Pa. State Senator to Plead Guilty to Felony Charge

Pennsylvania State Senator LeAnna Washington will plead guilty next week to charges she used taxpayer money to fund political fundraisers.

Washington is facing two felony counts of theft of services. It’s not clear if she’s pleading guilty to one or both counts, and neither the prosecution nor the defense would say if she would serve any jail time. She faced 12 years.

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Man Accused of Montco Murder Found In North Carolina

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Montgomery County authorities announced Friday the arrest of Chad Marshall Wilcox — the man accused of killing 36-year-old Manuel Hakimian last month in Norristown. In a release, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Wilcox admitted to North Carolina authorities that he plotted to meet Hakimian on Craigslist for a sexual encounter with the intention of robbing him.

Hakiman was found dead on the evening of September 21st, his throat slashed.

After he committed the murder, authorities say, Wilcox stole Hakimian’s car and wallet. He was first spotted in Tennessee and Kentucky. An officer spotted Wilcox in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a chase ensued. Wilcox, 28, crashed the stolen car and escaped on foot.

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Northeast Philly Man Shoots Fiancée’s Dad With Rifle Multiple Times

A Bustleton man fired multiple shots from a high-powered rifle at his fiance’s father in the Bustleton section of Northeast Philly on Thursday, police said.

At least 28 shots were fired in the attack on the 8900 block of Alton Street near Pennypack Park. The victim was shot multiple times and remains in critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

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Another Violent Incident at Northeast Philly Pathmark

Earlier this month, a man was stabbed in a Northeast Philly Pathmark after an argument with another man. Now, the supermarket has been the site of a second attack.

Police say a woman ran into the Pathmark screaming after she was assaulted by a 19-year-old man on Monday. The man followed her into the store, where he was cornered by shoppers until police arrived.

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Pocono Schools Closed After Reported Eric Frein Sighting

Schools in the Pocono Mountain school district are closed today after another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the man suspected of killing Byron Dickson and wounding trooper Alex Douglass in a random attack last month.

The schools were open yesterday, but closed after another reported sighting of Frein on Monday, near the Swiftwater Post Office.

Also on Monday, police said a suspected blood sample found on a porch in the area was not a DNA match for Frein’s blood. In fact, it wasn’t blood at all.

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Report: Robbery of Temple Students Was Done in Retaliation

The Daily News reports today that the Temple students robbed in a home invasion were targeted over a previous beef with a neighbor.

The robbery, cops say, happened Sunday night on the 1800 block of North 18th Street. Cops say two men with handguns pistol-whipped a resident who was having a cigarette on the front steps — then came into the house, zip tied the hands of at least six residents and robbed the home of cell phones, laptops, speakers, video games and wallets.

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Another Member of “Main Line Takeover Project” Admits Guilt

main-line-drug-bust-mugshot-john-rosemann-400A member of the alleged preppie drug ring that made headlines last spring has pleaded to misdemeanor charges in the case, the Delco Daily Times reports. John Cole Rosemann, 21, of Weston, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of receipt in commerce of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia while he was a student at Lafayette College.

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Interview: Camden Mayor Dana Redd on Her City’s Revival

Camden Mayor Dana Redd in her office. The city is showing signs of recovery, at long last.

Camden Mayor Dana Redd in her office. The city is showing signs of recovery, at long last.

Related: Is Camden on the Cusp of Revival?Four reasons to think the city Rolling Stone called “Apocalypse, New Jersey” might truly be on the upswing. 

Everything’s coming up Camden.

Known mainly for its violence and poverty, the city across the river from Philadelphia may be witnessing a recovery. Violence is down, the bond rating is up, and a grocery store has even opened. The 76ers are even making it their second home, locating their practice facilities here in exchange for a major tax break. The city is a long way from being placid and perfect, but it’s climbed beyond the depths it had sunk to just a few years ago, when the state had to take it over entirely.

Mayor Dana Redd talked to Philly Mag recently about the work that has gone into reviving her city.   “Ultimately and over time, I expect to see our unemployment rate come down, I expect to see more citizens working, and to attract a middle-class base back to Camden,” she said.

Some excerpts:
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Horsham Man Sentenced to Prison For Posting Bomb Threat To Willow Grove Mall

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Willow Grove Park Mall.

A 24-year-old man, David Barnhouse of Horsham, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for posting a bomb threat on the Willow Grove Park Mall’s website on June 20, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced. According to its indictment, Barnhouse hacked into his neighbor’s wireless router to post the threat, which read:

“We have planted an explosive device somewhere in the mall, and will detonate it unless all members of the Islamic faith imprisoned in the United States are freed by 7pm on June 23.  Even if you search the mall for 72 consecutive hours, you will NEVER find it. Do not attempt to defuse the bomb, find the bomb, or interact with authorities on this matter, except those capable of freeing our brothers.”

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