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March 2, 2010 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A key associate of convicted drug kingpin Kaboni Savage pleaded guilty yesterday to a witness-intimidation charge, admitting that he and Savage plotted from prison to threaten witnesses and their families in an attempt to keep them from testifying. Dawud Bey, 41, who is already serving a 10-year sentence for dealing drugs, faces an additional 20 years in prison after entering the plea in U.S. District Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 27. Bey and Savage, according to court documents, targeted four key witnesses and their families between December 2003 and January 2005.
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August 16, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
A MAN and a woman who allegedly harassed and assaulted a person who reportedly witnessed a 2010 murder in Southwest Philadelphia were ordered Wednesday to stand trial, after waiving their rights to preliminary hearings. Municipal Judge David Shuter set formal arraignment on Sept. 5 for William P. Cook, 25, and Toteyanin Jones, 24. Both were arrested in February for allegedly trying to intimidate a witness to the September 2010 slaying of Tawayne Foster, 21, who was cut down in a gunfight between groups of men on Chester Avenue near 55th Street.
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June 3, 2010 | By Nancy Phillips and Craig McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
People who intimidate crime victims and witnesses should pay to help solve the problems they create, City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. said Wednesday. He proposed to fine people convicted of witness intimidation up to $2,000 and channel the money into a fund to help relocate witnesses who are facing threats. The money would supplement Philadelphia's state-funded witness relocation program, which law enforcement officials said was significantly underfunded. "Witnesses are to justice what gasoline is to automobiles," Jones said in an interview Wednesday.
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April 28, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
NOTING THAT 13 people were killed in Philadelphia between 1999 and 2009 due to witness intimidation, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey yesterday announced plans to introduce a bill to make such intimidation a federal crime. "Witness intimidation is a cowardly crime that has a chilling effect on the work of our region's law enforcement," Casey said at a news conference at 30th Street Station. "This legislation will give law enforcement and prosecutors additional tools to combat witness intimidation.
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December 16, 2011 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two Kensington men were sentenced to long prison terms Friday by a Philadelphia judge after being found guilty of witness intimidation done at the request of a neighborhood drug dealer. Leomar Arce, 28, was sentenced to six to 20 years in prison, and Nathaniel McGrath, 20, to a four- to 12-year-term by Common Pleas Court Judge Susan I. Schulman, according to Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano. Both were convicted by a jury on Oct. 6 involving a scheme by Kensington drug dealer Joseph McGrath - Nathaniel McGrath's uncle - to persuade a man he stomped and seriously injured over a $50 drug debt not to testify.
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March 8, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The judge did what he could: sentencing Susan Coulter's antagonists, the women who had threatened to kill her and her child because she testified at a double-murder trial. What he could not do was restore Coulter's sense of safety in her neighborhood. "I'm scared for my life," a weeping Coulter told Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner on Thursday. "I beg you not to let people like this hurt people. " Lerner tried to reassure Coulter but said there was a limit to what he could do to former neighbors Theresa Merlo and Tara McDowell.
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May 8, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors on Wednesday arrested and charged a former Philadelphia police officer with witness intimidation in the alleged use of his position to obtain information about and threaten his former sister-in-law. Jeremias Olivo was in custody Wednesday afternoon as District Attorney Seth Williams announced the onetime officer's arrest for allegedly intimidating his brother Samuel's former wife while the man and woman were embroiled in a domestic conflict. Even as she changed her address, prosecutors alleged, Jeremias Olivo made efforts to track the woman, who alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse.
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August 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrew Tuono's new girlfriend came with a warning. Dating Tiffany Galati, daughter of an auto mechanic with long-held ties to the Philadelphia mob, would one day get him killed, friends advised. That prediction nearly proved prescient last year, with an attack that left Tuono alive, but with three bullets in his gut - and his girlfriend's father accused of ordering the hit. Now, the details of that attempt on Tuono's life, sketched in government court filings this month, offer the latest account of one facet of Ronald Galati's deepening legal morass.
