September 8, 2014 |
Former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino could be headed back to prison mere days before his court-ordered supervision is scheduled to end this week if federal authorities have their way. His probation officers say the 52-year-old ex-don violated the terms of his release in June with a night on the town with one of his former mob captains and two convicted felons in Boca Raton, Fla. The terms of his probation prohibit Merlino...
August 3, 2014 |
The Radnor teenager stood in Montgomery County Juvenile Court and told the judge how getting arrested on charges related to a Main Line drug ring had completely changed his view of marijuana. "Before," he told Senior Judge William T. Nicholas, "I didn't think it was much of a deal. " He said he no longer thinks that. On Friday, Nicholas placed him on probation and ordered him to complete 50 hours of community service, stay away from drugs, undergo random drug testing, and testify against codefendants if needed.
July 25, 2014 |
Lawyers for the imprisoned Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill filed a motion for parole Wednesday in their continuing effort to stop the financial damage to his concert and recording career. Since he was sent to prison on July 11, Mill - real name Robert Williams - has missed at least two concert dates and his recording company has warned that his continuing imprisonment could endanger the Sept. 9 release of his next album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. The motion, filed in Common Pleas Court by attorney Dennis J. Cogan, asks for Williams' immediate release and maintains that he did not violate probation.
July 19, 2014 |
The prosecutor called David Gentile a "serial shoplifter," an unrepentant thief who over nine months last year struck Target stores in four counties, pilfering only high-end Texas Instrument graphing calculators. Gentile's lawyer laughed at that, calling her 35-year-old client a "completely unsuccessful criminal," a drug addict who couldn't help but get arrested. Both descriptions may be apt, but Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo's sentence - three to 23 months in prison followed by three years' reporting probation - satisfied neither side.
July 16, 2014 |
The only person criminally charged in the 2012 Kensington fire that killed two Philadelphia firefighters was sentenced to two years probation Monday after pleading guilty to lying to a grand jury. Richard Knellinger said nothing before he was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart to one year of reporting probation and one year of non-reporting probation. The plea and sentence on two counts of false swearing in an official proceeding were part of an agreement between the District Attorney's Office and defense lawyer Robert B. Mozenter.
July 14, 2014 |
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill, apparently having forgotten the manners he learned in court-ordered etiquette classes last year, had his probation revoked and was sentenced to three to six months in jail followed by five years of probation. Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley yesterday found the lanky rapper in technical violation of his probation rules after a four-hour hearing, during which a laundry list of his bad behavior was aired. The rapper, whose birth name is Robert Williams, was busted for failing to get the judge's permission before booking out-of-town concerts - that included a show in Washington, D.C., scheduled for last night.
July 2, 2014 |
EVERYONE SAYS the same thing: The best thing an ex-con can do is get a job. Even after spending nearly two decades behind bars, Colwin Williams - the ex-con I've written about since his release in 2012 - said he wouldn't truly feel free without one. A full-time one. Well, Independence Day came early this year for Williams. "It's official," he texted. "I got the full-time outreach worker position!" Williams, who had previously worked part time as a violence mediator with Philadelphia CeaseFire-Cure Violence, will now work full time for the anti-violence program.
June 20, 2014 |
A NORRISTOWN man who rose to infamy earlier this year as the "Swiss Cheese Pervert" was sentenced to probation yesterday after he pleaded guilty. Dressed in a rumpled white dress shirt, black slacks and a tie, Christopher Pagano, 42, said "guilty" to four counts of harassment and two counts of indecent exposure before Municipal Judge James DeLeon. Under terms of a guilty plea negotiated with the District Attorney's Office, DeLeon then sentenced Pagano to eight years of sex-offender probation.
June 14, 2014 |
Philadelphia tavern owner Matt Swartz's probation officer was known to keep an eye on him at nights and on weekends. Christina Quartullo's presence, however, had nothing to do with keeping her probationer on the straight and narrow. Instead, she was moonlighting as a waitress at two of Swartz's bistros. Now, Quartullo's work in the service industry is in jeopardy - along with her day job as probation officer in the Philadelphia court system. Quartullo, 34, who has worked for the city courts since 2000, declined to comment when reached Thursday by phone at the probation office.
May 14, 2014 |
On Friday, Eric Locke learned the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office had withdrawn all charges accusing him of the 2012 killing of the owner of a check-cashing business. On Monday, after a day in which it looked as if Locke might remain in prison on a possible probation violation, the 34-year-old was freed from the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. His lawyer, Anthony J. Voci Jr., said Locke called him about 5:30 p.m. to say he was on his way home to North Philadelphia.