April 15, 2015 |
BRUCE CASTOR Jr. is a busy guy who just got busier. The Montgomery County commissioner, who also works as a private lawyer and is campaigning to be county district attorney, was sworn in Friday as a special deputy district attorney in Centre County. That's the home of Penn State University, for those of you who don't get out much. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, who appointed Castor to the post, has fought allegations since last year of impropriety, including claims that she forged a judge's signature on a bail order and pressured her employees to campaign for her re-election while on county time.
November 6, 2012 |
The Montgomery County District Attorney has been recognized for her work with a non-profit that provides support for abused children. Risa Vetri Ferman was named a Woman of Worth by L'Oreal Paris. The program, in its seventh year, has honored 70 women who advocate for causes in their communities. Ferman co-founded Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center to coordinate a multi-disciplinary team response to child abuse. Child abuse victims now go to the facility where they report their story once to specially trained interviewers, according to the district attorneys office.
April 18, 2012
An athletic trainer for Cheltenham High School was arrested and charged with sexual assault Tuesday after allegedly making "unwelcome sexual contact" with a 14-year-old student, authorities said. Ramon Cintron allegedly assaulted the girl in his high school office April 12, said Risa Vetri Ferman, the Montgomery County district attorney. Ferman said that Cintron sent the girl several text messages apologizing for his behavior and begged the girl not to tell anyone because he "could get locked up" if anyone found out. Cintron, who was being held on $100,000 cash bail, is also charged with indecent assault, corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful contact with a minor.
July 25, 2009 |
The Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery County will be watched more closely after another reported assault, officials say. Two days after a cyclist allegedly fired shots at unarmed minors, Sheriff John P. Durante said yesterday that Norristown and Conshohocken police, sheriff's deputies, and park rangers will beef up patrols along the trail. "This isn't the Wild West," said Durante, who walks his dog twice a day along the trail near Norristown. On Wednesday evening, a 27-year-old Norristown man, Joseph James DePaul Jr., fired six rounds from a semiautomatic pistol during an encounter with two teenagers on the trail/bike path in Plymouth Township, police said.
April 18, 2009 |
In what authorities described as a tragic act of desperation, a Norristown woman, a victim of domestic violence, intentionally overdosed her child with a prescription drug and then took her own life. Donna Smith, 40, and her 4-year-old daughter, Samantha Casino, were found by police Thursday afternoon lying together on their living-room sofa bed and holding hands. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said the deaths were murder-suicide. Smith's family told police that she had a long history of personal problems and was a recent victim of domestic abuse, according to the District Attorney's Office.
December 19, 2007 |
A Philadelphia police officer is in the Montgomery County jail, charged in connection with a home invasion early Monday in Pottstown, law enforcement officials said. A second man also is jailed, while a third remains at large, said Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County first assistant district attorney. Malik Snell, an 11-year veteran of the police department, was the alleged getaway driver after the home invasion turned violent, Ferman said yesterday. Ferman said Snell led Pottstown police on a chase that reached 130 m.p.h.
December 18, 2007 |
As her husband was allegedly beating her to death, a Conshohocken woman told her 7-year-old son - whose attempts to intervene were foiled - that she loved him, police said yesterday. Officers responded on Sunday to a 2:14 p.m. 911 call and found Bernadette Giongo, 42, bloodied and lifeless on the kitchen floor of the home she shared with her husband, Joseph Vincent Giongo, 44, and three sons, ages 7, 10 and 18. Joseph Giongo was taken into custody yesterday at 12:45 a.m. while walking along Butler Pike in Plymouth Township, said Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County's first assistant district attorney.
December 16, 2007 |
His former boss and mentor tried to talk him out of it. His onetime top assistant was "shocked" by the decision. How, they wondered, could District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. - for eight years the dapper, hard-nosed, summon-the-media face of Montgomery County law enforcement - ever be content as a budget-grinding county commissioner? Pennsylvania's most populous suburban county is about to find out. After 22 years in the District Attorney's Office - two-thirds of them as top dog or second in command - Castor will move across the street from the Norristown courthouse to the commissioners' suite next month.
November 28, 2007 |
The woman charged with leaving an hours-old infant boy on a stranger's doorstep in Abington Township in near-freezing temperatures on Nov. 8 created a "death-defying" situation, authorities said yesterday. Jacqueline M. Bethea, 35, of Philadelphia, who was arraigned on Monday and released on $10,000 unsecured bail, could face up to five years in prison on a child-endangerment charge. "It was really a death-defying experience for the child," said Risa Vetri Ferman, the Montgomery County first assistant district attorney and district attorney-elect.