Rose Limuli in a photo provided by the Upper Dublin Police Department in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
A 39-year-old English teacher at Upper Dublin High School in Montgomery County faces accusations that she had sex and other inappropriate contact with a male student at the school.
Lansdale’s Rose Limuli has been charged with 12 counts of institutional sexual assault. The student, an 18-year-old senior, gave a statement to detectives on April 18th, two weeks after the Upper Dublin School District first reported the allegations to police. Read more »
It’s as classic a crime as they come: Man wins big on a horse race and promptly has his winnings stolen from him as he’s exiting the OTB. (See: Kramer on Seinfeld.) Well, it sounds like that’s exactly what happened recently outside a South Philadelphia OTB. Read more »
Kathryn Knott in an AP photo. Inset: Her father, former Chalfont, PA police chief Karl Knott.
Bucks County’s Kathryn Knott will likely soon see the light of day after a judge sentenced her in February to five to 10 months in jail for her role in the September 2014 Center City gay bashing. But her legal troubles aren’t over. A Norristown woman has sued Knott and others for what she says is retaliation over what she thought were anonymous Internet comments she made about Knott and the case. Read more »
Aja Beech | Photo courtesy of Aja Beech
Aja Beech is a 37-year-old mother of two from Fishtown who wants desperately to get away from her husband of seven years, construction worker Tobias McQueston. She’s broke, so she started a GoFundMe campaign titled “I Need a Divorce,” launching it a few days after McQueston was charged with assaulting her in March. She’s exceeded her goal of $5,000 and is now working with a Philadelphia attorney to put an official end to the marriage. Though crowdfunding for divorce isn’t unheard of, the involvement of domestic abuse charges seems to be unusual.
Beech told Philadelphia magazine that McQueston has assaulted her several times in the past, and medical records indicate that a 2014 incident documented by police resulted in a concussion. According to a criminal complaint filed by the District Attorney’s office in the March event, Beech’s husband is accused of pushing her face into the ground, giving her a bloody nose.
“It’s all bullshit,” claims McQueston, who is not the father of Beech’s two children. “I never physically assaulted anyone. It’s ridiculous. That’s all I have to say about it.” He is currently free on bail awaiting a June trial on charges of simple assault and reckless endangerment, and he can’t go anywhere near Beech thanks to a stay-away order issued by the judge.
Here, Beech talks about her crowdfunding campaign and the stigma that follows survivors of domestic abuse, more than 30 years after The Burning Bed. Read more »
Right: Former Miss Georgia USA Brenda Sharman, who led the girls-only assembly at Cardinal O’Hara High School, in a Pure Fashion publicity photo.
Colette Scorzetti is a senior at Delaware County Catholic school Cardinal O’Hara, and she’s not afraid of speaking her mind. Back in June 2015, upon learning of the Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage, Scorzetti posted on Facebook a “Celebrate Pride” rainbow-colored photo of her and one of her female friends wearing rings on their fourth fingers. And now, with graduation just around the corner, she’s taking aim at an assembly that Cardinal O’Hara recently held for girls. Read more »
Mugshot of Abdellah Elkaddi (Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office)
Less than a year since his arrest, 47-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man Abdellah Elkaddi has been convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman who was a passenger in his UberX vehicle in June 2015. Read more »
Surveillance image of one suspect in an armed robbery in Old City. (Photo via Philadelphia Police Department video screenshot.)
The Philadelphia Police Department is looking for two men wanted for a violent armed robbery in Old City. Read more »
There’s a video making the rounds on social media right now that purports to show a Pennsylvania voting machine that refuses to take a vote for Bernie Sanders. Naturally, a lot of Sanders supporters are upset over this, but let’s think about this for a moment before we start marching with Molotov cocktails, shall we? Read more »
Arson suspect Abdu Rivera. (Photo via Philadelphia Police Department)
On November 18, 2003, a suspicious fire ripped through a home in Olney, killing five people, and on Tuesday, 13 years later, police have announced an arrest. Read more »
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Editor’s Note: This is an opinion column from Philadelphia magazine senior reporter Victor Fiorillo.
Voters in Pennsylvania are today being asked an important ballot question: Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to abolish the Philadelphia Traffic Court? (If you voted no, we need to have a talk.) But one question we’d really like the chance to vote on is this: Shall the State of Pennsylvania never, ever again have a closed primary? Read more »