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September 19, 2002
'SIR, you have already been sentenced. You've been sentenced to a life of grief" With that, a compassionate Judge Seamus McCaffery dismissed homicide charges against Calvin Howell, 54, in the death of his 20-month-old granddaughter, Sasha Fogel. For the rest of his life, Howell will be haunted by the knowledge that his forgetfulness caused the death of a child he loved dearly. But that's not enough for our "tough cookie" DA. Lynne Abraham refiled charges yesterday so she can continue her quest to jail Howell.
NEWS
March 13, 2001
At the same time he was running a struggling city dependent on help from a skeptical Harrisburg, Mayor Street kept a political ally on the payroll for 10 months after it became clear the man couldn't handle his $96,000-a-year job. Savvy move? Duh . . . not really. Just imagine the questions the next time Mr. Street seeks more aid for schools or other good causes: So what's this about the city being short of cash, Mr. Mayor? . . . You had 90 grand to pay to a buddy for doing - what?
NEWS
January 1, 1986 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police officers were waiting at the grim Camden public housing project by the time Carlton Eldridge returned home from the unemployment office. He could see them milling in front of the squat brick rowhouse where he lived. The officers said something about a shooting as he approached the door, he recalled. He said he didn't know anything about it. Sure he didn't, they scoffed. They whisked him off to the Camden police station. In a matter of hours, Eldridge was arrested, photographed, fingerprinted, processed and marched off to the Camden County Jail on charges of shooting a Camden cabdriver.
NEWS
October 2, 1998 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Luis Santiago, 21, said it might have helped if he had aimed when he fired at a man last year. But he didn't and killed the wrong man. "It was my fault," said Santiago in a statement to Homicide Detective Ismeal Cruz. "I was not looking where I was shooting. I was running away, looking in the opposite direction of where I was shooting. " As a result, he killed Margarito Rivera, 60, at 8th Street and Indiana Avenue, on June 14, 1997. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Steven R. Geroff convicted Santiago of third-degree murder and committed him to prison to await sentencing.
NEWS
August 23, 1994 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
He was accused of all sorts of crimes: shooting a flea market vendor, kidnapping the vendor's wife, and making a great escape with two bags of gold jewelry. Eyewitnesses - including a housing cop who gave chase on a motorcycle - said the man was one of the three gunmen who robbed the vendor July 24 at the Quaker City Flea Market in the Northeast, fleeing in a white van. The dramatic crime was so serious, and the eyewitnesses were so credible, that a judge held the man on $1.5 million bail.
NEWS
November 24, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Vigilante justice went awry when the two North Philadelphia men tried to kill a man who had allegedly been robbing drug dealers in 1991, said the prosecutor. The intended target, a convicted robber, was shot and wounded. An innocent man was killed. Admitted stickup man Clarence "Poopie" Reeder, 34, survived two gunshot wounds. His testimony helped convict the killers of Paul Leland, 29, of third- degree murder yesterday. Common Pleas Judge John J. Poserina Jr. deferred sentencing of Robert C. Boddie and Derrick Barnes pending motions for a new trial.
NEWS
July 23, 1988 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Rhode Island man moved one step closer to freedom yesterday when, in a frantic day at the courthouse here, a Berks County prosecutor announced that his office had sent the wrong man to prison in a 1985 case of sexual assault and attempted murder. The man who now admits having committed the crimes, Daniel E. Kasher, 37, of Reading, testified in one courtroom in behalf of the innocent prisoner and then was shuttled to appear before a second judge to be charged with more than 30 felony counts in the case.
NEWS
March 15, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
When Raymond T. Pryor, 21, fatally shot Jeffrey Grayes, 19, early last year on a North Philadelphia street, he believed Grayes was the man who had stabbed him during a fight with several people at a house party two months earlier. "He was mistaken," said Assistant District Attorney Charles Grant. After convicting him of first-degree murder, a jury yesterday sentenced Pryor to life in prison. Pryor, of 16th Street near Loudon, testified he was sure Grayes, of Sydenham Street near Loudon, had stabbed him. And despite eyewitness testimony, Pryor denied committing the murder Jan. 19, 1985, on Broad Street near Loudon.
NEWS
March 7, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The Rev. William H. Gray 3d has heard the calling of the Lord. And Rep. William H. Gray 3d might heed the calling of his party were the Democrats to offer him the number-two spot on their 1988 presidential ticket. But he has no interest in the calling of the GOP. So, Gray was more than a little surprised when he was asked to join some Republican presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire next week. It appears to have been just a mix-up in the mailing. At any rate, the Philadelphia Democrat responded to organizers of the GOP's Northeastern Regional Leadership Conference: "Please know that I will neither seek nor accept the Republican nomination for president.
NEWS
October 1, 2010 | By Bonnie Cook and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Bryn Mawr man has admitted he was the driver of a stolen Range Rover SUV that rear-ended a Jetta early Wednesday morning, killing a Villanova student and injuring another student. Donald Sayers, 30, of the 100 block of Charles Drive Bryn Mawr, surrendered to authorities Thursday night at the home of his girlfriend in Upper Darby. Police dropped all charges against Kenneth Woods, 21, of West Philadelphia who had been charged Thursday with 3rd degree murder and related offenses in connection with the crash.
