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March 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gerard Shaffer Jr. sobbed throughout his sentencing hearing this morning, just as he did through the trial in which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 road-rage beating of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian. The emotional display of the 24-year-old Shaffer did not impress Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom, who sentenced him to 11-1/2 to 23 months in prison followed by two years probation. Nor did it impress the family of Shaffer's victim, Mark Wallace, 54, whom Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., beat to death when he walked too slowly in front of their SUV. "You blame your dad," said Wallace's sister, Nancy Kolenkiewicz, looking directly at Shaffer.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jason Smith, the 36-year-old exterminator and accused killer of Center City pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti, was cited last year for exposing himself to a woman on the highway after he became enraged when the woman allegedly would not let him pass her, a state police trooper said. Smith, who was arrested last week and charged with strangling Ketunuti and setting her body on fire, was driving his silver Nissan Pathfinder southbound on I-95 in Bensalem around 1 p.m. on March 16, according to court papers.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By Allison Steele Jason Smith, the 36-year-old exterminator charged in the murder of Center City pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti, pleaded guilty last year to exposing himself to someone on I-95 n a fit of road rage, court records show. Smith, who was arrested last week for allegedly strangling Ketunuti and setting her body on fire in the basement of her home, received the citation in Bensalem for disorderly conduct on March 16. The circumstances were not clear, but Smith, of Levittown, paid $289 in fines, according to court papers.
SPORTS
January 20, 2013
Q: I find it to be a pain in the butt when I am on the highway and the person in the left lane is driving 40-50 mph. It is called the passing lane, buddy. At what point can I hit the horn or flash my lights? - In a Hurry but not a Rush from Ridley A: Slow down,'bro. It's not worth getting worked up with road rage over some slow driver, because these days you've got a lot of crazy people out there, and there's no telling what they'd do if confronted. Keeping a safe distance and flashing the brights once is cool, but if you keep doing it and the driver still doesn't move to the right, then it could turn into a game of wills.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man accused of the road-rage killing of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter. Gerard Shaffer Jr., 23, had been charged with third-degree murder, which carries a maximum prison term of 40 years, but a Common Pleas Court jury decided that he did not intend to cause serious bodily injury in the April 8, 2010, death of Mark Wallace, 54. Shaffer, who now faces a maximum of five years in prison, is...
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for a Northeast Philadelphia man - charged with the 2010 road-rage killing of a pedestrian who was slow crossing the street in front of his father's SUV - told a Philadelphia jury today the death was an accident Gerald Shaffer Jr. tried to prevent. Defense attorney Coley O. Reynolds said the mortal injuries that killed 54-year-old Mark Wallace occurred when Shaffer, 23, tried to break up a fight between Wallace and Shaffer's father, Gerard "Gerry" Sr., a Philadelphia firefighter.
NEWS
December 28, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
As her mother and her daughter trimmed the tree, Leah Sabatino realized how far she's come. "I didn't think I'd be sitting at home watching my family decorate for Christmas, after what I went through," says Sabatino, 31, a recovering heroin addict from Philadelphia's Frankford section. Last spring, Sabatino was doing time, again, after violating probation for a 2011 drug conviction in Pennsauken. Losing her sobriety and returning to the Camden County Jail meant "horrible disappointment in myself," but it did reconnect her with Second Chance, Cheryl Marlowe's counseling and mentorship program.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I've been married a little over a year. My husband and I are 28 and 29. My father-in-law keeps making jabs about us having kids. I will be the first to admit I'm not a child person. I'm awkward around them, and I believe our lifestyle is far too selfish to think about bringing a child into it. We love sleeping in and being able to pack up with our dog and go do things on the spur of the moment. The jabs are getting worse. At a recent family gathering, he was very intoxicated, and shoved my youngest cousin (barely a year old)
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Detectives continue to investigate the beating death of a Philadelphia man found lifeless beside his vehicle in Kensington, possibly after a road-rage incident. Roberto Perez, 41, of the 1600 block of Fillmore Street in East Frankford, was pronounced dead beside his white Chevrolet Suburban at Emerald and Cambria Streets just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday. A window of the Suburban had been broken, authorities said. Police said no arrests had been made. Investigators have spoken to witnesses and believe the victim was beaten in the head with a crowbar after a dispute with others.
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