December 28, 2014 |
Federal and local authorities on Friday asked for the public's help in finding a serial bank robber who in just two weeks has made off with cash from four banks and attempted to rob two more. The man tried to rob a Beneficial Bank in Center City on Dec. 11, and from there, he has hit banks around the city, from West Mount Airy to Point Breeze and Ogontz. On Friday, the man attempted to rob the Wells Fargo Bank at 1575 N. 52d St. in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia, federal authorities said.
December 2, 2014 |
AS THE DAYS-long search effort to find Shane Montgomery - the Roxborough man who went missing after leaving a Manayunk pub early Thanksgiving morning - continued last night, the young man's family found a small glimmer of hope in their quest for answers in his mysterious disappearance. Philadelphia Police Marine Unit divers, who for hours yesterday dredged the Manayunk Canal in the search for the 21-year-old West Chester University student who was home for Thanksgiving break, came up with nothing.
December 2, 2014 |
The FBI task force that helped find and rescue Philadelphia kidnap victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither has joined the search for missing college student Shane Montgomery. As agents began reinterviewing witnesses in the Manayunk area Sunday, a police marine unit ended its inch-by-inch search in the frigid Manayunk Canal, failing to turn up any trace of Montgomery. The marine unit may next begin searching the nearby Schuylkill. Montgomery's mother, Karen, said she felt bittersweet relief that her son had not been found in the murky canal.
December 1, 2014 |
Starting in 2005, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) helped steer more than $3.3 million in congressional earmarks to a nonprofit run by former staffers that pledged to use the money to help needy schoolchildren. But now the money is gone, the charity that received the earmarks is closed, and the FBI has set its sights on finding out what happened. This month, federal investigators began questioning spending by the now-defunct Educational Advancement Alliance - run at the time by former Fattah congressional aide Karen Nicholas - on a former apartment building in the Wynnefield section of the city.
November 8, 2014 |
To his best estimate, FBI Special Agent Bill Shute had stayed awake for 60 hours by Thursday evening, enough to make any person go looney. His last few days had been rather strange. He had meticulously planned his own daughter's kidnapping - all as part of a training scenario - and developed ways to trick authorities searching for her. His best asset: the actors. An FBI agent, Shute's good friend, played "Mr. Uncooperative," the suspect who is not involved but has all the signs of guilt.
September 26, 2014 |
The fix was as simple as it was illegal, federal prosecutors say. Minutes after receiving a $1,000 cash donation for his judicial campaign, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. explained to the donor just what she had bought. "You run into a problem with any of your people, you get a hold of me," the judge told her. "Anything you need. Anything I can do to help you or anybody that you're interested in. All you do is pick up the phone and call me . . . anytime.
September 23, 2014 |
Last of two parts (Find the first part here ) The back-to-school party called for costumes, so Trent University students came as ghosts and witches, moving in and out of the redbrick rooming house at 283 W. King St. in Peterborough, Ontario, all night. That complicated the task for Canadian police staking out the place. Two men on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List, suspects from the deadly University of Wisconsin bombing 11 days earlier, had been tracked to the corner house in Peterborough, 65 miles northwest of Toronto.
September 20, 2014 |
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Eric Frein, the most-wanted man in Pennsylvania, is now on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, a place that has included the names of such killers as Osama bin Laden and the man who murdered the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The bureau made the announcement Thursday afternoon, a few hours after mourners buried state police Cpl. Bryon Dickson, whom Frein allegedly gunned down in an ambush last Friday outside a police barracks here....
September 5, 2014 |
A WEEK BEFORE she was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl, Christina Regusters didn't seem too nervous or upset, an FBI agent testified during her trial yesterday. On the contrary, Regusters joked a little, appeared immature at times and said some things that stood out, recalled FBI Special Agent Thomas Scanzano, who interviewed her Feb. 8, 2013. "To me, it was a very unemotional interview considering the facts of the case," he said, as Regusters, 21, busied herself shuffling legal papers while seated next to her lawyer.
September 1, 2014 |
Reports of a major data breach at JPMorgan and other banks - possibly by Russian hackers - puts in question the security of customer accounts. What's a consumer to do? Infosecurity magazine runs through the possible methods of the hackers and what the fallout might be. "The FBI has called the skill associated with the attack 'far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers,' leading many to conclude that the action was state-sponsored," writes reporter Tara Seals. The cold implication: "Without significant change in strategy, ultimate resistance to high-level attacks is, well, futile.