Former Ironworkers Boss Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison

Joseph Dougherty, the former Ironworkers boss convicted earlier this year of leading a union campaign of intimidation against non-unionized workplaces, was sentenced Monday to 19 years in prison.

NewsWorks reports Dougherty was also ordered to pay $558,000 in restitution.

Dougherty was convicted in January of racketeering conspiracy, using fire to commit a felony, and other charges. Of the 12 defendants in the racketeering case, Dougherty was the only one who did not plead guilty before trial. Read more »

Guilty Plea Possible in 2013 Salvation Army Collapse

The crane operator accused of causing the Salvation Amy collapse that killed six people and injured six others may plead this week.

“According to sources close to the case, crane operator Sean Benschop may enter a plea at a hearing Tuesday morning,” CBS 3 reports. “The 43-year-old faces multiple counts of Third Degree Murder, which carry a potential life sentence.” Read more »

WATCH: South Jersey Dads Fight Over Daughters, Softball

Fights happen often over professional sports, but on Wednesday, two South Jersey men exchanged punches in Maryland over their daughters and a youth softball game.

Michael Barbella and Michael Duffy, whose daughters once played on the same traveling softball team, were charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a verbal and physical altercation on Wednesday evening, reported Thursday. Barbella, from Ventnor, allegedly challenged Duffy, from Mays Landing, to the fight via text message and then drove from New Jersey to Salisbury, Maryland, just south of the Delaware-Maryland border. Read more »

Police Investigate Death of Drexel Grad

Jasmine Wright | Facebook

Jasmine Wright | Facebook

Police say a recent Drexel grad was beaten and possibly strangled to death in her West Philadelphia apartment.

Jasmine Wright, 27, was found dead Thursday afternoon at her apartment by the building’s property manager. She was a recent graduate of Drexel University’s School of Public Health. Read more »

Loews Masseur Had Been Arrested, Fired by Main Line Spa for Allegedly Grabbing Customer’s Genitals

Left: Former massage therapist Jerome McNeill in 2014 Philadelphia Police department photo. Right: The Hand & Stone spa in Haverford (via Google Maps.)

Left: Former massage therapist Jerome McNeill in 2014 Philadelphia Police department photo. Right: The Hand & Stone spa in Haverford (via Google Maps.)

On Tuesday, we told you about Jerome McNeill, the 26-year-old Port Richmond massage therapist who is charged with sexually assaulting a woman inside the spa at the Loews Hotel last October. And now we’ve learned that the Loews incident wasn’t the first time that McNeill was accused of assaulting a client during a massage. Read more »

Doylestown Lawyer Accused of Insider Trading

A Doylestown lawyer is in big trouble with the feds, charged with insider trading and making false statements under oath.

Herbert Sudfeld, a 64-year-old man from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was indicted Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He faces two counts of securities fraud, three counts of making a false statement, and one count of “aiding and abetting.” Read more »

Man Robs Bank While Fox 29 Interviews Cops Nearby

A bearded man in a Phillies cap robbed the TD Bank at Fourth and Market this morning, police say. Amazingly, the robbery took place while Fox 29 was about to interview Philadelphia police chief inspector Joe Sullivan just a block away. Sullivan then went running after the suspect, and bike cops followed.

Sullivan was on air to be interviewed about the annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore. Fox 29’s headquarters are across the street from the TD Bank. Read more »

Feds Bring New Charges Against Alleged “Pill Mill” Doctor


Dr. William O’Brien III didn’t just run a “pill mill” out of his office, federal prosecutors said Thursday. His prescriptions allegedly led to the death of a patient. They also allegedly got him mixed up with a notorious motorcycle gang — a group of members and their associates who the feds say sported such nicknames as “Tomato Pie,” “Nose,” “Stalker,” and “Redneck.”

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the new charges and allegations against O’Brien, who was originally charged in January for the alleged “pill mill” scheme. The information about the patient’s death, as well as the involvement of the Pagan motorcycle gang, were among the new bits of information in Thursday’s unveiling. Overall, the new indictment adds 95 counts to the case against O’Brien to the charges he already faced — and, for the first time, also charges his ex-wife, Elizabeth Hibbs, with participating in the scheme. (See the indictment below.) Read more »

Home Invasions Reported in Mt. Airy, Northern Liberties


Philadelphia Police have released surveillance footage of a terrifying attempted home invasion in West Mt. Airy. They are looking for your help to locate the suspects.

On Tuesday, police say, a 32-year-old West Mt. Airy resident was inside his home on the 500 block of Burnham Road (off Lincoln Drive, near the Upsal train station) when he heard a knock on the door. When he opened the door, a second man ran up and pointed a gun at him. Read more »

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