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October 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino's new gig as maitre d' and host of a Boca Raton, Fla., restaurant that bears his name will have to wait four months. That's the sentence a federal judge gave Merlino, 52, on Friday for violating terms of his supervised release on a 2001 racketeering conviction. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ruled that Merlino violated the terms of his release in a June 18 meeting at a Boca Raton cigar bar with John Ciancaglini, his former captain in the Philadelphia Mafia, and a codefendant convicted with him in the racketeering trial.
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January 14, 2005 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Protestant minister was put on probation and ordered to steer clear of children yesterday after admitting he exposed himself to young boys in the bathroom of a public swimming pool in Bucks County. W. Mark Bartlett, 47, former pastor of Levittown Wesleyan Church in Falls Township, pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court to indecent exposure and open lewdness. Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. sentenced Bartlett to three years of probation and fined him $1,000. Fritsch also ordered him to complete a county sex-offenders program, to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and to stay away from parks, playgrounds and other places where children gather.
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August 4, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ORLANDO, Fla. - Casey Anthony won't have to return to Orlando today to start serving probation on check-fraud charges. An assistant in Judge Belvin Perry's office said yesterday that a hearing on the issue has been set for tomorrow. The assistant spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the case. Anthony has been out of public view since she was acquitted by a jury in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. She was convicted of lying to detectives but was released from jail because of time served.
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August 3, 1988
The Philadelphia Department of Human Services is on probation - again. Officially the state Department of Public Welfare has given the department's Children and Youth Division a six-month provisional license. It's more like being put on probation, which means you're guilty but deserve a chance to do better. This is the seventh time in eight years DHS has been unable to earn the year-long licensing designation assigned to agencies that meet minimum state regulations. Twenty-three children under DHS supervision have died of neglect and abuse since January 1987, and a commissioner - who should have left years ago - stayed so long that even after her departure, her legacy of ineffectiveness lives on. Life is tough in inner cities.
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April 15, 1993 | By Steve Boman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Suffering from serious health problems, former social studies teacher Allan S. Per was sentenced yesterday to two years' probation and 500 hours of community service for his conviction on charges of embezzling $14,000 from Bensalem's Adult Evening School program. Looking gaunt as he sat in a chair during sentencing, Per addressed Bucks County Judge Edward G. Biester Jr. in a soft voice. "I just want to express my extreme remorse for this horrible situation," said Per, 52. "I have to bear this the rest of my life, and I'm terribly sorry.
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October 21, 1993 | By Anne L. Boles, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A county judge has dismissed a case against a Coatesville man who refused, on constitutional grounds, to pay probation fees. Ronald Suber, 33, was sentenced to two years' probation in 1991 in a case stemming from a 1985 fight in a bar. Later that year, the state initiated a $25-a-month fee to recover the costs of supervising people on probation. Suber refused to pay, saying the fee was initiated after he was sentenced. The amount of his fees began to accrue. Under the law, probation cannot end until the fees are paid, so Suber's probation was extended until he agreed to pay up. His attorney, Samuel C. Stretton, argued in court last January that the Constitution guards against a new sentence being imposed after someone has already been punished.
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October 25, 1991 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
On June 13, John J. Donahue was placed on five years' probation for killing a 78-year-old priest with his souped-up car. He was warned not to drive until his probation was over. But a week later, Donahue was back behind the wheel of the same car that had killed the Rev. Stanislaus Kowal on Dec. 18, 1990. This time his auto collided with a van in Bensalem, Assistant District Attorney Joseph Casey said yesterday. The van driver was not hurt, but a female passenger in Donahue's car complained of neck injuries.
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April 24, 1998 | By Rick Sine, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jeffrey Anderson was sentenced to probation for a year. He lasted about 10 minutes, authorities say. After his sentencing Tuesday on a conviction for auto-stereo theft, Anderson, 28, and his wife, Sabrina Moore, 19, were on their way out of the Delaware County Courthouse complex in Media when they stopped by the juvenile court offices, authorities said. There, Anderson stole a pocketbook that had been left inside a bag on the floor, said Detective Cpl. James B. Cadden of the Delaware County Park Police.
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July 1, 1999 | by Joshua Rhett Miller, Daily News Staff Writer
Marie Noe's tiny children were no match for her madness. With the press of a pillow, she snuffed the lives of Richard, Elizabeth, Jacqueline, Arthur Jr., Constance, Mary Lee, Catherine and Arthur Joseph. The punishment for the killings? The death penalty? Hard time? Nope. Probation. Noe, 70, admitted on Monday to killing eight of her 10 children and was sentenced to 20 years' probation. The Daily News asked people around Center City yesterday if they thought probation was appropriate.
