One of two men accused in the killing of Pennridge graduate, 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak, pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the August 31st assault of Figaniak and another person, just blocks from the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University at around 1:30 in the morning. Figaniak, a student at Wheeling Jesuit University, died later that day in a Pittsburgh hospital.
Lansdale police now know the identity of a man they believe responsible for an armed robbery last may at the Lansdale Pawn Shop on North Broad Street. Police say, 22-year-old JA’kwan Gardner entered the shop on may 7th just after 11am, carrying a long duffle bag. Gardner had his hand in the bag and the owner of the shop saw a long barrel pointed at him. Gardner made off with 28,000 dollars in jewelry and 600 dollars in cash. Gardner’s last known address was on the 5900 block of North 4th Street in Philadelphia. He faces charges of robbery, possessing an instrument of crime and additional offenses. Police say, Gardner purchased a gun about a month before the robbery at the Lansdale Pawn Shop. Anyone with information on Ja’kwan Gardner is asked to call Lansdale Police at 215-368-1801.
A married father of three and former Pennridge softball coach admitted in Bucks County court Monday that had a sexual relationship with one of his players, a 16 year girl on the softball team. 36-year-old, Eric Romig was arrested in October after the teen’s parents became alarmed with their daughter’s relationship with Romig. Prosecutors would eventually find evidence of Romig’s relationship with the girl through text messages and a perverse video he had sent her. Romig also encouraged the girl to send his lurid photos, but by that point, he had been involved with the girl on a sexual level. Romig remains behind bars on high bail. Bucks County authorities say, Romig tried to make advances on two girls who played on the Faith Christian Academy basketball team during the 08-09 season, where he was the coach. The girls reported his behavior, forcing his resignation, but the school never reported his actions to police. Prosecutors say, the situation could have been averted if Pennridge high school knew about Romig’s past actions. Romig will be sentenced in three months, after a review of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
A priest stationed at Saint Stanislaus Church in Lansdale faces charges of incident assault without consent and harassment in connection with an incident at North Penn Y.M.C.A on the night of December 15th. Lansdale Police say, a man reported having a conversation with an older man in the sauna. After leaving the sauna at around 7pm, the victim says he was standing in front of a sink in the locker room when he saw the older male standing in back of him. He turned to shake his hand to say goodbye. The man, 64-year-old, Reverend John Roebuck, shook the man’s hand, but according to the victim, Roebuck reached down with his other hand and grabbed the man’s genitals. Police arrested Roebuck on Friday. He’s free on 50,000 dollars unsecured bail. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has placed Roebuck on administrative leave.