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June 10, 2001 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Individual hospitals in the behavioral health unit of Universal Health Services Inc. have long been dogged by federal investigations into their billing practices, but the King of Prussia company disclosed Tuesday in a regulatory filing that it was under criminal investigation at the corporate level. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing updated legal matters noted in UHS's Feb. 26 annual report. "UHS and its subsidiary facilities have cooperated with the investigating agencies and will continue to do so," the company said in a statement.
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April 24, 1996 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
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.
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August 27, 2008 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 22, 2010 | By Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 16, 1996 | By Peter Nicholas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 19, 2000 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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November 17, 1999 | By Jonathan S. Landay, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
NEWS
June 7, 2003 | By Jeff Shields and Larry Lewis INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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August 8, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was charged Thursday with illegally leaking confidential information, then lying about it under oath and deploying aides as spies to keep a step ahead of the criminal investigation against her. While not unexpected, the criminal charges filed by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman dealt a stunning blow to a woman who swept into office in a 2012 landslide with a promise to shake up...
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August 28, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
As Attorney General Kathleen Kane plotted to leak secret grand jury information and instructed aides to spy on her employees' emails, prosecutors said, she used personal email accounts to conduct business. Revelations about Kane's use of personal emails led Montgomery County prosecutors to serve search warrants for her Yahoo and AOL email accounts as they built a criminal case against her. On Monday, Kane was held for trial on charges of leaking confidential information to embarrass a critic and then lying about it under oath.
NEWS
August 27, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Despite charges that he illegally spied on colleagues' emails, the head of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's security detail will remain on the job, her office announced Tuesday. Patrick Reese, 48, a Kane confidant, will continue working in his $99,658-a-year position despite an internal policy that calls for the suspension of employees charged with crimes involving their official duties. Reese was charged Aug. 6 with contempt of court for secretly accessing emails in an effort to learn about a criminal investigation of his boss.
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August 13, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The driver and security detail chief for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations that he repeatedly accessed private grand jury information for her. In a hearing that lasted about five minutes, Patrick Reese, a former police chief in Lackawanna County, was arraigned on a contempt-of-court charge before Montgomery County Court Judge William R. Carpenter and ordered to return for trial next month....
NEWS
August 9, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A York County district judge was charged Friday with four counts of indecent assault, harassment, and abuse of office after allegedly groping a woman who had testified in his courtroom. According to a criminal complaint filed by the Attorney General's Office, District Judge Jeffrey Scott Joy went to the 31-year-old woman's apartment after she testified in a probation case against her boyfriend. The woman said Joy entered her room as she was dressing, groped her, and licked her chest.
NEWS
August 8, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was charged Thursday with illegally leaking confidential information, then lying about it under oath and deploying aides as spies to keep a step ahead of the criminal investigation against her. While not unexpected, the criminal charges filed by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman dealt a stunning blow to a woman who swept into office in a 2012 landslide with a promise to shake up...
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyer representing the family of Brandon Tate-Brown - the 26-year-old man shot by police late last year - on Monday called for the district attorney to reopen a criminal investigation into the Frankford man's death. Brian Mildenberg said differences between initial police accounts of the incident and an internal report on the shooting made public last week warranted a second look at the case. District Attorney Seth Williams said he did not plan to reopen the investigation. "What happened was tragic, but not criminal," he said in a statement Monday afternoon.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Over the seven months since New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, were found mortally wounded amid a deliberately set fire in their central New Jersey home, the official opacity surrounding their deaths has been steadily stripped of every defensible rationale. Now that the conclusion of the criminal investigation is more than a month old, it's clear that the persistent secrecy serves only to cover up incompetence or worse. According to law and logic, continuing investigations are among the most compelling justifications for government discretion.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universal Health Services Inc.'s psychiatric hospitals chalked up another strong quarter even though some face a federal probe for suspected fraud, some of it potentially criminal. The King of Prussia company, one of the country's largest for-profit hospital owners, said its operating margin in behavioral health was a robust 28.6 percent in the first quarter, up from 27.7 percent in the same period of 2014. On March 31, the last day of the quarter, UHS disclosed that it was under criminal investigation at the corporate level and that in March two additional hospitals that treat people for addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses had received subpoenas.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Individual hospitals in the behavioral health unit of Universal Health Services Inc. have long been dogged by federal investigations into their billing practices, but the King of Prussia company disclosed Tuesday in a regulatory filing that it was under criminal investigation at the corporate level. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing updated legal matters noted in UHS's Feb. 26 annual report. "UHS and its subsidiary facilities have cooperated with the investigating agencies and will continue to do so," the company said in a statement.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Angelo Fichera, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
The wife of Cooper University Health System chief executive John P. Sheridan Jr. died from a stab wound to her chest that punctured her aorta, officials said Tuesday. Nearly five months after the couple's deaths, authorities disclosed Joyce Sheridan's cause of death, but a final determination of the cause and manner of death for her husband has not been issued by the New Jersey Office of the State Medical Examiner. Joyce Sheridan's death was ruled a homicide shortly after the couple's deaths Sept.
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