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May 30, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE CO-OWNER of a Frankford auto-body shop who pleaded guilty to bribing a police dispatcher for information in the tow-truck business was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation. William Cheeseman, 43, of Delran, N.J., was ordered by U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to spend the first six months under electronically monitored home confinement. The judge said Cheeseman may leave his home to go to work, for medical appointments or for religious reasons. Robreno also barred Cheeseman from the towing business in Philadelphia during his probation, but did not prohibit him from doing other work.
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October 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino's new gig as maitre d' and host of a Boca Raton, Fla., restaurant that bears his name will have to wait four months. That's the sentence a federal judge gave Merlino, 52, on Friday for violating terms of his supervised release on a 2001 racketeering conviction. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ruled that Merlino violated the terms of his release in a June 18 meeting at a Boca Raton cigar bar with John Ciancaglini, his former captain in the Philadelphia Mafia, and a codefendant convicted with him in the racketeering trial.
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October 10, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino insists he has kept out of trouble since he got out of prison and moved to Florida three years ago. Federal authorities call that story laughable. The 52-year-old ex-don, they alleged in a court filing Wednesday, began violating the terms of his probation within weeks of his 2011 release - meeting with members of La Cosa Nostra even as he was living in a federal halfway house meant to ease the transition back to postprison life.
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October 8, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County man who helped his mother kill herself in a failed suicide pact was sentenced Monday to time served, about six months in jail, closing a rare case that began with a murder charge. In April, Gus Yiambilis, 30, and his mother Karen Yiambilis, 59, wrote several suicide notes before sealing their Bensalem apartment's vents and turning on a gas-powered electric generator. The fumes killed Karen Yiambilis, but her son survived after neighbors called police about the smell.
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October 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino said Monday that "the government is out of time" and urged a federal judge to halt prosecutors' efforts to put their client back behind bars for an alleged probation violation three years after his release from prison. In a filing Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, attorneys Edwin J. Jacobs Jr. and Michael F. Myers said the 52-year-old ex-don had faithfully complied with all requirements of his postprison supervision and questioned prosecutors' efforts to incarcerate him just as the probationary term was set to end. "For the last three years, Joseph has scrupulously abided by the conditions of his supervised release," the lawyers wrote.
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October 8, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
SINCE HIS RELEASE from federal prison in 2011, Joey Merlino has been working hard, keeping his nose clean and making monthly restitution payments. He even volunteered with a group that trains teachers who work with children with autism. But he did not violate his probation. That's what Merlino's lawyers, Edwin Jacobs Jr. and Michael F. Myers, wrote in a legal memo filed yesterday, claiming that Merlino has "scrupulously abided" by the terms of his supervised release while living in Florida.
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September 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino could be headed back to prison mere days before his court-ordered supervision is scheduled to end this week if federal authorities have their way. His probation officers say the 52-year-old ex-don violated the terms of his release in June with a night on the town with one of his former mob captains and two convicted felons in Boca Raton, Fla. The terms of his probation prohibit Merlino...
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August 3, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Radnor teenager stood in Montgomery County Juvenile Court and told the judge how getting arrested on charges related to a Main Line drug ring had completely changed his view of marijuana. "Before," he told Senior Judge William T. Nicholas, "I didn't think it was much of a deal. " He said he no longer thinks that. On Friday, Nicholas placed him on probation and ordered him to complete 50 hours of community service, stay away from drugs, undergo random drug testing, and testify against codefendants if needed.
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July 25, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for the imprisoned Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill filed a motion for parole Wednesday in their continuing effort to stop the financial damage to his concert and recording career. Since he was sent to prison on July 11, Mill - real name Robert Williams - has missed at least two concert dates and his recording company has warned that his continuing imprisonment could endanger the Sept. 9 release of his next album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. The motion, filed in Common Pleas Court by attorney Dennis J. Cogan, asks for Williams' immediate release and maintains that he did not violate probation.
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July 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prosecutor called David Gentile a "serial shoplifter," an unrepentant thief who over nine months last year struck Target stores in four counties, pilfering only high-end Texas Instrument graphing calculators. Gentile's lawyer laughed at that, calling her 35-year-old client a "completely unsuccessful criminal," a drug addict who couldn't help but get arrested. Both descriptions may be apt, but Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo's sentence - three to 23 months in prison followed by three years' reporting probation - satisfied neither side.
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