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.
August 2, 2013
THE HEALTH of our economy relies on people finding and keeping jobs. If electronic record systems are preventing qualified people from getting hired or staying employed, they need to be fixed. That's why it's important to take note of a report from the National Employment Law Project, which estimates that 1.8 million workers every year are subjected to FBI background checks that contain incorrect or incomplete information. "As millions of workers struggle to navigate a still-challenging job market, the FBI must avoid creating wrongful barriers that cause unnecessary job loss and financial harm," the report's authors wrote.
July 24, 2013 |
The men were apparently related, but they shared more than a family tie. Police said they were a tag-team of crime and violence, responsible for murder and robberies across the city. And they had vowed to resist arrest. As officers and FBI agents swarmed their East Mount Airy hangout early Monday afternoon, the suspects stormed from a back door with weapons drawn, police said. The ensuing gunfight near Musgrave Street seemed to last 10 minutes, a neighbor said. When it ended, 21-year-old Tevin Hammond was dead and 19-year-old Justin Mackie was severely wounded.
July 17, 2013 |
FBI divers searched the murky waters of the Schuylkill for hours Monday, looking for evidence under the Falls Bridge. It could not be learned what the Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team was looking for, but the agents were not looking for a body or human remains, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. A Philadelphia police officer secured a perimeter around the sidewalk and grass as about a dozen FBI agents set up a command post beside the bridge's railing off Kelly Drive.
July 2, 2013 |
BOSTON - James "Whitey" Bulger is charged with a litany of crimes - including participating in 19 murders - during what prosecutors describe as a decades-long reign of "murder and mayhem. " But Bulger's lawyers have spent much of their energy defending their client against something he doesn't face criminal charges for: being a longtime FBI informant. The defense has vehemently denied the prosecution's claim that Bulger was an informant, going so far as to say his Irish heritage would prohibit such a thing.
June 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Friday formally nominated Republican James Comey to be the next FBI director, saying the former senior Justice Department official has "law enforcement in his blood" and touting his independence and integrity. Comey would replace Robert Mueller, who is retiring after a dozen years and led the FBI through the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the tumultuous national security matters that followed. In an afternoon ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden, Obama credited Mueller with protecting the lives of countless Americans and called him one of the most admired public servants of our time.
June 20, 2013
A man attempted to rob a Center City bank Wednesday afternoon but left empty-handed, according to the FBI. The man entered the Bank of America branch on the 1600 block of John F. Kennedy Boulevard about 2. He presented a demand note to a teller and ran off without any proceeds, the FBI said. The would-be robber was described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall, in his 20s, with a mustache and goatee. FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski said the description does not match that of a suspected serial bank robber who has targeted Philadelphia-area institutions in five recent heists, including one about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at a Wells Fargo branch in Lower Moreland Township.
June 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday urged Congress to move carefully before making any changes that might restrict the National Security Agency programs for mass collection of people's phone records and information from the Internet. In an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the FBI director said there were 10 or 12 cases in which the phone records program contributed to breaking up terrorist plots. Mueller said communications capabilities of terrorists were their weakest link.
June 12, 2013 |
The FBI is investigating Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery over fees his wife received for referring clients to personal-injury law firms, The Inquirer has learned. The investigation is examining 19 referral fees paid to Lise Rapaport, the justice's wife and his chief aide for most of the last 16 years, according to several people with direct knowledge of the investigation. In March, The Inquirer reported that Rapaport received an $821,000 referral fee in 2012 after a Philadelphia law firm successfully settled a multimillion-dollar medical-malpractice case.
June 1, 2013 |
Michael B. Davy, 90, an FBI agent and longtime resident of Narberth, died Monday, May 20, of natural causes at the Quadrangle in Haverford. Mr. Davy was a special agent for the FBI from 1948 to 1972. His first posting was to San Francisco, but when he was transferred to the agency's Philadelphia office, he liked it so much that he stayed until retirement, said his friend Jim Ceribelli. Mr. Davy also was a lawyer who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1948.