Ronald Wagenhoffer, Inspector for Collapsed Philadelphia Building, Found Dead

Ronald Wagenhoffer, twho inspected a building on Market Street in Philadelphia before it collapsed last week, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the chest, in his vehicle in the 100 block of Shawmont Avenue Wednesday night. Police are treating his death as a suicide, but the medical examiner’s office will make a final determination.

Six people were killed and 13 injured when the four-story building in the process of being demolished toppled onto an adjoining Salvation Army thrift store. The excavation operator, Sean Benschop, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and risking catastrophe in connection with the collapse.

 

Ex-IRS Worker Patricia Fountain Sentenced to 19 Years for Bogus Refund Scheme

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Ex-IRS Worker Patricia Fountain Sentenced to 19 Years for Bogus Refund Scheme (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the Internal Revenue Service under fire for targeting Tea Party groups, the sentencing of a former IRS worker,  Patricia Fountain, for conspiracy, tax fraud and extortion, will only increase the distrust the public has for the tax agency. Fountain, a Philadelphia mother of four,  stole more than $1.7 million in bogus refunds for the agency and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

A jury in federal district court in Philadelphia convicted Fountain, 36, of conspiracy, tax fraud and extortion in March. She had worked as an IRS customer service representative for nearly a decade when she discovered in 2006 that the agency issued was issuing refunds for a telephone tax credits up to about $1,500 without verifying the filer’s information.

Fountain and her boyfriend, Larry Ishmael, recruited others from their North and West Philadelphia neighborhoods to pose as taxpayers seeking the credit, then collected a cut of the refunds each received from the agency.

She replicated the scam to steal money through similar credits offered by the agency – one for filers with student loans and another for first-time home buyers.

But when her straw filers didn’t send Fountain her cut of the money quickly enough, she punished them by filing another form that rescinded their credit request, prompting IRS letters that demanded the money back. Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell slammed Patricia Fountain during her sentencing as being arrogant, a liar and her unwillingness to show remorse for her actions. She seems to be exhibiting the same level of arrogance as Lois Lerner, the high level IRS executive at the heart of the targeting scandal.

 Ex IRS Worker Patricia Fountain Sentenced to 19 Years for Bogus Refund Scheme

Ervin Mears Jr. Sues Sterling Regional HS for $40 Million After Son, Mawusimensah Mears, Cut from Track Team

SMH:  Ervin Mears Jr. filed a lawsuit against Sterling Regional High School in Camden County for $40 million because his son, Mawusimensah Mears, was kicked off the track team. Mears is also seeking varsity letters and championship jackets for the past two seasons, telling the Philadelphia Inquirer, “children have rights, just like any adult.”

Mears, a disabled veteran from Lawnside, filed the suit on his own, without a lawyer’s help.

He ran track in high school and the military and said his son “comes from a family of track winners.” The boy was the “undefeated champ” in the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter runs as an eighth grader at a Catholic school in 2010, the suit says.

That promise, his father said, should have translated into a key spot on the team when, as a ninth grader, Mawusimensah entered Sterling Regional High School in Somerdale. Sterling draws about 950 students from Magnolia, Hi-Nella, Somerdale, Stratford, Laurel Springs, and other towns.

But things started to sour in his son’s freshman year, Mears said, when he and his son’s track coach disagreed over which races his son should run.

It’s unfair, Mears said, that his son wasn’t allowed to compete, even though he may have been faster than some seniors who raced. “If he doesn’t qualify, then the clock will say he’s not fast enough,” said Mears, who worries his son may be losing out on the possibility of a college athletic scholarship.

“Let him get some exposure,” Mears said.

Unexcused absences from practice were the official reason Mears said he was given for his son’s dismissal. That’s an excuse, Mears said. A family death and injured leg kept his son away.

“Participation in extracurricular activities is a right,” Mears said. Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

As a parent of two athletes, I can’t tell you the countless times I have seen parents intervene and muck up the entire learning experience for their children. Good programs become mediocre and poor once decent parents realize a few parent-bullies are hijacking the sports for their kids. Mr. Mears feels that his sense of entitlement must be catered to at all costs. I didn’t think his son, Mawusimensah Mears, is another Usain Bolt and missing out on endorsement deals because he was kicked off the team.

Prominent Philadelphia Attorney Chuck Peruto Jr. Questioned by Police After Dead Woman Found in His Home

DEVELOPING:  The body of a 26-year-old Julia Law was found in the home of prominent Philadelphia criminal defense attorney Chuck Peruto Jr. at 2000 Delancy Street in the Center City area of the city. Police are in the early stages of their investigation.

The cause of death has not been released. No information on suspects have been released. Chuck Peruto Jr., (Charles Peruto Jr.) was questioned by homicide detectives.

Julia Law was reportedly his paralegal. She was found face down in the bathtub. Chuck Peruto Jr. was not in the home when her body was found, NBC 10 reports.

 

One-Year-Old Marcus White Jr. Killed, Two Women Wounded in East Hills Pittsburgh Shooting

BREAKING:  A one-year old Marcus White Jr. was killed and two women injured at a picnic on East Hills Drive in Pittsburgh, Penn., just after 7:30 p.m. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the women was shot in the chest and was reportedly found lying on top of the baby. A second woman sustained a gun shot wound to the buttocks. They were transported to an area hospital.

