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.
September 23, 2013 |
Fingerprints at the scene of a fatal shooting at a Rite Aid in Chester led police to arrest David Wiggins, 24, in his Grays Ferry home Saturday, authorities said. Chester police went through the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to obtain a search warrant for the home in the 1500 block of South 30th Street, law enforcement sources said. With the assistance of the city's Homicide Fugitive Task Force, they apprehended Wiggins and charged him with murder. Saturday night, police were seeking a woman who they say was his accomplice in the shooting death of Jason Scott McClay.
September 1, 2013 |
Langdon Scott has made plenty of wrong choices in his life. On June 27, 2009, he made a smart one. That day, the admitted drug dealer went to the Piazza at Schmidts apartment complex in Northern Liberties looking to buy $4,500 worth of cocaine. When it became clear the men he was riding with were planning a robbery, he bailed. "When you realized what it was, you said, 'I'm not going in there,' Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart told Scott during his sentencing Friday in the murders of Rian Thal, 34, and her friend Timothy Gilmore, inside the Northern Liberties apartment building.
August 29, 2013 |
The promised payoff was just too sweet: $50,000 to $60,000 to let three men through a locked lobby door at her apartment building in the flashy new Piazza at Schmidts complex in Northern Liberties. On Tuesday - four years after two people were killed by those three men - Katoya Jones' guilt and emotional anguish had plainly cost too much. It did not help that, after spending three years in prison before pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree murder, Jones, 29, was sentenced to probation by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner.