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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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September 1, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
For a few months in 1966, the budding romance between film star George Hamilton and Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of the 36th president, was the talk of Washington. Gossip columnists followed their every move as Hamilton squired her around town. The couple vacationed in Acapulco and made camera-ready appearances at the Sugar Bowl, Mardi Gras, and the Oscars. The actor spent Easter at the LBJ ranch in Texas and even attended the Washington wedding of Lynda's sister Luci. President Johnson made no secret of his suspicions about the handsome, patent-leather playboy, perhaps best known now for his perpetual tan, blinding smile, and roles on TV shows ranging from   Columbo to Dynasty to Dancing With the Stars . But a previously confidential FBI file - which a Philadelphia judge last week outlined in an opinion and ordered to be released - shows for the first time how far Johnson went to protect his daughter and his presidency.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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December 2, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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December 2, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
NEWS
December 1, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Craig R. McCoy, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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....
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September 5, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
NEWS
September 1, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
For a few months in 1966, the budding romance between film star George Hamilton and Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of the 36th president, was the talk of Washington. Gossip columnists followed their every move as Hamilton squired her around town. The couple vacationed in Acapulco and made camera-ready appearances at the Sugar Bowl, Mardi Gras, and the Oscars. The actor spent Easter at the LBJ ranch in Texas and even attended the Washington wedding of Lynda's sister Luci. President Johnson made no secret of his suspicions about the handsome, patent-leather playboy, perhaps best known now for his perpetual tan, blinding smile, and roles on TV shows ranging from   Columbo to Dynasty to Dancing With the Stars . But a previously confidential FBI file - which a Philadelphia judge last week outlined in an opinion and ordered to be released - shows for the first time how far Johnson went to protect his daughter and his presidency.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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