Via Post-Gazette:  The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. off the 2300 block of East Hills Drive in the Second East Hills housing complex, where a group was picnicking in a cul-de-sac.

Possibly three gunmen got out of a vehicle and began firing at the crowd of people, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. City homicide detectives do not believe that the victims were the intended targets, she said. No arrests had been made late Tuesday night.

Once again, we have thugs firing on crowds, as we saw in the New Orleans Mother’s Day second-line parade shooting. Akein Scott and his brother, who have ties to gangs, were arrested.

 

Ex-Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, Who Met Michelle Obama, Arrested for Raping 2 Women

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Hero Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, Who Met Michelle Obama, Arrested for Raping 2 Women (MySpace)

NEWSFLASH:  Richard DeCoatsworth’s bond set at $60 million after arrest for ‘severe criminal activity.’

Richard DeCoatsworth, who was hailed a ‘hero’ police officer and sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama’s 2009 speech before Congress, was arrested and charged with rape, making terroristic threats, sexual assault and related offenses.

A source tells NBC10 former officer Richard DeCoatsworth, 27, met one of the women two weeks ago and forced her into prostitution at a local hotel. Between 2 a.m. Thursday and Friday evening, DeCoatsworth went to the woman’s home along North Howard Street in the Fishtown-Kensington area where there was a party, according to the source.

Once he arrived, DeCoatsworth forced that woman and a second woman, both in their 20s, to use drugs and perform oral sex on him at gunpoint, according to the source.

Police raided DeCoatsworth’s house on the 2700 block of Salmon Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. He was arrested and charged with rape, sexual assault, terroristic threats and related offenses. Police also confiscated drugs and guns from the home, according to a source. No word yet on what kind of drugs were removed from the home. Source

DeCoatsworth, 27, was shot in the face during a traffic stop in September 2007, managed to chase after his attacker, who was convicted and sentenced to 36 to 72 years in prison. He retired from the police force on disability in December 2011, after an investigation was conducted by Internal Affairs November 2011 over an alleged scuffle between he and another officer, Philly.com, reports. Richard DeCoatsworth, called a ‘thorn in the side’ of his neighborhood by a resident, reportedly amassed nine citizen complaints, accusing him of assault, abuse and misconduct, in his short time as a police officer.

Philadelphia Mayor’s Daughter, Olivia Nutter, Assaulted at High School Track Meet

Olivia Nutter, the daughter of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, was assaulted by Ciarra Ryan at a high school track meet last week.

NBC News reports Olivia Nutter was walking towards a group of girls at the meet in East Mount Airy in Northwest Philadelphia, when one of them told her to move, according to police.

She was assaulted moments later.  Ciarra Ryan was arrested and charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. No motive has been established for the attack.

Gary Reitnauer’s Apparent Suicide From Carbon Monoxide Leaves Wife and Two Kids Dead

SHOCK:  Gary Reitnauer committed suicide by carbon monoxide in the garage of his home and his wife, Michelle Reitnauer and their three kids also died from the fumes. Gary Reitnauer reportedly went into the garage of an adjacent home on their property in Milford Township in rural Bucks County, Pa., after a disagreement with his wife.

Police believe his wife tried to rescue him but was overcome by the fumes when she broke one of the windows of the car. She was found dead inside the car. Kimberly Reitnauer, 16, was found dead in the kitchen adjacent to the garage, Jaime Reitnauer, 10, was barely alive when the police arrived 11:20 p.m. Monday night, but later died in a local hospital.

The two girls were adopted from China, according to media reports. By all accounts they excelled at school.

Retired Trooper Mark Miscavish Kills Wife, Self in County Market Murder-Suicide

COUNTY MARKET MURDER-SUICIDE:  Retired trooper Mark Miscavish fatally shot his wife, Tracie Miscavish, then turned the gun on himself in a County Market murder-suicide.

According to media reports, Tracie Miscavish filed for divorce two days ago when she was gunned down inside the County Market in Philipsburg, Pa. Mark Miscavish retired from the force in 2011, after serving for 15 years.

CBS News reports, Gina March, Tracie Miscavish’s sister, told reporters Mark Miscavish was briefly jailed in January on charges he beat his wife. He was awaiting trial for simple assault, harassment and terroristic threat charges.

Federal Correctional Officer Eric Williams Killed by Prison Inmate at US Penitentiary in Canaan PA

Federal Corrections officer Eric Williams, 34, of Nanticoke, PA, was killed Monday night during an inmate attack at the United States Penitentiary Canaan. Williams was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The name of the inmate has not been disclosed.

Official from the penitentiary released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that we report the death of Correctional Officer Eric Williams. Last night, Officer Williams, while working in a housing, was fatally assaulted by an inmate using a homemade weapon.

“Staff responded immediately and restrained the inmate. Officer Williams was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 11:30 p.m.

“Warren Ebbert said ‘This is clearly the darkest day in our institution’s short history, and we are in shock over this senseless loss of a colleague and friend.’

“Officer Williams, 34, was from Nanticoke Pennsylvania. He began his career with the Bureau of Prisons on September 11, 2011.

“The institution has been placed on lockdown status. The community was never in any danger. An investigation into this tragic event is currently underway.”