The Inquirer reports that Upper Dublin school officials won’t say what vetting processes they used before Jason C. Jean a “swinger guru” gave an inspirational pep talk at a school assembly. Turns out the students did the vetting—before the assembly was even over:
Philly is among the nation’s leading crime-ridden cities that doesn’t bother to pursue criminals who cross state lines, USA Today reports today. That’s true even when other states have Philly fugitives in custody: The city simply won’t bother with the extradition process to get to fugitives back.
It’s not just a Philly problem: “Police in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Little Rock — all among the nation’s highest-crime cities — told the FBI they wouldn’t pursue 90% or more of their felony suspects into other states,” the story says. Officials don’t want to bother because “they don’t want to pay the cost or jump through the legal hoops required to extradite” cross-state fugitives.
But the paper makes clear Philly has a particular problem because of the practice, noting that seven people have been killed by the city’s fugitives who weren’t pursued. And it highlighted the case of Thomas Terlecky — a man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl here in 1996, who escaped prosecution by fleeing to Miami.
Last week, a video of a mother ignoring her child on SEPTA made the Internet rounds, and police said Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services was investigating. Now, today, the Daily News‘ David Gambacorta reports the child has been taken from her mother.
During the weekend, the little girl was removed from her mother’s home by DHS workers.
The mother, whom the Daily News is not identifying because she has not been charged with a crime, posted this update on Facebook: “I f—— hope all you skumbags [sic] out there are f—— happy,” she wrote. “I just lost the best thing in the world to me all because ppl [sic] think before they open there [sic] mouths!”
The Daily News reports: “In November, Marissa Sargeant publicly accused Tullytown Borough police of “brutally” assaulting her son, Joey Williams, 14, after he was arrested on shoplifting charges at the Walmart on Route 13. She posted photos of his swollen face on Facebook. They went viral, with supporters comparing it to the Rodney King beating. Now, three months after the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office cleared the officers of wrongdoing, Sargeant is in prison on felony charges that she shoplifted from the same Walmart, police said.” Sergeant has been unable to post bail.
This video from SEPTA’s Route 66 bus in Philadelphia is currently making the rounds on Facebook. Shot on Thursday, it appears to show an extremely disoriented woman severely neglecting her child (the young girl calls her mama at least twice). Read more »
NewsWorks reports that the organizers of Philly Tech Week are taking steps to prevent the harassment of women during events this year; some high-profile incidents at other conferences and in the broader tech community have led to the caution.