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 …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Officials say Ellen Robb's family deserves to be heard by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole; a meeting has been scheduled.
The family of Ellen Robb, the wife and mother who was brutally murdered by her husband, Rafael Robb, just before Christmas in 2006, has been granted an opportunity to speak to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole regarding its recent decision to release Robb from prison after officials uncovered a law requiring the board to give victims a voice in the parole process. Montgomery Count District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, State Representatives Mike Vereb (R-150) and Todd Stephens (R-151), and Ellen Robb’s brother, Gary Gregory, announced that Ellen’s family would be meeting with the chairman of the parole board next week. “The opportunity to meet with the chairman of the parole board is a terrific development and a step forward …
State Representative Mike Vereb sent a letter to the PA Board of Probation and Parole objecting to the release of Robb, who admitted killing his wife, Ellen Robb, in 2007.
State Representative Mike Vereb (R-150) sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in response to its decision to parole Rafael Robb, who pleaded guilty to the 2007 murder of his wife, Ellen Robb, at the end of January. “There is no reason this professional manipulator and convicted wife and mother killer should serve one day less than the maximum sentence handed down,” Vereb wrote in the letter. “There is a reason Pennsylvania offers legislation with minimum and maximum sentencing. If this wife and mother killer is not the epitome of a max sentence, then who is?” Robb plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal negotiated between his attorney and county prosecutors. Robb was sentenced to the …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Michael San Felice, of West Norriton, was a decorated Vietnam Veteran and community leader.
Rep. Mike Vereb (R-150) held a press conference on Monday afternoon, releasing details about the a Pennsylvania Turnpike employee killed in a tragic crash involving an overturned box truck on the turnpike in Plymouth Meeting earlier in the morning. The Turnpike employee is identified as Michael San Felice, 66, of West Norriton Township. According to an earlier Patch report, San Felice was conducting routine maintenance on the side of the road when the crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. At the press conference, Vereb was accompanied by surviving members of San Felice’s family, including his two daughters, Joyce Ronan and Monica Spataccino. Further surviving members of San Felice’s family include his wife of 43 years, Kathleen, as well as their…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The law does not implement new restrictions on firearm sales or purchases.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A Brad Fox Law is headed for Gov. Tom Corbett's desk, though it's perhaps not the one some gun control advocates might hope for. House Bill 898, which imposes a mandatory minimum five-year sentence for the second and subsequent violations of the provisions of state law governing the sale of firearms, was unanimously passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. The law also permanently revokes any license to sell, import, or manufacture firearms from such violators. The bill, now known as the "Brad Fox Law," was passed by the state House in April 2011. State Representative Marcy Toepel (R-147), who introduced the bill, said it had taken on "new significance" in the wake of Fox's murder last month. Fox's apparent killer, Andrew Thomas, who was …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
New act and state budget will combine for more support of PSP.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) used to be in law enforcement himself. As a former officer, he said funding for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is a crucial need. “Proposals to increase state police funding died under the former administration, but thanks to Gov. Corbett’s leadership, the legislature worked together in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the Pennsylvania State Police has funding for 100 new cadets this year under the 2012-13 state budget,” Vereb said in a statement released on Monday. “Public safety is one the most important jobs of any government and securing adequate funds to fight crime in communities across Pennsylvania is one of my top priorities, without increasing spending or implementing any new taxes on our …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Simon Sudman's memory is raising awareness about heart conditions.
For Phyllis and Darren Sudman, there may never be complete closure after the loss of their son Simon seven and a half years ago. Simon was just 14-weeks-old, eating and growing normally from his healthy seven-pound birth weight, when his parents put him down for a nap. But Simon never woke up. Doctors, concerned about the cause, ordered tests for both parents. It was then that a discovery was made: Phyllis had a relatively unknown defect called Long QT Syndrome, a heart condition that can cause arrhythmias leading to sudden cardiac arrest. In a way, that was the moment Phyllis Sudman became the first person Simon ever may have saved. But it was only the beginning. "We decided we wanted to raise awareness about conditions that lead to …
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, …