January 31, 2016
A Montgomery County man was charged last week with more than 100 felony counts of possessing and sharing child pornography, officials announced Friday. Robert Giuffrida, 38, of Huntingdon Valley, was charged after a detective found files connected to his computer during a child-pornography investigation and served a search warrant on his home, District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a news release Friday. Giuffrida was arraigned last week and is being held at Montgomery County jail on $100,000 cash bail.
January 30, 2016 |
After Joseph E. Leipert retired as a Philadelphia police detective lieutenant in the late 1980s, his investigative work was not done. Until the early 2000s, Mr. Leipert worked for the office of the Montgomery County district attorney. "He was basically investigating attorneys who had complaints filed by citizens," Mr. Leipert's son David said. "Most would involve taking money and never doing work. " Mr. Leipert liked the job because it got personal, his son said. "He would always try to get some of the money back, instead of just filing charges.
January 27, 2016 |
Tyco International, the industrial conglomerate based in the Princeton area, has agreed to be bought by Johnson Controls, a $40 billion, Milwaukee-based auto-parts and smart-buildings systems supplier, for $20 billion in cash and stock. That works out to $34.88 a share, a small premium to Tyco's recent trading price but a discount to its value over most of the last two years. Tyco stock jumped $3.56, or 11.6 percent, to $34.15, the biggest gain in the S&P 500. Johnson lost $1.39, or 3.9 percent, to $34.21.
January 23, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Brian Fitzpatrick, brother of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), launched a campaign Thursday to replace his sibling in the Bucks County-based Eighth District, throwing a wrinkle into one of the most competitive House races in the country. A former FBI agent who focused on campaign and election crimes, he vowed to take on graft. "I've spent the better part of 14 years fighting corruption, and what better place than Washington, D.C.," Fitzpatrick, 42, said after announcing his run outside the Bucks County Courthouse.
January 22, 2016 |
Jack Stollsteimer dropped out of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's race Wednesday, narrowing the field of Democratic candidates. A former state and federal prosecutor from Delaware County, Stollsteimer is now backing Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. "At this point it just wasn't my year," Stollsteimer said in an interview. "I'm happy to support Josh because he's a really good friend and public servant. " Stollsteimer was among the first to enter the race, challenging incumbent Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
January 22, 2016 |
A Montgomery County woman was charged Wednesday in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, who police said ate her mother's prescription medication. Police said Christina Griffith was in a Motel 6 in King of Prussia last July when some of her medications fell to the floor and her daughter ate them. Griffith, 35, of Collegeville, did not seek immediate medical treatment for her daughter, Trinity, officials said. The charges against Griffith include involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children.
January 18, 2016 |
Months before prosecutors in Norristown filed the first sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby last year, Montgomery County's former district attorney sought to persuade his successor to abandon the investigation. In a Sept. 23 email reviewed by The Inquirer, Bruce L. Castor Jr. told then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman that he had struck a deal 10 years earlier never to criminally prosecute the comedian for an alleged 2004 attack on a Temple University employee. Castor wrote that, at the time, he hoped his decision would facilitate accuser Andrea Constand's efforts to depose Cosby in a civil suit she planned to file against him. Now, a Common Pleas Court judge has been asked to decide whether that agreement existed and, if it did, whether it protects Cosby from the three counts of aggravated indecent assault filed against him last month.
January 14, 2016 |
THE PHILADELPHIa School District has a new chief financial officer. Uri Monson, now the top finance official for Montgomery County, will move into the long-vacant Philadelphia job next month. He will be paid $190,000 to manage the district's $3.2 billion budget. Superintendent William Hite said the district, which lost former CFO Matt Stanski at the end of the last school year, needs "a strong, thoughtful, and steady approach to its finances, given the instability of revenues.
January 12, 2016
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts , Philadelphia, has appointed Andrew Hamilton and Gordon Wilder to its board. Hamilton is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. and Wilder is vice president of capital markets and divisional manager for the Central and Mid-Atlantic regions for Wells Fargo & Co. Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Gwynedd Valley, a college preparatory high school with 400 young women attending, has elected Kathleen Haley Hunsicker, vice chair of the board of supervisors of Lower Gwynedd Township, and Sister Margaret Ann Dougherty, coordinator, graduate programs in education at Alvernia University, to its board.