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February 23, 2010 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a low but unwavering voice, a 15-year-old girl from Downingtown High School West yesterday described a sexual encounter she said she had with the school's 24-year-old janitor. The testimony came during a preliminary hearing for Joseph C. Nicholson, a former quarterback and a 2004 graduate of the school, who was held for trial on charges that include aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. The sophomore was the only witness presented by Chester County Assistant District Attorney Christin Kubacke.
NEWS
September 3, 2009 | By Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Phillies World Series ring that disappeared after it was left in a ballpark bathroom this week has been recovered, police said yesterday. A stadium janitor was arrested yesterday and charged with theft, accused of pocketing the ring after finding it Monday in the restroom, said Capt. Laurence Nodiff of the South Detective Division. Police said Anthony Mobley, 53, of Yeadon, who works for a subcontractor that cleans Citizens Bank Park, took officers to where he had hidden the ring: in a closet in another stadium bathroom.
NEWS
January 29, 1999 | By Lewis Kamb, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The scheme worked like this: a manager of a Middletown telemarketing firm forced a janitor to overcharge the company for cleaning services and then give the manager the excess pay in a wad of cash each month. If the janitor did not play by these rules, James Edward McCarthy told him, he would lose his job. But after taking $17,900 during a 21-month period, McCarthy did not know the janitor had reported the scam and was wearing a police wire when he delivered a payment in September.
NEWS
March 18, 1995 | By Christine Lutton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A janitor at Larchmont Elementary School in Mount Laurel has been charged with selling cocaine to an undercover police officer on school property, Burlington County authorities said yesterday. Charles A. Williams, 37, of the 400 block of Blaine Avenue, Berlin Township, was charged Thursday with possession and distribution of cocaine within a school zone, possession of cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute. Williams was arrested outside the school, on Larchmont Boulevard in the east end of the township, as he reported to work, said Sgt. Jack Smith, spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
September 23, 1988 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
A janitor at a North Philadelphia lounge has been ordered to stand trial in the killing of a 25-year-old man he described as "a troublemaker. " William Byrd, 65, a retired trucker, of Sartain Street near Huntingdon, yesterday was freed on $5,000 bail following a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Meyer C. Rose. Byrd was held on murder and weapons charges. Assistant District Attorney Joseph McGettigan said Byrd stabbed his neighbor, Chauncey Reaves, inside a bar at 12th and Huntingdon streets, Aug. 22. The victim died a short time later after running outside.
NEWS
February 12, 2004 | By Chris Gray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An outbreak of meningococcal infection in Bryn Athyn has killed one man and sent a student to the hospital. A 32-year-old man who worked as a part-time night janitor at the Bryn Athyn Church Elementary School died from the bacterial infection on Jan. 15, Montgomery County Health Department officials said yesterday. The victim in the second case, a 16-year-old boy in the 10th grade of the Academy of the New Church High School, was admitted to Abington Memorial Hospital yesterday.
NEWS
February 9, 2010 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Downingtown West High School quarterback who was working as a custodian at his alma mater has been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student. Joseph C. Nicholson, 24, of Downingtown, was arrested Friday and charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and related offenses, Police Chief James R. McGowan 3d said yesterday. Nicholson's attorney, John Lachall, did not return phone calls seeking comment. McGowan said Nicholson, who was jailed after failing to post $75,000 cash bail, resigned last Tuesday from the high school janitorial job. Patricia C. McGlone, spokeswoman for the Downingtown Area School District, said the district suspended Nicholson with pay Jan. 25 after learning "there was merit" to an allegation the school had received four days earlier and had relayed to police and the girl's parents.
NEWS
March 4, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 25-year-old former Downingtown West High School quarterback was convicted Thursday of multiple sex offenses against three girls he befriended while working as a janitor at the school. A Chester County Court jury found Joseph C. Nicholson, 24, a father of two, guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, and related offenses. Nicholson faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. Assistant District Attorney Christin C. Kubacke praised the victims' "tremendous courage in testifying," adding that they encountered some hostility from classmates because of Nicholson's popularity.
NEWS
June 10, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Guys like John T. Robinson are giving the welfare system a dirty name, the prosecutor said. But yesterday, Robinson, operator of a janitorial service, came clean. He admitted he had been ripping off the system by collecting public assistance at offices his janitorial company had been hired to clean. Robinson, 58, of Wister Street near 69th Avenue, pleaded guilty to illegally collecting $3,230 in welfare checks and food stamps while his company was working on a $119,000 contract to clean eight welfare offices in the city between December 1989 and March 1992.
NEWS
September 3, 2009 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
A janitor at Citizens Bank Park was thrown out trying to steal a Phillies official's 2008 World Series ring, allegedly taking it from one bathroom and stashing it in another, authorities said yesterday. John Brazer, the team's director of publicity, had left his $10,500 ring in an executive-suite-level men's room on Monday. When Anthony Mobley, 54, an employee of a cleaning service subcontracted by the Phillies, found the ring, he pocketed it and hid it a "significant distance" away in a public men's room in the Hall of Fame Club, South Detectives Capt.
