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May 18, 2010 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amy Schmalbach doesn't answer her door when she's home alone with her toddler son. But she opened it for a U.S. Census Bureau worker on May 4. "I figured this is a government worker, I'm safe," said Schmalbach, 33, who had misplaced her survey and got a visit from a worker. Schmalbach spoke briefly to the man, who said his name was Jamie, on the porch of her Pennsauken home. He looked familiar, wore a badge, and carried a dark bag with the census logo. He asked for names and birthdates, and whether Schmalbach and her husband rented or owned.
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January 30, 1998 | By Douglas A. Campbell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bail for Timothy Milberger, an usher at an Evesham movie complex and a twice-convicted child molester, was raised to $250,000 yesterday on charges that he sexually assaulted two more children in December. Milberger, 31, appeared by video link from the Burlington County Jail before Superior Court Judge Patricia Richmond LeBon, who said that if Milberger was released on bail, he could no longer be employed as an usher or in any other capacity that would place him in contact with children.
NEWS
July 10, 2011
Sex-assault charges have been filed against a 79-year-old convicted sex offender following an incident at a lemonade stand run by three girls in Somers Point. Police say city resident Alan Easterbgy repeatedly rubbed his breast and groin after buying lemonade from the girls, who were all under 14. He drove off when another resident approached the stand, which was across the street from a police station. Easterbgy was being held in the Atlantic County Jail on $200,000 cash bail. He was classified as a "Tier 2" offender, meaning there was a moderate chance that he would commit another offense, after his 2002 conviction for taking inappropriate photos of two girls.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
FAYETTE CITY, Pa. - The mayor of a tiny southwestern Pennsylvania borough will spend a year on probation as part of a first-offender program after he allegedly took numbers bets at a newsstand he owns. Herbert Vargo Jr., 46, maintains his innocence and did not have to plead guilty to enter the program Monday. His record will be expunged if he completes the probation without incident. Fayette County prosecutors allege Vargo took his own bets on lottery numbers and paid out winners.
NEWS
September 17, 2010
Philadelphia police announced Friday that a national DNA database matched a convicted sex offender currently in prison with a rape that occurred in 2005 in the city's East Germantown section. Franklin Evans, 34, who is in prison for indecent deviate sexual intercourse with a minor, was matched by the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) with the July 28, 2005 rape of a 23-year-old woman in the 5100 block of Clarkson Street, police said. She was assaulted and robbed of $65. On Wednesday, Evans was transported from Graterford prison to the Philadelphia Special Victims Unit and was charged with rape and related offenses.
NEWS
March 30, 2005 | By Dwayne Campbell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man who police say is a convicted sex offender in Arizona was arrested Monday in Bensalem and charged with failing to register as a sex offender within 10 day of moving to this area. He apparently came to Pennsylvania months ago, police said. Bensalem Public Safety Director Steve Moran said John Bucher, 51, who lived at a motel on Old Lincoln Highway in Trevose, was carrying a local Sunday school schedule when he was arrested. Police said officials at the church, which Moran would not identify, said Bucher was spotted in the area Sunday morning.
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November 15, 1996 | By John Way Jennings and Brian Thevenot, FOR THE INQUIRER
A 44-year-old Camden man, who was registered with authorities as a sex offender stemming from a 1984 conviction, has been charged with molesting a 12-year-old Waterford girl, Camden County's acting prosecutor announced yesterday. Lindsey Southwell, of the 1000 block of Morton Street, was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, said acting prosecutor Lee A. Solomon. Southwell was arrested Tuesday and was being held on $50,000 bail in the Camden County Jail.
NEWS
May 17, 2010 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amy Schmalbach doesn't answer her door when she's home alone with her toddler son. But she opened it for a U.S. Census Bureau worker on May 4. "I figured this is a government worker, I'm safe," said Schmalbach, 33, who had misplaced her survey and got a visit from a worker. Schmalbach spoke briefly to the man, who said his name was Jamie, on the porch of her Pennsauken home. He looked familiar, wore a badge and carried a dark bag with the Census logo. He asked for names and birth dates, and whether the family rented.
NEWS
April 19, 2011
Mayor Nutter announced Monday that he had appointed William E. Hart to lead the Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-offenders (RISE). Hart will be responsible for setting strategy and running daily operations of the office, which provides job-skills training and education for ex-offenders.  
