November 21, 2013 |
AUG. 25, 2012, WOULD have been a routine Saturday for Alison Walsh, a neurologist, if it hadn't been for the five men who jumped her at 11th and Lombard streets. Walsh, 31, was walking to her car at 6 a.m., headed to Mercy Hospital when Markeese Bullock approached. "He smiled at me and said, 'Good morning,' then grabbed me and Tased me," Walsh said yesterday. "Get down, bitch!" she recalled Bullock barking before he yelled to his accomplices, "Get her. " They did: punching, kicking and shooting her repeatedly with a stun gun. Bullock, 20, dragged Walsh by her handbag across the sidewalk - bruising her back - before she let go. The five thieves then took off, leaving her bloodied, bruised and with a broken nose.
September 25, 2013 |
CHESTER In addition to the two people arrested since Saturday, Delaware County authorities suspect others may have played a role in the murder of a Chester drugstore manager shot to death last week. "We think there may be others involved," District Attorney Jack Whelan said Tuesday. David Wiggins, 24, and Rita Pultro, 23, both of Philadelphia - and both on probation for other crimes - were arrested last weekend and charged with murder, robbery, firearms violations, and related crimes in connection with Thursday's slaying of Jason Scott McClay, 40, a Rite Aid manager.
September 23, 2013 |
Fingerprints at the scene of a fatal shooting at a Rite Aid in Chester led police to arrest David Wiggins, 24, in his Grays Ferry home Saturday, authorities said. Chester police went through the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to obtain a search warrant for the home in the 1500 block of South 30th Street, law enforcement sources said. With the assistance of the city's Homicide Fugitive Task Force, they apprehended Wiggins and charged him with murder. Saturday night, police were seeking a woman who they say was his accomplice in the shooting death of Jason Scott McClay.
September 1, 2013 |
Langdon Scott has made plenty of wrong choices in his life. On June 27, 2009, he made a smart one. That day, the admitted drug dealer went to the Piazza at Schmidts apartment complex in Northern Liberties looking to buy $4,500 worth of cocaine. When it became clear the men he was riding with were planning a robbery, he bailed. "When you realized what it was, you said, 'I'm not going in there,' Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart told Scott during his sentencing Friday in the murders of Rian Thal, 34, and her friend Timothy Gilmore, inside the Northern Liberties apartment building.
August 29, 2013 |
The promised payoff was just too sweet: $50,000 to $60,000 to let three men through a locked lobby door at her apartment building in the flashy new Piazza at Schmidts complex in Northern Liberties. On Tuesday - four years after two people were killed by those three men - Katoya Jones' guilt and emotional anguish had plainly cost too much. It did not help that, after spending three years in prison before pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree murder, Jones, 29, was sentenced to probation by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner.
July 14, 2013 |
A Montgomery County judge sentenced former Main Line house cleaner Andrea Lawton to 10 years on probation in the theft of two rare works of art from the Bryn Mawr home where she worked. The probation, for charges of burglary and conspiracy, will run concurrent with the six-year prison sentence that Lawton, 47, received in May for one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, when she took a bust of Benjamin Franklin out-of-state to find a buyer. The county sentence - and the return Friday of the last missing item taken in the heist - marks the end of the courthouse phase that began in 2012, after Lawton was caught with the rare Franklin bust, valued at $3 million, that she had stolen from lawyer George D'Angelo's home.
June 20, 2013 |
Two Camden charter schools and a third in Atlantic County have been added to the list of schools put on probation by the state Department of Education. The D.U.E. Season Charter School and Environment Community Opportunity (ECO) Charter School, both in Camden, and the Galloway Community Charter School have been put on probation after recent enhanced performance reviews found they were "not providing high-quality education" and warranted "immediate action," according to letters to the schools from Evo Popoff, the department's chief innovation officer.
June 18, 2013 |
PHOENIX - An Arizona man on trial for sending his 16-year-old nephew into a busy intersection last summer with a fake grenade launcher was convicted Monday of endangering the teen's life and carrying out a terrorism hoax. Jurors in Maricopa County Superior Court got the case Monday afternoon and deliberated two hours before finding 40-year-old filmmaker Michael David Turley guilty of endangerment and knowingly giving a false impression in the July 28 terrorism scenario. Sentencing is set for Aug. 8. Prosecutors said Turley faces penalties ranging from probation to more than five years in prison.
May 30, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey man who conspired with his brother to violate federal elections laws has been sentenced to two years of probation. Benedetto Bigica, 46, of Elmwood Park, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Newark. He had pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act. Prosecutors said Bigica and his brother, Joseph Bigica, of Franklin Lakes, conspired to make more than $21,000 in illegal contributions to the campaign committee of a federal candidate.
May 29, 2013 |
The sister-in-law of Kermit Gosnell - the West Philadelphia abortion doctor serving life for murdering three infants born alive during abortions - was sentenced Tuesday to a year's probation for lying to a county grand jury investigating the 2009 overdose death of an abortion patient. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner praised Elizabeth Hampton's decision to plead guilty and testify against Gosnell, whom Lerner called a "charismatic sociopath. " In a related development Tuesday, federal prosecutors filed notice that Gosnell, 72, would plead guilty June 6 to drug charges involving the sale of prescriptions for dangerous narcotics.