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July 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
DOUGLAS Ioven, the SEPTA police officer arrested last month for allegedly arresting a woman on Christmas morning after she attempted to file a complaint against him, yesterday was ordered to stand trial for witness intimidation, retaliation against a witness, false imprisonment and related counts. Common Pleas Judge Teresa Carr Deni made the ruling after Muibat Williamson testified during a preliminary hearing about the encounter with Ioven at Suburban Station last Christmas. Williamson, a registered nurse, had just left work and stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts in the station about 8 a.m. when Ioven, 42, who was in uniform, cut to the front of the line and stepped on her foot, she said.
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February 28, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOUR MEN are in custody in connection with the botched execution of a witness, authorities said yesterday. Charles Alexander, 35, Troy Cooper, 42, Aki Jones, 37, and Shaheed Williams, 21, have each been charged with attempted murder, witness intimidation and related offenses stemming from the September 2011 shooting. In that incident, Williams shot an unidentified male witness who had cooperated with police in a 2010 shooting for which Jones was charged with firearm violations, according to the District Attorney's Office.
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February 28, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA At first, authorities say, Aki Jones tried to ply the witness with cash. It was Sept. 25, 2011, the day before his trial on a firearms charge stemming from a 2010 shooting incident. Authorities had a witness set to testify against him the next day. Jones, 37, was in police custody. So, District Attorney Seth Williams said, Jones sent two friends to offer the witness $500 to keep quiet. The man refused the bribe. The next day - the morning of the trial - another of Jones' associates was waiting outside the man's house, Williams said.
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December 25, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The case against a reputed Philadelphia mob associate charged in a murder-for-hire case remained something of a mystery on Monday as few details of the charges emerged at a bail hearing. Ronald Galati, 63, of South Philadelphia, has been held without bail since Dec. 13, when he was charged with solicitation to commit murder, witness retaliation, and witness intimidation. Prosecutors provided no details of those crimes in court Monday as Galati's lawyer appeared before Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich and sought to have him released on bail.
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November 21, 2013
The arrest last week of a 17-year-old accused of posting secret grand jury evidence on Twitter should calm fears of witness intimidation in the city, right? Not if you live in a crime-infested neighborhood where thugs don't need social media to let people know they had better not cooperate with the police. Even so, the arrest of the Martin Luther King High School student could lead to the person who apparently provided him with undisclosed statements from a grand jury proceeding.
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November 15, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office requested Wednesday that the 17-year-old accused of posting secret grand jury documents on his Twitter account be charged as an adult. A judge's ruling on that matter could take several days, officials said, and in the meantime, Nasheen Anderson, an 11th-grade student from East Germantown, will be held at the Juvenile Justice Services Center. Anderson was pulled from his classroom Tuesday at Martin Luther King High School and charged with witness intimidation and making terroristic threats.
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November 15, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO & SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WITH PLENTY of preening self-portraits and pointless chatter with friends, 17-year-old Nasheen K. Anderson's Twitter feed at first looks like that of any typical teenager. But it doesn't take long before you find some jaw-dropping stuff. In one photo Anderson posted, a cat rests its head on a man's erect penis. Another shows a woman squirting milk from her naked breast into a coffee mug. Others show extreme close-ups of women's naked genitalia, Anderson flashing gang signs or showing a handgun jammed beneath a mattress, and a "family photo shoot" of a smiling woman pointing a handgun at four beaming school-age children.
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November 14, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A 17-YEAR-OLD BOY has been arrested for allegedly intimidating a witness through social media in connection with a 2012 shooting. The Inquirer , citing law-enforcement sources, reported that Nasheen Anderson was pulled out of Martin Luther King High School yesterday and taken into police custody for allegedly using Twitter to post pictures of the victim of an attempted shooting, along with statements the victim made to police. The information Anderson allegedly posted was supposed to have been kept secret because it was part of a grand-jury investigation.
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