Vinny Vella, Philly Inquirer

Vinny Vella

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Vinny:

Man accused of killing South Jersey woman in her home

Gloucester County prosecutors say Jose Saez was taken into custody Tuesday in Camden. → Read More

Two dead, including teen, in separate Philadelphia shootings

It was unclear Monday night if the shootings were related. → Read More

Pa. Supreme Court orders a stay on Philadelphia trials broadcast on YouTube

District Attorney Larry Krasner said that the broadcasts posed significant risk for intimidation of witnesses, victims and defendants. → Read More

Montgomery County man killed his son and daughter-in-law in a domestic murder-suicide, DA says

Gerald E. Mihalcik, 78, shot the couple before turning the gun on himself, prosecutors said. → Read More

Workers at Rivers Casino Philadelphia complain of coronavirus secrecy and lax safety

If casino workers have the coronavirus or COVID-19 symptoms, they are not supposed to tell that to their supervisors when they call in sick. → Read More

He hid his roommate’s murder for 16 years. Now, a Bucks County man will spend decades in prison.

Daman Smoot, 37, was sentenced Monday to 20-40 years in prison for the killing of Adam Brundage. → Read More

Darby Township commissioner stripped of police oversight duties after posting inflammatory meme

Commissioner Marvin Smith faced calls to resign after sharing a photo of two Black men pointing guns at a white police officer. He apologized and promised a “more educated perspective" going forward. → Read More

Ex-76er Doug Overton accused of indecent exposure in East Falls burglary

This is the second time in four years that Overton faces indecent exposure charges. → Read More

Montgomery County man accused of killing mom’s boyfriend ruled mentally unfit to stand trial

A county judge ordered Jules Demetrius Ross Jr. to spend six months in a mental health facility. → Read More

A Chester County man wanted for murder threatened cops with a gun, sparking a standoff, DA says

Stephen Young is accused of killing his neighbor during an argument at his home in Coatesville. → Read More

‘I’m going to kill you.’ Man fires at Upper Gwynedd officers with a stolen shotgun.

Randy Root, 35, was charged with attempted murder and related offenses in the shooting. → Read More

Delaware County man is charged with murder after stabbing his wife and mother

Iqbar Singh, 62, has been charged with first- and third-degree murder in the slayings. → Read More

‘He tried to kill a police officer to escape a murder charge,’ DA says of Chester man

Ramaj Poller, 18, is accused of killing an Upper Darby teen during a botched robbery in December. → Read More

Disbarred lawyer siphoned $500K intended for a client disabled in a car crash, Montco DA says

Michael Bradley, 50, used the money to renovate his home and take his family on vacation, authorities said. → Read More

With trials set to resume, Philly courts look to juror safety

The court system has said it will begin allowing jurors to return to the Criminal Justice Center on Sept. 8. → Read More

He punched a teen worker at Sesame Place because he didn’t want to wear a mask. This morning, he was arrested.

A couple from the Bronx is accused of assaulting a 17-year-old employee who asked them to put their masks on while in the park. → Read More

Philadelphia plans on clearing homeless encampments near the Parkway and on Ridge Avenue

The city says the encampments should be cleared by 9 a.m., while two members of CIty Council ask that Mayor Jim Kenney continue to negotiate. → Read More

A Delaware County man who killed his neighbor last summer is sentenced to probation

John Ballas was credited for the time he served in the county jail after his arrest in the death of Joseph Iavarone. → Read More

Crews working to free barge wedged under I-676 bridge; traffic expected to resume later Thursday

The Army Corps of Engineers was working to free the 100-ton barge early Thursday. → Read More

Across the Philly suburbs, Isaias left property damage, broken spirits in its wake

The powerful storm caused massive damage to homes and businesses, and prompted hundreds of rescues, officials said Wednesday. → Read More