April 7, 2014 |
COATESVILLE The Coatesville Area School District's board denied Friday night that its suspension of its assistant superintendent was an attempt to intimidate a man who has been cooperating in a criminal investigation of district finances. A day after Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan issued a highly critical statement accusing the board of trying to intimidate a witness and hinder his office's work, the board called Hogan's statement "blistering and inaccurate. " The district said it was trying to be transparent when it said last week that it was placing its assistant superintendent, Angelo Romaniello, on administrative leave because of information it had uncovered, without giving details.
March 20, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane may be "a prosecutor, not a politician," as her campaign slogan claimed, but she is learning anew that it can be hard to separate politics from law enforcement. Kane's decision to drop a criminal investigation that captured at least five Philadelphia Democratic officials taking money or gifts not only raised legal questions, but also questions about her possible political motivations. At the least, some political strategists and analysts said Tuesday, the move could lead to the perception that Kane went easy on fellow Democrats to help herself.
February 8, 2014 |
One month after the release of e-mails suggesting the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge was orchestrated by aides to Gov. Christie as part of a political vendetta, the broad outlines of investigations by the New Jersey Legislature and the U.S. Attorney's Office have emerged. But what happens if potential witnesses, as some have indicated, refuse to cooperate? Witnesses who cite the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination could substantially slow the legislative probe and complicate the criminal investigation underway by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
January 20, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office is conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of widespread cheating among teachers and principals in Philadelphia schools, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry. State prosecutors acted after receiving information from the state Inspector General's Office, which launched its own investigation in 2011. Bruce Beemer, chief of the Criminal Prosecution Section of the Attorney General's Office, declined to comment Friday.
November 17, 2013 |
NORTH PHILADELPHIA Crime-scene investigators recovered human remains in a North Philadelphia ravine Friday as part of an investigation into suspended Homicide Detective Ron Dove, who is suspected of lying about three killings and a man's disappearance, according to law enforcement sources. Police have been digging in the area since last month, after they found information on the veteran detective's iPad concerning Reynaldo Torres, a North Philadelphia man who has been missing for a year and a half.
November 11, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA POLICE Commissioner Charles Ramsey had heard enough about Ronald Dove. Yesterday, Ramsey announced that Dove, a homicide detective with 16 years on the force, would be suspended with the intent to dismiss after police brass determined that he had not fully cooperated with a widening Internal Affairs probe. Getting canned is probably the least of Dove's worries, even if he was making more than $160,000 a year, including overtime. Cops are looking into whether Dove, 41, covered up at least three murders - including one involving his girlfriend - and a possible disappearance.
November 10, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Two months after allegations of his misconduct first surfaced, police have taken the first step toward firing a veteran Philadelphia homicide detective under investigation in the alleged cover-up of three homicides and a disappearance. Detective Ron Dove, a 16-year veteran of the force, violated policy by "failing to cooperate in a departmental investigation as well as lying or attempting to deceive" investigators, the Police Department said in a statement Friday announcing the action.
October 1, 2013 |
Since exposing racist and sexist texts between the former Coatesville Area School District superintendent and former high school athletic director, two district employees have been subjected to continuing harassment from administrators, including the acting superintendent, a lawyer for the two has alleged. In an e-mail to the school board Sunday, Sam Stretton also called on acting superintendent Angelo Romaniello to step down. In response, school board president Neil Campbell issued a statement on behalf of the district, calling Stretton's claim of harassment "ridiculous.
August 10, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia were silent Thursday after a report emerged that they had launched a criminal investigation into whether JPMorgan Chase sold mortgage-backed securities that the bank knew or suspected would fail. Citing unnamed sources, the New York Times said the Philadelphia investigation was one of two new inquiries the bank faces on opposite coasts. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week, JPMorgan disclosed that criminal and civil prosecutors in the Eastern District of California had opened parallel investigations there related to its sale of mortgage-backed securities.
July 11, 2013 |
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - Canadian authorities said yesterday that they have opened a criminal investigation into the fiery wreck of a runaway oil train in this small town as the death toll climbed to 15, with dozens more bodies feared buried in the burned-out ruins. Quebec police Inspector Michel Forget said investigators have "discovered elements" that have led to a criminal probe. He gave no details but ruled out terrorism. The death toll rose with the discovery of two more bodies yesterday.