July 2, 2014 |
EVERYONE SAYS the same thing: The best thing an ex-con can do is get a job. Even after spending nearly two decades behind bars, Colwin Williams - the ex-con I've written about since his release in 2012 - said he wouldn't truly feel free without one. A full-time one. Well, Independence Day came early this year for Williams. "It's official," he texted. "I got the full-time outreach worker position!" Williams, who had previously worked part time as a violence mediator with Philadelphia CeaseFire-Cure Violence, will now work full time for the anti-violence program.
June 20, 2014 |
A NORRISTOWN man who rose to infamy earlier this year as the "Swiss Cheese Pervert" was sentenced to probation yesterday after he pleaded guilty. Dressed in a rumpled white dress shirt, black slacks and a tie, Christopher Pagano, 42, said "guilty" to four counts of harassment and two counts of indecent exposure before Municipal Judge James DeLeon. Under terms of a guilty plea negotiated with the District Attorney's Office, DeLeon then sentenced Pagano to eight years of sex-offender probation.
June 14, 2014 |
Philadelphia tavern owner Matt Swartz's probation officer was known to keep an eye on him at nights and on weekends. Christina Quartullo's presence, however, had nothing to do with keeping her probationer on the straight and narrow. Instead, she was moonlighting as a waitress at two of Swartz's bistros. Now, Quartullo's work in the service industry is in jeopardy - along with her day job as probation officer in the Philadelphia court system. Quartullo, 34, who has worked for the city courts since 2000, declined to comment when reached Thursday by phone at the probation office.
May 14, 2014 |
David Toledo never admitted being what a Philadelphia jury called him: the Mayfair Tire Slasher. But Toledo wasn't complaining about the sentence he got Monday from Common Pleas Court Judge Edward C. Wright: two years' probation and restitution totaling $916.37. "I'm very happy with the outcome," said Toledo, 46, as he walked with his wife, Yvonne, to register at the probation office. Toledo praised lawyers William J. Brennan Jr. and Richard J. Fuschino Jr. Toledo's former neighbors were not so pleased.
May 14, 2014 |
On Friday, Eric Locke learned the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office had withdrawn all charges accusing him of the 2012 killing of the owner of a check-cashing business. On Monday, after a day in which it looked as if Locke might remain in prison on a possible probation violation, the 34-year-old was freed from the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. His lawyer, Anthony J. Voci Jr., said Locke called him about 5:30 p.m. to say he was on his way home to North Philadelphia.
May 1, 2014 |
YOU WOULD THINK after all these years, after all the front-page stories and tawdry, cleavage-heavy photo galleries, that there wouldn't be any questions left to answer about Jocelyn Kirsch. Yet U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno found himself wrestling with one in a mostly deserted federal courtroom yesterday afternoon, as Kirsch, 28, sat motionless in front of him. Robreno, who sentenced Kirsch in 2008 to five years in prison on fraud and identity-theft charges, pondered whether anyone would ever nail down the truth about the dark-haired beauty: Was she a tortured soul who suffered from mental illness, or a master manipulator of the highest order?
April 16, 2014 |
Edward J. Sedlak, 70, of Gloucester City, who retired in 2013 as a senior officer with the Gloucester County Probation Department in Woodbury, died of lung disease Saturday, April 12, at his home. Mr. Sedlak grew up in Philadelphia and taught at St. Patrick School in Kennett Square before working for the Chester County Recorder of Deeds in West Chester. After moving to Turnersville 30 years ago, Mr. Sedlak was a substitute teacher for the Washington Township Public School District, his partner, David Wood, said.
April 4, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA'S Libertarian Party this week selected a marijuana-legalization activist on federal probation as its candidate in the May 20 special election for an at-large City Council seat. The party filed a nomination certificate for Richard Tamaccio yesterday, according to the Philadelphia Board of Elections. Tamaccio, a comedian who uses the stage name n.a. Poe, also filed a ballot name-change affidavit seeking to list himself on the ballot as Nikki Allen Poe. Tamaccio, 34, who this week registered to vote as a Libertarian, said in an email that he "will be attacking the Local 98 machine and running a grass-roots peoples campaign.
April 1, 2014 |
David Rubin , a Beverly Hills banker who donated generously to some of the more expensive Clinton - and Rendell -era political campaigns, and whose municipal clients included some of America's brokest cities (Detroit, Birmingham, Philadelphia), was finally sentenced March 12 for his confessed criminal role in what the New York Times called a "vast bid-rigging scheme" to rip off New York state taxpayers. Rubin's company, CDR Financial Products , was also a promoter of interest-rate swaps, in which hundreds of local governments bet against Wall Street banks on the future direction of interest rates and, as most of us would expect, lost millions for taxpayers.
March 7, 2014 |
Two South Jersey schools must close at the end of the academic year following a state decision Wednesday to revoke their charters because of poor performance. The state announced the closure of Distinctions in Urban Education Season Charter School (DUE) in the Liberty Park section of Camden and Renaissance Regional Leadership Charter in Browns Mills, Pemberton Township. Ten New Jersey schools had charters renewed, though four of them were put on probation, including ECO Charter School in Camden.