Alleged panty thief awaits arraignment

Legal proceedings against Diexia Wang, the Wharton senior who allegedly stole female undergarments from Mayer Hall, will continue next week.

Wang, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 19.

Wang faces charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, stalking, theft, receiving stolen property and harassment. The charges against him will be read formally at the arraignment.

Defense attorney William Spade said he had not received the discovery materials from the police yet, and thus could not comment further on the case.

Wang was held for court in a Nov. 28 preliminary hearing.

University spokeswoman Lori Doyle would not say if Wang is still a student at Penn. Under federal privacy law, any disciplinary action pursued by the University would be confidential.

Guilty verdict for 'screwdriver bandit'

Troy Brown, the man charged with robbing 10 people in University City last Nov. by threatening them with a screwdriver, was found guilty in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Thurs.

Two of the robbery victims were affiliated with the University.

Brown, 34, was found guilty on 10 counts of robbery with threat of immediate serious injury, as well as charges of possessing an instrument of crime.

He is currently awaiting sentencing in the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. Sentencing will not take place until Jan. 17, 2008.

No word on fourth Malinovskaya trial

Wharton undergraduate Irina Malinovskaya's fate is still undetermined.

State Attorney Victoria Witherell said there has not been a decision regarding whether or not the prosecution will consider pursuing an unprecedented fourth trial for Malinovskaya, who is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend's girlfriend.

Witherell said she did not know when a decision would be made regarding yet another retrial.

Malinovskaya allegedly bludgeoned to death Temple University graduate student Irina Zlotnikov in the New Castle, Del. apartment of Malinovskaya's former boyfriend, Robert Bondar.

She has been in custody since Dec. 2004.

Malinovskaya has been tried three times, all ending in mistrials. Her latest trial ended in mid-November.

Alum indicted in S. Korean scandal

Wharton alumnus Kyung Joon Kim has been indicted in a stock price-fixing and embezzlement scandal in which he has also implicated the involvement of the currently favored Grand National Party South Korean presidential candidate Lee Myung Bak.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office has cleared Lee of all allegations and Kim ultimately admitted Lee had no role in the scandal.

Though the allegations caused a minor dent in Lee's popularity, he still leads in the polls.

South Korean authorities allege that Kim embezzled about $32 million from Optional Ventures Korea, of which he was chief executive, to pay personal bills and transfer funds through overseas accounts. The complaint does not allege wrongdoing in the United States.

Ex-ABP employee will go to trial

Keith Devine, a former employee at the Au Bon Pain in Huntsman Hall, is headed to trial on murder charges in connection with a March shooting.

Devine, 27, is accused of firing the first shot in a March 25 gun battle on the 5800 block of Pentridge Street that killed Jovonne Stelly, 28, a mother of four.

Devine was fired from ABP for failing to show up for work after the shooting. He was apprehended by police in late July.

After an arrest warrant was issued for Devine - who also had a prior criminal background - Penn began mandating that all contracted vendors, including ABP, conduct background checks on potential employees.

Devine is currently awaiting arraignment at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. Arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 26.

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