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April 17, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 19-year-old Bridesburg man who told police he stabbed his mother to death after arguing about cleaning his room was held for trial on murder charges Wednesday by a Philadelphia judge. Zackary Pritchett is charged with slaying his mother, Melizza Wiley, 53, before dawn March 27 in their home in the 2800 block of Reynolds Street. Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni also ordered Pritchett to stand trial on a charge of attempted murder in the stabbing of his grandmother Joan Wiley, 74. The sole witness at the preliminary hearing was Homicide Detective Brian Peters, who read Pritchett's four-page statement, in which he admitted both the stabbings and making up a story that three masked men broke in and committed the crimes.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bristol Township Council President Bob Lewis was found dead in his home Sunday, officials said. The township issued a statement saying Lewis died at his home in Croydon on Sunday morning. A cause of death was not announced. Lewis first served on council in the 1970s and '80s. He returned to the governing body in 2010 and was elected president in 2012. "Bob was our historian, leader, and the captain of the team," Councilman Craig Bowen said in a statement. Lewis is survived by his wife, Laura, and daughter, Susan.
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
AlliedBarton, the Conshohocken-based security company now owned by Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, is looking for new ownership, the company said in a statement. "Management believes that this is the right time to seek a new private equity sponsor. We have recently launched that process as it is a critical element of our ongoing growth strategy," the statement said. The company has 60,000 employees in 120 offices protecting 3,300 clients, according to AlliedBarton's website.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A COMMON PLEAS jury yesterday convicted a 73-year-old man of first-degree murder and weapons offenses in the Father's Day 1992 shooting death of a woman he believed was his wife's lesbian lover. The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for just 50 minutes. When the foreman announced the verdicts, defendant Santiago Pedroso did not react. Judge Glenn Bronson sentenced Pedroso to the mandatory term of life in prison without parole for first-degree murder. Pedroso was 50 when, on June 21, 1992, he shot Delores Alvarez, 41, five times about 7:30 p.m. in the crowded Hathaway Inn restaurant in Germantown.
SPORTS
February 16, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden's history in basketball is so rich that both coaches were tapping that vein on Saturday. Camden coach John Valore called on his team to play with "Camden pride" after a sluggish first half. Paulsboro coach Sean Collins reminded his players that other South Jersey basketball teams tended to be measured by their performances against the purple and gold. But Paulsboro players were acutely aware of another tradition, too - their own. "We've been in a lot of these games and we've won a lot of these games," Paulsboro senior Saleem Little said after his team emerged with a 68-65 overtime victory over Camden in a clash of top-four squads in the Cherry Hill East Invitational.
SPORTS
February 12, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Will Cummings missed all 40 minutes when Temple played at Cincinnati last month. He did not leave the court for a single second in the rematch Tuesday night, and you don't have to look any further than that to understand why there was a 47-point turnaround. A nagging left-leg injury sidelined Cummings for the entire game when the Bearcats pinned a 31-point loss on Cummings' Owls at Cincinnati's Fifth Third Arena. "It was very difficult," the Temple point guard said after providing 21 points and so much more in Temple's 75-59 win at the Liacouras Center.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia woman who had told police she became enraged arguing about her roommate's personal hygiene and housekeeping was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a murder charge in the beating death of 62-year-old Saundra Barley. Denise Taylor, 57, first told police Barley had been killed by three masked men who broke into their apartment on 53d Street just north of Market Street about 3 a.m. last Nov. 14. But under questioning by homicide detectives, Taylor described a daylong argument - it began during breakfast and continued well past midnight - that turned physical and ended with Barley's death.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The family of Thomas French, a Bucks County man who killed himself amid allegations that he and his wife, a prominent Republican fund-raiser, committed a $20 million insurance fraud, maintained his innocence Friday and said, "The facts will prove him right. " The statement was the family's first comment since French's suicide Thursday afternoon at the Buckingham house he shared with wife Claire Risoldi. Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell said Friday that French died from a gunshot wound to the head.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
When raising campaign cash last year, prosecutors say, former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord had a simple and crude message: If he lost his bid for governor, he'd still be treasurer for two years. And you didn't want to be an enemy of the treasurer. That was the picture that emerged Monday as McCord was charged with extortion. Filed days after his abrupt resignation, the charging documents recounted how he allegedly shook down the managing partner of a Philadelphia law firm and a Western Pennsylvania property-management company for campaign contributions by threatening to disrupt their business with the state.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mother of a Gloucester County boy fatally struck by a police car late last month may sue to try to force change, her attorney said Monday. In a statement provided by the lawyer, Michael E. Stosic, Michelle Harding criticized police protocols as well as the 50 m.p.h. speed limit on Delsea Drive (Route 47) in Franklin Township, where her son was killed crossing the street Dec. 28. She also suggested a need for crosswalks and lighting on the road. "This was not an accident," Harding's statement said.
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