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May 13, 1989 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
An FBI wiretap - aimed at a drug network whose members mostly spoke Spanish - led yesterday to the arrest of 13 alleged cocaine dealers who used the phone line to discuss their trade. Five other defendants were being sought and a sixth, Michael Black, 27, of Washington Lane near Anderson Street, a reputed member of the Junior Black Mafia, already is in prison awaiting trial for murder. All 19 were charged in a 68-count indictment unsealed yesterday. According to the indictment, the 19 defendants discussed selling and buying cocaine from each other, the availablility and the price of the drug, and planned deliveries of large quantities of cocaine.
NEWS
June 12, 1996 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Alan I. "Rudy" Cohen, a marijuana dealer for more than 20 years, says he couldn't look the suspected drug dealer in the eyes, not after helping bust the man. So Cohen got out of the Mercedes-Benz before the FBI agent and the drug dealer pulled guns and shot each other at a hotel parking lot in Old City last March. After the smoke cleared, FBI agent Charles Reed, 45, and the drug dealer, 24-year old Jonathan Cramer, lay dead or dying. And Rudy Cohen's belated role as a snitch - which he hoped would help him avoid a long prison term for trafficking in a ton of marijuana - was suddenly blown.
NEWS
March 28, 1996 | by Marisol Bello, Daily News Staff Writer
Footsteps of the marchers echoed on the two-lane country road. State troopers, city and transit cops, even park rangers, marched solemnly down the hill to the front of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Schwenksville, Montgomery County, where the body of slain FBI agent Charles L. Reed waited. Beside them, police cruisers, more than 300 in all, drove past, their emergency lights silently flashing. Hundreds of FBI agents in trenchcoats and sunglasses, their badges covered with black tape, filled the church parking lot in tribute to their fallen comrade, who was killed Friday in a shootout with a drug dealer.
NEWS
May 20, 1986 | By SCOTT HEIMER, Daily News Staff Writer
A 24-year-old Oak Lane man was arrested early today after he allegedly tried to rob an FBI agent who was walking his dog in the neighborhood, detectives said. The suspect, Anthony Bass, of Beverly Road near 74th Avenue, was charged with robbery, resisting arrest, weapons violations and related offenses. Detectives said Bass was riding a bicycle when he approached the FBI agent on 13th Street near Godfrey Avenue shortly after 5 a.m., pulled an automatic handgun and demanded the agent's wallet.
NEWS
December 22, 1989 | By Mike Franolich and Carol Leonnig, Special to The Inquirer
One FBI agent died yesterday and another was seriously injured after their bureau-owned car flipped over on the Race Track Circle in Cherry Hill late Wednesday night, officials said. Dennis Bozella, 31, of Kingston Lane in Mount Laurel, was pronounced dead of injuries at 5:27 a.m. yesterday at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, Camden, a hospital nursing supervisor said. Bozella joined the FBI in October 1984 and was assigned to its Philadelphia bureau, according to FBI special agent John H. Kundts, an agency spokesman.
NEWS
April 18, 1989 | By Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
Federal authorities have found someone to blame in the May 13, 1985, bombing of MOVE headquarters that led to 11 deaths, including those of five children, and the destruction of 61 homes. FBI Special Agent Michael Macys, who gave plastic explosives to the Philadelphia police bomb squad more than four months before the squad used the explosives in the MOVE bombing, was suspended last week for 30 days without pay by high-level FBI officials in Washington, according to sources familiar with the suspension.
NEWS
July 5, 1988 | By VALERIA M. RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Bob Warner contributed to this report
A 29-year-old FBI agent from Bucks County was arrested in Philadelphia yesterday in the shooting of his wife at a family gathering Sunday afternoon in suburban Pittsburgh. Bruno N. Bonanotte of Bensalem, assigned to the FBI's Newark, N.J., office, was arraigned last night on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. He was held in lieu of $250,000 bail and imprisoned at the Allegheny County Jail. Following his arrest yesterday morning in Northeast Philadelphia, he was arraigned, then transported to Allegheny County.
NEWS
April 28, 1986 | New York Daily News
A veteran FBI specialist in Soviet counterintelligence who worked in the bureau's computer center here is under investigation for selling government secrets, federal sources say. The agent, who had "access to everything," has been transferred from his sensitive high-clearance post inside headquarters to a desk job at the bureau's training facility in Quantico, Va., one source said. The investigation comes as former FBI agent Richard W. Miller is being tried in California on charges of selling secrets to convicted Soviet spy Svetlana Ogorodnikov.
NEWS
July 27, 2010 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  For a 1986 story about changes in the Philadelphia mob, Inquirer reporter George Anastasia went to former FBI agent Gino Lazzari. "They're not as cautious as the older guys," Mr. Lazzari said of the newer generation. "They really don't give a damn. "They love to trade on that Godfather image. Hey, look at me. I'm a tough guy. " Mr. Lazzari spoke with authority, because for most of his years in the Philadelphia office of the FBI, he investigated organized crime.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1990 | By Richard Fuller, Special to The Inquirer
Firebird by James Carroll (Signet, $5.95) is not a homage to the great work by Igor Stravinsky, one of the century's musical giants, but refers instead to a Cold War Soviet code book. Yep, we're still back in the spy biz even as the Soviet Union goes where they haven't gone since 1917. Firebird tells of an atypically introspective FBI agent, in the Washington of 1951, who is chosen to steal that code book just before Joseph McCarthy and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg embark on their respective psychodramas.
