HERE'S WHAT WILL make news in Philly this week:
Vincent Mickle, 34, who pleaded guilty to trying to date six teenage girls he met on Facebook and MySpace, is scheduled for sentencing. He had sex with one of them and received nude pictures from others. He is a Northeast Philly volunteer girls' soccer coach. He's been behind bars unable to make bail since his arrest in March 2010.
Charles Bowers, James Groves and Francis Kirchner are to be sentenced for the 2009 fatal beating of a man in a Citizens Bank Park parking lot.
David Sale, 22, of Lansdale, died from head injuuires after being beaten and kicked. The defendants pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Sentencing is set in federal court for Ira J. Pressman, of Bala Cynwyd, who pleaded guilty in July to scamming investors of more than $6 million in a Ponzi scheme between June 2006 and February 2011.
Authorities said Pressman operated PJI Distribution Corp., which specialized in buying and quickly reselling closeout items, including furniture. Investors, who fronted the purchase money, were promised profits of up to 100 percent, but prosecutors said Pressman used the money for personal expenses and to pay off earlier investors.
Vitaliy Kroshnev, 49, and his wife, Tatyana, 46, of Richboro, Bucks County, are to be sentenced in federal court in connection with a scheme to sell Pennsylvania commercial driver's licenses to unqualified drivers. Both pleaded guilty in the scheme in September.
Mayor Nutter is expected to sign a bill Thursday that modernizes the nearly 50-year-old zoning code, which City Council passed unanimously last week.
The code was established in 1963 and updated periodically through ordinances and overlays, turning the current code into a complex mess.
City officials, architects, community leaders and attorneys agree that the new code will do more to protect the character of neighborhoods, encourage development and revitalization of deteriorated and vacant properties and remove developmental roadblocks.
The proposal will not take effect for eight months to allow further discussions with residents and Council members.
- Staff writers Mensah M. Dean, Michael Hinkelman and Jan Ransom