August 31, 2000 |
The FBI has joined the hunt for the mysterious wanderer known as Carlos, suspected of killing 5-year-old Iriana DeJesus in Hunting Park last month. A federal warrant was issued yesterday charging the drifter with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for murder, a federal offense. The warrant "allows FBI all over the United States to look for him," said FBI spokeswoman Linda Vizi. U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane M. Welsh signed the warrant, which states that Carlos, or Carlo, as he was also known here, "did unlawfully travel" from Philadelphia to Chicago around Aug. 3. That was the day that little Iriana's body was discovered in a two-story building on 6th Street near Pike.
October 9, 1997 |
Indiana Jones would be proud of the FBI. Undercover agents in Philadelphia this week arrested two alleged smugglers and recovered a gold-plated "backflap" believed to have been worn as many as 1,500 years ago by a warrior-priest or some other high-ranking official of the Moche Indians in Peru. The glistening garb, an artifact from a long-dead civilization that flourished in northern Peru from about 100 B.C. to 700 A.D., may be the booty of marauding grave-robbers. Or, as one of the smugglers claimed, it had been somehow "acquired by the former president of Peru, Alan Garcia Perez, during one of his visits" to an archaeological dig near Sipan, Peru.
October 19, 2003 |
From the mayor's inner sanctum to a nondescript business in Mount Airy, from the elegant Center City offices of a well-connected lawyer to the headquarters for public housing, the feds seem to be examining the entire Philadelphia political system. Just a week ago, the FBI wanted to peek inside Mayor Street's BlackBerries. Now, agents want his financial records from a bank, according to sources. As agents carted away box after box of documents - "Bonds 2002" was written on one box taken from the Center City law office of Ronald A. White - the region's residents watched, fascinated, puzzled and worried.
September 4, 1986 |
Are you ready to test your Bribery Quotient? Answer these three questions: Why is it a crime to slip a police officer $50 to let you into a V.I.P parking lot, but okay to hand a headwaiter $50 to seat you at a preferred table? Why are most bribery arrests - including those of local officials - made by the FBI and not the police? What modern inventions have made taking bribes more hazardous than ever before? We'll have those answers for you shortly, but first, let's run through some recent local bribery history.
December 9, 1988 |
Thomas J.A. Henry, an FBI special agent and former Philadelphian whose multi-faceted talents made him an invaluable asset to the San Francisco division of the bureau, died Tuesday. He was 48 and lived in Orinda, Calif. Tom "Big Bear" Henry was an FBI agent who could analyze the knottiest legal problem, earn the confidence of judges, build instant rapport with local police officers and "put away pasta like no Irishman I've ever seen," said fellow agent Lou Caputo of the San Francisco office.
October 9, 1987 |
The FBI has subpoenaed records on the city's Class 500 grant program as part of an investigation into how City Council spent money set aside for two non-existent youth groups within the program, Council President Joseph E. Coleman and other officials said yesterday. Coleman said that officials in the city solicitor's office told him late last week about the subpoena, which he said asked for documents on the Class 500 program of grants to community, arts and other non-profit groups.
April 25, 1988 |
Philadelphia police and FBI agents continued an intensive search throughout the city yesterday for 4-month-old LaShae Cherry, who was taken Saturday from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Hospital officials yesterday defended security at the world-renowned hospital, where a 24-hour visiting policy is designed to comfort the young patients. Philadelphia police records indicate that hospital officials did not notify the police of the alleged abduction until 3:35 p.m. Saturday, more than three hours after the baby was discovered missing.
October 27, 2004 |
Benny the Bum ain't talking. Nor is he supplying a federal grand jury with his photo, his fingerprints, or a handwriting sample. Not without a court order, anyway. Benny the Bum, in fact, is Matt Levy, the 34-year-old proprietor of Benny the Bum's Crabhouse & Bar in Northeast Philadelphia. He is attempting to duck a subpoena that, his attorney says, is a not-so-subtle move by the FBI to "coerce" him into cooperating in a mob investigation. Arthur R. Shuman said his client has angered federal agents by refusing to answer any questions and by turning down a request to wear a body wire and record conversations with targets of the probe.
June 20, 2013
A man attempted to rob a Center City bank Wednesday afternoon but left empty-handed, according to the FBI. The man entered the Bank of America branch on the 1600 block of John F. Kennedy Boulevard about 2. He presented a demand note to a teller and ran off without any proceeds, the FBI said. The would-be robber was described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall, in his 20s, with a mustache and goatee. FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski said the description does not match that of a suspected serial bank robber who has targeted Philadelphia-area institutions in five recent heists, including one about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at a Wells Fargo branch in Lower Moreland Township.
April 30, 1986 |
Joel R. Davis works in the Philadelphia office of the FBI as an accounting aide, and wants to become a special agent or an investigative specialist. But Davis has diabetes, and the FBI refuses to consider him and other diabetics for promotion to these higher-paying jobs, solely because of their condition. Medication and food required to control diabetes might not be available if the agent found himself in a remote area, and lives might be endangered, an FBI spokesman said yesterday.