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January 13, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
AS SHE SAT with her son Weston after his surgery, Julie Keeton felt alarmed. His cheeks, lips and fingertips looked flushed with fever, and when he breathed, his chest barely moved up and down. "Is he OK?" she asked a nurse at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Weston, 7, had just undergone a heart and double-lung transplant. "He's fine," the nurse told her. His skin only appeared flushed because his circulation was now normal. And he was taking fewer breaths because his healthy new lungs didn't need to gulp for air. Julie laughed with wonderment.
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January 24, 1990 | By Larry King, Inquirer Staff Writer
Republican state Rep. Frances Weston, a young accountant whose popularity in neighborhoods along the Delaware River won her five terms in Harrisburg, has decided not to seek re-election. Weston, 35, last week began notifying friends and fellow politicians of her decision. She said she had been thinking about making a change for about six months. "It wasn't exactly a quick or an easy decision to make," Weston said Monday from her office in Harrisburg. "As much as I enjoyed (serving in the legislature)
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May 15, 1987 | By Vanessa Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
When John J. Egan Jr. decided to seek the Republican mayoral nomination without the party organization's backing this year, he looked around him and saw few of the faces who had rallied around him in 1983 when he was the party's endorsed candidate. One of those who stayed with him was state Rep. Frances Weston (R., Phila.). And due in large part to that loyalty, Egan chose Weston to run his 1987 campaign. Many observers say Egan is lucky that Weston chose to stay rather than following the vast majority of the party organization in supporting former Mayor Frank L. Rizzo.
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September 1, 1987 | By MARK McDONALD, Daily News Staff Writer
High insurance costs in Philadelphia, made worse by the large number of uninsured drivers, could be lowered if all motorists were required to put an insurance validation sticker on their windshields, state Rep. Frances Weston said this morning. Weston, R-Philadelphia, says she will introduce legislation, patterned after a similar proposal introduced last March in Delaware, requiring such stickers. "We have a crisis in Philadelphia," Weston said at a press conference. "We need solutions.
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October 18, 2011 | BY JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
THE WOMAN who police say masterminded the imprisonment of four mentally disabled adults in a squalid Northeast Philadelphia basement so she could cash in on their Social Security disability checks may have perpetrated similar scams in Texas, Florida and Virginia. When Linda Ann Weston lived in Norfolk, Va., in 2008, "one of the people she was taking care of died," an ex-boyfriend of Weston's said yesterday. "She would take care of these people, but I was never allowed to see them," said the man, Cameron, 35, who didn't want his last name printed.
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January 26, 1989 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Claire Blimegger said her son "was in the wrong place at the wrong time" when he was hacked to death with a 30-inch saber by Robert A. Weston, 38, in 1987. "My son didn't have a weapon," she said. "He was an innocent victim who was stabbed for no apparent reason. " Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Lynne M. Abraham sentenced Weston to a 4 1/2- to 10-year jail term for the killing of Robert Blimegger, 31, near 5th Street and Olney Avenue on June 14, 1987. In November, a jury convicted Weston of voluntary manslaughter.
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January 22, 1992 | By Mike Franolich, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Two robbers escaped with an estimated $400,000 from a Camden County bank after removing a window to the night-deposit-box room, then returning to jump through it when employees opened the box early yesterday, police said. The two armed men confronted the employees and made off with the weekend's night deposits at the First People's Bank, on West Browning Road in Bellmawr. "These guys knew exactly what they were doing," a police official said. Police said the two robbers managed to remove the 7-by-2-foot window to the room without setting off the bank's alarm system.
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March 27, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
MY COLLEAGUE Stephanie Farr and I were a mess yesterday. Steph had just heard about the death of 3-year-old Brayden Chandler, whose story she told so beautifully last month. Terminally ill with kidney cancer, Brayden had taken a dream trip to Disney World with his family. When they returned, more than 150 police cars greeted them at the airport and escorted them home to Delaware County. There, hundreds more well-wishers cheered Brayden and his parents, Jackie Marinelli and Jason Chandler.
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February 18, 1986 | By William W. Sutton Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Two state legislators and a City Council member yesterday called for the adoption of a state regulation that would require that covers be put on all open trucks carrying almost any type of load. "I don't think there's any driver in Pennsylvania that hasn't, at some point, witnessed trash or litter spewn all over the highway - and you just know it's the result of a truck that was uncovered," state Rep. Fran Weston (R., Phila.) said at a news conference yesterday morning in the office of City Councilwoman Joan Specter.
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May 7, 1987 | By Vanessa Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
Republican mayoral candidate John J. Egan Jr. will begin a tough-talking radio advertising campaign today with an ad asking Republican voters: "In the Republican primary for mayor, which candidate will bring the sweeping changes that city government needs?" "Frank Rizzo? Come onnnnn. " The inflection of the announcer's voice gives the ad the down-to-earth flavor of a front-steps discussion of the pros and cons of the candidates. "The same Frank Rizzo who in 1976 increased the city's wage tax and real estate taxes by a whopping 30 percent each?"