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November 13, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
DURING HER 20 years as a crime-busting Philly FBI agent, Jerri Williams slogged through the city's smarmy swamp of sleaze, wondering whether the undulating underbelly of unsavory ooze was calling out to her: "Who needs job security? Write your book!" Williams, who just resigned from her second career as director of SEPTA Media Relations to embrace her inner ink-stained wretch full time, said her pulp-fiction passion has been years in the making. Her first novel, Pay to Play , currently being shopped to publishers by her agent, is the story of a married female FBI agent - "It's not me in the book!"
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October 30, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
CHAKA FATTAH JR. said yesterday that he is thinking about seeking a mistrial in his federal trial on bank- and wire-fraud charges. That came hours after the lead FBI investigator in the case surprised a federal courtroom by testifying, from the witness stand, that he had leaked information on the raid on Fattah's Center City apartment to the Inquirer . Under questioning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul L. Gray, FBI Special Agent Richard Haag...
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October 30, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a surprising turn, the lead investigator in the federal case against Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. testified Wednesday that he tipped off an Inquirer reporter in 2012 to FBI raids at Fattah's Ritz-Carlton condo and offices at Logan Square. Under questioning from prosecutors, FBI Special Agent Richard Haag said he contacted reporter Martha Woodall during the investigation to learn more about Fattah's work at a for-profit education firm. In exchange, he said, he gave Woodall limited information about the federal probe.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Days after FBI agents raided Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr.'s Ritz-Carlton condo in 2012, investigators with the Philadelphia School District met with an anonymous tipster who offered to expose his employer in exchange for a reward. That tipster, they later learned, was Fattah himself. Over the course of three meetings between March and May, he not only managed to dime out his boss - a contractor who ran schools for at-risk youth - but also thoroughly implicated himself, an FBI agent testified Monday.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The next person to lead the FBI's regional office is a Philadelphia native with a Villanova University degree, and a background in public corruption and terrorism investigations. William F. Sweeney Jr. was named special agent in charge of the bureau's Philadelphia division last this month. He began his new job Monday, replacing Edward J. Hanko, who retired after two years in the post and 29 with the bureau. A 17-year veteran of the bureau, Sweeney started his career in 1998 in Newark, N.J., where he directed an investigation that led to the bribery conviction in 2002 of Robert C. Janiszewski, an influential state Democrat and Hudson County executive who wore a wire to bring down several former associates.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward J. Hanko, special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia office, still smarts when he remembers a federal jury's rejection of the corruption case his agents had spent years building against six narcotics officers. "That one hurt," he said, recalling the day in May when the verdict was read. The case had been particularly hard-fought. Lawyers for the indicted officers had challenged the competence of Hanko's agents and accused them of ignoring justice for the sake of an indictment.
NEWS
May 2, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thing is clear after Thursday's tension-filled testimony in the federal corruption trial of six members of an elite Philadelphia police narcotics squad: There is little love lost between the feds and the two supervisors who most closely oversaw the unit. A federal prosecutor implied that one - Sgt. Joseph McCloskey - had committed crimes alongside his officers. An FBI agent testified earlier that he did not believe the other - Lt. Robert Otto - could be relied upon to tell the truth.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A Washington-based FBI agent whose alleged heroin use has prompted the dismissals of cases against 28 drug defendants, was himself charged Friday in federal court. Prosecutors allege Matthew Lowry, 33, of Upper Marlboro, Md., repeatedly checked seized heroin out of an evidence room for his own use, cut it with Creatine and laxatives to hide the missing amounts and returned it while forging signatures and evidence labels. His lawyer, Robert C. Bonsib, said Lowry has been cooperating with the Justice Department investigation since his crimes were discovered and intends to plead guilty at an upcoming court hearing.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Crowded with Washington-bound commuters, the Track 5 platform beneath 30th Street Station was swept by a cold wind as Ron Levine stamped his feet and blew into his hands to stay warm. On this unusually icy November day last year, Levine, a prominent white-collar defense lawyer and a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, and his colleague, Abe Rein, were on their way to the nation's capital. There, they would meet with other lawyers to fine-tune arguments in a Supreme Court case.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
HAMMONTON, N.J. - Some ideas hide so clearly in plain sight that, once discovered, promise to become the norm. Catch Me if You Can , the musical about a real-life con man fleecing 1960s America with boundless charm, originally unfolded on Broadway in sort of a showbiz netherworld resembling a Las Vegas floor show as newly arrested Frank Abagnale recounts the adventures that are about to put him in prison. But with such songs as "Live in Living Color," the old 1960s NBC peacock comes to mind.
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