June 9, 2016 |
An 18-year-old man suspected of beating and strangling an elderly handyman at his Elmwood home last week has turned himself in to police, authorities said. Quintis Clark, last known to reside in the 7200 block of Vandike Street in Tacony, surrendered at Police Headquarters on Monday night, police said. He is accused of killing Joseph Daly, 78, at Daly's house on the 6300 block of Theodore Street last Tuesday. Daly was found dead in a pool of his own blood after a neighbor who had not seen him for a few days called police.
June 8, 2016 |
Philadelphia police are searching for an 18-year-old man suspected of beating and strangling an elderly handyman at his Elmwood home last week. Quintis Clark, last known to reside in the 7200 block of Vandike Street in Tacony, is wanted in the murder of Joseph Daly, 78, police said. Daly was found dead last Tuesday at his home on the 6300 block of Theodore Street after a neighbor who hadn't seen him for a few days called police. Officers who responded found Daly dead in the living room with a pool of blood next to his head, police said.
April 28, 2016 |
Two years ago, when Robert W. Palen was awaiting trial for a rape in Madison, Wis., a judge ruled that the jury could hear that he had also been accused two months earlier of raping a woman in Philadelphia. "Accused" is no longer part of the description. On Monday, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury found Palen, 40, guilty of sexually assaulting two women in Pennypack Park in 2010 and 2011. Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright set sentencing for Aug. 4 after Palen undergoes an evaluation under Megan's Law to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.
March 4, 2016
ISSUE | BULLYING School got it wrong The Tacony Charter High School suspended and expelled a student for not reporting that he was being bullied ("Expelled student says he was bullied," Monday). This proves two things: These educators do not understand bullying, and they are bullies themselves. |I. Milton Karabell, Philadelphia
December 26, 2015 |
Linda Weston, the Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in prison last month for enslaving and torturing disabled adults for years in a Tacony basement, now says she was "railroaded" by her lawyers into pleading guilty, and is accusing her victims of taking money to lie about her. In a handwritten letter to U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Weston, 56, maintained she was unaware of what was happening when she accepted a plea deal this year that...
November 16, 2015 |
THE FORMER boyfriend of Linda Ann Weston - the woman sentenced last week to life in prison plus 80 years for keeping captive mentally disabled people - was all set to plead guilty Friday. Under a plea agreement, Gregory Thomas Sr., 52, was to plead guilty to all charges in a federal indictment in return for prosecutors' recommending a sentence of 17 to 20 years in prison. But after Richard Barrett, chief of the U.S. Attorney's Public Corruption Unit, gave a summary of facts in the case, and U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe asked Thomas if his role was accurately stated, Thomas said, "No. " What started out as a standard guilty-plea hearing then took a nosedive.
November 15, 2015 |
Moments from when he was to plead guilty Friday to kidnapping and enslaving disabled adults, Gregory Thomas Sr. demurred. He listened as a prosecutor told the judge how Thomas had assisted his girlfriend in locking the victims in a Tacony basement and nailing the windows shut. Thomas said he did not agree with the facts as presented. "It doesn't sound like you're pleading guilty," U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe told him. "It sounds like you were just a bystander. " The unsatisfied judge left the courtroom, saying Thomas' plea deal was in danger.
November 7, 2015 |
They calmly sat in the second row of Courtroom 12A on Thursday, while the 90-minute PowerPoint presentation from hell was played. As gruesome details of the Tacony dungeon master's scheme were retold, some in the packed room sobbed. But the four victims of Linda Weston who were there were stoic. The hearing to sentence Weston, who enslaved and tortured disabled adults so she could steal their benefits checks, was a formality. She pleaded guilty to 196 federal counts in September and accepted a prison term of life plus 80 years.
October 7, 2015 |
The woman who pleaded guilty to enslaving and torturing disabled adults in a Tacony basement now wants to change her plea to not guilty, according to a handwritten motion filed with the court. Linda Weston agreed last month to accept a life term plus 80 years after admitting to all 196 federal counts filed against her, including charges of murder, kidnapping, sex trafficking, hate crimes, forced labor, and benefits fraud. The deal spared her a potential death sentence. Now she has asked the court to change her plea and to hold a competency hearing to evaluate her mental health.
September 11, 2015 |
IN COURT, Linda Ann Weston didn't appear to be the mastermind of anything. Dressed in a baggy green jumpsuit, her hair tightly woven in braids, Weston, 55, spoke in a soft, mousy voice and at times seemed unsure of what was being asked of her. She has been labeled as the ringleader of a decadelong scheme that kept mentally disabled people hostage to bilk them of their Social Security benefits. Her victims were forced to eat their own and others' feces and drink their own urine.