Archive: October, 2012
Trial dates have been set for the two Philadelphia City Council aides fired after they were charged Sept. 8 with being under the influence while driving city-owned “pool cars” available only to Council members and certain staffers.
Robin Jones, 50, a 14-year-city worker who was a receptionist in the office of Council President Darrell L. Clarke, had a court appearance Thursday and was assigned a Dec. 12 trial date in Municipal Court. Rodney Williams, 41, a Council sergeant-at-arms since 2004, had his court appearance Friday and has a Municipal Court trial on Nov. 14.
Both were arrested in the early morning hours of Sept. 8. Police said that at 2:30 a.m., Jones crashed the city car she was driving at 13th and Hamilton Streets in lower North Philadelphia. Jones called Williams for help and he was arrested when he arrived in another city vehicle.
Terrance Williams awoke today in the same cell he has for years, on the “death row” at the state prison at Greene, about 15 miles from the West Virginia border in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Where he ends his day remains an open question.
At some point today Williams, 46, could be taken from his cell in shackles and, under an escort of state prison officers and state troopers, begin the 200-mile, four-hour drive to the state prison at Rockview in Bellefonte to prepare for an injection of lethal chemicals.
A Philadelphia judge has reinstated the felony sex abuse charges against the Rev. Andrew McCormick, the 56-year-old priest charged in July with assaulting a 10-year-old boy in 1997 when he was a priest at the St. John Cantius Church in the city’s Bridesburg section.
In August, a Municipal Court judge stunned prosecutors when she dismissed the most serious charges against McCormick at a preliminary hearing.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office appealed that decision and today Common Pleas Court Judge Paula Patrick reinstated the felony charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and sexual assault.