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May 7, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The post-draft photo opportunity with a first-round pick and head coach holding a jersey happens in just about every NFL city, but Nelson Agholor might have been the only one with the team's janitor in the photo. When the Eagles introduced Agholor on Friday, Chip Kelly asked Troy Robinson, the popular janitor at the NovaCare Complex, to join him. Agholor had spent only a few hours in the team's facility at that point and did not know Robinson. But Kelly knew Agholor is the son of a janitor at the University of South Florida, and it was a quiet tribute to both Robinson and the father who helped shape the character of the Nigerian immigrant who became the Eagles' first-round pick last week.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FORMER employee of ABM Janitorial Services claims in a lawsuit that he was discriminated against by the company because of his faith, race and disability. Vincent Danao, 49, of Logan, became a Hebrew Israelite in 2007. He said yesterday that after he did so, "I just began getting harassed and everything. " His lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia last month, contends that Danao faced hostility, got dumped with more work, was falsely criticized for his performance and was placed under increased scrutiny after he made his new religion known.
NEWS
April 29, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
MULLICA HILL More than a dozen school workers here are unsure whether they will retain their in the next school year as the Clearview Regional High School District works to finalize its budget before the adoption hearing next week. The district is considering cutting its 13 full-time custodial workers and a part-time worker at its two schools and privatizing the services. The idea has generated much opposition, largely among the local union, as well as among teachers and students.
NEWS
May 25, 2013 | By Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press
SPOKANE, Wash. - A 37-year-old janitor who has been charged with threatening to kill a federal judge in a case that involves letters containing the deadly poison ricin is a registered sex offender who lived in a rundown apartment building near downtown Spokane. Matthew Ryan Buquet remained jailed Thursday after appearing in federal court a day earlier and pleading not guilty to a charge of mailing a threatening communication. "He sticks to himself," said Scott Ward, who lives across the hall from Buquet's apartment.
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
Parents of three second-graders have filed a $30 million suit against a Jersey Shore school district, alleging that two school janitors tied-up, gagged and then photographed their children. When the incident allegedly happened last March, the superintendent of Monmouth County's Long Branch School District dismissed it as "a joke gone bad," according to published reports. The parents, in the suit filed last week, described it as "a brutal and inhumane abuse of power" that was "inspired by malice or sadism.
NEWS
February 25, 2013
HOCKESSIN, Del. - A Delaware school janitor has been charged with stealing money from the main office where he worked. New Castle County police said Frederick Lyle, 56, of Elkton, Md., was charged with burglary, theft, and criminal mischief. Police were called to a school in Hockessin on Tuesday over complaints that someone had stolen money from a pizza fund and a petty cash fund in a locked cabinet in the office. Police said the thefts occurred this month and in October. Lyle was released on bond.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A JANITOR AT a South Jersey Catholic high school was busted Wednesday for allegedly having hidden cameras installed throughout the school so he could see images of students and teachers undressing, officials said. John Martin, 41, of Wenonah, Gloucester County, is charged with third-degree invasion of privacy for allegedly directing the placement of cameras in eight rooms sometimes used as changing areas in Gloucester Catholic Junior/Senior High School. It was unclear Wednesday night who was responsible for the cameras' installation.
NEWS
July 14, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
I'm hoping that somewhere between heaven and hell, Joe Paterno starts his own support group. "Hello, my name is Joe and I'm . . . a disgraceful enabler. " That's what we know for sure, now that the findings of an independent investigation are out. We know that the Penn State football coach knew for years that Jerry Sandusky had abused children, yet he did nothing about it. Even worse was the cover-up at arguably the state's most powerful institution by the powerful men who ran it: Paterno, the righteous educator, the molder of young men with character; president Graham B. Spanier; athletic director Timothy Curley; and vice president Gary Schultz.
NEWS
June 15, 2012 | Staff and wire report
They came so fast and furious on Wednesday — the cringe-inducing allegations of years of child sex abuse by former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky lodged by a parade of witnesses — that even a veteran Philadelphia attorney was stunned. "It's just remarkable how many children one man can shower with," lawyer Tom Kline, who represents one of the witnesses, said to reporters outside the Bellefonte, Pa., courtroom. Kline's comments came after jurors heard from three more witnesses who claim that Sandusky sexually abused them when they were troubled adolescents, as well as corroboration of two separate incidents when Penn State staffers stumbled onto the ex-defenseive coordinator assaulting boys in a campus shower.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A cleaning company accused of firing a mostly African American cleaning crew and replacing it with cleaners of other ethnic groups agreed to pay $452,500 to the cleaners and their white supervisor to settle a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the workers. In the settlement approved in federal court in Philadelphia on Wednesday, the company, Matrix L.L.C., denied any discriminatory behavior. According to the suit, Matrix hired the white supervisor, Barbara Palermi, in June 2007 to oversee a crew cleaning a client's facilities in Delaware County.
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