Vinny Vella covers how law enforcement investigates, and how courts prosecute, crime in Philadelphia’s collar counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery.

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As Montgomery County murder trial draws to a close, lawyers spar over accused killer’s intentions

Lawrence Crawley's attorney said he was in a rage when he stabbed and ran over Angela Stith. Prosecutors say it was a "fully-formed intent to kill" her.

Trial begins for Philly man who stabbed, ran over his ex-girlfriend in Montgomery County

Lawrence Crawley, 34, is charged with first- and third-degree murder in the slaying of Angela Stith.

Former Bucks County employee pleads guilty to extortion scheme using courthouse stationery

Lynn Owens, 64, was sentenced to six months of probation for using courthouse letterhead to "send a message" to a woman who owed her boyfriend money.

Philadelphia man headed to prison in chaotic 2018 Walmart shooting

Jones was convicted of attempted murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and firearm offenses after just one hour of deliberation during his October trial.

‘Pure evil masked as a teacher': ex-high school teacher admits sexual relationships with students in Bucks and Lehigh Counties

Christian Willman, 40, was sentenced to six to 12 years in state prison for having prolonged sexual relationships with his former students.

Former Montgomery County jail guards sentenced for roles in violent 2017 inmate assaults

A jury found Darin Collins and Alfred Gregory guilty of participating in - and trying to cover up - the attacks.

Upper Darby restricts access to sporting events after altercation at basketball game

Upper Darby and visiting teams will have to submit names of friends and family members in advance if they wish to attend games.

A Bucks teacher used his iPad to shoot upskirt photos of students, DA says

Francis Reppert Jr. spent his workdays as a math teacher at Palisades High School in a Bucks County school district about an hour north of Philadelphia. But he was using his classroom for more than teaching, according to the district attorney.

Sources: Heroin that led to overdoses of 5 women in a Delco jail was brought in by a son

The heroin that led to overdoses of five women at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Delaware County — one of whom died — was smuggled in by the teenage son of one of the women during a Christmas Day visit hours earlier, sources close to the investigation said.

Jailed security guard hangs himself on Christmas Day just hours before 5 inmates overdose

Austin Peter Mulhern's death came just hours before five female inmates were rushed to local hospitals after overdosing on heroin sneaked into the jail during Christmas visitation hours.