April 30, 2015 |
Here's a key takeaway from a national retail conference at the Convention Center this week: "Millennials are driving everything," said retail analyst Garrick Brown of DTZ. Retail is a numbers game, and the demographic of individuals between 18 and 34 is now the largest consumer group in the United States, numbering about 85 million. More of them shop online than any other group. Forty percent of male millennials say they were willing to buy everything online, and 32 percent of female millennials say the same.
February 13, 2015 |
Tariq Mahmud stared in disbelief Wednesday as the jury foreman answered "Guilty" to the charge of second-degree murder for Mahmud's part in the killing of Rite Aid store manager Jason Scott McClay, a man Mahmud had called his friend. "Oh, no," Mahmud said before he put his head down on the defense table and covered his face. After seven days of trial, with 32 witnesses and 105 exhibits, it took a Delaware County Court jury less than two hours to convict Mahmud, Rita Pultro, and David Wiggins for the Sept.
February 12, 2015 |
There was finger pointing at co-conspirators, different recollections of evidence, various interpretations of felony murder and reminders of what constitutes reasonable doubt. On Tuesday, attorneys in the murder trial of a Rite Aid manager gave their closing arguments to the Delaware County jury in the trial of three defendants charged with the death of Jason Scott McClay, 40, a U.S. Navy veteran and Marple Township resident. He was killed during a robbery on Sept. 19, 2013. David Wiggins, 25, and Rita Pultro, 24, and Tariq Mahmud, 24, a Rite Aid loss prevention officer, have been charged with murder, robbery and conspiracy.
February 11, 2015 |
Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato took seven days, questioned 32 witnesses, and presented 105 exhibits in his prosecution of three defendants accused in the 2013 slaying of a Delaware County Rite Aid store manager. On Monday afternoon, it was time for the three defense attorneys to present evidence and call witnesses. They took about 10 minutes. On Sept. 19, Jason Scott McClay, 40, was shot and killed in an apparent robbery at the Chester Rite Aid. The Navy veteran and Haverford High School graduate wasn't scheduled to work that night.
February 7, 2015 |
Ashaniere White was the witness to tie together the case against three defendants charged in the 2013 slaying of Chester Rite Aid store manager Jason Scott McClay. On Thursday, attorneys for the defense took turns attempting to unravel her credibility by painting her as a violent criminal and the mastermind of the operation - and one who might get a deal from Delaware County prosecutors. White, 21, and Christopher Parks, 24, have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, robbery, and conspiracy, but have not been sentenced.
February 6, 2015 |
Ashaniere White sat in a Delaware County courtroom Wednesday, reading aloud page after page of text messages sent between her and two of the defendants on trial in the September 2013 killing of a Rite Aid store manager in Chester. The exchanges were rich in text abbreviations, jargon, and street lingo, which White translated when asked by prosecutor Christopher DiRosato. "Bread" means money, White said. "Two stacks" is $2,000. "Lick" is a robbery, and "jawn" has many definitions, including job, girl, and robbery, White said.
February 4, 2015 |
Surrounded by Delaware County sheriff's deputies, the witness stood handcuffed and shoeless before County Court Judge George Pagano. "I never expected to catch her," Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato said. Lucy Ann Velazquez was picked up by deputies after she ignored a subpoena to appear at the trial of three defendants in connection with the 2013 killing of a Rite Aid store manager in Chester. "I didn't want no part of this," wailed Velazquez, who said she was the former sister-in-law of defendant Rita Pultro.
February 1, 2015 |
The security video showed the last moments of Jason Scott McClay's shift as manager at the Rite Aid store at Ninth Street and Highland Avenue in Chester. It was just before 10 p.m., and McClay was casually going about his job. Within minutes, however, the video shows McClay staggering and pulling down shelves after a bullet fired into his neck severed his carotid artery. Instead of heading home to catch up with the Eagles game on Sept. 19, 2013, McClay collapsed and died in Aisle 14. On Friday, the Delaware County Court trial of three of the people accused in the killing opened before a jury of eight men and four women and Judge George A. Pagano.
August 13, 2014 |
Stephen Foldes, 95, of Glen Mills, a metallurgist and later a pharmacist, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sunday, Aug. 3, in Vitas Hospice at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital. Mr. Foldes trained as a metallurgist, and worked in the research laboratory in a series of jobs that took him to Bayonne, N.J.; Chicago; Dearborn, Mich.; and Reading, Pa. His last posting in metallurgy was with General Electric at 69th Street and Elmwood Avenue in Philadelphia before being laid off in the early 1970s during a downsizing that targeted engineers.
November 3, 2013 |
A Delaware County judge held murder charges Friday against four suspects accused of taking part in the slaying of a Chester drugstore manager. Rita Pultro, 23, and David Wiggins, 24, both of Philadelphia, are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jason Scott McClay, 40, of Broomall. Tariq Mahmud, 23, and Christopher Parks, 23, also of Philadelphia, face second-degree murder charges. Pultro and Wiggins are accused of entering a Rite Aid on Chester's West End intending to rob it, then shooting McClay and fleeing the scene.