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.
May 13, 2015 |
Before DNA testing became the gold standard in forensic science, hair analysis was often a prosecutor's trump card. Developed by the FBI's vaunted crime lab, microscopic hair analysis - comparing a hair found at a crime scene with one from a criminal defendant - as described in polished, confident testimony by an FBI hair analyst, could seal a guilty verdict. Now, an ongoing FBI hair-analysis review - preliminary results were announced April 20 - recommends a wholesale look at cases in which testimony about microscopic hair analysis contributed to a guilty verdict.
July 21, 2016 |
An FBI underwater search team went to work Tuesday in the bay off Ocean City, N.J., as part of an "ongoing investigation," a spokesman for the agency said. Michael Whitaker said in the afternoon that he could not discuss what, if anything, the dive team had found. He said the underwater search and evidence response team from the FBI's New York division was assisting in the investigation. He said he could not elaborate. Ocean City officials described the operation as an "evidence recovery mission" and said the search was not related to an active incident.
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.
February 14, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The FBI seized documents Tuesday from the headquarters of the Pittsburgh Police Department. Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the FBI removed documents, but did not provide details of what was taken. Police Chief Nate Harper has been under scrutiny since a former friend of his was charged last year in connection with a bribery scheme on a contract to install radios and computers in police cars. Last week it emerged that Harper helped form a private security consulting firm with a civilian clerk and three city officers, including one he promoted from sergeant to commander.