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October 26, 1989 | By Robert J. Terry and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
Joseph "JoJo" Rhone, a reputed member of the old Black Mafia who jumped bail in 1976 while awaiting trial on a murder charge and had been on the lam ever since, was arrested yesterday in South Philadelphia, police said. At 3:35 a.m., FBI agents and Philadelphia police found Rhone asleep on a sofa in a house in the 2000 block of Watkins Street - just a half-block from his old address on 20th Street, police said. Rhone did not resist arrest, police said, adding that a loaded gun was found in the house.
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June 6, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
A real estate investor and campaign contributor to District Attorney Seth Williams' past political campaigns says Williams asked him, "as a favor," to rent his ex-wife a house at a below-market rate three year ago. Robert Herdelin, who owns property in the city, in the suburbs, and at the Jersey Shore, said in an interview that he agreed to rent a 3,056-square-foot, four-bedroom house in Drexel Hill to Sonita Williams for $1,000 per month....
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August 7, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Tricia L. Nadolny, Chris Brennan, and Jeff Gammage, STAFF WRITERS
The FBI raided homes and offices across Philadelphia and South Jersey early Friday as part of a sweeping investigation of a powerful electricians union and its leader, John J. Dougherty. The FBI, acting in concert with the IRS, also searched the City Hall office of Councilman Bobby Henon, a key Dougherty ally and a paid union leader. Federal authorities executed search warrants at more than half a dozen locations, including Dougherty's house in South Philadelphia, his sister's home next door, the Local 98 hall at 17th and Spring Garden Streets, and the Mount Laurel home of union president Brian Burrows.
NEWS
November 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES - A murder suspect on the FBI's most wanted list gained weight and switched identities to evade authorities for 14 years, but his notoriety and a $100,000 reward finally led to his capture, the agency said Monday. Jose "Joe" Luis Saenz was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Thursday on suspicion of four murders and remained jailed in Southern California, the FBI said. Saenz, 37, a former East Los Angeles gang member who once went by the nicknames "Peanut Joe" and "Zapp," had been a fugitive since being suspected of two Los Angeles killings in 1998.
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January 21, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Michael S. Wirtz
In appreciation for the return of a rare Civil War flag that had been stolen, a group of African American soldiers yesterday presented the FBI with a miniature buffalo soldier. Authorities last week recovered the battle flag of the 12th Regiment Corps d'Afrique, whose members included many former slaves. The flag, one of only five known to have survived from black Civil War units, was stolen in the mid-1970s.
NEWS
March 5, 1987
The conventional wisdom is that CIA director-designate William H. Webster is a pro who not only knows the intelligence game from his nearly completed tenure as FBI chief, but who also can be trusted to keep the CIA honest. He came to the FBI when it was in trouble nine years ago, restoring the credibility it had squandered dogging political dissidents and noisy civil rights advocates. There's no reason to think he won't bring sensible restraint to a post-Casey CIA, as well, although getting firm control over the agency's well-entrenched bureaucracy won't be easy.
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July 26, 2001 | By Lenny Savino and Roxanne Stites INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The FBI will be asking the questions when Rep. Gary A. Condit (D., Calif.) is next interviewed about Chandra Levy, the missing intern with whom he reportedly had an affair, law enforcement officials close to the case said yesterday. The FBI yesterday also renewed the questioning of residents of the apartment building from which Levy disappeared May 1, reported a resident who asked not to be identified. Washington's Metropolitan Police Department questioned the residents earlier.
NEWS
June 17, 1988
In 1980, the FBI and Frank Varelli, a former Salvadoran evangelist, found each other in Dallas. Exactly who ended up using whom is hard to figure. But what the combination spawned is clear: It got the FBI back into the bad old business of spying on law-abiding citizens who happened to disagree with their government. Mr. Varelli supplied - concocted, he says now - information that peace groups protesting U.S. policy in Central America were part of a terrorist network whose reach extended to members of Congress, liberal Roman Catholic bishops and a former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2005 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The FBI is investigating the collapse of a Bucks County equipment-leasing firm in 2003 amid charges of accounting irregularities. U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis suspended civil lawsuits against former officers and directors of DVI Inc. for 120 days on May 31 "pending completion of the ongoing investigation" by the Justice Department. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia had asked for the stay so the FBI could interview principals in the case before they were questioned under oath in the civil cases, an FBI spokeswoman said.
NEWS
December 17, 1996 | by Scott Flander, Daily News Staff Writer
Vernon Dunn, wanted by the FBI for his alleged part in a $3 million cocaine ring, was standing by a car in an East Falls gas station Sunday night when three gunman walked up from behind and started blasting away. Three of the bullets apparently hit Dunn, and another struck the hand of a 14-year-old girl sitting in the car. A 1-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl, also in the car, weren't hit. Dunn, 28, jumped into the car and sped away, and yesterday police and the FBI were asking the public's help in finding him. Philadelphia Police Detective Jim Coughlin gave this account: Shortly before 10 p.m., Dunn was standing next to the car at the gas station at Fox and Abbottsford streets.
