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.
February 2, 2014 |
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.
January 17, 2014 |
* 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)
January 14, 2014 |
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.
January 12, 2014
Governor's pattern of pettiness The "Bridgegate" scandal shows what a callous, nasty tone Gov. Christie set among his staff ("Christie's traffic jam," Jan. 9). But it is only one example of the governor's pettiness and vindictiveness. Christie showed these tendencies last summer by vetoing the extremely popular gestation-crate ban, which would have prohibited the meat industry's practice of confining pigs in cages so small they cannot turn around. Christie vetoed it to appeal to wealthy patrons in Iowa, home to the first presidential primary and the largest pork industry.
December 7, 2013 |
During his 30 years with the New York mob, Anthony Aponick grew adept at juggling business both legitimate and illegitimate - or, as he described it, "walking and chewing gum at the same time. " But he spent much of Thursday discussing a more ambiguous form of income as he testified for a second day in the racketeering retrial of reputed Philadelphia mob consigliere George Borgesi: money he earned as a professional informant. Between 2002 and 2013, the FBI paid the 42-year-old former Bonanno crime family associate $152,000 for coughing up information on Borgesi, with whom he shared a cell in a federal detention center in West Virginia.
November 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA When more than 30,000 runners and the spectators cheering them on arrive at the Philadelphia Marathon's starting line Sunday morning, they'll be greeted by security checkpoints that stretch for blocks. Backpacks and coolers will be forbidden. Uniformed and plainclothes police officers will move through the crowd. For the first time, the FBI will be on hand, partnering with local police for an added layer of security. City officials say they're always looking to improve safety at the marathon.
October 12, 2013 |
Federal authorities have been investigating U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's finances for as long as seven years, the Philadelphia congressman's attorney said Thursday. The latest manifestation of the probe was a subpoena delivered in recent days to city offices for records related to payments of Fattah's property taxes. The subpoena was first reported Wednesday night by Fox29, which said the document directed the city to deliver records to Special Agent Richard J. Haag of the Philadelphia FBI office.