Philadelphia Criminal Law News

October 2011 Archives

2 Clinic Workers Tied to Dr. Kermit Gosnell Plead Guilty

Two clinic workers at Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Women's Medical Society abortion center have pleaded guilty to murder.

Adrienne Moton, 34, and Sherry West, 52, pleaded guilty to third degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and other charges that could lead to their imprisonment for the rest of their lives, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

William Burch Gets 2 Years for Bogus Price-Fixing Claim

William Burch was sentenced to two years in a federal prison after he was found to have faked a price fixing scandal by Honeywell.

Burch, a 53-year-old former sales executive with Champion Industries, doctored a letter purportedly from competitor Honeywell regarding a planned price increase in oil filters, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

2 More to Stand Trial for SEPTA Shooting

Lawrence Rahyle and Keith Bellamy will in fact stand trial for the SEPTA shooting last June.

Six men were originally arrested for the ambush on the SEPTA bus. However, Rahyle and Bellamy had their charges dismissed when a video showed that they did not directly take part in the shooting, reports thePhiladelphia Daily News.

However, the District Attorney’s Office refiled charges and now the two will in fact stand trial and face attempted murder and aggravated assault charges.

Sentencing in Danieal Kelly Case

Finally, the end has come to the trials for the death of Danieal Kelly. The girl’s father and two former Department of Human Services (DHS) workers were all sentenced to up to five years in jail.

In 2006, Danieal Kelly was found starved to death in the apartment where she lived. The girl was 14-years-old but only weighed 46 pounds when authorities found her body, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. The girl had suffered from cerebral palsy.

10 Youths Found In Philadelphia Captives Case

The Philadelphia captives case that started when a landlord found four handicapped adults locked in an apartment cellar has expanded as police removed ten children and teenagers from the care of the alleged kidnapper.

Linda Ann Weston was charged this week with enslaving four captives in her basement. However, her criminal charges are now likely to expand as ten youths ranging in age from 2 to 19 have been removed from the Tacony apartment building where she lived, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Three Charged with Philadelphia Kidnapping and Abuse

Three people were charged in a horrific case of Philadelphia kidnapping involving four mentally challenged adults.

Linda Ann Weston, Thomas Gregory, and Eddie Wright are alleged to have been involved in a criminal scheme were they chained four handicapped adults to the cellar of their Tacony apartment so that they could steal their Social Security checks, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. A Philadelphia police spokesperson described the crime as "pure evil."

Privacy in Prison? US Supreme Court Hears NJ Case

A New Jersey case about strip searches in jail has wound its way up to the Supreme Court of the United States. The privacy in prison case is expected to help set search rules for jails across the country.

Six years ago, Albert Florence was stopped by police for a routine traffic stop. At the stop, police discovered that Florence had a warrant out for an unpaid fine, and he was arrested and brought to a Mount Holly jail, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

11 Charged with Prostitution at Downtowners Fancy Brigade

Following up on a tip, Philadelphia police raided the Downtowners Fancy Brigade and arrested 11 people for prostitution-related offenses.

Six weeks ago, police received a tip that prostitution was going on at the popular South Philadelphia Mummers club, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. According to the tip, women were solicited for sex on the second floor of the building every second Tuesday of the month between 7:00 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Hafeezah Nunrid-Din, Innocent Bystander Killed

Innocent bystander was killed in the Philadelphia streets. Hafeezah Nunrid-Din, a 31-year-old mother of four, was walking with her father on Malvern Avenue and 58th Street when she was killed by reckless gunfire.

Before 8 p.m. on Saturday night, two young men ran past Nunrid-Din and her father, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. A short time later, gunshots rang out killing the 31-year-old. Police believe the gunshots were directed at the two men who had ran past. Instead, the bullets struck Nunrid-Din in her shoulder and back.

One Year in Jail for Whale Shooting

Federal wildlife officials say that someone shot a 11-foot pilot whale with a rifle and left the whale to die a slow agonizing death. The whale washed up on the New Jersey shores and officials are still looking for leads into the killing.

The whale shooting likely happened over a month ago, reports the Associated Press. A necropsy performed on the animal shows that a bullet wound near the whale’s blowhole had healed over. However, the bullet had lodged in the whale’s jaw causing the jaw to become infected. The whale was unable to eat due to the injury and officials believe that the whale slowly starved to death, wandering the beach in agony for over a month.

What's the Price of a Baby? Mom Sells Baby for $15,000

Mom sells baby for $15,000. Bridget Wismer, 33, is accused of trying to sell her one-month-old baby to a 54-year-old Philadelphia man, John Gavaghan. It’s not clear what Gavaghan planned to do with the baby.

Police began their investigation in early September when Wismer’s family expressed concern that they believed the Delaware woman was trying to sell her baby, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. However, despite an investigation and interviews, the police could not confirm the allegations.

Omari Listenbee Arrested in Sex Tape Extortion

Omari Listenbee was arrested and charged this week with sex tape extortion of his ex-girlfriend. Listenbee allegedly threatened to release a sex video of him and his ex-girlfriend on the Internet unless the woman paid him $3,000.

Police began their investigation of Listenbee, a 33-year-old man from Montgomery County, when his unidentified ex-girlfriend filed a report that Listenbee was making threats against her, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. She claimed that Listenbee said that he had videotaped them having sex without her knowledge and that he had threatened to release these tapes on the Internet, including the Facebook accounts of her friends, unless she paid $3,000.