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February 21, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
Clarification: The following article should have made it more clear that Chalker, a veteran educator, was sentenced in federal court to three years probation after admitting she had obstructed justice relating to a scheme by charter founder Dorothy June Brown to defraud the schools.  In addition, The Inquirer wants to make it clear that Chalker was not charged in any fraud related to the Agora Cyber Charter School. Joan Woods Chalker, a veteran educator who admitted helping charter founder Dorothy June Brown cover up a scheme to defraud the schools, was sentenced in federal court Friday to three years' probation.
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February 13, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
Nearly four years ago, Anthony Smoot's life was upended. The former business manager of Dorothy June Brown's charter school network was indicted - along with Brown and three others - as a participant in a scheme to defraud the charters that Brown founded of more than $6 million. Smoot, 53, pleaded guilty the next year, 2013, to federal charges of conspiring to obstruct justice and aiding the obstruction to assist Brown. He testified against her during a fraud trial that ended in a hung jury in December 2013.
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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.
NEWS
February 5, 2016 | BY RONNIE POLANECZKY & JENICE ARMSTRONG, Daily News Columnists
Whose bright idea was it to have jailbird Meek Mill give an inspirational talk Thursday to the students at Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School? Yes, Meek Mill - the filthy-mouthed, super-famous North Philly rapper who faces a hearing Friday for yet more probation violations: He skipped town without permission from his parole officer and is alleged to have submitted a cup of cold water instead of urine when he was drug-tested. Happy #BlackHisoryMonth @meekmill came to our school to give our kids a few words of wisdom #BoysLatin A video posted by Bryant Leach (@leach_the_legend)
NEWS
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.
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 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 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.
NEWS
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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