May 16, 2015 |
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.
April 30, 2015 |
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.
April 2, 2015 |
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.
February 26, 2015 |
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.
November 12, 2014 |
More than two years have passed since state law enforcement agents quietly searched an upper Montgomery County home, looking for evidence in a probe of illegal pollution and fraud. No charges have been filed against the Harleysville homeowners, Sloane Six and J. Scott Clemens, who own and operate Hazleton Oil & Environmental, an oil recycling company in northeast Pennsylvania. The investigation into the company remains active, said Carolyn Myers, spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's Office, though she declined to elaborate.
November 2, 2014 |
Only two people are known to have witnessed off-duty Moorestown Police Officer Craig Berner lose control of his motorcycle as the pickup truck approached. One of them is Patrolman Berner, who's dead. The other is Sgt. William McGovern, the off-duty Burlington County detective who ran over Berner on a dark stretch of Westfield Road in Moorestown. McGovern isn't talking, and an investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office was concluded without any criminal charges being filed.
October 31, 2014 |
A MEASURE to be introduced in City Council today could place tighter restrictions on local use of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones. Not to be confused with the large, weaponized, military-type drones, these smaller, consumer-grade aerial devices are a potential problem for people's privacy, according to Councilman Jim Kenney, the bill's sponsor. "We've seen international soccer games stopped because of a drone. We've heard of people using them to spy on people in their homes . . . These things are becoming more and more available to the average hobbyist," Kenney said.
September 12, 2014 |
ROGER GOODELL would have done well to rip a page from the NCAA playbook. Throw the book at Ray Rice back in February as the NCAA originally did to Penn State, and Goodell would not be where he is right this minute, homina-homina homina-ing through his latest questionable assertions, he and his integrity painted by his own messy brush into the smallest of corners. Play offense right away. Or you will be playing defense for a long time. How does he get out now? Damned if I know.
August 28, 2014 |
More than 675 people have registered their security cameras with the Philadelphia Police Department's SafeCam program since it began in 2011, and law enforcement officials are encouraging more to sign up. The program allows residents and business owners to register their security cameras with the department so officers know where to look for security footage that might aid in a criminal investigation. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey at a Tuesday news conference highlighted a city Commerce Department initiative that reimburses business owners 50 percent of installation costs up to $3,000 for putting in the cameras.
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.