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POSTED: Friday, February 17, 2012, 11:53 AM

Vincent Mickle, the Northeast Philadelphia man and sometime volunteer girls soccer coach who pleaded guilty last June to sex charges involving six teenage girls he courted on Facebook and MySpace, has waived a Philadelphia court hearing to determine if he should be classified as a “sexually violent predator.”

The classification under Pennsylvania’s version of Megan’s Law carries the toughest restrictions for convicted sex criminals once they get out of prison. By waiving a legal ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge Denis P. Cohen during a brief court appearance Friday morning, Mickle agreed to be classified as such.

Cohen set sentencing for March 19.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 5:25 PM

John King wound up swapping a 14-year career with the Philadelphia Police Department rather than obey a security guard’s order to sign a hospital visitor logbook.

On Thursday, King, 55, admitted his error, pleading guilty to an assault charge before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Chris R. Wogan in a plea deal that will put him on probation for two years – and require him to get anger management counseling.

King was arrested Oct. 14, 2009 at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, on South 54th Street in West Philadelphia, after getting into an argument with a security guard while trying to visit his sister, a nurse at the hospital.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 6:06 PM

The remaining three people charged in the Jan. 3 robbery-slaying of pizza deliverer Ronald Anderson Jr. in Southwest Philadelphia waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before a Philadelphia Municipal Court.

The decisions by Rashad Cheeseboro, 23; Michael Covington, 21; and Keyona Jones, 18, means the charges against them will proceed directly to trial. The three made the same decision that the fourth defendant, Xylaca Devlin, 18, made on Jan. 25.

In outlining the waiver decisions to Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni, Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron said each had made statements to homicide detectives describing their involvement in what police described as a botched robbery.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 2:06 PM

Brett Truskin, the 22-year-old Bucks County man, charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and related counts in the early evening Nov. 18 death of a Kensington bicyclist, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

The decision means that Truskin’s case will move directly to trial in Common Pleas Court.

Truskin, of Ivyland, who remains in prison in lieu of $475,000 bail, allegedly was driving his 2011 Toyota RAV4 under the influence when he collided head-on with a bicyclist in the 1900 block of East Lehigh Avenue and then traveled further striking four parked cars.

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