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May 17, 2012 | By Dana DiFilippo, Daily News Staff Writer
THREE TRACE-evidence technicians have flunked a routine test administered to uphold the Philadelphia Police Department crime lab's accreditation, police brass announced Tuesday. Each technician tests hundreds of pieces of evidence a year for traces of blood and semen, so if investigators determine that the methods are problematic, it could throw countless court cases into question, authorities acknowledged. City officials learned of the test failures "within the last 24 hours" and decided to announce them to assure the public that they are moving swiftly to address them, even though they're fuzzy on many details, said Mike Garvey, director of the crime lab. The lab has 12 trace examiners; they're tested by an outside agency twice a year, six at a time, to ensure their competency.
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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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April 17, 1997 | By Angie Cannon, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Amid the conflicting evidence and arguments of courtroom testimony, scientific tests always seemed the most believable. The Justice Department's scathing report on the FBI crime lab is sure to change all that. "It has put science on trial," said Gerald Lefcourt, president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "The whole area of scientific testimony presented by the government is now going to be very much open and fair game. "There will be an explosion of attacks on scientific evidence out of various state and federal labs.
NEWS
July 21, 1991 | By Cheryl Squadrito, Special to The Inquirer
The defendants were in the courtroom, ready. Their attorneys were ready to plead their cases. But the results from the State Police Crime Laboratory in Lima were not ready Wednesday, and preliminary hearings for 19 suspected drug dealers arrested July 12 in Darby Borough had to be continued, some until next month. "It's unbelievable!" District Justice Thomas J. Lacey said of the time required to process the evidence. Most of the suspected drug sales of crack cocaine to undercover police officers were completed in June and early July.
NEWS
September 30, 1987 | By Michael Capuzzo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The call comes to Squad 4, Philadelphia police, crime lab, late on the midnight shift. It's been a slow night, so slow that from the setting of the sun to bedtime you could declare this part of the planet at peace. Or at least you could say that not one of the nearly two million people in the city has been killed. But the call comes in, and the six men and women responsible for photographing all of the major crimes in the city tonight, for swabbing the blood and dusting the fingerprints, stir to action.
NEWS
July 29, 1988 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
PHILADELPHIA POLICE detectives and crime-lab workers investigate a body found in the trunk of an abandoned car in the 2200 block of North Philip Street in West Kensington. The body, found yesterday morning, was tentatively identified as Jose Horta, 19, of Camden. Police said the victim had been bound hand and foot, and shot several times.
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February 15, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
THE PHILADELPHIA Police Department's Forensic Sciences Bureau has grappled with its own backlog for years, but with renewed efforts and a new leader, the bureau was able to reduce it by a third within the past year. Michael Garvey Jr., who has worked for the FBI and CIA, is the first civilian head of the bureau and the only one to also be given the title of deputy managing director. Before him, high-level police officials were in charge. "It's a trend throughout forensic science to bring in folks that not only deal with running the administration portion of a forensic science entity, but can also understand and deal with all of the technical issues," he said.
NEWS
September 9, 2011 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
They are the eyes and ears of death. A small team of Philadelphia Police Department investigators who possess uncommon curiosity, extraordinary patience - and strong stomachs. For that, they were sent to ground zero a decade ago to help at the largest crime scene in American history. And for that, they are left, a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, full of memories that refuse to be tamed. Most Americans revisit images they saw on TV. These five men, as they dare to remember, wrestle with ground-level scenes so vivid, so jarring, they have been buried for years.
NEWS
October 17, 1991 | By Michael L. Rozansky, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Republican candidates for Montgomery County commissioner launched their radio ad campaign yesterday, and one of the spots immediately came under fire from a Democratic opponent who contended that it promised more than the candidates did. In an ad on crime, the announcer says that the agenda of state Rep. Jon D. Fox and Mario Mele includes "setting up a modern crime laboratory and new in- county training programs to assist local police...
NEWS
March 28, 1996 | BY BERNARD SMALL
If the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman had occurred in Philadelphia, O.J. Simpson would most likely now be serving a life sentence, perhaps even be on death row. The Los Angeles killings were not unique. I feel O.J. Simpson probably committed the crimes and there was an abundance of evidence, but the police investigation was seriously flawed, the prosecution case inept and the jury's not-guilty verdict acceptable. With all that evidence, what went wrong? The LAPD investigation was replete with tactical and procedural mistakes that would not have happened here.
