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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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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.
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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.
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September 19, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
Pam Schmidt thought Patrick Giblin was the perfect guy - someone who accepted her despite her weight issues and the fact that she was legally blind. In a three-hour phone call arranged through a dating service, he told her he felt a connection so strong that he wanted to fly her from her home in Wisconsin to New Jersey to see his beachfront property, she said. Giblin ended the call with one last question: If he ever needed money, would she help him? In that instant in 2014, the excitement of a new relationship gave way to concern as Schmidt, 48, of Milwaukee, wondered if this was too good to be true.
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September 19, 2016
Mayor Kenney was right to nudge aside his appointee to the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment after a brief seven months on the job. But the ouster of South Philadelphia chiropractor James Moylan as the chairman of the zoning board raises some broader questions about the early state of the Kenney administration. Such as what exactly was a chiropractor doing heading the zoning board in the first place? One possible reason may be that the city's Byzantine zoning code is a pain in the neck.
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September 16, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney's appointee to lead the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment resigned Wednesday, three weeks after his home and office were raided by FBI agents investigating the powerful electricians union and its leader, John Dougherty. James Moylan, a South Philadelphia chiropractor and longtime friend of the union chief, made the decision to step down in consultation with the mayor and his administration, mayoral spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said Wednesday. "The Mayor believes Dr. Moylan has done an exemplary job as the chair of the [Zoning Board]
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September 11, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER
The city has hired a criminal defense lawyer for Councilman Bobby Henon, whose offices were searched by the FBI in August. Brian McMonagle, currently the lead attorney defending comedian Bill Cosby in his criminal sexual assault case, will counsel Henon at the city's standard rate of $225 an hour, city officials said. "The Law Department routinely retains qualified outside counsel to advise City officials and employees regarding government investigations that relate to the performance of their official duties," the Law Department said in an emailed statement.
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September 10, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council returned from its three-month summer recess Thursday, proceeding with business as usual despite the cloud of an FBI probe looming over the office of Majority Leader Bobby Henon. Council President Darrell L. Clarke, asked if he was concerned about the federal investigation, said he was always concerned "on a personal level" when one of his colleagues comes under scrutiny. "But again, I have no idea why the FBI did what they did," Clarke said. "And I'm not sure that anybody does other than that particular agency.
NEWS
September 10, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
Two Philadelphia judges secretly taped by the FBI in a case-fixing investigation discussed reaching out to a third judge to influence a drug case, according to a recording made public during a judicial hearing Thursday. (Audio recordings and transcripts of the conversations are at the bottom of this article) On the 2011 tape, a judge now facing ethics charges asked a now-imprisoned ex-judge whether Common Pleas Court Judge Adam Beloff would agree to talk out of court about the pending case.
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September 9, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Bobby Henon strode into City Council chambers Wednesday for the first time since the August FBI raid on his office. And, as he has since that raid, he refused to answer questions about the investigation. In brief remarks, Henon said the investigation would not hinder his work as Council's majority leader. "My work in government hasn't stopped, and my work in government I'm proud of, and my work in government will continue. My office has been serving the Sixth District and the city of Philadelphia," Henon said.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
When the FBI raided the headquarters of powerful labor leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty and hauled out hundreds of cartons of records, they made sure to grab those of an obscure union subsidy program called "market recovery. " The records did not detail payments to Dougherty's Local 98 electrical workers but rather the reverse: cash from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to the bank accounts of contracting companies themselves. Of the nearly $900,000 in subsidies Local 98 paid out to contractors in 2015, U.S. Labor Department records show more than $300,000 went to two contractors - Dougherty Electric Inc. and MJK Electric Corp.
NEWS
September 8, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
The FBI's Philadelphia office has a new chief. The agency said Michael Harpster, an FBI veteran of nearly two decades, has been appointed as special agent in charge of the Philadelphia division. Harpster, who joined the FBI in 1997, was most recently special agent in charge of the New York field office's criminal division. Throughout his FBI career, he has held leadership positions in Newark, N.J., and the counterterrorism and criminal investigation divisions, the agency said.
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September 5, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Jane M. Von Bergen, and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
John J. Dougherty, leader of the Philadelphia electricians union, has shaken off FBI scrutiny before. But a decade after federal authorities last tried to build a case against him, Dougherty and his 4,700-member union appear to be in the crosshairs of an even more aggressive legal assault. For the last month, FBI raids on union offices and homes and businesses of key allies have signaled the existence of a multipronged investigation into the influence the union has wielded at job sites and polling booths for decades.
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