March 31, 2016
FBI seeks help catching robber The FBI/Philadelphia Police Joint Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking help in identifying a man suspected of robbing at least three Center City banks in the last year. The stickups happened July 27 at the Beneficial Bank, 1600 Chestnut St.; Oct. 7 at the Republic Bank, 1601 Walnut St.; and March 18 at the Firstrust Bank, 1515 Market St. Officials said that in each robbery the bandit wore a baseball cap and sunglasses, passed a demand note to a teller, and fled on foot after getting the money.
March 31, 2016
NJ Transit police officers were targeted by hackers associated with the ISIS terror group who encouraged supporters to carry out "lone wolf" attacks on the officers, the agency confirmed. Caliphate Cyber Army, formerly known as the Islamic Cyber Army, recently posted personal details about 55 transit officers, SITE Intel Group, which monitors Jihadist cyber activity, reported earlier this month. Philly.com inquired about the SITE Intel report then, but NJ Transit did not reply until Newsweek published a story about the incident on Tuesday.
March 11, 2016
A Montgomery County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges stemming from threats he made against an FBI agent's family. Michael Anthony Nohl, 20, of Oaks, admitted he called the agent's house in Chester County, and threatened to kill him and kidnap his wife and daughter. According to court filings, Nohl also threatened to use an explosive device against the family. Investigators said that Nohl had no known connection to the specific agent he targeted but had intended to threaten an FBI employee.
March 6, 2016 |
A federal judge on Friday shot down U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's attempts to make FBI leaks revealed in his son's fraud case last year an issue in his own corruption trial. District Judge Harvey Bartle III denied the congressman's request to hold a contempt of court hearing for Richard J. Haag, the lead FBI investigator in both cases, who has admitted that he tipped off an Inquirer reporter in 2012 to raids on Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr.'s Ritz-Carlton condo and Logan Square office. In his opinion, Bartle noted that he had seen no evidence that Haag or anyone else had released any grand jury material tied to the elder Fattah's racketeering conspiracy case.
February 29, 2016
Contemplating the powerful computers many of us carry around in our pockets these days can be confusing, especially to the law enforcement officials who keep coming to the conclusion that they should have unprecedented access to everything on them. Given the complex technology at hand and the government's efforts to defeat it with a statute dating to the 18th century, perhaps the FBI's standoff with Apple over smartphone security can be clarified by an analogy also set in low-tech early America.
February 28, 2016
Judith Tyler retired from the FBI in 2010 after 31 exciting years investigating violent drug-gang squads. Finally, she could get around to her favorite pastime: "Throughout most of my career, my hobby was quilting," she recalls with a laugh. Tyler started a quilting group, the Needle and Gun Club, while she was still with the bureau, and after her retirement that led to a part-time job at the Little Shop, a quilting store, in Haddonfield. Unlike many a retired FBI agent, Tyler did not become a private investigator or work in corporate security.
February 25, 2016
By Pat Meehan FBI Director Jim Comey knows terrorism. He served as Manhattan's U.S. attorney and, before that, led the investigation of the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia. Tim Cook knows technology. As the CEO at Apple, he is responsible for the direction of the world's largest technology company. They are central figures in the standoff over Apple's resistance to facilitating a search of the iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook. They both present compelling cases.
February 25, 2016 |
The FBI and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office are investigating the confrontation in which Electricians union leader John J. Dougherty punched a nonunion contractor at a South Philadelphia worksite. Prosecutors took on the case Tuesday, accepting a referral by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. Williams said his "long-standing professional relationship" with Dougherty barred him from handling the matter. So, the Attorney General's Office will now decide whether to file criminal charges in the Jan. 21 brawl, in which the contractor said Dougherty swung first, hitting him in the face twice and breaking his nose.
February 24, 2016
ISSUE | PRIVACY AND SECURITY Terrorist's information no longer critical Under extraordinary circumstances in which imminent danger is involved and the lives of people are immediately at stake, Apple should be required to unlock a terrorist's cellphone ("Apple defies judge's order to unlock terrorist's phone," Thursday). But given the unsavory track record of the federal government, which has invaded and abused the privacy of the American public on countless occasions, I would be reluctant to unlock a cellphone at its request.
February 3, 2016 |
Reading's former city council president was ordered Monday to serve two years in prison, becoming the first public official sentenced as part of a bribery investigation that has also implicated mayors in two Pennsylvania cities. Francisco Acosta, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in August, admitting that he accepted a $1,800 bribe meant to buy his support to repeal the city's anticorruption ordinance, which put caps on political contributions and barred government contractors from donating to campaigns.