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June 13, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge Monday ordered the city Medical Examiner's Office to release for burial the body of Julia Papazian Law, the paralegal who died last month in the apartment of criminal-defense lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. Common Pleas Court Judge John W. Herron ordered Law's body released to her mother, Laureen Law of Absecon, N.J. The hearing marked the end of the pathology phase of the official probe of the death of the 26-year-old woman....
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June 10, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everything seemed to be going as planned when Matthew Royer texted his mother from Rhode Island on May 16 to say he was on his way home to Skippack Township. When the 21-year-old didn't show up for a summer job, law enforcement authorities were contacted and a search was launched that included a Pennsylvania state police helicopter. About a week later, the search ended with a shrug when police indicated that Royer and his parents were reunited and that Royer had voluntarily gone missing.
NEWS
June 8, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has asked an investigative grand jury to look into the death of Julia Papazian Law, the paralegal whose body was found facedown in a bathtub the apartment of her boss, criminal defense lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams, would say nothing more than to confirm the request for the grand jury's involvement, which was first reported by KYW-Radio....
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June 7, 2013
By Jerry Buckley Within three weeks of starting as chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA, I was deeply involved in the tragic cases of Hercules and Chloe, dogs who were set on fire and severely burned. When Hercules was found in North Philadelphia, the pit bull puppy was more flesh than fur, suffering from burns covering more than 75 percent of his body. Chloe died after being doused with accelerant and set aflame. This heartbreaking on-the-job training showed me exactly what I would need to know to help the countless vulnerable and voiceless animals entrusted to our care.
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rash of heroin overdoses has Camden law enforcement authorities worried that drug users may be at risk from unusually potent drugs. Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported Friday night that three people experienced overdoses from midnight into the early morning hours Friday. All three survived. One man appeared to have overdosed twice. While investigating the overdoses, Camden County police charged Shadid Fauntleroy, 24, of Berkley Street, with possession, distribution, and other drug offenses.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Julia Papazian Law probably drowned in a bathtub, perhaps after a seizure, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation. The tentative finding may sweep aside some of the speculation surrounding the death of the 26-year-old paralegal, found facedown Saturday morning in the Center City apartment belonging to her boss, defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. No drugs or alcohol were found at the scene, the room was undisturbed, and the liquor closet was closed, the officials said.
NEWS
May 30, 2013 | By Timothy B. Lee, Washington Post
Federal prosecutors charged seven men with a massive online money-laundering operation that for years offered a way for drug traffickers, child pornographers, and others in the criminal underworld to move cash around the world quickly, officials said Tuesday. The network, run by a Costa Rican company called Liberty Reserve, processed at least $6 billion for more than a million clients, including 200,000 in the United States. Federal officials accused the company's founder, Arthur Budovsky, of setting up a "bank of choice" for criminals that became one of the largest laundering operations in history.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Sari Horwitz and Jenna Johnson, Washington Post
A Chechen man linked to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was shot and killed early Wednesday in an unusual encounter with the FBI and other law enforcement officers in his apartment in Orlando, Fla. According to federal officials, the man was being interviewed about whether he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the bombing suspects, were connected to a two-year-old triple slaying when he attacked an FBI agent and was shot and killed....
NEWS
May 19, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just as the Internet made Caleb "Kai" Lawrence McGillvary a cyber celebrity, viral news of him as a fugitive - wanted in the slaying of a North Jersey lawyer - led to his capture, law enforcement agencies said in interviews Friday. And while McGillvary, "the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker," lived large for months as a YouTube sensation, he looked slight and dazed Friday night as he heard the fugitive charge against him read on closed-circuit TV. Arraigned about 5 p.m. in Philadelphia before Magistrate Sheila M. Bedford, McGillvary responded, "I hear you," after she asked if he understood the charge.
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