2 held in baby's death

A man and a woman have been arrested for aelgedly killing a baby by giving him heroin and cocaine in July 2011, police said.

Viameri Santana-Berrios, 27, of Helen Street near Sterner in Kensington and Oscar Sanchez-Rivera, 24, of Bethlehem, are facing charges of murder, criminal conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child and additional offenses in the death of 9-month-old Milton Galarza-Rojas, police said.

The incident reportedly occurred last July 26 in a basement apartment on 7th Street near Wingohocking in Hunting Park. After the child developed breating difficulty, he was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and was pronounced dead at 3:09 p.m., police said.

Both are being held without bail. Santana-Berrios is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 30, according to court documents. Sanchez Rivera will appear in court June 5 for a preliminary hearing.

Alleged vandal on bail

After a judge on Thursday refused to lower the bail of alleged tire-slasher David Toledo, his wife posted bail, and he was released from county jail.

Toledo, 44, faces more than 40 misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief for allegedly slashing tires on his own block of Aldine Street and in other parts of Holmesburg. He also faces charges of making false accusations.

Teachers protest plan

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers union set up "informational picket lines" at city schools Friday before classes in protest of a plan that could close scores of schools.

"The whole point is to start letting parents know their schools may be closed down, and we don't know which ones," said Barbara Goodman, a union spokeswoman. "It is informational picketing, and part of what we're calling Fight Back Friday."

Goodman said the union hopes to picket every Friday until the proposal is defeated.


DeWeese off to jail

Former Democratic legislative leader Bill DeWeese has lost a bid for a postponement of his prison sentence for corruption.

Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover on Friday denied DeWeese's request to delay the start of his 2 1/2-to-five-year prison term until Hoover decides if he can remain free on bail while appealing his conviction. Hoover ordered the 62-year-old former Greene County lawmaker to surrender to the state Department of Corrections on Monday, as scheduled.


Guilty verdict in Hudson murders

A Chicago jury on Friday convicted Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law of murdering her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in what prosecutors' described as an act of vengeance by a jilted husband.

Hudson, who expressed her disdain for William Balfour when she took the witness stand and who endured weeks of excruciating testimony about the October 2008 killings, was visibly overcome with emotion as the verdict was read. Hudson's eyes filled with tears and she shook her head and bit her lip. Afterward, she looked over at her sister, Julia Hudson, and smiled. Balfour, who faces a mandatory life prison sentence, showed no emotion.

- Staff and wire reports