News Briefing

Transwoman’s bank-robbery sentencing scheduled

Sabrina Jackson, a transgender woman who pleaded guilty to an unarmed bank robbery in 2010, is scheduled to be sentenced early next year.

She stole approximately $300 from the Sovereign Bank on Haddon Avenue in Westmont, N.J., on July 9, 2010, according to court records.

According to federal-sentencing guidelines, Jackson, 27, faces a prison sentence of between 30-78 months.

She has agreed to pay the bank $300 in restitution, according to court records.

U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez will preside at the sentencing, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 7 in Courtroom 5D of the U.S. Courthouse in Camden, N.J.

Jackson remains incarcerated at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia pending the outcome of her sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline M. Carle declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

Christopher H. O’Malley, an attorney for Jackson, also declined to comment.

— Tim Cwiek

Holiday Bingo

Fighting AIDS Continually Together Bucks County will host its annual Holiday Jingle Bell Bingo at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 12 at New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company, 46 N. Sugan Road in New Hope.

Admission is $20 and includes a buffet, Bingo game cards, 50/50 raffles and door prizes. Attendees must be 21 and holiday wear is encouraged.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and a cash bar is included in the event. All funds will go to support FACT’s work fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.

For reservations, call 215-862-3325.

Drag for a cause

Blogger Josh Schonewolf of “Josh Can’t Cook” and host Satine Harlow will stage “Josh’s Drag Ball” at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at ICandy, 254 S. 12th St.

The event will raise funds for The Attic Youth Center.

Milan, a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season four, will appear, along with Goddess Isis, Brittany Lynn and other area drag performers.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or tickets, visit

Toy-drive tradition

Bebashi will host its annual holiday toy drive and distribute donations at its holiday party Dec. 19.

Toys will go to children impacted by HIV/AIDS in the area. Gifts can be dropped off from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Bebashi, 1217 Spring Garden St., first floor. The organization is accepting unused toys for children ages 6 months to 17 years.

For more information, call 215-769-3561.

— Angela Thomas

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