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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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February 13, 1999 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia restaurateur Michel Pages yesterday was fined $12,500 and placed on three years probation by U.S. District Judge Robert F. Kelly for trafficking in cocaine. Pages' first year of probation is to be spent under house arrest, with permission to work and to attend church, the judge said. Sentencing guidelines called for a minimum 70-month prison term but prosecutors recommended leniency because Pages became a government informant. The precise nature of information Pages supplied was not disclosed.
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August 26, 1998 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Probation awaits a Bensalem woman who parked in a courthouse space reserved for the Bucks County district attorney, exchanged words with a judge who questioned her about it, and then scratched the judge's car. Cindy Marren, 44, who was charged with criminal mischief in January for scratching Bucks County Senior Judge Ward F. Clark's car with a key, was accepted yesterday into the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, through which...
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January 28, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard DeCoatsworth, the Philadelphia police officer lauded as a hero in his rookie year when he was shot in the face while trying to apprehend a suspect, was sentenced Monday to 18 months' probation for a misdemeanor assault conviction involving an ex-girlfriend. In addition to the sentence, Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich ordered DeCoatsworth, 28, to get counseling and issued an order barring him from contact with Sadie Martinez, 29. The sentence capped seven tumultuous years since DeCoatsworth was celebrated after suffering a shotgun blast to the face.
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January 28, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AFTER ALL THE ups and downs of ex-cop Richard DeCoatsworth's life, the highlight of yesterday's sentencing hearing on his simple-assault conviction was a demand by his father for an apology from prosecutors, and a judge's comments finding that demand "outrageous. " Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich sentenced DeCoatsworth, 28, to 18 months' probation and ordered him to undergo counseling. A jury in November convicted DeCoatsworth of simple assault for striking his then-girlfriend, Sadie Martinez, during an argument May 9, 2013, at the Port Richmond home they shared.
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January 17, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clarence L. Watts, 82, a probation administrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, died Friday, Jan. 9, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Watts had undergone a kidney transplant 17 years ago. Last year, he developed lymphoma, which could have been related to the transplant or the immunotherapy necessary to keep the transplanted kidney functioning well over time. Doctors are not sure. "He had a really long run," said his wife, Rosalyn Jones Watts.
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January 8, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Police Officer Cheryl L. Stephens was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for lying to a federal grand jury during a loan-sharking investigation. Stephens, 48, a 10-year police veteran, gave false testimony about a $100 loan she got from another officer who was convicted in the same investigation. Prosecutor Anthony Wzorek told U.S. District Judge Darnell Jones that after initially making false statements to the grand jury, Stephens helped the government make its case against codefendant Gary Cottrell.
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January 7, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Family, friends, and political associates of Kenneth Miller spent nearly an hour Monday describing him as unfailing in his service to others. "Ken has always been there for everybody," said Edward Mitchell, council president of Upland Borough and a longtime friend of Miller's. That "service" appears to be what did Miller in. The former Delaware County district judge was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $1,000 for fixing a $25 ticket in Philadelphia Traffic Court in 2010.
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December 22, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1984, Diane DeBarri, a Bucks County native, was convicted of federal drug charges and sentenced to 90 days in prison. Since then, she has more than turned her life around, rising to be chief executive officer and chairman of the Kintock Group, a nonprofit that runs halfway houses and counseling programs in Philadelphia and New Jersey and employs 300 people. But she was haunted by the conviction. "I think I wanted some closure in my life," said DeBarri, 61, of Fairless Hills.
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December 20, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
As they review Bradley Stone's deadly rampage Monday, Montgomery County investigators said they do not know why the Marine veteran - who had three DUI arrests, a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, and a bitter custody dispute over his two daughters - was not stripped of his guns as required under the terms of his probation. "We don't know the answers" yet, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman acknowledged in an e-mail Thursday. She said the investigation was continuing.
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November 15, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A LONGTIME close ally of disgraced ex-state Sen. Vince Fumo cut a deal with prosecutors and won't be going to prison for his role in a political-corruption scandal at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Mitchell Rubin, the Philadelphia political insider who once chaired the turnpike panel, will get two years' probation after pleading guilty yesterday in Harrisburg to a misdemeanor charge. Dauphin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Lewis also ordered Rubin - the husband of Fumo's onetime close aide Ruth Arnao - to pay a $2,500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service, after he pleaded guilty to one count of commercial bribery.
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November 1, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A City Council aide who admitted stealing almost $25,000 in Social Security benefits from an elderly, infirm Kensington woman was sentenced Thursday to four years of probation and ordered to repay the money. Nancy Gonzalez, 54, said nothing before she was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo on her guilty plea from last year to eight counts involving theft of the benefits of 90-year-old Iris Galarza. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner said part of Gonzalez's plea agreement and sentence required her to cooperate in the prosecution of her alleged accomplice, William Galarza, a great-nephew of the victim.
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November 1, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER CITY Council secretary who had been charged with stealing more than $30,000 in Social Security payments from an elderly woman was sentenced yesterday to four years probation. Nancy Gonzalez, 54, showed no emotion and did not speak during the brief hearing before Common Pleas Judge Frank Palumbo. She pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of tampering with public records. As part of her sentence, which was negotiated with the District Attorney's Office, Gonzalez must pay $15,394 to her victim, Iris Galarza, 92, and must cooperate with the prosecution of her codefendant and former boyfriend, William Galarza, 56. Galarza, the great nephew of Iris Galarza, was arrested earlier this month, according to court records.
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