March 24, 2015
LAST Wednesday was Scott DiClaudio's lucky day. He won the political equivalent of the Mega Millions lottery. As one of 57 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to Common Pleas Court, DiClaudio picked the lowest number in the lottery held by state election officials to determine ballot position. He will appear in the No. 1 spot for that job in the May 19 primary, making him a virtual shoo-in to win one of the 12 seats in the court being filled this year. He might as well go get measured for a black robe.
March 1, 2015 |
Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston has been ordered to appear in court on March 31 for allegedly failing to meet the terms of a probationary program, according to a report. The Times Herald of Norristown reported Friday night that Pinkston, a senior forward, has been accused of failing to complete community service, pay fines and restitution, and report to probation officers by the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office. Officials want to revoke his enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which is generally used for first-time offenders charged with nonviolent crimes.
January 28, 2015 |
AFTER ALL THE ups and downs of ex-cop Richard DeCoatsworth's life, the highlight of yesterday's sentencing hearing on his simple-assault conviction was a demand by his father for an apology from prosecutors, and a judge's comments finding that demand "outrageous. " Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich sentenced DeCoatsworth, 28, to 18 months' probation and ordered him to undergo counseling. A jury in November convicted DeCoatsworth of simple assault for striking his then-girlfriend, Sadie Martinez, during an argument May 9, 2013, at the Port Richmond home they shared.
January 28, 2015 |
Richard DeCoatsworth, the Philadelphia police officer lauded as a hero in his rookie year when he was shot in the face while trying to apprehend a suspect, was sentenced Monday to 18 months' probation for a misdemeanor assault conviction involving an ex-girlfriend. In addition to the sentence, Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich ordered DeCoatsworth, 28, to get counseling and issued an order barring him from contact with Sadie Martinez, 29. The sentence capped seven tumultuous years since DeCoatsworth was celebrated after suffering a shotgun blast to the face.
January 17, 2015 |
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.
January 8, 2015 |
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.
January 7, 2015 |
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.
December 22, 2014 |
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.
December 20, 2014 |
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.
November 15, 2014 |
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.