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.
January 27, 2014 |
HARRY GAINES, the West Philadelphia man arrested last January for slashing the tires of 56 parked cars in the neighborhood, was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail yesterday. The sentence, handed down by Common Pleas Judge Rayford Means, will allow Gaines to be released during the day to work and return to jail at night. Work release, the judge said, will give Gaines, 28, the ability to find a job to pay restitution - estimated at $5,000 - to his victims. Means also sentenced Gaines to serve 30 years of probation and ordered him to cooperate with the District Attorney's Office in the prosecution of his codefendant and stepsister, Aleze Lewis, 37. Her trial is scheduled for March.
January 16, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Richard North came to Philadelphia from Georgia to begin a career as a political consultant. He left Tuesday, with a gambling addiction and on probation after pleading guilty to stealing about $49,000 from the campaign committee of Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon. He gambled away the money at SugarHouse Casino. North, 24, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and was immediately sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Donna Woelpper under his plea deal with the prosecutor's office.
December 16, 2013 |
AN ORGANIZER of a marijuana-legalization rally that drew more than 100 people and ended in scuffles with law-enforcement officers on Independence Mall in May was sentenced in federal court yesterday to one year of probation. Richard Tamaccio, 34, a Philadelphian comedian who goes by the stage name N.a. Poe, was also ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Perkin during his probation to, among other things: * Not use drugs. * Undergo drug testing. * Not enter within 100 feet of Independence National Historical Park if there is a demonstration promoting a criminal act, such as smoking pot. Tamaccio, a thin man dressed in a white button-down shirt, gray slacks and a tie with a small image of a marijuana leaf on it, was cleanshaven yesterday.
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.