September 19, 2015 |
Three years ago, Noelle Bilbrough was looking at 10 to 20 years in prison for setting 10 fires in Frankford. That was the least of her problems. By the time she was arrested May 22, 2012, Bilbrough was in a losing 19-year fight with mental illness, and alcohol and drug abuse. It had chased her from her parents' home in Pine Hill in South Jersey to Upper Darby to life as a sometime prostitute on the streets of Frankford. On Thursday, the 38-year-old Bilbrough stood before almost 200 people to speak in support of Philadelphia's Mental Health Court program and how it brought her back from the edge.
July 26, 2015 |
The former "hanging judge" of Philadelphia Traffic Court - a man so known for meting out tough justice to scofflaws that colleagues nicknamed him "the Terminator" - caught a break Friday when it came time for him to face up to his own crimes. Fortunato N. Perri Sr., 78, was sentenced to two years of federal probation for using his influence to have dozens of traffic tickets tossed in exchange for bribes of shrimp, crab cakes, and pornographic videos. The sentence was nothing less than an act of mercy for a man who once sentenced a driver to two years in jail for racking up $20,000 in traffic fines, but told him he would rather "give [him]
July 24, 2015 |
A NEW JERSEY probation officer has been suspended without pay after an alleged altercation in Camden with the naked and dripping-wet mother of a man on probation. Police said Arlena Cook was taking a shower on July 7 when Romero Lundy, an officer with the state's Intensive Supervision Program, visited her home on Collings Road to check on her son Ladobe May-Garber, 21, who was on probation for a drug-possession arrest last year. After Cook and Lundy argued about whether he was allowed in the house, the officer allegedly pushed Cook, who was still dripping wet and holding a towel around herself.
July 12, 2015 |
A 34-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to animal cruelty for starving a dog in a Northeast Philadelphia basement, the Pennsylvania SPCA reported. Jeffery Collins pleaded guilty to first-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty and a misdemeanor drug charge, and was sentenced to a total of 24 months' probation, the SPCA said. He also is banned from owning animals while on probation and must pay more than $5,100 in restitution to the SPCA. On Dec. 23, the SPCA removed a severely emaciated dog from a basement in the 3400 block of Morrell Street in Bustleton.
July 8, 2015 |
The nails and screws were dumped Monday from a black trash bag onto a courtroom table, and David Toledo lowered his face into his hands. They were the weapons, prosecutors said, that Toledo used to vandalize his Mayfair neighbors' cars again and again - even while on probation for an identical crime spree. Facing Common Pleas Court Judge Edward C. Wright for the second time in 14 months, Toledo cried. He apologized. Then, he asked to speak once more. "Please don't send me to prison," Toledo said to the judge.
June 18, 2015 |
An Ambler woman is to spend one year on probation for claiming in court that she was a licensed psychologist - even though she lacked a state credential - during a child custody battle. Sue Cornbluth, who bills herself as a "nationally recognized mental health expert," pleaded no contest in late May to a misdemeanor charge of false swearing. She was originally charged in February with a count of felony perjury. Cornbluth's attorney, Nino Tinari, said the charge was downgraded because her testimony failed to affect the outcome of the case.
May 28, 2015 |
The 16-year-old girl who crashed her father's SUV in the Poconos last summer while driving without a license, killing three boys from Council Rock High School South, was placed on indefinite probation Tuesday, according to the Wayne County, Pa., District Attorney's Office. In lieu of being sent to a juvenile placement facility, Julia Ware, of Pleasantville, N.Y., also was ordered to write a 2,000-word essay about the effects of her crime, perform 300 hours of community service, pay nearly $24,000 in restitution, and attend weekly counseling, said prosecutor Janine Edwards.
April 30, 2015 |
A former Delaware County police officer convicted of falsely imprisoning two women - allegedly making a suggestive comment to one - during routine stops was sentenced Tuesday to six years' probation. County Court Judge Mary Alice Brennan also fined Christopher Scott, 36, of Berwyn, Chester County, a part-time officer in Darby Township at the time of the incidents, $2,000, and ordered him to undergo psychological evaluation. In January, Scott was convicted of two misdemeanor charges, false imprisonment and abuse of power, and acquitted of more serious charges of stalking and kidnapping the women.
April 28, 2015 |
A former Delaware County police officer convicted of falsely imprisoning two women - alleging making a suggestive comment to one of them - during routine stops was sentenced Tuesday to six years probation. Judge Mary Alice Brennan also fined Christopher Scott, 36, of Berwyn, Chester County, a part-time officer in Darby Township at the time of the incidents, $2,000 and ordered him to undergo psychological evaluation. In January, Scott was convicted of two misdemeanor charges, false imprisonment and abuse of power, but was acquitted of more serious counts of stalking and kidnapping the two women.
April 22, 2015 |
GARY COTTRELL - the ex-Philly cop who asked witnesses to lie for him when he felt the heat from an investigation into cash loans he gave people from his neighborhood - will spend 10 months in jail for his crime, a federal judge ruled yesterday. The federal government in 2013 charged Cottrell with several counts of loan-sharking, but a jury acquitted him of those charges. The jury convicted him, however, on two counts of obstruction for asking witnesses to deny that he charged them interest on the loans.