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Lawyer Cleared In Parking Lot Death

It was a mystifying pedestrian death – one that initially confused police investigators, triggered a seven-month grand jury probe, and left little decisive evidence behind. In the end, that evidence was not enough to convict lawyer Richard Patton of vehicular homicide in the death of his girlfriend in a Newtown Township parking lot. A Bucks […]

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Rape charges dropped against former GOP chair Robert Kerns

WHITPAIN — Rape and sexual assault charges were dismissed against former Montgomery County GOP chair Robert Kerns during his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in Whitpain. Visiting Magisterial District Judge Joann L. Teyral, who presided in place of Judge Robert Sobeck, reviewed the transcript of the alleged victim’s testimony from a previous preliminary hearing Dec. 20, […]

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Cheese, Parsley, Flowers apparently not a good mix in towing business

K&B AUTO-BODY shop, a family-owned business in Frankford, has a “friendly office staff” and prides itself on its “ability to offer quality work with excellent service,” according to an online description of the company. Apparently co-owner William Cheeseman considered a police radio dispatcher to be part of the family, too. Dorian Parsley, 44, a 16-year […]

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D.A. to probe prison death of ‘Fat Mike’

INMATE Michael “Fat Mike” Davis died of “natural causes” on March 3, Philadelphia prison officials said, even though the medical examiner hadn’t yet ruled. But Davis’ relatives knew something was wrong as soon as they saw his body in the morgue: He appeared to have two swollen black eyes, a split lip and bruises on […]

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2 ex-cops acquitted in masturbation case

A FEDERAL JURY yesterday acquitted two ex-cops in a case in which one was accused of masturbating in front of a woman without her consent while he was on duty as a plainclothes narcotics cop during a drug raid in an abandoned Kensington rowhouse in 2009. The panel of seven women and five men deliberated […]

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Fired Phila. officer to be tried for vehicular homicide

Police Sgt. Thomas Winkis had been doing shots with a friend in a Northeast Philadelphia tavern before he got behind the wheel of his Dodge Challenger, barreled down the road at 100 m.p.h., and slammed into a Ford van, fatally injuring a 55-year-old Fishtown man last summer, the friend testified Wednesday. Gina D’emilio, 26, told […]

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Brother slaying in Northeast Philly basement was drug-fueled: attorney

A Northeast Philadelphia man accused of killing his brother was held for trial after a preliminary hearing this morning, but the top charges were dropped on the grounds that he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the slaying. First degree murder charges for Paulo Figueiredo, 35, were dropped after attorney Fortunato […]

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Philly Cop Caught On Tape Striking Woman Gets Job Back

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia cop who was fired after a video of him punching a woman went viral is getting his job back. Lt. Jonathan Josey is back on the force, following an arbitration ruling. Josey was fired after the videotaped incident that happened in September 2012 at the Puerto Rican day parade. Josey […]

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Man arrested in Philly wedding brawl posts bail, plans to fight charges

Matthew Sofka, who was arrested at a post-wedding brawl Sunday night, has posted bail and plans to fight charges that he assaulted a Philadelphia police officer and resisted arrest. His attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said the melee was already under way when Sofka, 26, of Westfield, N.J., arrived at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel, where […]

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Mistrial declared in fatal Phillies ballpark fight

A Philadelphia judge has declared a mistrial for three men charged in a fatal beating outside a Phillies game two years ago.

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