2 Pennsylvania Lawmakers Involved in Shootout Near Capitol

Pennsylvania State Rep. Marty Flynn was involved in a shootout with robbers near the Capitol in Harrisburg. Flynn exchanged gunfire with several men who allegedly attempted to rob him and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro at 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, a House Democratic spokesperson told the Inquirer.

Flynn and Bizzarro, both Democrats, were returning from a fundraiser and walking back to a house they stay in when in session. Three men were arrested in the incident. The lawmakers were not injured.

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Ex-Eagle Irving Fryar, Mother Reject Plea Deals, Will Head to Trial

Former NFL football star, Irving Fryar, right, and his mother Allene McGhee appear before Judge James W. Palmer in Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, as they pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam. State prosecutors allege Fryar's 80-year-old mother, Allene McGhee, of Willingboro, N.J., submitted false information to obtain five loans on her home within a six-day period. (AP Photo | Dennis McDonald)

Former NFL football star, Irving Fryar, right, and his mother Allene McGhee appeared before Judge James W. Palmer in Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, as they pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam. State prosecutors allege Fryar’s 80-year-old mother, Allene McGhee, of Willingboro, N.J., submitted false information to obtain five loans on her home within a six-day period. (AP Photo | Dennis McDonald)

Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother, accused in a mortgage fraud scam in New Jersey, both turned down plea deals in court Tuesday and will head to trial on charges of mortgage fraud.

“I have lost everything,” Fryar’s mother, Allene McGhee, said in court. Both Fryar and his mother live in Willingboro, New Jersey. Fryar was born in Mount Holly and played for the Eagles for three seasons from 1996 to 1998. He remained in the area after retiring, and briefly worked for Action News.

Fryar and McGhee are accused of conspiring with another man, William Barksdale, to obtain five mortgages on McGhee’s Willingboro home last year. Barksdale pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud earlier this year and was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison. Under the plea deal, Fryar and McGhee would have pleaded guilty to second-degree theft by deception and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution. Fryar would have been sentenced to five years; McGhee three.

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The Feds Want to Put Joey Merlino Back In Prison Immediately

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Philadelphia’s skinniest mobster Joey Merlino has been living in Boca Raton, Florida since his March 2011 release from federal prison, where he spent a decade on racketeering and extortion charges. But now the long arm of the law has caught up with him, yanking him back to the Federal Courthouse at 6th and Market streets in Philadelphia for a hearing on Friday morning. And the end result could be his return to federal prison. Read more »

Prosecutor’s Misdeeds Mean Trio Won’t Be Retried for Murder

A judge ruled yesterday that three men once convicted of torturing and murdering another man won’t be retried for the crime. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner ruled the case couldn’t be retried due to prosecutorial misconduct during the original 2006 crime.

A jury convicted Aquil Bond, Jawayne Brown and Richard Brown of second-degree murder in 2006 and sentenced them to life without parole. Witnesses testified the three men duct-taped 25-year-old Rohan Haughton, tortured him with a hot kitchen knife and shot him in the head. All four men were involved in the drug trade.

But the state’s highest court threw out the conviction in 2012, saying Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron committed multiple instances of prosecutorial misconduct at trial. During closing arguments, Cameron said a prosecution witness had helped solve seven murders. Additionally, he had the chief of the homicide Unit, Ed McCann, testify to corroborate witness testimony.

Lerner ruled yesterday the state’s constitution doesn’t allow a retrial when a verdict is thrown out due to prosecutorial misconduct.

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Man in Halloween Mask Robs Bank

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An “older male” in a Halloween mask robbed a TD Bank branch in Hatboro Wednesday morning, police say.

At 10 a.m. this morning, cops say, the man — in what appears to be some sort of monster mask — pointed a gun at a teller at the TD Bank on York Road in Hatboro. He fled in a blue older-model Buick (with the stolen license plate GKM 2042) after escaping with an unidentified amount of money.

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Philadelphians Ignore Stabbing in Pathmark Aisle, Keep Shopping

What are people around the United States thinking about Philadelphia today? Well, we’re a cold-blooded bunch who will not let a little thing like a stabbing at the supermarket get in the way of buying our Count Chocula. (Yes, presumably while also eating a cheesesteak.)

That’s courtesy of the above tweet, sent last night by NBC 10 and retweeted a few hundred times, and the related story. On Tuesday, a man in the Pathmark at 840 Cottman Avenue in Burlhome confronted another shopper, police say, and stabbed him in the face and neck with a kitchen knife.

The victim was taken to Jeanes Hospital and later transferred to Temple Hospital due to his worsening condition, but he is expected to survive.

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