August 31, 2015 |
NEXT MONTH, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will flock like papal doves to Philly for the World Meeting of Families. Many will fly into and out of Philly International Airport. Some will have babies in tow, and those babies will get hungry on their flights back home. And they will want milk. Because they're, y'know, babies. My prayerful entreaty is that the Transportation Security Administration is more accommodating with them than it was with the Bunn's baby. Last Monday morning, Steve and Susana Bunn were headed home to Santa Ana, Calif., after a long visit here with friends and family (Steve is a Philly native)
July 27, 2015 |
ALEX CAPASSO, the chef who opened the Crow & the Pitcher bar-restaurant just south of Rittenhouse Square last year, appeared before a federal magistrate yesterday, and through his federal defender, did not contest his detention on a charge of distribution of child porn. Capasso, 41, bearded and wearing a forest-green prison jumpsuit, had been arrested Monday at his Collingswood home. According to court documents, on July 6, he responded to an online ad posted by an undercover agent with a Washington, D.C., police-and-FBI task force.
April 22, 2015 |
A former Pennsylvania undercover agent has sued Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for defamation, saying she made false statements about his role in a "sting" operation that caught Philadelphia elected officials on tape pocketing money. Claude Thomas, who posed as the driver for the lobbyist turned operative in the sting, said Kane falsely told the public that he had said the operation had a racial agenda, targeting blacks and exempting whites. Thomas notes in the suit that he is African American.
April 11, 2015 |
Though American writer-director James Gray is best known for crime dramas such as The Yards , We Own the Night, and Blood Ties , his 1994 debut, Little Odessa , about Jewish Russian émigrés in Brooklyn, showed he had a talent for capturing the peculiar rhythms of immigrant communities and the dynamics within first-generation families. He returns to some of those concerns with the stunning The Immigrant , a rich, complex drama set in the early 1920s about two Polish sisters who spend their last penny to emigrate to New York.
March 11, 2015 |
CHRISTINE YODER, a Northeast Philly mom, stood before a federal judge yesterday and admitted taking sexually explicit photos of her two young daughters, and offering the older girl - who was 6 years old - to a man in Michigan. Yoder, 32, a short woman with straight brown hair, dressed in a forest-green prison shirt and pants, pleaded guilty to two counts each of producing child porn and distributing lewd pictures. "Are you pleading guilty because you are in fact guilty?" U.S. District Chief Judge Petrese Tucker asked Yoder.
March 5, 2015 |
A federal agent assigned to drive deportees from Philadelphia to the York County Prison has been charged with theft and related offenses for allegedly stealing hundreds of dollars from the vulnerable immigrants he transported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin M. Ford, 32, of Stratford, was arrested Feb. 24 in an elaborate sting that involved marked bills, an undercover officer who posed as a non-English-speaking immigrant, cooperation from the prison's intake unit, and the takedown of Ford by a Philadelphia Police Department SWAT team.
January 25, 2015 |
As a dealer of paintings and prints, Nathan Isen specialized in selling Warhols, Dalís, and the works of other modern artists to Main Line connoisseurs and investors nationwide. But when a less-than-savory customer showed up at his storefront with $20,000 in cash - bound in rubber bands, stuffed in a brown paper bag, and reeking of marijuana - Isen didn't turn her away. In fact, federal prosecutors said Friday, the 61-year-old art dealer, whose I. Brewster & Co. gallery is a Museum Row mainstay, proved only too accommodating.
April 12, 2014 |
When he began a career in federal law enforcement, Arthur Lewis set a simple but ambitious goal. He wanted to see his photograph hang on the wall in a prominent place of honor among the hierarchy. In a journey that took nearly three decades, Lewis rose through the ranks as a trailblazer in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He became the first African American acting deputy administrator of the DEA during a career that took him from the gritty streets of Harlem as an undercover agent to the second in charge of the agency in Washington.
February 27, 2014 |
MICHAEL BARNDT thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex last June when he checked into a Wilmington, Del., hotel and bought her black lace panties. But the teen he chatted with online was a federal Department of Homeland Security agent. Barndt, 40, of Sellersville, Bucks County, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Delaware to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. At the time of his arrest, he was working as a chef at Lakeside School in Horsham Township.
October 26, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA David Herman, who launched a prolific radio career at WMMR-FM in the 1960s, arrived at the St. Croix airport Thursday expecting to meet a 7-year-old girl he wanted to sexually assault at his Virgin Islands home, according to prosecutors. Instead, Herman, 77, who had unknowingly been chatting online with an undercover officer for nearly a year, was arrested by Homeland Security and customs agents and charged with attempting to transport a minor for sex. That was the case made Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in a complaint released after Herman's arrest.