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February 26, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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February 24, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The FBI is on the scene of several North Jersey hotels in the vicinity of the Meadowlands site of Sunday's Super Bowl that received letters containing a suspicious substance, Bergen County officials said. County hazmat teams, the joint terrorism task force, and hazmat materials units all deployed to investigate, the FBI said in a news release. The New Jersey State Police issued a statement saying there are no reported injuries and the locations are being secured. The locations are the Econo Lodge on Washington Avenue in Carlstadt, the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel on Rutherford Avenue in Rutherford, the Homewood Suites on Route 17 in East Rutherford, and the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights Meadowlands on Terrace Avenue in Hasbrouk Heights.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* THE FOLLOWING. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29. Moves back to 9 p.m. Mondays on Jan. 27.   PASADENA, Calif. - There were some things about the first season of "The Following" that even creator Kevin Williamson didn't see coming. How inept its cult of serial killers would sometimes make the FBI look. How distracting a kid in jeopardy could be. How tricky it is wrapping a thriller around commercial breaks. As the drama about former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Philadelphia's Kevin Bacon)
NEWS
January 14, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the late 1960s, and their plan was to float a banner protesting the Vietnam War above JFK Stadium during the annual Army-Navy Game. So members of Philadelphia Resistance, an antiwar group, contacted William Davidon, an esteemed Haverford physics professor whose opposition to war equaled theirs. Davidon calculated how much helium the balloons needed. He added weights to keep the sign steady. And then he raided his university department's helium supply. On game day, Davidon and his friends gathered in the stadium parking lot and used ropes to guide the banner within view of the stands.
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