May 23, 2014 |
WHILE ATTORNEYS for men connected to the Jerry Sandusky case advocated for their clients' reputations in a City Hall courtroom yesterday, veterans without jobs or housing fought in a very different way for their reputations at a Veterans Resource Fair six floors below in City Hall's courtyard. The sounds of former soldiers looking for work carried up those six floors and into the fancy courtroom, at times drowning out the voices of lawyers for former Penn State University president Graham Spanier and former FBI director Louis Freeh.
April 13, 2014 |
TULLYTOWN The FBI has cleared Tullytown police of any wrongdoing for using a Taser on a handcuffed teenager who tried to run away after being arrested on shoplifting charges last year, the Police Department said this week. The incident, which occurred in November at a Walmart store, received widespread attention after an image of the 14-year-old boy's facial injuries was widely circulated on the Internet. The Bucks County District Attorney's Office and the FBI investigated the incident to review the department's use of force.
March 5, 2014 |
An attorney for Gov. Christie's former campaign manager disclosed in a court filing Monday that federal authorities are investigating his client as part of a probe into September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Bill Stepien "is undeniably a subject, if not a target" of the U.S. Attorney's Office's investigation into the traffic jams, attorney Kevin Marino wrote in a brief filed with Superior Court in Trenton. The brief says a subpoena issued by a special legislative committee investigating the traffic jams - which were carried out by Christie allies, allegedly for political payback - violates Stepien's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
February 26, 2014 |
EX-COP Jeffrey Walker walked into court yesterday in a baggy, Army-green prison jumpsuit, his hands cuffed behind his back, his days of proudly donning a Philadelphia police uniform long over. If it seemed a jarring sight, his attorney had some advice: Get used to it. Walker, in admitting that he schemed to rob drug dealers, is cooperating with federal investigators trying to root out other corrupt cops in the Police Department. "There will be a significant amount of indictments - more than I can count at this time," Walker's attorney, Thomas Fitzpatrick, said outside the federal courthouse in Center City after Walker's hearing.
February 24, 2014 |
ANOTHER EX-COP who was accused of wrongdoing on the job is expected to enter a guilty plea in federal court on Monday. Jeffrey Walker, 45, was arrested in an FBI sting in May after he allegedly stole $15,000 from a drug dealer's home. Walker was a 24-year police veteran who had worked in the Narcotics Field Unit for 14 years. After his arrest, he was fired from the department and is now in federal custody. The feds slapped him with charges of attempted robbery and of carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.
February 23, 2014 |
The FBI and Philadelphia police are on the hunt for a man considered armed and dangerous who is suspected of robbing at least five banks in the last two weeks. Dorren Mills, 43, who uses the aliases of "Damon Hall," "Devon Hall," and "Darren Mills," is believed to have robbed the following banks: TD Bank at 6635 Frankford Ave. on Feb. 12. TD Bank at 1726 Walnut St. on Feb. 14. Wells Fargo Bank at 2005 Market St. on Feb. 17. Citizens Bank at 121 City Ave. in Bala Cynwyd on Feb. 19. TD Bank at 399 Market St. on Feb. 20. Mills stands 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs about 280 pounds, the FBI said.
February 21, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Nine years ago, Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo left a South Street bar. The couple hopped into Petrone's Dodge Dakota pickup, the clock ticking toward 11:30 p.m., police said. Then, they disappeared. On Wednesday, the anniversary of their disappearance, the FBI made a plea for help in the unsolved case, which investigators believe involved foul play. The agency has put the faces of Petrone and Imbo on 25 billboards across Philadelphia and South Jersey, hoping someone will come forward with a clue.
February 20, 2014 |
INVESTIGATORS hope bright lights can rekindle the public's memory of Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo and help solve the mystery of their disappearance nine years after they were last seen leaving a South Street bar. The FBI said it plans to unveil a digital billboard seeking the public's help. Imbo, 34, and Petrone, 35, went missing without a trace after they were last seen leaving the former Abilene's on South Street about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2005. Petrone's 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck was never recovered and there was no evidence that their cellphones, bank accounts or credit cards were ever used again.
February 14, 2014 |
AIMING TO crack down on losers who point lasers at aircraft, the FBI announced yesterday they'll give rewards of up to $10,000 for tips leading to the arrest of illegal laser pointers. Such incidents have skyrocketed 1,100 percent since 2005, when the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration began tracking the deliberate targeting of aircraft by people with handheld lasers. In 2013, 3,960 laser strikes were reported, averaging almost 11 incidents a day, according to the FBI. The FBI's regional reward program will run for 60 days in 12 FBI field offices, including Philadelphia's.
February 8, 2014 |
HUNTINGDON VALLEY H. Lawrence Reinhard III is hardly the first parent to clash with a stepchild. But it was the lengths to which that animosity drove the 69-year-old Huntingdon Valley man that set off an international manhunt, squandered law enforcement resources, and spread unwarranted fears in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, federal authorities said Thursday. FBI agents allege that Reinhard fabricated an elaborate tale implicating his stepson in a plot to bomb the Winter Games, and sent investigators from Philadelphia to Moscow scrambling.