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Carl Hessler Jr.


Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Past articles by Carl:

2 men sought for alleged roles in gunshot slaying of man on Schuylkill River Trail

Two men, one from Norristown and another from Philadelphia, are being sought by authorities for their alleged roles in the gunshot slaying of a Lower Providence man whose body was discovered on the Schuylkill River Trail in West Norriton. → Read More

Man accused in deadly hit-and-run crime spree deemed competent for court

A Philadelphia man accused of striking a jogger in Collegeville during a hit-and-run crime spree that also included the death of a female pedestrian in Philadelphia is competent to move forward with court proceedings on homicide-related charges, according court records. → Read More

Daylight stabbing incident on King Street lands Pottstown woman in prison

Bryanna Gomez Van Wyk, 29, of the 400 block of North Charlotte Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 5 to 10 years in the State Correctional Institution at Muncy after she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated assault in connection with the July 11, 2022, knife attack. → Read More

Upper Gwynedd man convicted of assaulting woman during burglary in Springfield Township

A judge has convicted an Upper Gwynedd Township man who worked as a landscaper of charges he assaulted a woman after he illegally entered a Springfield Township home on the grounds of which he was working. → Read More

Norristown woman admits to drug trafficking, using daughters to sell drugs

Suleyka Santiago, 36, of the 400 block of West Logan Street, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to felony charges of solicitation of minors to traffic drugs and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances in connection with incidents that occurred in the borough in June 2021. → Read More

Trial begins for Abington man accused of manslaughter and neglect in death of brother who had Down syndrome

A 73-year-old Abington man stared passively straight ahead and showed no emotion as prosecutors presented sometimes unsettling evidence that they allege showed he neglected his younger brother who had Down syndrome and who died of an untreated medical condition. → Read More

‘Disgusted’ judge sends Collingdale man to prison for ‘barbaric’ assault of boy, 5

Indicating it was one of the most horrific cases of child physical abuse he’s seen in his career, a judge sent a Delaware County man to prison for assaulting a 5-year-old Lower Pottsgrove boy who suffered more than a dozen broken ribs and injuries to his genitals. → Read More

October trial date set for man accused of homicide in crash that killed pregnant Lansdale woman

The driver of a dump truck involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lower Providence that killed a pregnant Lansdale woman will face a jury on homicide-related charges in October, according to a judge’s order. → Read More

California man draws prison for role in transporting methamphetamine to Cheltenham

Gerardo Lara, 30, of Fontana, Calif., was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 5 to 10 years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy in connection with incidents that occurred in August 2022. → Read More

Man who overdosed in Upper Merion headed to prison on drug trafficking charges

A Philadelphia man’s overdose in Upper Merion led to his arrest on drug trafficking charges for which he’s now serving time in prison. → Read More

Prosecutors to seek prison time against Lansdale man for abuse of friend’s corpse

Vowing to seek a state prison term against a Lansdale man, prosecutors argued he had “no compassion or remorse” for his friend after he died at his home and that he acted with “depravity” when he wrapped the body in a trash bag and abandoned it to decompose in the trunk of the dead man’s vehicle. → Read More

Horsham man accused of possessing child pornography

Christopher G. Matton, 25, of the 300 block of Easton Road, was arraigned recently before District Court Judge Jay S. Friedenberg on charges of possession of child pornography, disseminating child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility in connection with alleged incidents that occurred between June and August 2022. → Read More

Norristown man sentenced after admitting to gun trafficking activities

A Norristown man faces several years of court supervision for conspiring with several others in gun trafficking activities. → Read More

Hatfield Township man sentenced on child porn charges

A Hatfield Township man will be under court supervision for several years after he admitted to possessing child pornography on his electronic devices. → Read More

California man faces prison for role in southeastern PA drug trafficking network

A California man is on his way to a Pennsylvania prison after he admitted to his role in a drug trafficking network that authorities said used stuffed animals to conceal opioids shipped from the west coast to luxury apartment addresses in Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties that were rented by conspirators using fraudulent identities. → Read More

Montgomery County ranks fifth in PA for underage drinking citations

Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties ranked among the top 10 counties in the state with the highest percentage of underage drinking citations during a recent five-year period, according to statistics compiled by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. → Read More

Pottstown man sent to prison for trafficking fentanyl from motel room

Rodrick James Harris is on his way to prison after he admitted to trafficking fentanyl from a room he occupied at a motel in the borough. → Read More

Norristown man sentenced to life in prison for killing Collegeville woman in 1980

As relatives of the Collegeville woman he killed in 1980 faced him in court, a Norristown man was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole in a case that took many legal twists and turns over four decades. → Read More

New Hanover man who purchased drugs on dark web is headed to jail

Jordan Daniel Frank, 26, of the 2400 block of Jane Lane, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances in connection with incidents that occurred in July 2020. → Read More

East Norriton police officer ordered to stand trial for alleged domestic assault

An East Norriton police officer must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that he allegedly assaulted and choked his wife during a domestic-related incident at the New Hanover residence they shared. → Read More