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.
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?
January 1, 1986 |
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.
October 2, 1998 |
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.
August 23, 1994 |
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.
November 24, 1993 |
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.
July 23, 1988 |
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.
March 15, 1986 |
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.
March 7, 1987 |
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.
October 1, 2010 |
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.