Joyce Sheridan Death Ruled a Homicide

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

No surprise here, but perhaps at least some clarity. Politicker NJ reports: “A death certificate for Joyce Sheridan, the wife of Cooper Health CEO and prominent political figure John Sheridan, was filed in Somerset County Surrogate Court today, listing her death as a ‘homicide.’ Her husband’s certificate, meanwhile, is listed as ‘pending investigation.’”

The Sheridans died following a mysterious fire at their house in September; last week it was revealed that both Sheridans had suffered multiple stab wounds at the time of their deaths.

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Center City Attorney Faces Sex Assault Charges

Brian Meehan, courtesy the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Brian Meehan, courtesy the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

A Center City attorney faces charges he had sex with a 14-year-old girl who had been forced into prostitution by a Germantown couple.

District Attorney Seth Williams publicized the charges against Brian Meehan, 56, during a Tuesday morning press conference. The Germantown couple has not been named, pending the results of an ongoing grand jury investigation.

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Joe Frazier Granddaughter Indicted on Bank Fraud, Identity Theft Charges

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A 2010 Facebook photo of Tamyra Frazier and Joe Frazier.

Just over three years after the death of Philadelphia boxing great Joe Frazier, his 30-year-old granddaughter could be in a heap of trouble with the feds. Tamyra Frazier of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, has been charged with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy, and a bench warrant has been issued for her arrest.

According to an indictment filed in Philadelphia’s U.S. District Court by U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, Frazier used her position as an employee at Beneficial Bank in Jenkintown to provide personal and account information of bank customers to members of an identity theft ring.

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Grand Jury Makes Ferguson Decision

AP reports: “A St. Louis County grand jury has finally reached a decision on whether to charge Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr., several media outlets reported Monday. The panel’s ruling is expected to be revealed during a press conference at the courthouse in Clayton later today.”

This will be a big deal in Philadelphia. Activists have already announced plans to demonstrate here on both the day of the announcement — today, apparently — and the day after. Philly Police have been planning for the protests and meeting with organizers.

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Former Head of Montco GOP Pleads to Indecent Assault

robert-kerns-400Robert Kerns, an attorney and the former head of the Montgomery County GOP, pleaded “no contest” today to a misdemeanor count of indecent assault involving a woman who worked at his firm.

Kerns, 67, was accused of having sex with the woman after she passed out during a night of drinking in October. He was sentenced to two years probation and must register as a sex offender for 15 years.
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Cops: Mayfair Tire Slasher David Toledo Slashed More Tires

David Toledo, a convicted tire slasher

When David Toledo was convicted of 15 charges related to a string of tire slashings in Mayfair, his lawyer had a novel defense: He was merely a Mayfair tire slasher, not the Mayfair Tire Slasher.

“The jury, by its verdict, seems to have found that he damaged some tires,” his lawyer said, “but to call David Toledo the ‘Mayfair Tire Slasher’ now would be unfair.” Toledo got probation for his crimes. Now police say Toledo is at it again.

Police say a SEPTA driver was sitting in his car on the 1600 block of Creston Street when he spotted Toledo near the tire of his vehicle. The driver investigated and found a glue mousetrap with nails attached to the glue side.

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Death Warrant Signed for Rapper Who Killed Philadelphia Police Officer

Office Lauretha Vaird's funeral, January 11, 1996. AP file photo/Nanine Hartzenbusch

Officer Lauretha Vaird’s funeral, January 11, 1996. AP file photo/Nanine Hartzenbusch

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has signed an execution warrant for the man convicted of Philadelphia police officer Lauretha Vaird’s murder.

Christopher Roney, who was convicted of killing Vaird during a January 1996 bank robbery in Feltonville on Rising Sun Avenue, is scheduled to be executed on January 8th of next year. Vaird, who was wearing a bulletproof vest without its protective panels, was killed by a single shot to the abdomen; she was the first female officer killed in the line of duty.

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N.J. State Police: 2 Children Shot to Death in Burlco Home

New Jersey state police confirmed today that two children, a boy and a girl, were killed and two other people wounded in a shooting in Tabernacle. Other family members discovered the bodies and surviving victims, per state police.

Police believe the incident to be a murder suicide, according to 6 ABC. “There is not a massive manhunt going on,” Capt. Stephen Jones told reporters. “The public should not be alarmed or feel threatened.”

Neighbors told the station it is a house with several families in it. The shooting took place sometime between midnight and 9 a.m.

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Reports: Cooper CEO and Wife Were Stabbed

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

Two newspapers are separately reporting this morning that Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, had both been stabbed repeatedly when they were found following a September fire at their home in Somerset County, New Jersey. Both Sheridans died in the incident.

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Bucks County Man Charged With Toddler Son’s Overdose Death

A Bucks County man has been charged in the painkiler overdose death of his 27-month-old son.

Sebastian Wallace, the toddler, died Oct. 22 with enough Oxycodone in his system to kill a full adult, the Bucks County Courier Times reports. His father, Coco Kollie Wallace, 38, is charged with criminal homicide, reckless endangering, endangering the welfare of children and possession of a controlled substance.

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