January 19, 2011 |
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.
January 18, 2011 |
The DNA evidence used to identify the suspect in the Kensington strangulations was in the hands of Pennsylvania state police three weeks before the third victim was killed, but a backlog of cases prevented a match, according to a timeline released Monday night. DNA from Antonio Rodriguez, 22, was provided to state police Oct. 25 under a program that requires all felons to submit genetic samples. Rodriguez faced an unrelated drug charge. On Nov. 23, Philadelphia police submitted a DNA sample taken from one of the victims of the strangler.
December 29, 2010 |
Emergency medical crews from New Jersey, including Burlington and Camden Counties, continued to arrive in New York on Tuesday to help with the large backlog of 911 calls that developed during Sunday's blizzard. As two feet of snow fell in New York, many vehicles became stuck, blocking streets and hampering emergency efforts. With help from outside agencies, the backlog of calls for medical assistance, which grew to 1,300 on Monday, was less than 200 by Tuesday afternoon, a Fire Department spokesman said.
November 22, 2010
When Philadelphia authorities slashed the city's backlog of 47,000 fugitives by more than 40 percent, they never intended to send the message that crime pays. That's the harsh reality, though, of their decision to drop criminal charges against more than 19,000 defendants whose cases have been dormant for as long as four decades. That bookkeeping step made sense. As an Inquirer investigation revealed last year, the overburdened city court system is plagued by low conviction rates, with thousands of cases dismissed.
September 19, 2010 |
The IRS continues to have trouble handling claims for home buyer tax credits, a Treasury Department audit shows. The audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, completed Aug. 16, said some taxpayers not entitled to the credit received it and others who were supposed to get it did not. A previous audit completed in June found that thousands of taxpayers - including prison inmates serving life sentences - fraudulently claimed a...
December 21, 2009
Police departments across the nation are allowing rapists to get away with their crimes, while ignoring evidence that could solve these cases. Congress heard testimony last week indicating that many big-city police departments are failing to test thousands of sets of evidence called "rape kits," which contain DNA collected from victims of sexual assault. Each year, more than 100,000 people nationwide report being the victims of rape. Nearly all of them are asked to submit to invasive procedures to collect DNA samples from their bodies, samples that could provide the genetic fingerprints of their attacker's identity.
December 17, 2008 |
So where is the Christmas mail? Where are the packages? Where are the letters? Where are the Christmas cards? On what is normally one of the biggest mail days of the year, the mail wasn't moving during yesterday's day shift at the U.S. Postal Service's processing plant on Lindbergh Boulevard near Island Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. "There was no mail in there," said a day-shift postal worker, who asked to remain anonymous. "The trucks are not coming in. We're supposed to be busy, and we're not running the machines.
September 10, 2007 |
Short on technicians and fielding tens of thousands of requests for its new phone service, Comcast Corp. thinks it might have an answer to its installation backlog. You. The Philadelphia cable company, which is building a giant telephone network, is test-marketing a do-it-yourself phone-installation kit in San Francisco. If popular, the kits could give Comcast an advantage in its battle with competitors by allowing customers to quickly join its network, the company and an analyst said.
February 23, 2007 |
Luxury-home-builder Toll Bros. Inc. posted sharp first-quarter declines yesterday in revenue and backlogs as the slumping housing industry showed little sign of turning the corner. The steepest decline was in profit, down 67 percent, due to hefty write-downs and other costs for the Horsham-based company. First-quarter net income was $54.3 million, or 33 cents a share, compared with $163.9 million, or 98 cents a share, for the same period a year earlier. First-quarter revenue was down 19 percent, from a record $1.34 billion a year earlier to $1.09 billion - but still meeting Wall Street's expectations.