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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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June 19, 2012
Romney in Wis., praises recall win    JANESVILLE, Wis. - Mitt Romney sought Monday to capitalize on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's victory in a contentious recall election and predicted that momentum from that race will help him win the state come November and, with it, the White House. Wisconsin hasn't voted for a Republican for president since 1984, and President Obama won big there in 2008. But Republicans sense an opportunity after Walker survived a Democratic push to oust him after he took on public- sector unions.
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May 17, 2012 | By Dana DiFilippo, Daily News Staff Writer
THREE TRACE-evidence technicians have flunked a routine test administered to uphold the Philadelphia Police Department crime lab's accreditation, police brass announced Tuesday. Each technician tests hundreds of pieces of evidence a year for traces of blood and semen, so if investigators determine that the methods are problematic, it could throw countless court cases into question, authorities acknowledged. City officials learned of the test failures "within the last 24 hours" and decided to announce them to assure the public that they are moving swiftly to address them, even though they're fuzzy on many details, said Mike Garvey, director of the crime lab. The lab has 12 trace examiners; they're tested by an outside agency twice a year, six at a time, to ensure their competency.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
THE PHILADELPHIA Police Department's Forensic Sciences Bureau has grappled with its own backlog for years, but with renewed efforts and a new leader, the bureau was able to reduce it by a third within the past year. Michael Garvey Jr., who has worked for the FBI and CIA, is the first civilian head of the bureau and the only one to also be given the title of deputy managing director. Before him, high-level police officials were in charge. "It's a trend throughout forensic science to bring in folks that not only deal with running the administration portion of a forensic science entity, but can also understand and deal with all of the technical issues," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
Mark Walton's been dead for three years and no trace of his body has been found. He was seen helping out his ex-wife, loading some plants into a truck, but then he seemed to have vanished. Then, one clear day, a hiker looks down in the desert and finds what is apparently a human skeleton with what is unmistakably a bullet hole in the head. Visitors to the Franklin Institute, where most of the exhibits tend to be a little less violent, are getting a chance this fall to see if they can solve cases like this in "CSI: The Experience," a visiting interactive showcase based on the popular TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
NEWS
September 9, 2011 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
They are the eyes and ears of death. A small team of Philadelphia Police Department investigators who possess uncommon curiosity, extraordinary patience - and strong stomachs. For that, they were sent to ground zero a decade ago to help at the largest crime scene in American history. And for that, they are left, a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, full of memories that refuse to be tamed. Most Americans revisit images they saw on TV. These five men, as they dare to remember, wrestle with ground-level scenes so vivid, so jarring, they have been buried for years.
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana man is accused of bludgeoning, decapitating and dismembering his disabled 7-year-old son and leaving the boy's head near the street so the child's mother would see it - a killing that brought seasoned police officers to tears, authorities said yesterday. Jeremiah Lee Wright, 30, of Thibodaux, waived his right to an attorney and confessed to killing Jori Lirette within 30 minutes of being brought to the police station Sunday, Police Chief Scott Silverii said.
NEWS
May 6, 2011
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Kate Hudson; Romeo and Chelsie Hightower. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts revisit some of their most memorable appearances on the show. Friday Night Lights (8 p.m., NBC10) - As the Lions welcome a new player and Luke is recruited by Texas Methodist University, Coach Taylor tries to defuse tensions among the team members. CSI: NY (9 p.m., CBS3) - When the crime lab is hit by a hail of gunfire, Mac and his former partner, William Hunt (Peter Fonda)
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April 6, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
A truck driver who shifted his own stick in the cereal aisle of a Delaware County grocery store then ejaculated on a female customer last month was arrested in Kentucky on Sunday, police said. Aston Township police said yesterday that Bobby Carter, 52, a convicted sex offender from Leitchfield, Ky., was caught on video on March 2 with his hand in his pocket as he followed a 39-year-old woman around the Giant supermarket on Concord Road. The woman told police that as she left the cereal aisle, where there is no video surveillance, she felt something "hit her butt," according to the affidavit.
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