Friday, April 5, 2013
Risa Ferman says it could reduce violence in Montco.
Friday, April 5
Delaware Valley politicians ban together to fight to get tougher gun laws. The district attorneys in the Greater Philadelphia area have put their heads together to find ways to restrict illegal weapons in the region. Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney, told Nesworks that "the legislation could also help reduce violence in [Montgomery County] areas." According to a report by WHYY, Ferman has "joined a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers to discuss new state legislation setting a mandatory minimum two-year sentence for illegally carrying a firearm in Philadelphia." To read the full report and all the bill entails, visit the Newsworks story here.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
No charges have been filed yet in the Monday afternoon crash that took the life of a 40-year-old woman while she was jogging in Limerick Township.
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Tuesday, March 5
District Attorney Risa Ferman's office has begun an investigation into a fatal crash that took the life of a 40-year-old woman on Monday. Merinda Thompson was jogging when she was struck from behind by a green Ford Focus driven by an unidentified 18-year-old man. Visit Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch for full coverage.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
After meeting with family members of murder victim Ellen Robb, the state parole board is said to be reconsidering a decision that would have made the former U. Penn professor a free man next week.
Wednesday, January 23
Update 11:05 a.m.: The state parole board has reportedly reversed its decision to parole Rafael Robb following yesterday's meeting with family members of Ellen Robb. A formal announcement is expected this afternoon. Earlier story below. Rafael Robb, the former University of Pennsylvania professor who bludgeoned his wife to death in their Upper Merion home in 2006, may yet remain behind bars. The Pa. Board of Probation and Parole had previously approved Robb's release for next week, after Robb served the minimum portion of a 5-10 year sentence. Robb received the sentence following a plea agreement that saw him plead guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that members of victim Ellen Robb's family met …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
As a result of winning the national honor, an additional $25,000 will be donated to Mission Kids, courtesy of L'Oreal Paris.
L'Oreal Paris has announced via Twitter that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has been named the 2012 Women of Worth National Honoree for her work as co-founder of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center. Ferman was one of 10 honorees from across the country vying for the national honor, which came as a result of a voting process from November 5 through November 21. As a result of winning the national honor, an additional $25,000 will be donated to Mission Kids, courtesy of L'Oreal Paris. Patch congratulates DA Ferman on receiving such an honor! See Related: Risa Ferman Honored as 'Woman of Worth'
Monday, November 5, 2012
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman was honored as a ‘Woman of Worth’ by L’Oréal Paris for her work with Mission Kids, and could be the national honoree with your vote.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney, has been honored as a ‘Woman of Worth’ by L’Oréal Paris for her work as the co-founder of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, according a recent press release. Mission Kids, Montgomery County’s first and only child advocacy center, is a local non-profit that provides support for victims of child abuse. DA Ferman is one of ten honorees from across the country that will be recognized for her dedication to philanthropy and passion for making a difference in her community. “I am deeply honored to be selected as a L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth. This generous award will help Mission Kids protect and support children who have been abused. Just as importantly, I hope this national award will …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Montgomery County District Attorney Ferman says ringleaders lived lavish lifestyles.
[This article was updated at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7] Five people have been arrested and warrants issued for 17 others in an elaborate scheme to defraud Comcast of more than $2.4 million between April 2011 and April 2012, the Montgomery County District Attorney's office said Tuesday. The district attorney's office said Alston Buchanan, 28; Leighton Harrell, 26; Kendall Singleton, 26; and Richard Justin Spraggins, 29, all of Philadelphia; and Nicholas Caputo, 31, of Virginia Beach, Va., were "top members of an elaborate criminal organization" that led Comcast customers to make one-time payments to them in exchange for a one-time reduction in their Comcast service bills. "This is a corrupt organization involving a number of individuals …
Monday, July 16, 2012
HB 2552 proposes that new revenue generated by the Valley Forge Casino and Resort be distributed to local parks and heritage sites and non-profits.
On Monday, July 16, the Montgomery County Commissioners, along with state Representatives Marcy Toepel (R-147), Mike Vereb (R-150) and Todd Stephens (R-151), held a press conference to reveal new legislation that would redistribute casino revenue from the county’s share assessment. If House Bill 2552 is passed, the casino would give 2% of its gross revenue back to the community – 75% of that will be going to maintenance and refurbishment services of parks and heritage sites, while the final 25% would be split evenly between local nonprofits Laurel House and Mission Kids. "An estimated $1.2 million will be generated. $900,000 to the parks and heritage sites, and $150,000 each to Mission Kids and Laurel House," explained Toepel. Currently, …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Karen Ricca started with the DA's office in 1990, headed up ARD program; Ferman calls it a confidential personnel matter
Long time Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Karen Ricca has been suspended without pay, according to a report in The Intelligencer. District Attorney Risa Ferman declined to say why Ricca was suspended, calling it a confidential personnel matter. Ricca oversaw the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program, which offers first-time non-violent offenders a chance to expunge their criminal records through the completion of a set probationary period, usually between 12 and 36 months. DUI and possession of small amounts of marijuana or other controlled substances are examples of the offenses with which the program's applicants have been charged. Ricca, who earned about $75,000 a year, started with the department …
County Commissioners Shapiro and Richards, along with DA Risa Ferman, honed their marksmanship at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus last Friday.
On Friday, May 4th, Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards toured the Montgomery County Safety Training Campus, and had the opportunity to fire handguns and a Thompson submachine gun. The facility is located at 1175 Conshohocken Road, in the Conshohocken section of Plymouth Township. District Attorney Risa Ferman, Chief Operating Officer Lauren Lambrugo, Sheriff Eileen Behr, and a number of other county employees joined the commissioners on their tour. Commissioner Bruce Castor was unable to make it due to illness. Watch our video for an up-close look, and to find out who's got the best shot.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The district attorney's charitable cycling team raises nearly $10,000 in one evening, doubling the event's total from last year.
The Wheels of Justice cycling team held their Second-Annual Date Auction fundraiser on Wednesday night at The Limit in Blue Bell, treating all in attendance to a hilariously entertaining evening and raising nearly $10,000 for law enforcement-related charities. "It was a lot of fun," said Leslie Richards, Vice Chairperson of the Montgomery County Commissioners. "It was a great opportunity for all of us to get together. We were so happy to be there." A total of 220 people attended the fundraiser, which offered food, drinks and – most importantly – a chance to bid on a date with a member of the local law enforcement community. "The credit goes to Assistant District Attorney's Colleen McIntyre and Katie Colgan," said Montgomery County …