April 19, 2014 |
NORRISTOWN Montgomery County prosecutors will be allowed to present written and video-recorded confessions in the trial of a man accused of killing a grandmother and a baby in King of Prussia. Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, is accused of killing 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna and 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in a botched ransom attempt in October 2012. County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill rejected Yandamuri's claims that the confessions were coerced after 17 hours of questioning. It came down to the word of a county detective against the word of Yandamuri, O'Neill said, adding: "I find Detective Bradbury's testimony to be completely credible.
March 5, 2014 |
KING OF PRUSSIA Concerned about the sex trade at motels and hotels around King of Prussia, police set up an undercover sting and arrested six men for patronizing prostitutes, authorities said Monday. "This particular initiative is one that you might typically refer to as a 'john sting,' " Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Upper Merion police and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, part of Ferman's office, placed an advertisement on an unnamed website offering prostitution services Friday.
February 21, 2014 |
When the ironworkers saw a wall of union pickets blocking entry to a King of Prussia construction site early one morning in June 2010, it seemed like the latest speed bump in a project that had already suffered several acts of vandalism. But then, as the five ironworkers waited in a nearby parking lot, the scene turned into something out of a gangster movie. A dark car pulled up and three men jumped out, wielding baseball bats they used to shatter the back windows of the workers' trucks.
February 5, 2014 |
KING OF PRUSSIA SEPTA planners have provided more details about the proposed rail extension to King of Prussia, including comparisons of a ground-level train instead of an elevated track along Route 202. In public comments this summer, some residents expressed concern about the aesthetics of an elevated rail line along Route 202, said Byron Comati, SEPTA planning director. "We're trying to be very responsive," he said at a meeting Thursday at the Radisson Hotel at Valley Forge. "We're not going to pass judgment yet and say this is a better way. . . . But it comes with, unfortunately, a slew of other issues.
February 2, 2014 |
With the victims' family members sitting nearby, the man accused of killing a baby and her grandmother in 2012 received a scolding from a judge Friday for interrupting his attorney and trying to control the proceedings. "You are not, at this stage, your own lawyer," Judge Steven T. O'Neill said to Raghunandan Yandamuri. The father of the baby - the son of the grandmother - sat quietly between two relatives during the proceeding. O'Neill's comments came near the end of a hearing in which prosecutors and defense attorneys argued a defense motion to have Yandamuri's confession and other evidence barred from his trial.
January 18, 2014 |
In a move that monetizes the real estate value of one of its prime locations, embattled Sears Holdings Corp. announced Thursday it would carve up and share its King of Prussia mall anchor with retailer Dick's Sporting Goods. Terms of its sublease were not disclosed, nor was a time frame for when Dick's would move in. But Sears said it would continue operating its department store on the first floor of the two-story, 215,000-square-foot anchor at the East Coast's largest shopping mall, and that Dick's would occupy parts of the second level.
December 18, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN The man authorities dubbed "the Kingpin of Prussia" for running a cocaine trafficking ring out of a King of Prussia apartment complex was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Court. Judge William J. Furber Jr. gave Charbel Pita-Rosales a seven- to 14-year prison term, said Assistant District Attorney Jason Whalley. The prison term followed sentencing guidelines both sides agreed upon, said defense attorney James E. Lee. Pita-Rosales was one of the people arrested in 2010 and charged with distributing more than 22 pounds of cocaine a month out of Marquis Apartments on Dekalb Pike.
December 5, 2013 |
KING OF PRUSSIA A former Montgomery County man whose baby daughter and mother were killed in a King of Prussia apartment complex has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the criminal defendant, plus the owners of the complex and the security company. The civil action was filed last month in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on behalf of Venkata Venna, the administrator of the estates of his mother, Satyavathi Venna, 61, and Saanvi Venna, his 10-month-old daughter. Authorities say that in October 2012, Raghunandan Yandamuri, who also lived at the Marquis Apartments, killed the grandmother and granddaughter after botching a kidnap-for-ransom scheme.
November 26, 2013 |
On Thanksgiving, we give thanks for friends, family, and food, but no one is particularly grateful for the traffic and transit nightmare that challenges the holiday. Luckily for Robert M. Henry, 38, executive director of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association, a nonprofit designed to advocate a viable transit network, his family's T-day trip will be a relatively short stint on Route 309 from his home near Quakertown to his in-laws' in Horsham. But to Henry, who leads an organization that studies, communicates, and creates transportation alternatives, Thanksgiving represents everything about a system gone wrong.
November 22, 2013 |
A Montgomery County Court jury on Wednesday found a King of Prussia man guilty of killing his girlfriend's husband in a triangle filled more with blood than love. Gabriel Martinez, 25, was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and other charges in the 2010 killing of Jose Armando Cazares-Olarte. Though sentencing in Judge Joseph A. Smyth's court has not taken place, the crime carries a mandatory life sentence. "It was a particularly vicious, brutal attack," Assistant District Attorney John Gradel said.