June 10, 2001 |
Bob Torricelli tried to change the subject last week. Taking a cue from his confidant and political ally Bill Clinton, the Democratic senator from New Jersey sought to raise doubts about the Justice Department's criminal investigation of his 1996 election campaign by suggesting that it might be politically biased. In calling for the appointment of an independent lawyer to oversee the Republican-controlled investigation, Torricelli used a tactic long favored by defense attorneys: Blame the prosecutor.
April 24, 1996 |
The police helicopters flew away, bloodhounds jumped back into the trucks, the elaborate command center closed. The three-day search for little Shanae "Na Na" Burton, 3, is over. Now it is a criminal investigation, Chester officials said. "We've covered every square inch of about a half-mile-square area, even parks a couple of miles or so away and done it at least five to seven times, by land, by air and by sea," Chester Fire Commissioner Joseph Cliffe said yesterday. "There is no indication that the child is anywhere in this area at this time.
August 27, 2008 |
When needles, cotton swabs and blue pill casings began washing up on Avalon's beaches over the weekend, borough officials quickly became suspicious. This didn't look like an accident. The medical waste was concentrated along a short stretch of the Cape May County shoreline, making it unlikely that it had fallen from a barge at sea and been carried in by the tide. That left the officials, joined by investigators from the state Attorney General's Office and Department Environmental Protection, with another possibility: sabotage.
April 22, 2010 |
A Philadelphia police officer was arrested Wednesday on charges that he exposed himself to a woman while on duty. Officer Joseph Harvey, a seven-year member of the force, also has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss. Harvey, 35, is charged with indecent exposure, official oppression and false imprisonment, police said. Harvey was assigned to the 24th District and was working on an investigation with other officers around midnight Oct. 9, said Chief Inspector Anthony DiLacqua, head of the Internal Affairs Division.
May 16, 1996 |
A day after an election marred by fighting and charges of fraud, the loser in the contest to represent the city's blue-collar workers began a campaign to get the results overturned. Herman "Pete" Matthews sent a letter yesterday to District Council 33 officials, advising them that he will ask federal and state authorities to begin a criminal investigation into the "fraud that has obviously been committed. " Matthews, who lost to incumbent DC33 president James Sutton in the balloting Tuesday night, also plans to ask the union's umbrella organization, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, to hold an immediate hearing and then declare him the actual winner.
October 19, 2000 |
Following allegations by the Ford Motor Co. in a wrongful-death civil lawsuit involving an air bag it made, the Cape May County prosecutor said yesterday that he had begun a criminal investigation of the 1997 death of a Middle Township woman. Two years after her death in a car accident, the woman's husband sued Ford, contending that a defective air bag killed his wife, who was six months pregnant with their second child. But soon after Eric Thomas filed his lawsuit, Ford began to fight back with allegations that Thomas had caused his wife's death.
November 17, 1999 |
U.S. officials yesterday delayed an FBI criminal investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 to let Egyptian experts review phrases of a Muslim prayer uttered by a crew member shortly before the plane plunged into the Atlantic Ocean. The decision reflects the sensitivity of the Cairo government to the suggestion that a crew member - possibly a copilot - might have deliberately crashed the plane. It also underscores the enormous importance the United States places on maintaining good relations with one of its key Arab allies.
June 7, 2003 |
Authorities searched for clues in the stench and squalor of a Lansdale-area apartment yesterday after announcing a criminal investigation into the death of an emaciated 4-year-old boy who lived in the home. Shawn Seymore, a quadruplet, suffered severe malnutrition and weighed 25 pounds when he died early Thursday. His parents had called police to the condominium in Towamencin Township because their son was unresponsive. Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., after touring the "deplorable" conditions inside the home and describing the malnourishment of Shawn's quadruplet siblings, said the nature of the case had changed since Thursday.
July 18, 2014 |
A Pennsylvania congressman has called for a criminal investigation into claims of mail shredding and data manipulation at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Regional Office. In a letter to officials from the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Bucks County, called the alleged offenses "unconscionable and deserving of further investigation. " The concerns at the Philadelphia VA office in Germantown, which oversees benefits for 825,000 veterans in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey and also houses one of the nation's three VA pension management centers, came to light Monday.
May 14, 2014 |
A Philadelphia narcotics officer who lied on a search warrant in a drug investigation and concealed a business relationship with an informant has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday. Jeffrey Cujdik will be fired, and three officers will be suspended and transferred from the narcotics squad, he said. Cujdik and three of his colleagues have been on desk duty for five years, since a 2009 series in the Philadelphia Daily News reported that they had fabricated evidence, given gifts to informants, and robbed bodegas of cash and merchandise.