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.
June 26, 2014 |
It is unclear whether Pennsylvania will ever recover from the sordid and tragic Jerry Sandusky case - or whether officials are capable of keeping politics and personal animus from further infecting the entire mess. Certainly Attorney General Kathleen Kane's recent actions prove we're still in the thick of it. This is a wound that shows no sign of healing. The latest chapter of the controversy concerns how long it took state prosecutors to arrest the former Penn State assistant football coach for sexually assaulting children.
June 18, 2014 |
Friends and relatives recalled Craig Berner - a Moorestown patrolman fatally struck by a truck while off duty - as one of the good guys, who would help even a turtle in need. Berner, a member of the township police department for 26 years, died nearly a year ago on his way to a store when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a pickup truck. Several dozen people gathered Monday evening at Memorial Field on South Church Street for a candlelight vigil to honor Berner and garner support to reopen a criminal investigation into Berner's death.
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.
May 10, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The question has hung over the federal ticket-fixing case against six former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges from the start. How, if at all, did an independent investigation into the court's culture of favoritism, commissioned by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, influence federal investigators in building their criminal case? Defense lawyers for some of the former judges contend that their clients felt forced to give incriminating interviews to William G. Chadwick, the investigator hired at Castille's request.
April 26, 2014 |
After years of investigation, federal and local prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against four Philadelphia narcotics officers accused of lying about evidence on search warrants and stealing from corner stores during raids, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey told The Inquirer on Thursday. One of the officers was also accused of sexually assaulting three women. Sources familiar with the investigation said authorities cited weak witnesses and a lack of evidence as factors in their decision not to bring charges.
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.