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.
September 10, 2016 |
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.
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.
August 5, 2015 |
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.
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.
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.
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.