March 22, 1990 |
John J. Lang Jr. may have been dishelved, unkempt, poorly organized and unable to control or discipline the fifth-grade class he was called in to teach in Camden in February 1988, but those are not crimes, his defense attorney said yesterday. Lang, 39, of Lansdale, Montgomery County, is charged with aggravated sexual assualt on a child, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, and 27 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years.
March 30, 2012 |
Walnut Street Theatre presents the stage production of Miss Nelson Is Missing, a musical based on the children's book by author Harry Allard. The disobedient students of Room 207, the worst-behaved class in the school, take advantage of their teacher, Miss Nelson. However, when witchy teacher Viola Swamp comes in as a substitute the students regret their behavior and wish for Miss Nelson to return. Will these unruly kids be stuck with their horrible substitute forever? Miss Nelson Is Missing, 10:30 a.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday through April 20 at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. Tickets: $10-$20.
January 24, 2013
A substitute teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old special-education student in a bathroom at Union Terrace Elementary School in Allentown, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said. Michael James Agrippine, 47, of Upper Saucon Township, was charged with aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault, and indecent assault. According to the arrest affidavit, filed Wednesday, Agrippine acknowledged being in a bathroom stall with the victim, a boy, caressing him from behind, and penetrating him with a finger.
September 2, 2000 |
Mary Mascaro Ferri, 78, a former teacher of public school and church classes, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure in the health-care facility of the Twining Village Retirement Community, Holland. Mrs. Ferri had been a substitute teacher for the Bensalem School District for seven years. She taught Bible studies for 10 years for the women's circle of Northampton Presbyterian Church in Holland, and before that taught at the Bristol Assembly of God, where she served as Sunday school superintendent.
February 20, 1991 |
A man who burned himself to death on the Amherst town common in an apparent protest against the Persian Gulf war was identified yesterday as Gregory D. Levey, 30, a substitute teacher. Authorities said Levey acted alone when he doused himself with two gallons of paint thinner and set himself ablaze Monday afternoon in a protest that horrified onlookers in the center of Amherst, a university town of about 35,000 residents about 75 miles west of Boston. Levey was the son of Robert Levey, Boston Globe restaurant critic, and the stepson of Ellen Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Globe.
June 11, 1996 |
Former Philadelphia substitute teacher Mohammed Abdo said two girls retaliated against his scoldings by making up claims that he kissed and fondled them. "I swear to Allah that I'm innocent," he said through a translator in court yesterday. "I would never have done such a thing. " Family Court Judge Tama Myers Clark found him guilty anyway. Abdo, 53, was convicted of two counts each of corrupting the morals of a minor, indecent assault and simple assault. He faces a maximum prison term ranging from one to five years when he is sentenced July 31. The mother of Heather Ackurman, the 10-year-old girl who accused Abdo of hugging her and rubbing her genitals, said she was relieved by the verdict.
October 11, 1987 |
Armed only with her experience and wit, substitute teacher Jane Varnes must encounter unknown challenges each day at Octorara Intermediate School. "My friend John tried to sit with me today, and Mrs. Varnes wouldn't let him," said 12-year-old Bobby Hilton, one of the seventh graders she taught for a day on Sept. 25. "He tried to make up an excuse that he forgot his glasses, and he said he had to (sit there so he could) see the blackboard. " It didn't work. "She's strict," said Bobby's classmate Mike Byczkowski, 12. On every schoolday, substitute teachers are working in Chester County public schools, usually earning $50 to $60 per day. Daily substitutes working in the Octorara and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts have the opportunity to earn more because those districts offer a graduated pay scale.
June 28, 2013 |
A PHILADELPHIA substitute teacher was awarded back pay and interest after filing a complaint that he was discriminated against because he is from Kenya, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission said yesterday. The commission ordered K-12 Staffing of Philadelphia to pay Paul Musumba $1,573. Musumba alleged that the company failed to pay him for 17 of the 27 days he worked as a substitute teacher for the vendor in September and October 2011, the commission said in a news release.
March 19, 1993 |
A federal judge has acquitted a Philadelphia substitute teacher on drug charges in a case authorities said marked the first appearance of "brown heroin" in the city in years. After hearing the prosecution's evidence, Judge James T. Giles on Wednesday acquitted Patrick Nweze, preventing the case from going to the jury. However, the jury did continue hearing evidence on Nweze's nephew, Sunday Obialo, and yesterday convicted him of conspiracy to distribute heroin. Sentencing for Obialo, of Griscom Street near Orthodox in Frankford, was set for June 16. Nweze was arrested in a raid on his house on Hawthorne Street near Wakeling in Frankford Aug. 5. Police said that in Nweze's basement, they found brown heroin, worth more than $500,000, in the covers of four textbooks.