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.
February 3, 2016
The FBI and Philadelphia police were asking for the public's help to identify a man who robbed a PNC Bank branch Monday afternoon in Center City. Just after 2:15 p.m., the suspect, described as a black man in his 50s with a salt-and-pepper beard and wearing a white jeff cap, entered the bank on the 1500 block of Walnut Street and handed a teller a note demanding money, the FBI said. The suspect then fled west on Walnut with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was estimated at 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, with a medium build.
January 25, 2016 |
The first call landed about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, warning Bergen County, N.J., officials of a bomb inside Leonia High School. Then the phone rang in Delaware: A caller said he was armed on the roof of Millsboro's Long Neck Elementary School, ready to harm students and staff. Nearly 100 miles north, officials at the Chichester School District in Delaware County were told a bomb was inside one of their schools, and it would detonate in 45 minutes. One by one, the calls hit more than 50 schools in at least six states Tuesday, prompting evacuations and lockdowns for tens of thousands of students.
January 23, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Brian Fitzpatrick, brother of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), launched a campaign Thursday to replace his sibling in the Bucks County-based Eighth District, throwing a wrinkle into one of the most competitive House races in the country. A former FBI agent who focused on campaign and election crimes, he vowed to take on graft. "I've spent the better part of 14 years fighting corruption, and what better place than Washington, D.C.," Fitzpatrick, 42, said after announcing his run outside the Bucks County Courthouse.
January 16, 2016 |
FBI Director James B. Comey said Thursday that investigators were not currently seeking any other suspects in last week's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Comey said authorities had found nothing to suggest that confessed shooter Edward Archer was part of an organized terrorist cell or was planning any follow-up attack. He downplayed the significance of an anonymous tip police received Saturday that Archer, 30, of Yeadon, might have worked with three other men whose religious beliefs were more radical.
January 15, 2016 |
FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that federal agents are investigating last week's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer as a terrorist attack. His comments marked the first time investigators have publicly characterized the Thursday shooting of Officer Jesse Hartnett by a man pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, as a potential act of terror. Federal and local authorities said Comey's statement did not signal a shift in their investigation, which has focused on the possibility of a terror link from the start.