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August 20, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Chris Brennan, and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
Days after Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams disclosed that he had received more than $160,000 in gifts over the last five years, a spokesman confirmed for the first time that federal agents had interviewed members of the district attorney's staff - and one of Williams' gift-givers said she had also spoken to the FBI. Williams' spokesman, Cameron Kline, said Thursday that he did not know how many staffers had spoken to FBI agents, or...
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August 13, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Federal authorities raided a mental health clinic in downtown Camden on Thursday morning and spent hours carrying cardboard boxes out of the building. Authorities would not comment on the investigation into the Nueva Vida Behavioral Health Center of N.J., which is a half-block from City Hall on Market Street. FBI agents were accompanied by representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as an agent from Homeland Security Investigations. Officers from the Camden County police force and representatives of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office also were on the scene.
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August 11, 2016
An FBI raid of the home and offices of electricians Local 98 boss John J. "Johnny Doc" Dougherty doesn't mean he is guilty of anything. But the fact that the Justice Department keeps finding reason to investigate a union leader with strong ties to powerful elected officials is more than a bit unsettling in a city that only weeks ago saw a congressman convicted of corruption. Federal agents similarly searched Dougherty's home 10 years ago in trying to determine the source of mysterious bank deposits that they said suggested "an effort to conceal financial dealings.
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August 9, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Sitting in his office one afternoon last week, Mayor Kenney said all of the praise he had received for a successful first seven months on the job was making him a bit uneasy. "Being Irish, I don't like that," Kenney quipped. "Because then that means something bad is going to happen. " Two days later, the FBI was swarming the home and office of one of Kenney's closest political allies, electrical union leader John Dougherty, in an investigation a source said touches on the union's financial support of Kenney's mayoral campaign.
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August 7, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Tricia L. Nadolny, Chris Brennan, and Jeff Gammage, STAFF WRITERS
The FBI raided homes and offices across Philadelphia and South Jersey early Friday as part of a sweeping investigation of a powerful electricians union and its leader, John J. Dougherty. The FBI, acting in concert with the IRS, also searched the City Hall office of Councilman Bobby Henon, a key Dougherty ally and a paid union leader. Federal authorities executed search warrants at more than half a dozen locations, including Dougherty's house in South Philadelphia, his sister's home next door, the Local 98 hall at 17th and Spring Garden Streets, and the Mount Laurel home of union president Brian Burrows.
NEWS
August 5, 2016
This time, it was a woman in flip-flops who robbed a bank. About 3:15 p.m. Friday, the woman, dressed in a pink shirt, walked into the Washington Savings Bank at 2548 E. Lehigh Ave. in Port Richmond and handed a note to a teller, the FBI said. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, she fled in flip-flops, the agency said. The robber is described as white or Hispanic, in her early 30s, about 5-foot-7 and of medium build. She also wore a pink baseball cap, orange-and-black shorts, and dark sunglasses.
NEWS
July 27, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Staff Writer
In the latest finding of misconduct among Philadelphia judges, a state disciplinary panel has ruled that Municipal Court Judge Dawn A. Segal violated judicial ethics through her role in a case-fixing scandal. The Court of Judicial Discipline, in a ruling Thursday, found Segal guilty of seven violations, including bringing the courts into disrepute. The panel is expected to rule shortly on Segal's punishment. It could order her removed from the bench. Segal, 56, has not been charged with any crime and remains on unpaid suspension.
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July 24, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer, who is accused of lying to the FBI, had "simple lapses in her memory" when she denied accepting $675,000 from a businessman who had made millions of dollars through dealings with her agency, her lawyer said Friday. John A. Knorr said Hafer had forgotten about the money given to her 12 years ago, after she had left office. He also said she was paid under a consulting contract that was reviewed at the time by lawyers and found to be "entirely appropriate.
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July 21, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
An FBI underwater search team went to work Tuesday in the bay off Ocean City, N.J., as part of an "ongoing investigation," a spokesman for the agency said. Michael Whitaker said in the afternoon that he could not discuss what, if anything, the dive team had found. He said the underwater search and evidence response team from the FBI's New York division was assisting in the investigation. He said he could not elaborate. Ocean City officials described the operation as an "evidence recovery mission" and said the search was not related to an active incident.
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July 14, 2016
ISSUE | CLINTON EMAILS FBI backs up lack of 'gross negligence' Commentary writer George Parry concluded that Hillary Clinton committed a crime of "gross negligence" in the handling of her emails while she was secretary of state ("Well-executed sleight of hand in letting Clinton off the hook," Friday). But here are three facts that undermine his conclusion: Secretary Clinton has said repeatedly that she never received or sent any emails that were marked with any level of classified status.
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