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February 4, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant was arrested yesterday for allegedly giving police a phony name and birth date when he tried to turn in guns anonymously last summer. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, 28, surrendered to police Internal Affairs yesterday. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of false identification to law enforcement authorities, according to the District Attorney's Office. One handgun he turned in was reported stolen in South Philadelphia in 2010, and authorities traced the other two back to separate owners, according to the D.A. Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended Ruff, an eight-year veteran, with intent to dismiss.
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February 4, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trouble for Brandon Ruff started Aug. 3, when he walked into the 35th Police District station on North Broad Street with a bag that contained three handguns and said his name was Ryan Jones. Ruff, a 28-year-old sergeant in the 16th District, told police that the weapons belonged to a relative. He thought he could anonymously surrender the guns without question. On Monday, Ruff, an eight-year veteran, was arrested and charged with giving a false identity to law enforcement officials.
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February 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A once-prominent Philadelphia lawyer has been disbarred by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after failing to respond to professional and ethical complaints. The action, which takes effect Feb. 28 and strips Willie Lee Nattiel Jr. of his law license, was published Thursday by the Supreme Court. The 23-page opinion lists 10 charges against Nattiel, most involving mishandling client funds and failures to appear for meetings and court hearings of people he had agreed to represent. Nattiel, 55, could not be reached for comment Friday.
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January 30, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lansdale woman was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $10,000 combined from the Cub Scouts pack and Girl Scouts troop she led. Heather Lynn Belford, 30, is accused of using the credit cards of the two Upper Providence groups to buy personal items and withdraw cash during the spring of 2014, when she was committee chair of the Cub pack and leader of the scout troop. Belford turned herself in Wednesday at a district court in Montgomery County, said Upper Providence Detective Raymond Bechtel.
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January 28, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's order curtailing government seizures of property from people never accused of a crime should be a signal to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. His aggressive use of civil forfeiture laws has been not only unjust, but also oblivious to the growing outrage over unfair confiscations. Over the course of a decade, Williams' office has taken $60 million in cash, homes, cars, and other property from thousands of people, including parents whose adult children were charged with selling drugs in or near their houses.
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January 20, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a typical year, last week's announcement that Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards would leave to become the state's next transportation secretary would qualify as a political bombshell. But 2015 is shaping up as anything but typical. Richards' departure brings the number of high-level elected vacancies in Montgomery to seven, unleashing a political feeding frenzy as dozens of prospective candidates swarm for the chance to run for commissioner, district attorney, judgeships, and row offices.
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January 14, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A GROUP OF former staffers of the shuttered Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School is "contemplating" a class-action lawsuit against the district, the group's leader said yesterday. The 18 former staffers say they are owed paychecks for all of December, as well as vacation and sick pay. They discussed the claims with school district officials yesterday. "They are also responsible for what is taking place as well, because the Charter School Office had oversight of this particular school," said Sultan Ashley, who was the school's community relations and partnership development director.
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January 12, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Now it is Risa Vetri Ferman's time to decide whether a case against a public official is good enough to prosecute. Ferman, the Montgomery County district attorney, has been handed a high-stakes assignment: Sources say a grand jury has recommended that she prosecute the state's highest law enforcement official. She must decide whether to bring a criminal case against Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, who sources say the grand jury concluded broke the law by leaking secret investigative material in a bid to embarrass a political foe. Ferman must decide whether to adopt a criminal case that she did not begin or build.
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January 12, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lawyer for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Saturday that she would not resign if charged with leaking confidential grand jury information to a newspaper. Lanny J. Davis, a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton, said Kane was being subjected to a "one-sided, biased investigation. " "This railroad train seems to me to be driven by some men with grudges, men who are bitter and angry at being exposed and professionally embarrassed - men who have political agendas to railroad Kathleen Kane out of office and destroy her career," he said.
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January 9, 2015
A story Thursday about Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr.'s plans to run for district attorney gave the wrong office for one of his previous campaigns. In 2004, Castor unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for attorney general. A caption Thursday with a story about Martin Luther King's Birthday misspelled the name of former Sen. Harris Wofford, for whom the Active Citizenship Award is named.
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