August 8, 2016 |
Even as union leader John J. Dougherty confronts an extensive federal investigation that surfaced Friday in a spate of raids across Philadelphia and South Jersey, his union is facing an aggressive grand jury inquiry by the state Attorney General's Office, the Inquirer has learned. The state investigation - unrelated to the federal probe - began in February as an inquiry into two violent clashes at a South Philadelphia job site, but state prosecutors have expanded its focus to look more broadly into allegations of a pattern of intimidation by electricians Local 98, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
August 8, 2016 |
The final act of the Kathleen Kane drama is at hand. Almost four years after her landslide victory to become Pennsylvania's first Democratic attorney general, and after her popularity collapsed amid reports of dropped criminal cases and vendettas against enemies, Kane is to go on trial Monday on a dozen counts of perjury, official oppression, and other crimes. Kane says she is being railroaded by a male power structure intent on hiding its exchanges of pornography and looking out for each other.
July 31, 2016 |
Cherie Amoore was suffering from depression after her newborn died. And when she saw another woman's similar-looking baby at the King of Prussia Mall, she entered a "dissociative state," her attorney said, leading her to snatch the 7-week-old from her mother and take him home. Mark Steinberg said he intends to call on two psychiatrists and a forensic psychologist to make that case at Amoore's trial on a charge of kidnapping and related counts. Under state law, a person who is found to be legally insane at trial can be sent to a mental-health facility instead of jail.
July 27, 2016 |
Coach Doug Pederson has not yet spoken to Nelson Agholor since the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against the Eagles wide receiver following allegations of sexual assault. Pederson said he did not feel it was necessary, and he said he will speak privately with Agholor when the player reports to camp this week. "Obviously, all the information wasn't in yet, so at the time I wasn't going to answer or speculate," Pederson said. "I'm still not going to comment too much on it. I just know this: that everybody, we all make mistakes.
July 24, 2016 |
Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer, who is accused of lying to the FBI, had "simple lapses in her memory" when she denied accepting $675,000 from a businessman who had made millions of dollars through dealings with her agency, her lawyer said Friday. John A. Knorr said Hafer had forgotten about the money given to her 12 years ago, after she had left office. He also said she was paid under a consulting contract that was reviewed at the time by lawyers and found to be "entirely appropriate.
July 21, 2016 |
T OM SIZEMORE once was a fixture in Tattle. It seemed like the burly actor ( Black Hawk Down , Saving Private Ryan , Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew , Sober House ) and Temple alum was always getting arrested for something - fights, drugs, violating probation, faking a urine test, etc. With his ties to Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss (whom he was jailed for beating) and a brief foray into porn ( The Tom Sizemore Sex Scandal ), Sizemore was one of Tattle's MVPs of the millennium's first decade.
July 15, 2016 |
Two weeks after he was abruptly dismissed as provost of Temple University - and a day after school officials revealed that they were investigating a sexual harassment complaint against him - Hai-Lung Dai decried the allegations as "complete and utter fabrications. " "I will not rest or retreat until I have pursued every avenue available to me, including through a court of law, to restore my good name," Dai said in a statement Wednesday. On June 28, without explanation, Temple president Neil D. Theobald announced that he had removed Dai. On Tuesday, Temple's board said it intended to dismiss Theobald, blaming him for his handling of Dai's removal and a $22 million deficit in the school's financial aid budget for merit scholarships.
July 15, 2016 |
Witnesses said it was a "fair fight" - drug dealer Abdu Rivera vs. John David Santiago in a 2003 bout in the parking lot of an Olney club. But Rivera was no match for the featherweight three-time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion, and witnesses said he lost badly and took the loss even worse. On Wednesday, two of those witnesses came forward and testified at a preliminary hearing that Rivera later boasted of getting his revenge: a Nov. 18, 2003, gasoline-fueled blaze that killed Santiago and four others, including his infant daughter.
July 3, 2016 |
Saying he was "concerned for the safety of the community," a Philadelphia judge on Friday refused to reduce the $900,000 bail for Rysheed Jordan, the aspiring basketball star charged with shooting and wounding a man in a May 27 North Philadelphia robbery. About 50 relatives and friends packed the courtroom to show support for the 22-year-old Brewerytown man. The Rev. Richard Rock, chaplain of the St. John's University athletic program, traveled from New York City to vouch for Jordan and said he would keep tabs on him through family if released.
July 2, 2016 |
Joseph "DJ Too Tuff" Hicks was spinning records under I-95 during a graffiti party at South Philadelphia's FDR Park in 2013, when he met the man who allegedly killed his own wife with a crossbow Sunday night. "The first thing he said to me was, 'I see something familiar when I look at you. It looks like you may be going through a bit of pain,' " Hicks recalled. "He said, 'If you want to learn a different way to live, I have something to offer you.' " Hicks, of the Philly hip-hop act Tuff Crew, said in an interview Thursday that Paul 'Ku Ku' Kuzan offered him a life of sobriety and a room to rent in his house on the 3100 block of Willits Road.