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March 22, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A Washington-based FBI agent whose alleged heroin use has prompted the dismissals of cases against 28 drug defendants, was himself charged Friday in federal court. Prosecutors allege Matthew Lowry, 33, of Upper Marlboro, Md., repeatedly checked seized heroin out of an evidence room for his own use, cut it with Creatine and laxatives to hide the missing amounts and returned it while forging signatures and evidence labels. His lawyer, Robert C. Bonsib, said Lowry has been cooperating with the Justice Department investigation since his crimes were discovered and intends to plead guilty at an upcoming court hearing.
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February 21, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 10 years that have passed since Richard Petrone Jr. disappeared have not softened the hurt his mother feels today. On Thursday, Marge Petrone of Cherry Hill stood beside federal, state, and county investigators 10 years to the day since Petrone, 35, and his girlfriend, Danielle Imbo, 34, disappeared after having drinks with friends in a bar on South Street in Philadelphia. "Ten years is too long not to have justice for two people who did nothing wrong and didn't deserve this," said Petrone, her voice cracking.
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February 11, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
PARENTS envision a perfect road for their baby when it bursts into the world, mapping out a happy life beyond the diapers and college degrees. They take off the training wheels, give the bicycle seat one last push and let go. They wipe some ketchup off a teen's face before high-school graduation, and 10 years later they straighten his bow tie and let go a little more. They worry, always, because they know that the real road's full of potholes and blind curves, but they never imagine it ending, and never fully let go. "You always feel it. It never goes away," said Marge Petrone, 66. "You can't imagine outliving your child.
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December 28, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal and local authorities on Friday asked for the public's help in finding a serial bank robber who in just two weeks has made off with cash from four banks and attempted to rob two more. The man tried to rob a Beneficial Bank in Center City on Dec. 11, and from there, he has hit banks around the city, from West Mount Airy to Point Breeze and Ogontz. On Friday, the man attempted to rob the Wells Fargo Bank at 1575 N. 52d St. in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia, federal authorities said.
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December 2, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AS THE DAYS-long search effort to find Shane Montgomery - the Roxborough man who went missing after leaving a Manayunk pub early Thanksgiving morning - continued last night, the young man's family found a small glimmer of hope in their quest for answers in his mysterious disappearance. Philadelphia Police Marine Unit divers, who for hours yesterday dredged the Manayunk Canal in the search for the 21-year-old West Chester University student who was home for Thanksgiving break, came up with nothing.
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December 2, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The FBI task force that helped find and rescue Philadelphia kidnap victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither has joined the search for missing college student Shane Montgomery. As agents began reinterviewing witnesses in the Manayunk area Sunday, a police marine unit ended its inch-by-inch search in the frigid Manayunk Canal, failing to turn up any trace of Montgomery. The marine unit may next begin searching the nearby Schuylkill. Montgomery's mother, Karen, said she felt bittersweet relief that her son had not been found in the murky canal.
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December 1, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
Starting in 2005, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) helped steer more than $3.3 million in congressional earmarks to a nonprofit run by former staffers that pledged to use the money to help needy schoolchildren. But now the money is gone, the charity that received the earmarks is closed, and the FBI has set its sights on finding out what happened. This month, federal investigators began questioning spending by the now-defunct Educational Advancement Alliance - run at the time by former Fattah congressional aide Karen Nicholas - on a former apartment building in the Wynnefield section of the city.
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November 8, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
To his best estimate, FBI Special Agent Bill Shute had stayed awake for 60 hours by Thursday evening, enough to make any person go looney. His last few days had been rather strange. He had meticulously planned his own daughter's kidnapping - all as part of a training scenario - and developed ways to trick authorities searching for her. His best asset: the actors. An FBI agent, Shute's good friend, played "Mr. Uncooperative," the suspect who is not involved but has all the signs of guilt.
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September 26, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Craig R. McCoy, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
The fix was as simple as it was illegal, federal prosecutors say. Minutes after receiving a $1,000 cash donation for his judicial campaign, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. explained to the donor just what she had bought. "You run into a problem with any of your people, you get a hold of me," the judge told her. "Anything you need. Anything I can do to help you or anybody that you're interested in. All you do is pick up the phone and call me . . . anytime.
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September 23, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last of two parts (Find the first part here ) The back-to-school party called for costumes, so Trent University students came as ghosts and witches, moving in and out of the redbrick rooming house at 283 W. King St. in Peterborough, Ontario, all night. That complicated the task for Canadian police staking out the place. Two men on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List, suspects from the deadly University of Wisconsin bombing 11 days earlier, had been tracked to the corner house in Peterborough, 65 miles northwest of Toronto.
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