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October 15, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coatesville Area School District's board appointed its new solicitor Monday night as a replacement for the former solicitor under investigation by the Chester County district attorney. The school district announced the appointment last week, but the 8-1 public vote at the special meeting made it official. The county District Attorney's Office is investigating former Solicitor James Ellison in the possible overbilling of the school district. District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in August that his office was nearing the end of its investigation into district finances.
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October 11, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coatesville Area School District's board has chosen a new solicitor to replace the one who has been under investigation by the Chester County district attorney for months, the superintendent said Thursday. The District Attorney's Office is investigating James Ellison in connection with possible overbilling and defrauding taxpayers. The district will hold a public vote at a special meeting Monday to appoint Mike Levin and his firm, Levin Legal Group, based in Montgomery County, Superintendent Cathy Taschner said in a statement.
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October 4, 2014 | By Vernon Clark and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two Philadelphia firefighters were charged Thursday with separate crimes - one with kidnapping and sexual assault while impersonating a police officer, and the other with assaulting his pregnant ex-wife and her boyfriend. Lt. Jemal Johnson, 45, an 18-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, was arrested after a 48-year-old woman alleged that she was forced to perform a sex act on him late Wednesday night. Johnson was driving his Nissan pickup truck at 13th and Ruscomb Streets in the city's Logan section around 10:30 p.m. when he pulled over and began questioning a woman who had just left a friend's home, said Police Lt. John Stanford, a department spokesman.
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October 3, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
KENNETH ALLEN, a Philly cop who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend while both were on duty, was taken into custody by Internal Affairs investigators yesterday. Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, said Allen had been arrested. He has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, possession on an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Allen, who joined the force in 2011, will be suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.
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October 2, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE EVENT HALL at Park and Chew avenues in Fern Rock has a sign outside that says it's a day-care, so its promoters need all the help they can get to draw attention to the hall's pay-at-the-door weekend parties. Now the hall, which sometimes markets itself as the Nifiji Club, is getting a lot of special attention - from the Police Department and District Attorney's Office. Officials met with concerned neighborhood residents last night - two weeks after a wild shootout following a motorcycle club's party at the hall left two people dead and two injured - and pledged that if they have anything to do with it, the hall's doors won't be open much longer.
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September 28, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
With efficient precision, a Common Pleas Court judge on Friday dismissed 59 drug convictions of defendants arrested by a corrupt narcotics officer. Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper required only about a minute for each conviction she dismissed - an assembly-line treatment of cases, which the courts have perfected after years of police scandals. "Actually, this is the worst police corruption since the 39th District," said Bradley S. Bridge of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, referring to the mass dismissals of about 300 cases in the late 1990s.
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September 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE OUTCOME of the investigation into an attack on two gay men in Center City is now in the hands of the District Attorney's Office. Yesterday, detectives from Central Division submitted their final report on the case to the office, according to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. "It's in their hands now," he said. "They will review what we've given them and decide what charges, if any, are appropriate. " Ramsey called the file "extensive," adding that it contained all the statements taken from the victims, witnesses and several "persons of interest" in the incident, which took place Sept.
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September 19, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lynne M. Abraham, the feisty former judge and Philadelphia district attorney who reigned over the city's criminal justice system for nearly two decades, says she will make a run for mayor. Just not yet. Abraham, a Democrat, said Wednesday, "I'll be entering the race" to succeed Mayor Nutter. Her disclosure, coming within hours after former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo announced his mayoral run, could rock a field of candidates in the 2015 contest who lack her name recognition.
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