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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 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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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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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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