July 16, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - When it comes to so-called puppy mills, the state's Dog Law Enforcement Office in recent years failed to live up to its name. An audit to be released Monday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has found that the agency charged with enforcing Pennsylvania's strict new commercial kennel regulations stopped inspecting those kennels at the same time the requirements were to take effect. The audit, a copy of which has been provided to The Inquirer, showed that through "lax leadership and ineffective program administration," the Dog Law Enforcement Office knowingly allowed kennels to operate for more than a year in violation of the law. "They knew that kennels were violating the law, and they chose not to enforce it. That's a problem," said DePasquale, who as a state representative supported the 2008 legislation toughening the dog law to improve conditions for thousands of animals living in large commercial kennels.
July 12, 2013 |
In an effort to coordinate a patchwork of approaches to preventing and reporting bullying, Montgomery County officials presented a new manual Wednesday that was a year in the making. While the policies and practices suggested in the manual are not mandates, officials hope that school districts and law enforcement agencies will follow what a task force found to be best practices around the country. "This is one of the most challenging issues facing our youth," District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at East Norriton Middle School.
July 7, 2013 |
Patty DiRenzo fought for a Good Samaritan law for drug overdoses after her son died of one in 2010. Since Gov. Christie signed New Jersey's version of the law in May, she has been fighting to educate the public on what it means. The law gives immunity to drug users who call for help for someone who has overdosed or needs medical attention. Recently, DiRenzo, of Blackwood, began an effort to hang signs around South Jersey that read: "Don't run. Call 911. New Jersey's Overdose Prevention Bill Will Protect You. " The signs were made by Denise Mariano, 49, of Roxbury, N.J., who operates a Facebook page with DiRenzo called "NJ 911 Good Samaritan Bill.
July 2, 2013 |
For two days in 1967, Glassboro police Capt. Philip J. Coppolino stood outside the Hollybush Mansion on the Rowan University campus, scanning the crowd, helping to provide security for the two world leaders holed up inside trying to defuse Cold War tensions. The face-to-face encounter between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin became known as the Glassboro Summit. It has been celebrated since by Rowan University - then Glassboro State College - and referenced in historical accounts.
June 26, 2013 |
Former drug dealer Micah Khan, 33, of Camden, went to Trenton on Monday to make another kind of sale. A single father who struggled to get a job when he got out of prison in 2007, Khan wanted to sell New Jersey lawmakers on the importance of proposed legislation that would help people with a background like his find work. "This is a lifesaving bill because it brings hope," he said at a Senate Labor Committee hearing, squeezed in before the end-of-the-session budget sprint toward recess began in earnest Monday afternoon.
June 21, 2013 |
Crystal Montgomery says she has struggled with emotional obstacles since childhood. But on Wednesday, Montgomery, 18, spoke as the valedictorian in front of 11 other graduating seniors at Brookfield Academy in Cherry Hill. Montgomery and her fellow classmates were applauded by about 100 faculty members, friends, and family. "The struggles have brought us together," Montgomery said of the senior class. She said their success was the result of their ambition and ability to work as a team.
June 21, 2013 |
NEW ENGLAND Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect in the murder of 27-year-old semipro football player Odin Lloyd, ABC News reported yesterday, citing law enforcement sources. Sources told ABC News the home security system at Hernandez' North Attleborough, Mass., home, along with his cellphone, were destroyed. Police were at Hernandez' home again yesterday with another search warrant based on evidence that Hernandez "destroyed his home security system," an investigator close to the case told ABC. The investigator and other law enforcement sources confirmed the security system was smashed intentionally.
June 18, 2013
WERNERSVILLE, Pa. - Police are still searching for two prisoners who escaped from a correctional facility in Berks County over the weekend, officials said yesterday. Authorities say the men left the Wernersville Community Correction Center, about 10 miles west of Reading, about 4:45 p.m. Saturday after someone pulled a fire alarm to create a distraction. Now, police are searching for the pair, identified as 26-year-old Shaun Patrick Kubacki and 25-year-old Oscar Tim Robinson. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.
June 17, 2013 |
- State police say two prisoners escaped from a halfway house near Reading after someone pulled a fire alarm. Authorities have issued warrants for 26-year-old Shaun Patrick Kubacki and 25-year-old Oscar Tim Robinson. Police say the inmates left the Wernersville Community Corrections Center around 4 p.m. Saturday. Kubacki had been incarcerated on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His last known address is in Reading. Robinson had been in custody on charges of giving false identification to law enforcement.
June 13, 2013 |
Lenny Dykstra, the troubled ex-Phillies star, is expected to be released from a California prison Sunday, 15 months into his three-year term, according to sources. Dykstra, 50, pleaded no contest in October 2011 to three grand theft auto charges and one count of filing a false financial report, the latest in a series of downfalls in a tragic slide. After attending a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, he was sentenced to three years in prison on March 5, 2012. "I was surprised they let him out before the three years, to be quite frank with you," said Christopher Frankie, author of Nailed: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra . "Because he blatantly disobeyed the court, and a lot of the stuff was very brazen.