A member of the alleged preppie drug ring that made headlines last spring has pleaded to misdemeanor charges in the case, the Delco Daily Times reports. John Cole Rosemann, 21, of Weston, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of receipt in commerce of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia while he was a student at Lafayette College.
MuckRock, an investigative website that specializes in open-records requests, says Philadelphia has paid more than $40 million to settle nearly 600 police misconduct suits since 2009.
Sound like a lot? The folks at MuckRock think so.
“The numbers dwarf comparable statistics in other major cities for which MuckRock obtained the same data,” MuckRock reported. “For example, the cities of Indianapolis, San Francisco, San Jose, and Austin settled or lost a combined 122 police misconduct cases — compared to 586 cases in Philadelphia.”
I committed a grievous etiquette sin last weekend. I pulled a Halloween ghost.
Let me explain, and see if you wouldn’t have been tempted to, too.
We were invited to the wedding of a friend of our daughter Marcy. Marcy was in the wedding party, so I had gone to the wedding shower as well. I’d dutifully bought gifts for both occasions. My husband Doug and I got dressed up on a Saturday and got to the venue on time. We’ve had the happy couple over to our house for a couple of parties. We’re not close, exactly, but we like them and wish them the best.
We enjoyed the ceremony (I cried), and chatted with acquaintances and strangers at the hour-plus cocktail hour. Then we found our seats for dinner, introduced ourselves to our table-mates, and made quite enjoyable conversation with them for a couple of hours while the meal was served. It was lengthy because it was interspersed with speeches and first dances. By the time the floor was opened to general dancing, we’d been there for four-plus hours, and frankly, we were beat.
A man on a Wednesday flight from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic said he had the Ebola virus — apparently as a joke with unintended consequences.
This is Shamira Hawkins-Worthey. She’s worked for the city’s Department of Human Services for nearly eight years. And now she’s in trouble.
Prosecutors announced Monday they’re bringing 1,576 counts of theft, forgery and more against Hawkins-Worthey. Why? Because (they say) one of her job responsibilities was to help clients obtain SEPTA tokens so they could go to court hearings, medical appointments, and other “official events” despite poverty and an inability to pay SEPTA fare on their own.
District Attorney Seth Williams says Hawkins-Worthey instead filled out a number of requests for tokens in DHS cases that were already inactive or closed. She caught the attention of authorities when she requested 300 tokens over two days.
A pair of on-duty, uniformed Philly cops — partners who were apparently romantic partners during their off-hours — got into a physical altercation on Friday night.
We already knew Jeffrey Walker was a bad Philadelphia cop: He pleaded to robbery and weapons charges earlier this year, and his cooperation was considered key to the mass indictment of his fellow narcotics officers over the summer. But we’re still getting a sense of the scale of the problem.
The Inquirer reports a judge on Friday dismissed 59 narcotics convictions in which Walker was a key witness. The convictions had been obtained between 2004 and 2013.
A typical Saturday morning at the upmarket Suburban Square shopping center just outside of Philadelphia sees well-heeled suburbanites sipping Starbucks Pumpkin Skim Lattes while shopping at J. Crew, Trader Joe’s, and Lilly Pulitzer in the most civilized of manners. It is never the scene of melees, brouhahas or ruckuses. But this past Saturday was anything but typical. Read more »