Police Investigating Rash of Armed Robberies in Fairmount

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The 2200 block of Brown Street, where an armed robbery was reported on Sunday evening. | Image via Google Maps

Philly police are investigating a recent string of armed robberies in Fairmount.

Residents are worried after four incidents allegedly took place in the neighborhood this week. Police say residents reported two armed robberies on Sunday night, first at 8 p.m. on the 2200 block of Brown Street, then shortly before 9 p.m. on the 2500 block of Poplar Street.  Read more »

Delco Man Accused of Liberian War Crimes Convicted of Fraud, Perjury

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In this AP file photo, an intoxicated young rebel with the United Liberation Movement of Liberia (ULIMO) shouts while walking along the highway leading to Tubmanburg, 40 miles northwest of the capital Monrovia in 1996.

Mohammed Jabbateh – the East Landsdowne resident accused of committing atrocious war crimes in Liberia under the name of “Jungle Jabbah” – was convicted of immigration fraud and perjury on Wednesday,

Jabbateh, who was arrested last year, has lived in the Philly suburbs for about two decades. His trial, which was watched closely in Liberia and around the world, lasted roughly three weeks.

During that time, more than a dozen Liberians accused him of committing or ordering public rape, murder, torture and sexual enslavement as a high-ranking captain of the United Liberation Movement for Democracy in Liberia, a rebel group during the First Liberian Civil War in the 1990s.

According to philly.com, Jabbateh “showed no reaction” as the verdict was read on Wednesday, just two days after it went to the jury.

The 51-year-old father of five, who has maintained his innocence, now faces a maximum of 30 years in prison. Prosecutors have said they will seek to deport him.

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Philly Sex Offender Sues Big Tobacco for $50 Million

Left: Philadelphia sex offender Ted McCracken. (Megan’s Law registry) Right: A pack of Kool cigarettes. (Wikimedia Commons)

We here at Philly Mag see a lot of personal injury lawsuits rolling through the local courts, but we don’t remember the last time we saw somebody suing big tobacco. For $50 million. And then there’s the fact that the guy suing is a registered sex offender. Read more »

Bucks County Deputy Sheriff Accused of Indecent Exposure, Lewd Conduct

Stephen Springfield. Photo courtesy of the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office

A Bucks County deputy sheriff has been charged with indecent exposure, open lewdness, and disorderly conduct after two women told authorities that he exposed himself and committed other acts over a period of several days in Bristol’s Silver Lake Park. Read more »

Disgraced Drexel Neurologist Slapped With Slew of Sex Crime Charges

Ricardo Cruciani. (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department.)

The former head of Drexel University’s Department of Neurology faces a slew of sex crime charges after several former patients alleged that he had touched them inappropriately and even exposed himself on one occasion.

According to court documents, Dr. Ricardo Cruciani was charged with multiple counts of indecent assault and harassment as well as a single count of indecent exposure, among other offenses, on September 25th. A pain specialist who worked in one of Drexel’s clinical practices and also taught at the school, Cruciani was terminated by the university in March 2017 after an internal investigation into complaints lodged by patients. Read more »

N.J. Man Accused of Abandoning Dying Son After Fleeing Police, Crashing Car

Via the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office

Bail has been set at a steep $5 million for a New Jersey man accused of abandoning his toddler in a car crash that killed the two-year-old.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s office has charged 27-year-old Christopher D. Kuhn of Hamilton with third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle, retail theft, endangering the welfare of children, and running a red light, among other counts.  Read more »

South Jersey Woman Accused of Killing Boyfriend With Two Frying Pans

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Authorities in New Jersey have announced the arrest of a 33-year-old Camden County woman on murder charges after her boyfriend succumbed to brain injuries sustained in an attack last month in which he was repeatedly beaten over the head with two frying pans.

According to a criminal complaint, Camden resident Maleia Cole was taken into police custody on Monday in connection with a September 2nd assault that caused the death of Jason Lewis weeks later. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office says Cole admitted to beating her boyfriend with the cookware because the two had gotten into an argument at her home, which is situated in a trailer park across the street from a local convenience store. Read more »

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