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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.
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A 52-year-old Medford man has been arrested and charged with shooting another motorist's vehicle after a dispute in Cherry Hill, police said today. The incident started when two motorists got into an argument over one of them not moving fast enough in the area of North Kings Highway and Chapel Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Friday, police said. The dispute moved to a nearby parking lot after which one motorist, identified as Charlie Williams, followed the other, identified as Timothy Strunk, 42, of Maple Shade, into a nearby neighborhood, police said.
NEWS
April 21, 2012 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed a law Friday that can get aggressive drivers up to five years in prison if their behavior behind the wheel causes serious injury. "It does not permit you to act out every one of your childish tantrums while behind the wheel of a vehicle," Christie said as Jessica Rogers, the 23-year-old namesake of the law, watched from her wheelchair. When she was 16, Rogers was among a group of teens riding in a friend's car. Another vehicle cut them off and the driver she was with became angry, gave chase, and crashed into a telephone pole.
NEWS
April 9, 2012 | By Laura Cofsky and Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was nearly 3 a.m. Easter morning when a car pulled up alongside the eastbound silver 1997 Buick LeSabre on the Schuylkill Expressway. A barrage of shots followed. The driver of the Buick was killed, and the gunman or gunmen fled in a vehicle of unknown make and model. State police on Sunday were searching for answers in the dramatic and deadly shooting, which closed one of Philadelphia's busiest highways for three hours. But they seemed fairly certain the shooting did not appear random.
NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
To pass, to weave, perchance to be trapped behind a 16-wheeler. That's the Hamletlike quandary facing drivers on New Jersey's crowded highways. And now there could be a new rub: a stiffer fine for those who linger in the left lane. A bill to increase fines for "failure to keep right" passed the state Senate Transportation Committee last week. The measure, which State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden) has sponsored to deter road rage, would increase the maximum fine to $300 from the current $200, and the minimum fine to $100 from the current $50. New Jersey already has one of the nation's toughest "keep-right" laws.
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