Families of fallen Philadelphia police officers will benefit from a charity golf outing organized by an Action News cameraman in Norristown.
District Attorney Seth Williams and Officer Richard Bowes, who was wounded in the line of duty during the same incident when his partner, Sgt. Patrick McDonald, was killed in 2008, were in attendance at yesterday's event at Jeffersonville Golf Club. ABC cameraman Mike Niklauski, who organized the event, said yesterday's outing surpassed its fundraising goal of $5,000. The money will go to families of fallen officers through the Fraternal Order of Police Survivors' Fund.
Officials seek info on W. Philly father's slaying
Police have not yet released any suspects or motives in the 34-year-old man's killing. Investigators said they believe Stanley had been shot sometime overnight and was discovered lying dead in the stairwell of the building where he lived with his daughter, on 49th Street near Arch, early Thursday morning.
Inside the apartment, police said, they found a packed suitcase and a child's Hello Kitty bag. Investigators said they believe Stanley had plans to travel with his daughter to Florida, where the child's mother lives, when he was killed.
Anyone with information in Stanley's killing should contact the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334.
Lehigh Valley man bagged for building bombs
A Lehigh Valley man was federally charged yesterday for allegedly building pipe bombs and leaving them in the basement of his mother's Oxford Circle home.
Michael Beer, 36, of Roseto, Northampton County, was arrested by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Thursday night for possession of a destructive device, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Authorities caught wind of Beer's projects after his mother discovered what appeared to be a pipe bomb in the basement of her house, on Shisler Street near Benner, shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday. The Philadelphia police Bomb Squad came to the house and discovered five more pipe bombs inside as they were clearing it. Beer could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, federal authorities said.
N.J. man gets 8 years to think about Ponzi scheme
A New Jersey man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison after he admitted to defrauding victims of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said George Sepero, 40, claimed to run New Jersey-based hedge funds using a secret computer program to invest in foreign currency. Fishman says the Glen Rock resident defrauded victims of millions of dollars and conned an elderly, disabled woman out of her life savings. Fishman says Sepero also evaded his tax obligations.
Sepero previously pleaded guilty to tax evasion and fraud-related charges. He was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Camden.
- Staff and wire reports