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July 2, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Almost nine years after James Koons was left unconscious and bleeding in the parking lot of the Oasis Gentlemen's Club in Southwest Philadelphia, a jury found club manager John Pettit guilty Thursday of third-degree murder in Koons' death after a punch to the head. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women worked about two hours after getting the case late Wednesday before reaching a verdict. Gasps burst from Koons' family in the packed courtroom as the forewoman said Pettit was guilty of third-degree murder, conspiracy, and reckless endangerment.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Breaking News: Verdict coming soon in strip club manager's fatal punch case Previous story is below: Prosecution and defense lawyers agreed that a single punch by Oasis Gentlemen's Club manager John Pettit resulted in the 2009 death of patron James Koons. What a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury must now decide is whether that punch was murder or an unlucky act of self-defense. The jury of six women and six men began reviewing evidence late Wednesday after lawyers' closing arguments and legal instructions from Judge Steven R. Geroff.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia police officers told a Common Pleas Court jury Monday that the owner of the Oasis strip club and his manager quickly went from purported victims to suspects in the beating of one patron and death of another. Officer Alexander Montes, the first to arrive at the Southwest Philadelphia gentlemen's club on Oct. 16, 2009, testified that club owner Robert Laflar said two men had "jumped him, started fighting, and tried to rob him of his Rolex watch. " Laflar, however, did not look like he had been in a fight, Montes said.
NEWS
June 24, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
C HRIS BROWN seems intent on sabotaging his own career. According to E! News, he's being sued for assault, among other charges, by his own manager. Michael Guirguis (a/k/a Mike G of Nitevision Management), filed suit against Brown for assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and probably anything else that a guy can be sued for. Guirguis said Brown "brutally" attacked him in May during a "drug-fueled" rage.
NEWS
June 24, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Pennsauken man charged with killing a rowdy inebriated patron at a Southwest Philadelphia club went on trial Wednesday before a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury. John Pettit, a manager at Oasis Gentlemen's Club, led a "muscle-bound team of bouncers who did whatever they wanted," Assistant District Attorney Mark Levenberg told the jury in his opening statement. Levenberg said the evidence would show that Pettit knew he had a free hand to go after patron James Koons and his friend George Foreacre III on the afternoon of Oct. 16, 2009, because he knew there was bad blood between Koons and club owner Robert Laflar.
SPORTS
June 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
'HE'LL BE gone by the Fourth of July," the snowy-haired owner of the local hardware store said when I stopped in over the weekend. "They just said they're not going to cut Howard," I said. "Not Howard," he said. "The manager. Mackanin. They've got to get rid of him. " Just a little over a month ago the Phillies were seven games over .500, a half game out of first place, and Pete Mackanin was everyone's runaway choice for manager of the year. But this is Philadelphia, the birthplace of knee-jerk.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2016
Penn Community Bank , a Doylestown mutual financial organization, has hired Stephanie A. Austin as its chief financial officer. She had been CFO and treasurer for Continental Bank Holdings Inc., Plymouth Meeting. JetPay Corp., a Berwyn provider of debit- and credit-card processing, payroll/HR/TLM, and prepaid card services, has elected Diane Faro CEO. Faro has been a member of the board since 2014 and most recently served as president of National Benefit Programs L.L.C. She succeeds Bipin C. Shah, who will remain chairman of the company's board.
SPORTS
May 31, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Ryan Howard's frustrating season took another bad turn Sunday when the struggling first baseman was left off the lineup card. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin instead started Tommy Joseph in the team's 7-2 loss to the Cubs and pledged to give the rookie more chances in the starting lineup, which would point to Howard's assuming a lesser role. "I haven't heard anything about sitting more against righties. I haven't been called into the office," Howard said. "You guys [in the media]
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
William H. Snyder was a good enough baseball player as a teenager that his high school wouldn't allow him to play. Northeast High School in Philadelphia "didn't play him because he was getting paid in a sandlot league," son William A. said. To show that his father made a splash, the son read from an undated 1940s photo caption in the Evening Bulletin: "Bill Snyder, safe at third, on one of his three stolen bases yesterday, as he pitched Cohocksink to the Northern District junior playground title with a 2-1 victory over East Germantown juniors.
SPORTS
May 20, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS one out and the bases were loaded in the bottom of the ninth Sunday afternoon when Odubel Herrera came to the plate, the Phillies still trailing by five runs. David Lough had just worked a walk on a 3-2 pitch, a great veteran at-bat, forcing a pitching change and breathing more hope amid a Citizens Bank crowd of 27,869, many looking for yet another reason for another return to the cathedral they once attended regularly. Herrera, whose improved plate discipline has been one of the many surprising success stories of Pete Mackanin's brief managerial reign, stepped into the batter's box, took a ball, and then hacked at a pitch well beyond the strike zone, grounding feebly back to the pitcher.
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