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February 5, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Staff Writer
Matthew T. Amato, who helped Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. scam thousands of dollars from area banks, and later helped the U.S. Attorney's Office convict the son of U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah, was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for his part in the scheme. Amato, Fattah's onetime roommate at Drexel University and later in Roxborough, took out $65,000 in loans from four banks in 2005 in the name of Chaka Fattah Jr. & Associates, a shell company he and Fattah Jr. concocted. In the summer of 2005, Amato received loans from Wachovia Bank, PNC Bank, and Sun National Bank on the strength of their bogus claim that their company had $140,000 in sales the previous year.
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December 14, 2015
A 15-year-old boy found shot dead in North Philadelphia on Friday was identified Saturday as Xavier Stern, authorities said. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Stern had been on probation for assault. Chitwood said that Stern had not been seen since Nov. 22, when he left his home in Upper Darby following a family argument. Stern was on probation for assaulting a fellow school student and had been wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet as a requirement of probation, but he removed the bracelet following the argument, Chitwood said.
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December 11, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a YouTube music video titled "Thug Life," Kenneth "War" Wylie, 25, of Coatesville, acts out the slaying of a prosecution witness, shooting him dead in the street. And in real life, Wylie and his girlfriend, Chanel Turner, 23 - a county probation employee - both approached a witness who was to testify against Wylie in a drug case, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. Turner found the witness in the Chester County courthouse and told him not to come to an October court hearing; Wylie allegedly followed the witness and tried to stare him down.
NEWS
December 11, 2015
HEY, PENNSYLVANIA. We need to talk. Before we get started, let's take a moment to get centered, Mr. Miyagi -style, with a quick deep-breathing exercise. There, that's better. So here's the deal: after another week of embarrassing episodes - the Inquirer caught state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin trying to have a supporter appointed to the Court of Judicial Discipline, and state legislators continued their useless pissing match over the state budget - we got to thinking about the state of, well, our state.
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December 2, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
He went so far as to legally change his name to escape the international notoriety of his father, the West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. What Barron Alexander could not change was the pressure of striving to do well in college as the son of a man dubbed a "monster" in charge of a "house of horrors. " On Monday, a Philadelphia judge accepted the assessment of Alexander's lawyer - a mental breakdown - and freed Alexander to begin eight years of probation for a June 2014 burglary of a house two doors from his mother's in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia.
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December 2, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cheyney University, which has been running a deficit and experienced a 30 percent enrollment drop this year, has been placed on probation by the body that accredits colleges and universities. The historically black university, on the boundary between Chester and Delaware Counties, has two years to correct financial concerns raised by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education or face losing accreditation. That loss would mean that the university's students no longer would be eligible for state or federal financial aid. Frank G. Pogue, interim president of Cheyney, and Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, of which Cheyney is part, said they were committed to fixing the problems.
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November 1, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Main Line school tennis coach was sentenced to five years' probation Friday for sending suggestive text messages to a 15-year-old girl on his team. Charles Meredith, 54, is to be under sex-offender supervision during his probation but will not have to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court in June to one count of corruption of minors. Meredith coached tennis at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Radnor, and was arrested in December 2013 after the 15-year-old reported to police that he had kissed her and sent her inappropriate text messages.
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October 21, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last sentencing in the federal corruption case responsible for the dismantling of the city's Traffic Court turned Monday into a referendum on the merits of old Philadelphia politics of personal favors. Southwest Philadelphia businessman Henry "Eddie" Alfano - who admitted last year to plying a retired judge with gifts of seafood, car repairs, and porn - was sentenced to three years of probation and a $5,000 fine. But his lawyers argued Monday that the 70-year-old's efforts to fix traffic tickets on behalf of family and friends was just an extension of the charity he had showered on others throughout much of his life.
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October 9, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FORMER student at the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, who had shot a friend to death in March, yesterday was sentenced in the tragic shooting. Ivan Oberholtzer was 17 at the time he shot and killed his friend, James Gerard Becker III, who was also 17 and a fellow classmate and senior at Kensington CAPA. Under a negotiated plea deal, Oberholtzer pleaded guilty in August to third-degree murder in adult court with the understanding that he would be supervised in both the juvenile-court system and the adult-court system.
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September 24, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A NEPHEW of a Northeast Philadelphia woman who was strangled by her husband last year pleaded guilty yesterday to attempting to break into his aunt's house after she was killed. Steven Anderson, 33, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted burglary and conspiracy. Assistant District Attorney Lauren McHale told Common Pleas Judge Joan Brown that about 2 a.m. Aug. 13 of last year, neighbors saw Anderson and another man, Brandon Howard, trying to break into Connie and Christopher Murrays' house on Tolbut Street near Ashton Road.
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