February 14, 2015 |
In a verdict likely to challenge Pennsylvania's law defining a "weapon of mass destruction," a Philadelphia jury Thursday found a Germantown artist guilty of that crime in a May incident in which he blew off most of his right hand with a homemade explosive. The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men deliberated about 21/2 hours before returning the verdict against Douglas Ferrin, 55. Ferrin, who spent about six months in prison for blowing up the toilet in a Phoenixville bar in 2011, did not appear to react to the verdict.
February 13, 2015 |
A GERMANTOWN artist who blew off part of his right hand after a homemade bomb exploded while he was holding it last year was convicted by a jury yesterday of a felony charge of possessing weapons of mass destruction. Douglas Ferrin, 55, was also convicted by the panel of 10 women and two men of a misdemeanor charge of possession of an instrument of crime. The jury deliberated for just 2 1/2 hours. About 4 a.m. on May 7, Ferrin was in the yard of his home, on Queen Lane near Germantown Avenue, when a device he was holding blew up, causing a boom and his neighbor's windows to shake.
February 12, 2015 |
A Germantown artist is on trial facing charges of weapons of mass destruction and possession of an instrument of crime, following his arrest last year after an item exploded in his hand - ripping off three of his fingers. Douglas Ferrin, 55, was in his yard outside his house on Queen Lane near Germantown Avenue about 4 a.m. May 7 when he was fiddling with an "illegal explosive device," according to authorities. Investigators later found three items in his house that they considered to be possible explosives - flash powder in a pill bottle, found in his living room, and flash powder in two small, thin tubes, found in an upstairs drawer.
April 25, 2013 |
Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction, but two young Boston bombers did? No doubt many Americans were a bit perplexed Monday when 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was federally charged with "using a weapon of mass destruction," even if the explosions at the Boston Marathon did result in three deaths and injuries to more than 170 people. In the late 1990s, President Clinton and other top officials, in discussing the fears about the Iraq dictator, repeatedly used the term to describe chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons that could kill vast numbers in the Middle East.
January 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Just in time for inauguration coverage, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor. Rice, who served as secretary of state during President George W. Bush's second term, made her debut on Face the Nation Sunday and will be included in inauguration coverage on Monday. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes made the announcement Sunday, saying Rice "will use her insight and vast experience to explore issues facing America at home and abroad.
December 31, 2007
TOO MANY FAMILIES in this country have been celebrating the holiday season under a shadow of dread -the prospect of losing their homes. The national mortgage meltdown, fueled by an explosion of risky subprime mortgages, is in full swing. In just the last six months, about 800,000 homeowners have entered foreclosure. That's right: 800,000 people who have or are about to lose their homes, with millions more estimated over the next few years as adjustable-rate mortgages continue to reset to much higher, unaffordable levels.
November 1, 2005 |
The number of U.S. soldiers killed in the Iraq war has passed the 2,000 mark. Just a number? Perhaps. To pass the number 2,000, another soldier teetered on consciousness, drew the last breath and was gone. And all the hopes that rode on him and all the prayers that followed him from all the people who loved him are done. Somewhere in America, relatives will get phone calls asking them to come and sit with a father who is too numb to cry, pick up the children because the widow is inconsolable.
February 1, 2005
NO ONE should be surprised that the Bush administration may use military force to stop Iran's nuclear capability. Bush, a born-again Christian, informed these anti-Christian nations of the world that they would feel his wrath if they produce any weapons of mass destruction. President Truman, also a Christian, responsible for dropping the bomb that claimed more than 100,000 lives in Nagasaki alone, "thanked God for giving the United States the atomic bomb . . . " Truman was also ready to use the A-bomb on communist North Korea.
November 6, 2004 |
A U.S. Army officer testified yesterday that three inert grenades found during a police raid of a marijuana-distribution business could easily be loaded with explosive powder and made fully operational. A Kensington man and his two sons are the first to be charged under Pennsylvania's law against weapons of mass destruction. Johnnie Bellmon, 61; Harry Bellmon, 41; and Benjamin Bellmon, 30, are accused of amassing an arsenal - including three vintage grenades, four loaded handguns, more than 20,000 rounds of live ammunition, an artillery rocket, and an inoperable World War II-era machine gun - to protect their alleged marijuana business.