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August 26, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
A bicyclist has been sexually assaulting women in dresses as he rides past them in Center City and South Philadelphia, police say - and as word spread Wednesday, another possible victim came forward. Special Victims Unit Capt. Mark Burgmann said police received four reports from Aug. 6 to 13 from women ages 24 to 42 who said they were groped under their dresses by a man as they walked on sidewalks in the two sections of the city. In three of the cases, the alleged groper was on a 10-speed bicycle.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Maybe, in principle, employers might believe in giving someone fresh out of prison a second chance by offering that person a job. But . . . How do they figure out who is actually dangerous? How do they make sense of the tangled government document that is a criminal record? How do they thread through two competing legal risks: the risk of being sued if they don't properly consider ex-offenders, versus the risk of a suit for negligent hiring if a person out of prison causes a serious problem on the job?
NEWS
August 10, 2016
ISSUE | EX-OFFENDERS Past is irrevelant As an ex-offender and chief executive officer of Gateway to Re-Entry, I am offended that a story about Felton Hayman's work as a developer included his being on parole for a criminal conviction ( "No-bid bargains," Sunday). Including Hayman's mistake, for which he has made amends, diminishes his character. It should not overshadow his business acumen or block him from engaging in real-estate development transactions. He is allowed to legally do business.
NEWS
August 7, 2016
A registered sex offender from New York was arrested after driving from Syracuse to Camden County to have sex with a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be undercover agents posing as the teen, prosecutors said Friday. Stephen Epolito, 37, engaged in online chats with the nonexistent girl and was arrested Thursday after arriving in Gloucester City to meet her, prosecutors said. Epolito was charged with attempting to lure a child by electronic means and was being held in the Camden County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
Sixty-six dogs were rescued earlier this year after being kept, scarred, and sometimes stacked in crates for several months as part of a multistate dogfighting ring. The six South Jersey residents charged this month with abusing the animals - Justin Love, Anthony "Monte" Gaines, Lydell Harris, Mario Atkinson, Frank Nichols, and Tiffany Burt - each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But new legislation could add another punishment to their dockets. The six could be among the first members of a potential public registry of animal abusers in the state.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Christine Flowers
I ALWAYS considered myself to be Trans Gender. No, it has nothing to do with bathrooms. My biological apparatus matches both my birth certificate and sense of reality. What I mean is that I've always looked at things from an essentially gender-neutral perspective. While I suppose there are some quirky differences between the ways men and women view the world, and while I admire the marketing savvy of the author of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," I never put much stock in the idea that our minds were fundamentally different.
NEWS
April 19, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Javier Galindo was 22 - "young, dumb," he said - when police in Cape May County stopped the minivan he was driving and found a gun inside in 2005. Galindo, a U.S. Army veteran, said he had bought the weapon legally in Texas and carried it out of habit, not knowing it was illegal in New Jersey. He was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, served a few months behind bars, and tried to move on. But there was a problem. The conviction would remain on his record for 10 years - the length it generally takes in New Jersey to have a crime expunged - and would follow him every time he filled out a job application.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
There is a job that Ronald Lewis, 37, would like, but, with his criminal record, as minor as it is, he is too scared to even apply. The job? Classroom Daddy on school trips. "You need a criminal background check," Lewis said. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of legislators in Harrisburg will introduce Senate and House bills that will make it easier for people such as Lewis with minor criminal records to get their records sealed. Dubbed the Clean Slate Act, the bill will require Pennsylvania's court system to automatically seal criminal records for people with minor records who stay clean.
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter on Tuesday signed off on an expansion of a Philadelphia law that outlines when employers can ask potential hires about their criminal backgrounds. He also strengthened the city's rules on hiring former offenders. Under the updated "ban-the-box" law, employers are not be permitted to complete a background check until they have made a conditional job offer, as opposed to after the first interview. The term comes from a box on application forms asking about a criminal record.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
PARENTS AT THE private Springside Chestnut Hill Academy met yesterday amid concerns over a middle-school teacher who wore a noose costume to a Halloween parade. Parents held meetings yesterday - one in the morning and one in the evening at two churches - to discuss how to respond to the school administration. The meetings followed an initial meeting at the school last Friday. One parent said in a telephone interview that she was "absolutely" offended by the noose outfit worn Oct. 30. "It calls to mind issues of lynching and suicide," said the parent, who asked to remain anonymous out of concern that her child would be identified.
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