Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Chester County DA has announced he will seek the death penalty against Shakeem Carter, who is accused of the brutal murder of a Norristown teen.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday that the state will seek the death penalty against Shakeem Carter, the Norristown man accused of the brutal murder of 17-year-old Kevin Allen on Feb. 12. "The decision to pursue the death penalty is reserved for the most serious crimes and is only reached after careful deliberations," Hogan stated in a release. "After consultation with the police and the victim's family, this decision is based upon the circumstances surrounding the murder of this young man." Hogan listed three aggravating factors that contributed to his decision to pursue the death penalty: Carter is accused of killing Allen at the Hanover Garden Apartments in North Coventry, Pa. on the evening Feb. 12 in the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Risa Ferman says it could reduce violence in Montco.
Friday, April 5
Delaware Valley politicians ban together to fight to get tougher gun laws. The district attorneys in the Greater Philadelphia area have put their heads together to find ways to restrict illegal weapons in the region. Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney, told Nesworks that "the legislation could also help reduce violence in [Montgomery County] areas." According to a report by WHYY, Ferman has "joined a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers to discuss new state legislation setting a mandatory minimum two-year sentence for illegally carrying a firearm in Philadelphia." To read the full report and all the bill entails, visit the Newsworks story here.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the arrest of 20-year-old Shakeem Carter, of Norristown, for the Feb. 12 murder of Kevin Allen.
[Editorial note: This story contains graphic descriptions of a murder that may be disturbing to some readers.] Describing the gruesome scene investigators discovered on entering apartment 127 of the Hanover Garden Apartments in North Coventry, Pa. on the evening Feb. 12, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said they had opened "a doorway to hell." Twenty-year-old Shakeem Carter, also of Norristown, has been arrested and charged with the grisly murder that authorities say was in connection with a robbery. Carter had allegedly stolen $350 given to Allen by his father to buy clothes. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Allen's body was discovered in the blood-soaked apartment after police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor who heard a "…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
News Next Door: Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler found that "loss of tactical control" by police did not rise to level of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of a handcuffed suspect.
Update, 5:38 p.m. July 30 Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler called the investigation into the death of Michael W. Marino "thorough and impartial" and defended claims that Marino was "society's victim in these events" by describing the victim as "drug-abusing, mentally ill and violent." He said to prosecute Officer Seth Mumbauer would make him "a scapegoat for those who decided Marino could be free without supervision." During a 3 p.m. press conference in his office in the Bucks County Courthouse, Heckler said Mumbauer shot Marino once in the chest. Marino's hands were cuffed behind his back, Heckler said. "Shortly before the shooting, a total of three officers had combined to subdue Marino. The shooting took place during a fight…
Monday, July 2, 2012
The driver, a store owner and store employee are facing charges related to the May 21 deaths of James Crawford and Rachel Witt.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced today that Achi Store owner Rafie Ali and store employee Mohammed K. Himed will be charged for the illegal sale of K2, a synthetic marijuana, related to the May 21 deaths of James Crawford and Rachel Witt. At a press conference on Monday, July 2, the district attorney and Pottstown Police Chief Mark Flanders announced the arrests, the first in Montgomery County since laws banning K2 went into effect last August. Ali and Himed are charged with corrupt organizations, delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, paraphernalia and related offenses. Roger Malloy, who was driving the vehicle that killed Crawford and Witt, faces two …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Bikers Against Child Abuse exceed last year's Victims Benefit total.
The Montgomery County chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse held their Fifth-annual Victims Benefit on Saturday night, packing the ballroom at Third and Walnut and raising over $1,600 for child abuse victims and local charities. "We all feel that it was a big success," said Richard Bennett, president of the Montco BACA. "We had some good friends get together to raise money for a great cause. We also want to offer a big thank you to Mike from Third and Walnut for all he has done for us." In addition to the food, drinks, raffles and door prizes, the group took time to recognize the efforts of several individuals for their extraordinary work in the community, including Jim Hay, who was presented with an autographed BACA plaque for his efforts…
Friday, October 7, 2011
The books are being distributed to area students thanks to a grant from the Verizon Foundation to the Norristown-based nonprofit Mission Kids.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The senseless murder of 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman should inspire the Democrats to challenge the incumbent district attorney.
If there is a reason to challenge or remove the District Attorney in Montgomery County—this is it. Sklyer Kauffman was killed in the most savage brutal way a 9 year old could—by a sexual predator. It turns out that Skyler appears to have eluded death only three weeks ago when the suspect in this case actually had Skylar and another child in his apartment. The kids did what they were supposed to do—they told their parents, who called the cops. It appears the perp was given a pass on this incident. The District Attorney for Montgomery County, Risa Vetri Ferman, has stated: "You have to have a crime take place in order to file charges. … Everyone did what they were supposed to do, and unfortunately it wasn't enough to prevent the death of …