Sunday, March 31, 2013
A New Jersey man is one of three arrested as part of an organized crime ring focusing on area Target stores.
According to the Daily Times, 36-year-old Damian Alexander Gasdaska, of Phillipsburg, N.J., was sentenced to 15 months to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty to organized retail theft and conspiracy to commit retail theft for his involvement in a sophisticated theft ring targeting area Target stores. According to authorities, Gasdaska and his cohorts would affix lower-priced UPC labels to higher-priced products to defraud Target stores and then sell the products online for profit. The ring netted upwards of $172,000 in the endeavor. Read more about the case here. --- Related Stories Third Man Arrested in Target Theft Ring Montco DA Nabs Target Bandits
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The "Aggressive Enforcement Unit" is a new partnership between police, county sheriff and detective departments, state troopers and the narcotics enforcement team.
Norristown Patch readers this past weekend reported seeing increased police presence and even noting the participation of Pennsylvania State Troopers and what appear to be undercover units in a number of recent police responses in Norristown. According to Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono, the show of force is all part of a new effort he has been working on with other county and state authorities. "[We] call it the 'Aggressive Enforcement Unit,'" said Chief Bono. Bono noted that the task force is made possible with "tremendous cooperation" from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, Montgomery County Sheriff Eileen Whalon Behr, the Montgomery County Detectives Unit, The Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET), Pennsylvania State …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Robert Kessler, of Stewart Road in Perkiomen Township, said he stole items from Comcast and sold them online.
A former Comcast Cable supervisor admitted to stealing almost $75,000 in tools from a company warehouse and selling them online, according to The Times Herald. Robert Kessler, of Stewart Road in Perkiomen Township, was sentenced to seven years of probation after pleading guilty to the felony charge of theft by unlawful taking after admitting to stealing items from a Comcast Warehouse over a 14-month period between 2010 and 2011. Kessler, 51, who worked at the warehouse on Van Buren Ave in Lower Providence, was also ordered to pay $74,985 in restitution to Comcast as part of a plea agreement. While Judge Joseph A. Smythe said that he might consider early termination of the probation once Kessler paid the restitution, prosecutors denied the …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Ryan Ladson-Singleton, 21, was shot and killed in the 600 block of Green Street in the early morning hours of Oct. 20.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono have announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the homicide of 21-year-old Ryan Ladson-Singleton on Saturday, Oct. 20. Ladson-Singleton was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Saturday in the 600 block of Green Street in Norristown. Police arrived on the scene shortly after 2 a.m. that morning and discovered Ladson-Singleton lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and torso. He was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead. Authorities say witnesses and members of the community with …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
As part of its Hero Cops program, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office will unveil a plaque on Oct. 11 honoring Norristown Police Officer Thomas Barone, who was killed in the line of duty in 1992.
Area law enforcement officers and Norristown officials will gather at Marshall Street Elementary School, at 1525 West Marshall Street on Thursday, Oct. 11 to commemorate Norristown Police Officer Thomas Barone, who was killed in the line of duty in 1992. Barone was shot and killed while answering a domestic disturbance call in the 600 block of West Elm Street on Oct. 11, 1992, according to a story about the incident on Philly.com. The Norristown man who was convicted of his murder was sentenced to death but died in prison before the sentence could be carried out. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman will unveil a plaque dedicated to Barone in a 10 a.m. ceremony at Marshall Street Elementary, the school Barone attended as a child…
Monday, October 1, 2012
An Allentown man was added to the list of defendants in 'Operation Hard Target' – a sophisticated theft ring that allegedly defrauded Target stores throughout Pennsylvania of more than $20,000.
Chance Cameron, of Allentown, was the third man arrested for his alleged involvement in a sophisticated theft ring, in which suspects are accused of affixing lower-priced UPC labels to higher-priced products to defraud Target stores and selling the products online for profit, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's office. Cameron's arrest was announced when one of the other defendants in "Operation Hard Target," Eugene Joseph Romano of Center Valley, Pa., appeared in a Montgomery County court room last week. According to a complaint filed in District Court 38-1-03, Romano 34, and Cameron, 35, have been charged along with Damian Gasdaska of Phillipsburg, NJ, with committing 46 individual retail thefts at Target Stores in …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Former Assistant District Attorney John Aitchison, of Limerick, is facing DUI charges stemming from a June 2 crash in Upper Providence.
According to The Mercury, former Assistant District Attorney John Aitchison is facing DUI and related charges stemming from a June 2 car crash on Trappe Road in Upper Providence. Aitchison left his position in the district attorney's office in July of this year. According to reports, Upper Providence police responded to the 700 block of South Trappe Road at around 2:39 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, for a report of a two-vehicle crash. According to an affidavit, Aitchison's vehicle had allegedly crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and struck a northbound vehicle. Court records say Aitchison allegedly kept going south and turned onto Mennonite Road and was eventually stoped by a witness who pulled alongside him and forced him to…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Natalie’s grandmother, aunt and mother discuss Natalie, and the police investigation surrounding her mysterious death
Natalie Marella’s family is speaking about her death and the police investigation that began when her body was found Aug. 29 in a New Hanover Field. “I would like to clear up some rumors regarding Natalie’s situation,” Marella’s mother, Marion Devicchis Marellla, posted on Natalie’s Facebook page. “We do not know anything as of yet. The detectives are working on finding out what happened. Until then no one knows. If anyone has any info regarding her whereabouts from Sunday to Wednesday, please come forward! Thank you!” Natalie Marella, 26, lived in Ambler and had been studying to be a nurse, according to her aunt, Karen Marella. She was last seen by family on Sunday. “Her mom and dad are kind of working with the police to find out what …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Doctor's called the 6-year-old boy's condition "one of the worst cases of malnutrition they've ever seen."
According to several media outlets, Victor and Olaifa Ramos, of Bridgeport, are facing charges including simple and aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal conspiracy for starving their 6-year-old son. The boy weighed only 29 pounds when doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia encountered him. According to ABC Action News, the investigation into the couple began three months ago when the couple brought the boy to CHOP at death's door. Doctor's at the time reportedly said the boy looked "more like a 3-year-old than a 6-year-old." “This child was not given proper nutrition, proper calories to maintain a healthy body weight for his system, for his development,” Assistan District Attorney Samantha …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The head of the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program was suspended in April.
According to The Times Herald, Karen Ricca, the assistant district attorney who was inexplicably suspended on April 27, was fired today during a county salary board meeting. Ricca and District Attorney Risa Ferman declined to comment on the cause of the original suspension at the time and today, Ferman would only say that an investigation revealed Ricca's conduct "was entirely inconsistent with the high standards we have tried to maintain. She has therefore been terminated, effective immediately." "I will not comment on the specifics of this matter because it remains under investigation," Ferman told the Herald. Ricca led – and decided whether applicants qualified for – the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program. The…