Friday, January 30, 2015

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Police probe 'suspicious death' in Center City

A 65-year-old man was found dead yesterday in his rowhouse on a quiet Center City side street, police said.

A maintenance worker found the man, whom a neighbor identified as Lee Stanley, collapsed on the floor of his house on Mole Street near Cherry, police said.

Lee was pronounced dead at the scene at noon. It was unclear last night what caused Stanley's death, which investigators were calling "suspicious," but there were no signs of trauma on his body, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.

No weapon was recovered at the scene, and there were no signs of forced entry into the home, according to police.

Frank Ermilio, a 24-year-old bartender, lives a few doors down from Lee. He told the Daily News that his neighbor was a quiet guy who mostly kept to himself.

"He lived alone there for years," Ermilio said on his stoop, feet from where yellow crime-scene tape blocked off Lee's home. "He grew up on this block with his parents. When they died, he just kept the house."

Suit: Dopey lawyer disbarred for pot packages

Let this be a lesson to all law students: If you have a craving for pot, don't get it delivered by UPS.

Especially not to your law office.

Samuel Foley, Jr., 63, has been disbarred from practicing law in the state, effective next month, according to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The decision stems from Foley's "lack of remorse" and continued denial of guilt related to a 2011 felony drug conviction, the board wrote in its decision.

In July 2009, Foley signed for some packages at his law office in Logan. But there were a few snags: For one, the packages contained 243 pounds of marijuana, valued at just under $500,000.

And the "delivery driver" was actually an undercover police officer, who promptly arrested Foley.

A Common Pleas judge found him guilty two years later, a decision that was later affirmed by the Superior Court after Foley appealed it.

St. Joe's prez, senior VP stepping down in June

C. Kevin Gillespie, president of St. Joseph's University, yesterday announced his plans to resign at the end of his term in June, according to a university statement.

Gillespie was appointed in June 2012.

The school's senior vice president, John Smithson, will also step down at the same time, according to the university. Smithson, who has two degrees from St. Joe's, was named to his current position in June 2012. He had been interim president from 2011-12 and also was serving as chairman of the university's board from 2000 to 2006, university spokesman Joseph Lunardi said.

The Board of Trustees will form a representative committee of students, faculty, alumni and staff to conduct a national search for his successor, one that will be conducted during the 2014-15 academic year, the spokesman said. Lunardi said the university will kick off the search this fall and expectations are that a new president will be named in early 2015.

- Vinny Vella and Regina Medina

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