June 25, 2015 |
Six months after Christopher Tur's body was found in the water off the U.S. Naval Station at Cuba's Guantánamo Bay, the Hatfield native's death remains a mystery. The Navy is still silent on the cause and manner of the civilian contractor's demise. Investigators have declined to comment on a news report of an affair between Tur's wife and the base's former commanding officer, a claim that attorneys for both parties have said is not true. Then there's the private autopsy of Tur's body, commissioned by his wife, that concludes his death was caused by "drowning with recent blunt injuries (circumstances unknown)
June 18, 2015 |
An Ambler woman is to spend one year on probation for claiming in court that she was a licensed psychologist - even though she lacked a state credential - during a child custody battle. Sue Cornbluth, who bills herself as a "nationally recognized mental health expert," pleaded no contest in late May to a misdemeanor charge of false swearing. She was originally charged in February with a count of felony perjury. Cornbluth's attorney, Nino Tinari, said the charge was downgraded because her testimony failed to affect the outcome of the case.
June 17, 2015 |
The plot began as a sinister bid for revenge, prosecutors said, a failed murder attempt by a spurned lover worthy of a made-for-TV movie. But in the months since Nicholas Helman placed a ricin-laced birthday card in the mailbox of his ex-girlfriend's new beau, the effects of his downward spiral mushroomed, sweeping up people including his own family and friends. That was apparent Monday as dozens packed a Doylestown courtroom and watched Helman, 20, receive a prison sentence of 20 to 40 years for a laundry list of crimes, including attempted murder and risking a catastrophe.
May 25, 2015 |
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman Josh Shapiro has told national Democratic Party leaders that he will not run for the nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Toomey next year. "I am incredibly humbled and flattered by their interest, but ultimately concluded I am not interested in going to Washington to be a legislator at this stage in my career," Shapiro said Friday in a brief interview. Senior Democrats had been encouraging Shapiro to jump into the primary against Joe Sestak, a retired Navy rear admiral and former Delaware County congressman who lost a close race to Toomey in 2010 but who also has a strained relationship with members of the party establishment.
May 13, 2015 |
Lloyd Industries, a Montgomeryville manufacturer of ventilation, duct, and fire-safety products, has been hit with $822,000 in fines by the U.S. Department of Labor for a series of workplace-safety violations. Labor Department officials said Monday that they launched an investigation of the company in November, after an employee lost three fingers operating a metal saw that was not equipped with safety guards. The owner of the company, William Lloyd, was required by law to provide such protection, the Labor Department said.
May 7, 2015 |
A Methacton school board candidate is under fire and has lost the Republican endorsement after parents drew attention to what they said were racist and anti-Semitic posts in his name on social media. Scott Misus, a self-employed financial consultant, is accused of making numerous offensive remarks regarding black people, women, and "the real reason that Jews got their comeuppance after Hitler came to power. " Misus, 52, of Worcester, hung up when called for comment Tuesday, and his Facebook page appears to have been deleted.
May 3, 2015 |
Investigators in Montgomery County are offering a $5,000 reward for information about a 2012 killing. The victim, Paul Brown, 24, of Bridgeport was killed on Christmas Day in 2012. Police said Brown's body was found in his car on Scott Alley in Norristown with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead that day at Mercy Suburban Hospital, and his death was ruled a homicide. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman and Norristown Police Chief Mark Talbot announced the reward Friday.
May 1, 2015 |
A Plymouth Township man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his father and, with his son's help, dumping the body in northeastern Pennsylvania last year. David St. Onge Sr., 60, will serve from 15 to 35 years in state prison. The plea deal was reached five days before the trial date. St. Onge, a thin and balding man dressed in a prison jumpsuit and glasses, showed little emotion in a Montgomery County courtroom as Judge Thomas P. Rogers accepted his guilty plea to charges of third-degree murder, abuse of corpse, and fraud.
April 30, 2015 |
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says her office will investigate why state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired a top lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury investigating whether Kane leaked confidential documents. In a statement Tuesday, Ferman said she would fold that inquiry into her office's ongoing review of whether Kane leaked information to the Philadelphia Daily News last year in a bid to embarrass her critics. "These inquiries will be conducted using standards and procedures that reflect an ethical prosecutor's responsibilities as a minister of justice," Ferman said.
April 30, 2015 |
The morning after Paul Jordan was expelled from a Montgomery County fire company, he returned to the firehouse. He pulled out a gun, ordered his former colleagues to sit on the floor in the basement, and fired a shot into the wall just inches from one firefighter's head, Mark Logan, president of the LaMott Fire Company, recalled. "He said, 'Some will leave. The others will leave in bags, including myself,' " Logan testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Jordan, 25, of Philadelphia, wiped tears from his eyes as Logan recounted the March 31 hostage-taking.