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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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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.
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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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July 16, 2004 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Missing files. Improperly notarized documents. Applications whisked through with dispatch - for those with political juice. Such were some of the problems at Philadelphia's Minority Business Enterprise Council, according to an audit released yesterday by City Controller Jonathan A. Saidel. The report comes as the minority council has emerged as an area of interest to the FBI in the ongoing investigation into possible corruption in city government. In a raid at the agency last October, the FBI seized some files and left behind a subpoena seeking other information about city contracts.
NEWS
February 13, 1987 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
An FBI agent testified yesterday during the extortion trial of former Philadelphia police Officer Joseph W. McCook that he would have urged federal officials not to prosecute McCook - if McCook had agreed to cooperate in the federal investigation focusing on Roofers Union Local 30-30B. The testimony by Special Agent Quinn John Tamm Jr. came on the first day of the trial of McCook, 47. McCook was indicted in November on charges that he used his position as a police officer and his wife's position as a Municipal Court bail commissioner to obtain $500 from Roofers Union leader Stephen J. Traitz Jr. and Traitz' son in late 1985.
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February 3, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Reading's former city council president was ordered Monday to serve two years in prison, becoming the first public official sentenced as part of a bribery investigation that has also implicated mayors in two Pennsylvania cities. Francisco Acosta, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in August, admitting that he accepted a $1,800 bribe meant to buy his support to repeal the city's anticorruption ordinance, which put caps on political contributions and barred government contractors from donating to campaigns.
NEWS
February 3, 2016
The FBI and Philadelphia police were asking for the public's help to identify a man who robbed a PNC Bank branch Monday afternoon in Center City. Just after 2:15 p.m., the suspect, described as a black man in his 50s with a salt-and-pepper beard and wearing a white jeff cap, entered the bank on the 1500 block of Walnut Street and handed a teller a note demanding money, the FBI said. The suspect then fled west on Walnut with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was estimated at 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, with a medium build.
NEWS
January 25, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
The first call landed about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, warning Bergen County, N.J., officials of a bomb inside Leonia High School. Then the phone rang in Delaware: A caller said he was armed on the roof of Millsboro's Long Neck Elementary School, ready to harm students and staff. Nearly 100 miles north, officials at the Chichester School District in Delaware County were told a bomb was inside one of their schools, and it would detonate in 45 minutes. One by one, the calls hit more than 50 schools in at least six states Tuesday, prompting evacuations and lockdowns for tens of thousands of students.
NEWS
January 23, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Brian Fitzpatrick, brother of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), launched a campaign Thursday to replace his sibling in the Bucks County-based Eighth District, throwing a wrinkle into one of the most competitive House races in the country. A former FBI agent who focused on campaign and election crimes, he vowed to take on graft. "I've spent the better part of 14 years fighting corruption, and what better place than Washington, D.C.," Fitzpatrick, 42, said after announcing his run outside the Bucks County Courthouse.
NEWS
January 16, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
FBI Director James B. Comey said Thursday that investigators were not currently seeking any other suspects in last week's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Comey said authorities had found nothing to suggest that confessed shooter Edward Archer was part of an organized terrorist cell or was planning any follow-up attack. He downplayed the significance of an anonymous tip police received Saturday that Archer, 30, of Yeadon, might have worked with three other men whose religious beliefs were more radical.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that federal agents are investigating last week's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer as a terrorist attack. His comments marked the first time investigators have publicly characterized the Thursday shooting of Officer Jesse Hartnett by a man pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, as a potential act of terror. Federal and local authorities said Comey's statement did not signal a shift in their investigation, which has focused on the possibility of a terror link from the start.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Allentown's former finance director pleaded guilty Monday and agreed to cooperate in the ongoing FBI corruption probe that has already ensnared another key aide to the city's mayor. Garret Strathearn, 68, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez in Philadelphia to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Asked after the hearing if authorities expected Strathearn to provide information on Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Khan said he "can't talk about anybody not discussed in open court or who wasn't charged.
NEWS
December 11, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 23-year-old police officer's son on Wednesday became the third of six Philadelphia prison guards charged in an FBI sting to admit he smuggled drugs and other contraband to inmates in city jails. With tears streaming down his face, Marc Thompson, formerly employed at the House of Correction in Holmesburg, pleaded guilty to one federal count each of attempted extortion and attempted drug distribution. He told U.S. District Judge Mark A. Kearney that he accepted a $1,500 bribe to sneak a cellphone, a charger, and 100 OxyContin pills to an inmate who unbeknownst to him was working with the FBI. Thompson faces up to 40 years in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for March.
NEWS
November 19, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A MAN ACCUSED of trying to rob a Parkside bank earlier this month was arrested yesterday thanks to a tip from an alert Daily News reader, the FBI said. Heath Marsh, 40, last known to reside in West Oak Lane and in South Philadelphia, appeared in Monday's "Week's Most Wanted" feature that offers rewards for help in apprehending fugitives. The FBI said Marsh entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 52nd and Jefferson streets just after noon Nov. 2. He allegedly barged into the manager's office, displaying a fake bomb and demanding money.
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November 13, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six days after a jury convicted Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. on federal bank- and tax-fraud charges, he has asked the U.S. Justice Department to launch a formal investigation into the possibility that prosecutorial misconduct may have tainted his case. Fattah, in a letter Wednesday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, said his constitutional rights were violated when the lead investigator in the case tipped off an Inquirer reporter in 2012 to FBI raids at Fattah's Ritz-Carlton condo and offices at Logan Square.
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