January 17, 2013 |
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey. It surpassed traffic fatalities in 2009, when 752 people died, according to a drug policy advocacy group. Of those deaths, 75 percent involved heroin or prescription opiates, a growing addiction problem in New Jersey and the nation. Legislators tried to address the issue last year when they approved the Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act, a bill that offered limited criminal amnesty to drug users who call for help when someone has overdosed.
January 11, 2013 |
Testimony is to begin Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court in the trial of a priest and a former parochial-school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy at a Northeast parish in the late 1990s. Judge Ellen Ceisler confirmed the start of testimony Wednesday after prosecution and defense lawyers completed picking a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates to hear the evidence against the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 66, and Bernard Shero, 49. Jury selection began Monday and concluded Wednesday with two final jurors and six alternates.
January 8, 2013 |
The beating death Saturday of man in West Philadelphia was not related to the man's involvement as a witness in the slaying of a mother of four in 2011, police said Monday. Akeel Prout, 26, of Wynnefield, was punched and stomped by six men about 10 p.m. outside his girlfriend's house on the 500 block of North 55th street, police said. Prout had been called as a witness in the October 2011 killing of Hafeezah Nurid-Din, 31, an Overbrook mother and schoolteacher who was shot through the heart by a stray bullet as she unloaded groceries outside her family home.
January 6, 2013 |
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Across Syria and in neighboring Turkey, a small group of lawyers is quietly collecting testimony from Syrians victimized by the vast network of intelligence services that the government has used against the rebellion. They have relayed accusations to rebel-established courts in three Syrian provinces that have issued more than 140 arrest warrants, most for war-related crimes. The lawyers hope the written accusations eventually will be used against senior government officials in an international court, and they say the outstanding warrants include one for President Bashar al-Assad.
December 28, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Sr., a hit man who strangled victims and then slashed their throats to be sure they were dead, has died in a federal prison in North Carolina, authorities said. Calabrese, 75, died Tuesday at the Butner Federal Medical Center, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Ross had no information on the cause of death, though Calabrese claimed at his sentencing in 2009 that he suffered from a host of ailments, including an enlarged heart.
November 15, 2012
A Montgomery County jury Wednesday found a Norristown man guilty of killing his 16-year-old girlfriend. After about three hours of deliberation, the jury convicted Brandon Pierce, 20, of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the death of 16-year-old Dominique Devlin in July, said Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Nathan Schadler. According to testimony during the trial, which began Nov. 5 before Judge Thomas C. Branca, Devlin was involved in arranging a robbery of Pierce's home.
October 20, 2012
Testimony wrapped up Friday in the trial of a Colwyn police officer charged with improperly arresting and Tasering a 16-year-old detainee. Cpl. Trevor Parham is accused of using a stun gun on Da'Qwan Jackson on April 23 while the teen was handcuffed and shackled in a holding cell. Parham testified Friday in his defense. Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin R. Kelly, who presided over the nonjury trial, said he would announce his verdict Wednesday. On Thursday, Jackson testified that he was cuffed by Parham and told, "You're being uncooperative.
October 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Here's a look at some of the claims made by Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan during their debate Thursday night: The attack in Libya Biden, on whether the United States should have beefed up security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the deadly terrorist attack there: "We weren't told they wanted more security there. " Ryan: "There were requests for more security. " The facts: Ryan is right, judging by testimony from Obama administration officials at a congressional hearing this week.