is swift and harsh: a 3 1/2-year mandatory-minimum prison sentence.
June 26, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I have been convinced for some time that tax rates will have to go up, even for those at middle-income levels. As a result, I rolled over my IRA to a Roth IRA last December. I had to do a lot of soul-searching before I did it, because there was a stiff tax to pay. I filed my return electronically, and it was accepted by the IRS. At this late date, I received a notice from my IRA custodian (a large mutual-fund company) that $394 was added to the value of my new IRA a few days after I made the rollover.
June 23, 2013 |
THE LEADERS of a Juniata Park church that preaches faith healing appeared to distance themselves yesterday from a church couple accused of murdering their pneumonia-stricken baby by praying for him instead of getting him medical care. The pastor and assistant pastor of First Century Gospel Church testified during a detention hearing for Catherine Schaible, 43, who is charged with husband Herbert, 45, in the April 18 death of their 7-month-old son Brandon. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner ruled that Catherine Schaible can post bail and leave jail, where she has been since the couple was arrested May 22. Lerner rejected Herbert's bail request Thursday.
June 21, 2013 |
New Jersey's Supreme Court declined to temporarily halt the closure of the Gloucester County jail Wednesday, clearing the way for inmates to begin being moved out of the Woodbury jail as early as Thursday. About 100 of the county's 240 adult male prisoners will be shipped to Cumberland County by the end of the weekend, while the remaining 140 will be sent to Salem and Burlington Counties, and perhaps Essex County, next week, County Administrator Chad Bruner said. The county has said it will empty its jail by July 1 to cut costs.
June 19, 2013
THE "FAITH-HEALING" mother charged with murdering her baby by not getting him medical care has the money to bail herself out of jail but must wait until Friday to learn if a judge will let her do so. Catherine Schaible's family and church members have come up with $25,000, or 10 percent of her $250,000 bail, attorney Mythri Jayaraman told Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner yesterday. Lerner agreed to postpone his decision on whether to allow Schaible to post bail until Friday, when he will hear more evidence from Jayaraman and a counterargument from Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore.
June 17, 2013 |
TERRELL OWENS visited his old buddy Chad Johnson in Broward County, Fla., jail Saturday and shared the details with his Twitter followers. Owens and Johnson were Cincinnati Bengals teammates in 2010. "Just visited the homie @ochocinco. He's in good spirits, he needs a haircut already tho. Lol. He sends his best regards to everyone," Owens wrote. Johnson's plea deal was first accepted, then rejected last week when Johnson gave his attorney a pat on the backside, resulting in a 30-day jail sentence for violating his probation from his no-contest plea last year to battery on his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada.
June 14, 2013
TRENTON New Jersey Superior Court's appellate division declined Thursday to order a temporary halt to the closure of the Gloucester County jail, scheduled for July 1. The decision came in response to a May 9 lawsuit filed by New Jersey's public defenders who said that closing the jail and moving inmates to Burlington, Salem, Cumberland, and Essex counties would make it more difficult for them to visit and effectively represent their clients....