Ari Goldstein, 21, of Wrightstown Township, Bucks County, is charged with attempted rape, indecent assault, simple assault, and other counts. He denies the allegations and intends to fight the charges, his atttorney said.
During a brief hearing at the Criminal Justice Center, Common Pleas Judge Kathryn Streeter Lewis dropped all remaining charges against Dontia Patterson, fulfilling the request prosecutors had made a day earlier in an extraordinary motion filed in support of what they described as Patterson's likely innocence.
In an extraordinary court motion, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said police and prosecutors a decade ago deliberately withheld exculpatory evidence to tip the scales against a man accused of murder.
A dispute Thursday among airplane cleaners over a light being turned off in a break room at Philadelphia International Airport ended with one man stabbed to death and another in custody, police said. Police said the incident involved three Worldwide Flight Services employees under contract to Frontier Airlines.
"I respect you, I admire you, and I thank you," William McSwain said, earning a standing ovation from the crowd of several hundred uniformed officers. The appearance at the Police Academy in Northeast Philadelphia was McSwain's first public event since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate last month.
Krasner said he needs an extra $5 million to modernize his office's technological capabilities, recruit new staffers from more diverse backgrounds, and correct pay inequities that he says have impacted women and minorities already employed at the office.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that rapper Meek Mill be immediately released from prison on bail, ending a controversial five-month incarceration marked by celebrity support, conflict with a judge, and questions about the validity of his decade-old arrest.
In the 20-second 911 call that preceded the arrests of two black men in a Center City Philadelphia Starbucks last Thursday - an incident that sparked international outrage - the caller said the men had refused to make a purchase or leave the store, according to audio of the call and subsequent police radio chatter released Tuesday by Philadelphia Police.
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said in court Monday that because of questions about the credibility of his arresting officer, the rapper's decade-old conviction on gun and drug charges should be vacated and he should be granted a new trial.
Chris Palmer covers crime and law enforcement.