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January 8, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL JUDGE has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a niece of alleged kidnapper and torturer Linda Ann Weston against the city and a former Department of Human Services worker. In a judgment filed Monday and made public yesterday, U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ruled in favor of the former DHS worker, Nefertiti Savoy, and the city, and against Beatrice Weston, 23, who filed the suit. The judge ruled that while Savoy - the DHS case worker who recommended to a judge that Beatrice live with her aunt and failed to investigate Linda Weston's criminal background - was negligent, she could not be found liable for the abuse Beatrice suffered by her aunt.
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March 27, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
MY COLLEAGUE Stephanie Farr and I were a mess yesterday. Steph had just heard about the death of 3-year-old Brayden Chandler, whose story she told so beautifully last month. Terminally ill with kidney cancer, Brayden had taken a dream trip to Disney World with his family. When they returned, more than 150 police cars greeted them at the airport and escorted them home to Delaware County. There, hundreds more well-wishers cheered Brayden and his parents, Jackie Marinelli and Jason Chandler.
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January 13, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
AS SHE SAT with her son Weston after his surgery, Julie Keeton felt alarmed. His cheeks, lips and fingertips looked flushed with fever, and when he breathed, his chest barely moved up and down. "Is he OK?" she asked a nurse at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Weston, 7, had just undergone a heart and double-lung transplant. "He's fine," the nurse told her. His skin only appeared flushed because his circulation was now normal. And he was taking fewer breaths because his healthy new lungs didn't need to gulp for air. Julie laughed with wonderment.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
A federal judge on Monday replaced the lawyer for Linda Ann Weston, the Philadelphia woman who could face the death penalty after being accused of running a ring that kidnapped, tortured, and enslaved mentally disabled people to collect their government benefit checks. U.S. Magistrate Judge L. Felipe Restrepo told Weston that lawyer George S. Yacoubian Jr. "has been doing very noble work without a fee," but that she needed attorneys with experience in capital cases. Restrepo appointed Patricia L. McKinney, and said he might add a second lawyer.
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January 25, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal authorities on Wednesday presented a racketeering indictment against a Philadelphia woman who allegedly enslaved mentally disabled adults to steal their benefit checks, adding hate-crime and murder charges that could expose her to the death penalty. The crimes alleged in the 196-count indictment against Linda Ann Weston and four others include much of the depravity and sadism that emerged when police found the dirty, emaciated victims locked in a Tacony basement in October 2011.
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August 21, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beatrice Weston, 20, the niece of convicted killer Linda Ann Weston, is suing the City of Philadelphia for placing her in Weston's care in 2002 and subjecting her to what authorities have described as a nightmarish decade of unrelenting torture at Weston's hands. Beatrice Weston was one of five people rescued in October after police discovered four mentally disabled adults held in a dungeon-like basement of a Tacony apartment building. She was locked in a cramped closet in an upstairs apartment, and authorities soon learned that she had been imprisoned by her aunt since she was 10. Authorities have said Weston moved Beatrice and the others around the country, terrorizing them, in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits.
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April 6, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trial for Linda Ann Weston and her alleged accomplices, accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a Tacony basement last fall, has been set for January 2013. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan. 28. The trial, which could last up to 10 weeks, would be scheduled to run for four days out of each week, attorneys said. Weston, 52, described by authorities as the ringleader of the group, is charged with kidnapping and assault, among other offenses. Also charged are Gregory Thomas, 48, Weston's boyfriend; Jean McIntosh, Weston's 32-year-old daughter, and Eddie Wright, 51. Prosecutors have alleged that they kidnapped the adults to steal their Social Security checks, then moved them around the country to escape detection by authorities.
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December 23, 2011 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
TWO DAYS after a judge dismissed charges against one of four people arrested for imprisoning mentally disabled adults in a Tacony basement, the District Attorney's Office refiled charges against him. Eddie Wright, 50, faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 20 on charges including kidnapping, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and terroristic threats. Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan had dismissed those charges Tuesday, apparently agreeing with defense attorney Louis D'Onofrio's claim that Wright was a victim and not a conspirator.
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December 20, 2011 | BY JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
AFTER arriving in Philadelphia crammed with five other people in the rear luggage area of a Ford Expedition, Edwin Sanabria told a packed courtroom yesterday, he was led down to a sub-basement and ordered to sleep in "the little hole. " "At first, I didn't want to," said Sanabria, 31. "Linda made me. " Sanabria, who stands about 5 feet 2 and is slightly built, had sauntered into the courtroom with a multicolored hooded sweatshirt, a black Polo shirt, jeans and black boots.
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