No charges against judge
District Attorney Lynne Abraham announced yesterday that her office would not file criminal charges against Judge Willis W. Berry Jr., who is suspended from the Common Pleas Court Criminal Trial Division until Jan. 4.
Berry was suspended after the Court of Judicial Discipline determined that Berry handled his personal real-estate matters from his judicial chambers and received numerous code violations for those properties. The court also said Berry had diverted his judicial secretary's time and his office resources to handling his personal matters.
Man shot in the head
A man was shot in the head while sitting in a car in Kensington last night, police said. The victim, whom police did not identify, was wounded at Jasper and Orleans streets about 10:20 p.m., investigators said. He was admitted to Temple University Hospital in critical condition. Tipsters can contact East Detectives at 215-686-3243.
Cops: Ride leads to a rape
A 33-year-old woman was raped by a man at knifepoint in North Philadelphia early yesterday, police said. The victim was walking near 17th and York streets about 3 a.m. when she was offered a ride from an unknown man in a tan Toyota minivan.
She got in the car and was driven to the rear of a schoolyard at 22nd Street and Lehigh Avenue where the man pulled out a knife and raped her. The victim suffered several cuts to her hand during the attack. Police said the attacker is black, medium build and height in his 40s with a mustache and short hair. He was wearing a brown hat and jacket. Tipsters can contact police at 215-685-3251.
Two brothers were sentenced to prison yesterday in Common Pleas Court for selling illegal guns. Ronique Carter, 35, pleaded guilty to violations of the Uniform Firearms Act on Nov. 17. Bruce Carter, 42, pleaded guilty yesterday. Each received sentences of 4 1/2 to 10 years. Between November 2007 and March 2008, undercover agents bought three stolen firearms from the brothers, authorities said.
Indicted on sex charges
A federal grand jury yesterday charged a Cherry Hill man with using the mail, Internet and telephone between September 2008 and March 2009 to induce a minor to engage in illegal sex.
Authorities said Jon J. Lackner, 45, traveled from New Jersey to Bensalem, Bucks County, on March 24 to engage in sex with a minor.
Before that, the indictment charged, Lackner tried to transmit via the Internet obscene materials to a minor between March 12 and March 15.
Woman, 70, is missing
A 70-year-old woman suffering from dementia disappeared from her Feltonville home about 12:30 p.m. yesterday.
Police said Lena Fields was last reported seen on Roosevelt Boulevard near Rorer Street wearing a black hooded mid-length coat with red lining, black pants and white shoes. She is 5 feet tall, 115 pounds, with grayish-brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts can contact police at 215-686- 3153 or -3154.
- Staff and wire reports