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August 15, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
By next April, judges will be able to take their vacations early, joked District Attorney Ronald D. Castille. The DA said that based on the number of guilty pleas by criminals charged with committing felonies during the first six months of the year, there will be a "zero" backlog of cases by next spring. By the end of the year, the number of felony cases awaiting trials will be down to an unprecedented 4,900, Castille said yesterday during a news conference with judges and other criminal justice system officials.
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March 16, 1989 | By Joseph Grace, Daily News Staff Writer
The city's judicial system is choking on backlogged cases, District Attorney Ronald D. Castille said yesterday, and he urged Mayor Goode to build a courthouse in Center City and to renegotiate a court-ordered cap on prison inmates. "The system is headed for pretty much of a crisis unless we take some drastic steps," Castille said yesterday at a City Hall news conference. "We're looking at a backlog that's going to be astounding. " Castille said the system's backlog of felony cases was about 11,000 at the end of 1988 and is projected to grow to more than 14,000 by the end of this year.
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May 19, 1987 | By Gilbert M. Gaul, Inquirer Staff Writer
A huge backlog of claims to Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia for major- medical insurance payments has been slashed to a near-normal level. The backlog is down to about 11,000 claims from a high of more than 60,000 in January. A spokesman said the insurer's processing schedule was expected to be back to normal by June. "I fully believe in two weeks we'll have it down to 8,000 or less . . . a level that's normal for this time of year," James R. Vivian, director of the major-medical section, said in an interview last Friday.
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December 14, 1986 | By Rich Henson, Inquirer Staff Writer (Correspondent Phyllis Holtzman also contributed to this article)
Alfred Zollers is a matchmaker and, at first glance, his job would seem rather easy. When a criminal case comes into the Mongtgomery County Common Pleas Court, Zollers, the district attorney's chief clerk, simply makes certain that the case is assigned to a judge. One case, one judge. Piece of cake. Except that lately, the pieces haven't been fitting so nicely. Instead, Zollers said he has found that the county's growing backlog of criminal cases is making it more and more difficult for him to match a case with a judge.
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January 23, 1992 | By Bryon Kurzenabe, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Burlington County's newest Superior Court judges will have to look backward to move forward in their new jobs. Next month, after each is sworn in to his seven-year post, John Sweeney and Jan Schlesinger will encounter the remnants of a period when too few judges grappled with too many cases: Backlog. Court records show that 3,740 of the 13,915 cases pending from July through October have exhausted the prescribed time limits for when a case should be heard - constituting a backlog of 27 percent.
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August 26, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In May, police in Falls Township, Bucks County, pulled over Corey Sean Mcgrogan after getting a call about an intoxicated driver on West Trenton Avenue. Officers searched Mcgrogan's jeep and allegedly found a crack pipe, a syringe with suspected heroin residue, and 20 pills of what appeared to be Xanax, the prescription anxiety medication. Mcgrogan, 35, was charged with misdemeanor counts of drug possession and paraphernalia as well as careless driving. Three months later, he's still waiting for a district judge to review his case and decide if it should go to trial.
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February 23, 1995 | by Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer
If you bought or sold a house in Philadelphia during the last year or so and it seems as if you've been waiting an eternity for the city to record the deed or mortgage, you aren't dreaming. The city controller's office says you're caught up in a whopping backlog that's costing taxpayers an indeterminable sum of money. In an audit released yesterday, City Controller Jonathan Saidel disclosed that the city Department of Records at one point had failed to enter 30,000 deeds, mortgages and related documents into its official data base.
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May 30, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A PLAN INTRODUCED in the U.S. Senate in March offers solutions to the backlog problem plaguing Veterans Administration hospitals, Sen. Bob Casey said yesterday. At a news conference at 30th Street Station, Casey discussed a three-step initiative in his proposed 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, more than a month after VA hospitals were found to have long wait times, falsified wait lists and extreme backlogs. Casey said that the national wait time to file a claim is 244 days, while the average in Philadelphia is 295 days.
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June 23, 1988 | By Christopher Hand, Special to The Inquirer
The Gloucester County Utilities Authority, apparently rebounding from the sludge-disposal problems that plagued it this spring, has again started accepting septic waste from haulers outside Gloucester County. Gary Whalen, operations manager for the authority, said last night that the backlog of sewage that had accumulated at the treatment plant last month - at one point almost three million gallons - had now been almost completely removed. For the last month, the authority has refused to accept septic waste from outside the county.
