November 16, 2013 |
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.
October 7, 2013 |
The discovery of an FBI listening device in the office of Mayor John F. Street 10 years ago this week had dramatic but unexpected consequences. The disclosure came just a month before a political rematch between Street and Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz, who had come within 9,500 votes of beating Street in 1999. Short term, the bug paradoxically was a political plus for Street. Without any evidence, Democratic Party leaders portrayed the federal investigation as an effort by the Bush administration to topple a Democratic mayor.
September 22, 2013 |
SANTIAGO PEDROSO had one hell of a run. He fled Philadelphia, then fled the country after police accused him of walking up to Dolores Alvarez inside Germantown Hathaway Inn on June 21, 1992, and firing four bullets into the 41-year-old woman's head, snuffing out her life, while other restaurant patrons watched in pure horror. "We've tracked him all over the world," a frustrated homicide investigator told the Daily News in 1996. "We had him in Spain, in Mexico City. " Pedroso, 71, ended up lasting a full 21 years on the lam. His run finally ended Sept.
September 20, 2013 |
A REGISTERED sex offender was federally charged last month for sexually abusing a little girl, and the FBI yesterday asked for the public's help in finding possible additional victims. Authorities said Joseph Anthony Caracciolo, who also goes by the names Joseph Crillo, Joseph Grillo and Tony Gallardo, was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office on Aug. 30 for traveling in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania between May and August of last year to sexually abuse a girl who was younger than 13 at the time.
September 12, 2013 |
JIM McINTOSH had a good day. Jim, a onetime Villanova basketball star, was an FBI agent who lectured sports teams, local and national, pro and amateur, on the dangers of illegal drugs. On this day in the summer of '86, he had a chance to reach athletes younger than he was used to, speaking at a basketball camp at St. Joseph's University for kids 9 to 17. After his talk, a 10-year-old boy came up and asked, "If somebody comes up to you asking for help who's on drugs, will he be put in jail or given help?"
September 6, 2013 |
MIKE WALD was the consummate smooth operator. How else could this undercover FBI investigator convince a bunch of shrewd Philadelphia politicians that he represented an Arab sheik willing to make payoffs to get government favors? With a video camera peeking through a hole in the wall from an adjoining room at the Barclay Hotel, politicians, including three city councilmen, two congressmen and a lawyer, were caught accepting bundles of cash. The scandal was called Abscam, and it unfolded in the late 1970s and early '80s as a carefully plotted FBI undercover sting that made lurid headlines for years.
August 17, 2013 |
FBI agents, continuing a multiyear investigation of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, raided the office Thursday morning and removed files and other records, city and federal officials confirmed. A spokesman for Sheriff Jewell Williams said the agents were given "full cooperation" when they arrived at the office, a block south of City Hall, with a search warrant and subpoena. Edward J. Hanko, special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia division, said the search was related to an ongoing investigation centered on the Sheriff's Office's real estate functions.
August 16, 2013 |
FBI AGENTS SEIZED computers and other documentation during a raid of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office yesterday morning. FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski confirmed that agents were there, but would not comment on the nature of the investigation or its target. A source close to the investigation said the search was focused on the office's real-estate unit. Agents took "a whole boatload of stuff," the source said. Sheriff Jewell Williams released a statement yesterday afternoon through a spokesman, which said in part, "As part of an ongoing investigation begun in the previous administration, the FBI arrived . . . this morning with a search warrant and subpoena for certain records and files.
August 14, 2013 |
Cutting power lines and employing blowtorches, thieves have targeted bank ATMs and pharmacies over the last few months, stealing more than $100,000 in cash and narcotics, Philadelphia police said Monday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Dennis Woods, 37, also known as Dennis Boyce, with addresses in Deptford and on the 2400 block of American Street in South Philadelphia, Lt. John Walker said at a news conference at the Southwest Detective Division. A task force of Philadelphia police and FBI agents is working on the case.