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NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man identified as a person of interest in a South Philadelphia sexual assault turned himself in on a probation-violation warrant Friday, police said. Raheem Felder, 32, of Point Breeze, was arrested solely for the probation violation. A warrant has not been issued in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a woman in her bed, or in an earlier home invasion just blocks from that attack. In an interview outside her home in Point Breeze, Felder's mother, Roberta, said she believes police have the wrong man. She said police were trying to "pin the two cases on him," and added that her son was not a bad person.
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The noises outside were so alarming - windows breaking, the sound of someone being dragged - that a neighbor on Cranston Street called 911 four times. Those calls Sunday night would set investigators on the trail of a violent abduction that stretched across the city, from Southwest Philadelphia to Olney, and ended when detectives stormed a repair shop and rescued the bound and bloodied man being held there. Another man fled the scene, but was in police custody Monday. Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said the abduction was drug-related - and that investigators believe that the kidnappers may have taken the wrong man. The intended target may have been the victim's brother, Walker said.
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
NOW THIS IS one record nobody wants in their collection. A Philadelphia man claims a Florida background-check company made him out to be a sex offender when it erroneously reported that he had 25 sex offenses on his criminal record even though he had none, according to court documents. Ryan Davis sued First Advantage in federal court recently, claiming that the St. Petersburg-based background-check company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by providing false information about Davis to a prospective employer.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a rare move, the Delaware County District Attorney's office has withdrawn charges against a defendant in the murder of a minister's son in Chester's north end last Memorial Day. An FBI forensic analysis of surveillance photos indicated that Tahmir Craig was not involved in the crime, the DA announced Wednesday. "I am a free man," said Tahmir Craig, 23, as he headed to his attorney's office after being released from jail. He said his 10 months in prison were stressful and depressing, but added, "I'll be alright.
NEWS
February 21, 2012
RE: "For Olney Wife, a Ghastly Find" : This article sheds light on the senseless acts of violence plaguing our society. I have lived in Philadelphia for more than 30 years. I would have never foreseen the "City of Brotherly Love" to be as violent as it is. The article sent chills through my spine. It made me realize just how cold and murderous people have become. One can only imagine the pain this poor woman is feeling. The thought of coming home to find your spouse murdered is devastating.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | BY JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
AFTER PUTTING out a name and photo of a man whom police said escaped from their custody outside Pennsylvania Hospital on Thursday, cops issued a news release Saturday saying that they had identified the wrong man. "Through further investigation, it has been determined that the . . . information regarding an escaped prisoner was released in error," the release said. "The male identified . . . is not wanted. The correct identity of the escaped prisoner is not available at this time. " The person who was initially identified by police as the escapee - Randall Stiles, 22, of Lindenwood Street near Race, in West Philly - told the Daily News yesterday that he found out on Friday that he was a wanted man. A woman in his neighborhood showed him a computer printout of a paper with his photo on it, he said as he stood outside his house in the bitter cold.
NEWS
November 18, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chester police are looking for a man who allegedly shot an innocent victim in a revenge killing. Tyreek Wilson, 25, of Chester, is wanted in the murder of Dwayne Smith, and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police. On Wednesday at 8:20 a.m., police responded to the 1000 block of Hyatt Street for shots fired. They found Dwayne Smith, 34, lying on the street near his home with fatal gunshot wounds to the head. Police said Smith who was in the process of moving to another location still had items in the Hyatt Street address.
SPORTS
November 6, 2011 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
So what manner of a man is this Jerry Sandusky? On Nov. 13, 1999, he received a standing ovation from a crowd of 96,480. It was the occasion of his official retirement as dean of Linebacker U's impenetrable defense. For a long, long time, he was thought to be the successor to Joe Paterno. When he finally decided to leave the fold, after 32 years of unswerving loyalty and uncommon patience, they had him run out onto the Beaver Stadium sod for the last time. What must that have felt like, to hear a whole stadium of fans, on their feet, chanting your name, with Happy Valley reverberating with thunderclaps of applause and former players encircling you with hugs?
NEWS
October 28, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS & MORGAN ZALOT, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
A 4-YEAR-OLD girl was accidentally sent from a Mantua day-care center with the wrong man yesterday, then was reunited with her parents after police responded to a call about a possible child abduction. She even got some ice cream and a trip to the park out of the deal, police said. Staff at Caring People Alliance, inside a community center on Haverford Avenue near 35th Street, were called by two girls' mothers, who gave names of two men authorized to pick them up, police said.
NEWS
July 16, 2011 | By DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
In the nine months since his wrongful arrest for murder, Kenny Woods has tried fruitlessly to get a job. Even though the real culprit confessed and already has been sentenced, Woods can't convince skeptical employers to hire someone with a murder charge on his record. After the Daily News chronicled his plight on Thursday, our readers sprang to action. Four lawyers offered to work for free to help Woods, 22, a West Philadelphia father of two, clear the charge from his record.
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