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January 19, 2011 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA & STEPHANIE FARR, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
The Pennsylvania State Police isn't shying away from the truth: It has a massive backlog of criminal DNA evidence that could solve an untold number of crimes. It's a problem with far-reaching ramifications, as evidenced by the case of Antonio Rodriguez, who police sources said confessed yesterday to being the murderous Kensington Strangler. A sample of Rodriguez's DNA was provided to the State Police on Oct. 25 - a week before the first of the Strangler's victims was found - but was not uploaded into the national CODIS database until Jan. 10, said Jack Lewis, a State Police spokesman.
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September 9, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania has done a poor job informing local law enforcement agencies about new requirements to report the number of untested rape kits, the state auditor general said Wednesday. Eugene DePasquale said confusing information from the state Department of Health and other agencies may have contributed to incomplete reporting on a testing backlog that critics have said could stifle sex-assault investigations. "This inadequate communication contributed to a low participation rate by law enforcement agencies, which in turn caused an undercounting of kits awaiting testing," he said at a news conference.
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August 3, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Alex Bonavitacola, 85, of Haverford, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge for 28 years, who was hailed for clearing a staggering backlog of cases in the 1990s, died Friday, July 29, of heart failure at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr. Elected in 1973, Judge Bonavitacola was a president judge for five years and chairman of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, overseeing Common Pleas, Municipal, and Traffic Courts. He was one of only a few judges who served in Family Court, Orphans' Court, and criminal court, all divisions of Common Pleas Court.
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November 11, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Long-awaited decisions by Gov. Christie on legislation involving Atlantic City and New Jersey's voting laws headlined Monday's activity here, but the Republican governor took action on dozens of other bills that passed the Legislature in June. Christie, who was headed for Milwaukee for Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, signed legislation on topics ranging from firearms and domestic violence to standardized testing to bestiality. Guns and domestic violence. Christie rejected a proposal that sought to restrict access to firearms for those accused of domestic violence, saying it "substantially restates New Jersey's existing laws.
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October 30, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE CITY'S fiscal watchdog said yesterday that a backlog of appeals from property owners is holding up millions of dollars in critical revenue for the city and the school district. Suzanne Biemiller, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, told the Board of the Revision of Taxes in a letter that 2,557 of the 29,522 appeals for this year and last year have yet to be heard. Those unheard cases represent more than $6 billion in assessed value. She called for the BRT - a seven-member board appointed by city judges - to speed up the appeals process.
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April 22, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey lawmakers on Monday scrutinized the state's handling of thousands of low-income residents' Medicaid applications, as the Christie administration asserted it had made progress in reducing the backlog. Gov. Christie expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and 400,000 residents have gained health insurance through the government program since 2014. However, thousands of applications have languished at understaffed county welfare agencies, in part because of the state's antiquated computer systems.
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April 15, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 30,000 inquiries sent to Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs benefits office were left to languish, on average for almost a year, according to an internal investigation. That finding was one of several outlined in a searing report released Wednesday by the VA's Inspector General. During their 10-month probe, investigators also confirmed data manipulation, poor working conditions and shoddy-record keeping. "We substantiated serious issues involving mismanagement and distrust of [office]
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February 17, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Villanova University law professor Michele Pistone sensed the growing problem in the nation's asylum system even before new data released this month presented a stark picture of the backlog. "For 15 years, I could count on getting appointments for [asylum] interviews" promptly at the regional office in Newark, N.J., she said. "Students could start a [client's] case and have it adjudicated by the end of the semester. "This year, for the first time, that's not happening," she said, and appointments her students requested in September still have no interview dates.
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December 30, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Since New Jersey expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, its efforts to enroll thousands of low-income residents have been hampered by low staffing and antiquated technology. Gov. Christie championed the expansion, and, indeed, 300,000 New Jersey adults have enrolled in Medicaid, the federal program for the poor and disabled, since President Obama's health-care law took effect in October 2013. Many gained coverage directly through online state and federal portals. Yet an estimated 11,000 others, whom experts describe as some of the state's most vulnerable citizens, have received no response to their applications.
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December 10, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILADELPHIA has a problem with too many unwanted and overgrown trees, which could prove hazardous to people, a City Council committee was told yesterday. Due to budget constraints, there is a backlog of 3,161 tree-removal requests and a backlog of 9,796 requests for tree pruning, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis said during an information hearing convened by Council's Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. "The facts are, we are behind," said DiBerardinis, who laid the blame on the department's inadequate budget.
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August 26, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In May, police in Falls Township, Bucks County, pulled over Corey Sean Mcgrogan after getting a call about an intoxicated driver on West Trenton Avenue. Officers searched Mcgrogan's jeep and allegedly found a crack pipe, a syringe with suspected heroin residue, and 20 pills of what appeared to be Xanax, the prescription anxiety medication. Mcgrogan, 35, was charged with misdemeanor counts of drug possession and paraphernalia as well as careless driving. Three months later, he's still waiting for a district judge to review his case and decide if it should go to trial.
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