Former L&I Official Dominic Verdi Charged With Extortion By Feds

The writing has been on the wall for a long, long time for former L&I Deputy Commissioner Dominic Verdi, who resigned way back in February 2011 amid an FBI investigation into his activities. That multi-year investigation has now resulted in charges, with United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announcing on Tuesday that Verdi has been charged with extortion. Read more »

DuPont Heir Raped Daughter, Got Probation

Hope you’re ready to feel disgusted and angry. Gawker reports that Robert H. Richards IV — great grandson of  the late Irenee DuPont, family patriarch —  was convicted in 2008 of raping his 3-year-old daughter … and got probation because the judge in the case thought the rich guy couldn’t handle the rigors of prison. Why is this coming to light now? Richards’ ex-wife now alleges he raped their son, as well.

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Mother of 5-Year-Old Abducted from Philadelphia School Sues District, Teacher

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In January 2013, a woman wearing a burqa walked into a classroom in West Philadelphia’s Bryant Elementary School and walked out with a 5-year-old girl who wasn’t her child, as seen in this school surveillance image. Before the girl was found the next day, half-naked and shivering in the rain, she’d been sexually assaulted. And now, the mother of the young girl is suing the School District of Philadelphia, the School Reform Commission, and the teacher who released the girl to the abductor. Read more »

Danny’s Adult Store Robbed at Gunpoint

I’m sorry to bring you more unfortunate crime news out of the Gayborhood.

Police confirm that Danny’s Adult Store — located at 133 S. 13th Street — was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight yesterday, March 25th.

The incident took place at 12:56 p.m. According to police, the person working the counter reported that an “unknown black male entered the store and produced a black-and-silver-colored handgun and stated, ‘Give me the money.’”

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VIDEO: Police Looking for 4 Girls Who Hit Temple Student with Brick


Update [5:48]

According to Philadelphia Police Public Affairs, there are five juveniles in custody in relation to the attack of a Temple student with a brick. As of this update, there have been no arrests and no charges filed, though public affairs noted that that could change “at any moment.”


NBC10 reports that Philadelphia police have made an arrest in the attack.

Temple says five suspects total are in custody.


Four teenage girls attacked a Temple student with a brick and attempted to rob her boyfriend on the 1600 block of Norris Street Friday, police say. The cops have now released a video of the four suspects.

NBC 10 reported a student was attacked by a group of 7 to 10 girls before the assault on the other two students.

Commissioner Charles Ramsay told KYW 1060′s Jim Melwert the teens are in for a rude awakening: “We’re going to charge them. If we find them, we will charge them. There’s no question about that. They’ll find out very quickly it’s not funny.”

Police say the group hopped on a SEPTA bus at 17th and Norris after the attack and attempted robbery. If you see them, police say to dial 911. To report a tip, call 215.686.8477.

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Philly Man Pleads Guilty in ‘Secret Shopper’ Scams

Dave Brister had a pretty good scam going. He and associates, many overseas, would pull the old counterfeit check scheme — sending people fake checks, asking them to deposit them into banks, then getting the victims to wire him the money. The checks would eventually bounce, leaving the victims on the hook.

The scam eventually caught up with him.

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Tribune reports, Brister pleaded guilty to multiple counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, check fraud and possibly other types of fraud, too. (Catfishing?)

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