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June 26, 2014 | By Jason Grant, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she was on duty, police Officer Tamika Gross patrolled West Philadelphia. When she was off duty, prosecutors said Tuesday, she made her son and daughter confront and fight other youngsters - at least once jumping into the fray herself. Gross, a seven-year veteran assigned to the 16th District, was charged Tuesday with 11 criminal counts springing from a 2½-year Internal Affairs and District Attorney's Office investigation. Gross, 35, who lives in Mayfair, was slapped with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child, and with multiple misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.
NEWS
June 21, 2014
Philadelphians at long last can hope for an authoritative answer to a disturbing question: Did four of the city's state legislators commit crimes by taking money from a supposed lobbyist seeking favors? The answer, however, will not come from state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who has yet to offer a convincing explanation for her decision to drop an investigation of the officials begun under her predecessors. Rather, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has assigned four seasoned prosecutors to present the case to a grand jury.
NEWS
June 21, 2014
ISSUE | OVERDOSES Heroin proving more deadly than guns Inquirer coverage missed something very significant about heroin overdoses, which took more lives in Philadelphia in 2012 than guns: So many family members and friends of those who have overdosed on heroin feel robbed because they never even realized their loved one was having an issue until it was too late ("Heroin uptick: Is it a crisis?" June 18). This is one reason the media attention surrounding this issue has been invaluable: Parents are learning to recognize signs of drug abuse, people are noticing and talking about the issue, and those who love someone struggling with addiction can look around and see they are not alone.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County will have to pay 18 percent more for legal-liability insurance as a result of a $1.65 million lawsuit settlement by the District Attorney's Office. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman agreed to the settlement in May and issued an official apology to a Radnor contractor who said her office wrongfully charged him with theft and damaged his business reputation. The charges stemmed from a 2007 contract dispute between Walter Logan and Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, whose members included some high-ranking county officials.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams , due in federal court yesterday to defend himself in a lawsuit over the alleged theft of intellectual property, decided to settle the case instead. For a Twitter feud, this got pretty ugly. Photographer R. Bradley Maule , of PhillySkyline.com, complained in the July 2013 lawsuit that a photo used as background for Williams' official Twitter account was pilfered from his website. Williams, in a Dec. 30 deposition, said that Maule's attorney, J. Conor Corcoran , asked him about the photo during a 2013 primary Election Day lunch at the Famous 4th Street Deli.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was a political superstar when she ran for reelection in 2011, with such a sterling image and strong popularity that Democrats did not put up a challenger. The next year, Ferman stepped into a star-studded spotlight in New York City, as the L'Oréal Women of Worth awards' national honoree for her work on behalf of abused children. Her name often ended up on short lists of prospects for higher office. But Republicans and Democrats are now talking, or at least whispering, about the political damage Ferman may have suffered from botched investigations in two high-profile prosecutions - the rape case against former Montgomery County GOP chairman Robert Kerns, and a theft case against a contractor that ended with a Ferman apology and a $1.6 million payout to the man. Ferman still has ardent supporters.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IN LIGHT of recent events, Stephanie Amato's Facebook activity is a little disconcerting. "Fun with these kids!" the 30-year-old teacher posted Tuesday with a picture showing her chauffeuring a group of smiling preteen boys. Another picture, posted later that night, shows her standing with the group. Its caption proclaims, "My fav students. " Both photos went online hours before Amato turned herself in to police amid allegations that she had sex with one of her special-education students.
NEWS
May 29, 2014
MEDIA Delaware County on Wednesday will unveil the latest addition in its fight against crime, SWAT One. The black 2014 Lenco "BearCat" ballistic-engineered armored response vehicle will be displayed beginning at 1 p.m. at Rose Tree Media Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media. The county's SWAT team will show off the new vehicle's capabilities and special features. The state-of-the-art armored car can carry 10 people and withstand a hit from a 50 caliber projectile. It has night-vision optics and a battering ram, said Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a bitter three-way race that involved some of the city's most powerful political players, State Sen. Christine Tartaglione cruised to a surprisingly easy victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday. She collected slightly more than half of the vote in the Second Senatorial District, which stretches from Kensington to Fox Chase, besting Daniel Savage, a former City Council member, and Tomas Sánchez, husband of Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez. The rough-and-tumble race featured big money, prominent endorsements, and plenty of attack ads. The district also was one of the hottest areas in the city for complaints of election shenanigans, said Ellen Mattleman Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of Seventy.
NEWS
May 11, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
LAMAR RAYSON, who has lived in federal prison since 2007, wasn't going anywhere for decades. But yesterday, he learned that he's likely to die behind bars. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Alice Dubow sentenced him to 37 1/2 to 75 years in state prison for a 2004 Christmas Eve home-invasion robbery and rape in Wissinoming, Pa. Rayson, 29, will begin serving that sentence after he completes a 32-year sentence in federal prison that he received for his role in five armed robberies of city businesses in 2005, and a 2006 armed carjacking in Germantown.
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