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November 10, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire Saturday night in a vacant West Deptford home, the second time in about a week that the Mansion Avenue house was set ablaze. Investigators found a substantial amount of blood at the scene of the fire, indicating that the suspect in the fire may have been injured, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said in a release on Sunday. A fire had also been set at the house on Oct. 30. Both fires were brought under control quickly, according to the statement.
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March 28, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Jonathan Tamari, Angelo Fichera, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
Six Months Of Stonewalling The Inquirer and others have asked only for basic information in the investigation into the deaths of John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce. Six months later, excessive secrecy has compounded a family's loss with a disservice to the public. A18 Behind the scenes of the six-month investigation into the deaths of Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, a bitter disagreement has unfolded between the couple's family and investigators handling the case, sources say. Several sources close to the investigation said the Sheridans' four sons, aided by nationally renowned forensic pathologist Michael Baden and lawyers, have disputed findings by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, as well as how some aspects of the case have been handled.
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May 1, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr, Daily News Staff Writer
A member of the Colwyn Police Department is under investigation for repeatedly Tasering a juvenile while the boy was in a holding cell last week, according to borough officials and sources. The 17-year-old boy was allegedly arrested for fighting on April 24, charged with disorderly conduct and placed in a holding cell, according to sources. The officer allegedly Tasered the boy up to nine times, sources said, for reasons that are still unclear. The juvenile was allegedly Tasered once in the head and may have been handcuffed, sources said.
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February 23, 2016
The strange, secretive investigation of the deaths of New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, ended after six months last year with no indictments. Now a remarkable array of leaders have questioned its conclusions in a powerful indictment of the investigation itself. In an open letter released last week, a bipartisan group of former governors, criminal justice officials, cabinet members, and others urged authorities to reopen the investigation and rescind the finding that John Sheridan killed his wife and himself.
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July 21, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Former top officials at Pennsylvania State University did not fully cooperate with state investigators in the Jerry Sandusky case, Gov. Corbett said Thursday, and are likely now the focus of an investigation by the state Attorney General's Office. The governor, who as attorney general launched the child sexual-abuse investigation into Sandusky in 2009, said investigators had subpoenaed e-mails of top university officials, but did not receive critical exchanges until after Sandusky was charged last fall.
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November 17, 2012 | By Bill Reed, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Walter Meyerle, the tattoo artist convicted of sexually assaulting 15 children over more than a decade, is under investigation for possible witness tampering, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Friday. "My office is looking into the question of whether he or his agents may have sought to do illegal things to influence the proceedings against him," Heckler said. "It is an ongoing investigation; county detectives are involved. " Heckler declined to say when the investigation started and whether a county grand jury is investigating Meyerle.
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February 1, 2013 | By Mike Newalland Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The son-in-law of Gov. Corbett, a narcotics officer with the Philadelphia Police Department, is under investigation by the FBI and was removed from the street Thursday, sources said. The Philadelphia Police Department confirmed that a narcotics officer was taken off the street and placed on administrative leave Thursday, following the results of an FBI and Internal Affairs investigation. The department said it would not identify the officer because he had not been arrested or formally charged.
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October 6, 2011
A 7-month-old girl died after being found unresponsive at a Center City day-care center late Wednesday afternoon, police said. The infant was reported to be unresponsive in a crib at 4:27 p.m. at the Apple Blossom Learning Tree Day School at 1601 Lombard St., police said. She was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and pronounced dead at 5:01 p.m., police said. The death was being investigated by the Special Victims Unit. The day-care center did not immediately respond to a voicemail message seeking comment.
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October 10, 2012 | By Louis Lombardi
As many have seen on You Tube and elsewhere, Philadelphia police Lt. Jonathan Josey was recently captured on video hitting a woman in the face and knocking her to the ground during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade . The video is not pleasant. But did it justify Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey's quick decision to fire Josey? From my years in law enforcement, I know that when a police officer resorts to the use of force - whether justified or not - it is never pretty. Police work is often ugly, and when it's exposed to the public, there is a natural aversion to much of it. However, whether this public disgust is justified can be determined only through a dispassionate evaluation of the facts.
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August 23, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state Ethics Commission has launched an inquiry into allegations that three top officials at the Liquor Control Board accepted gifts and favors last year from vendors and other businesses with an interest in liquor regulation. Ethics Commission officials have interviewed at least five employees of the LCB, most of them in the last week, about the allegations contained in a confidential report completed in March by the Inspector General's Office and forwarded to Corbett administration officials.
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September 18, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
A state grand jury probe into clergy sex abuse that began three years ago in Altoona-Johnstown has expanded to others across Pennsylvania, according to people with knowledge of the investigation. A spokesman for the Harrisburg Diocese confirmed Friday that it had received a subpoena in connection with the case. "We are cooperating fully," spokesman Joe Aponick said, declining to elaborate. Investigators have sought the names of known abusers in all eight Catholic dioceses statewide, Altoona-area victims' lawyer Richard Serbin said Friday.
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September 15, 2016
ISSUE | JUDICIARY Beloff a man of honor In a taped conversation between two Philadelphia judges targeted in an FBI case-fixing investigation, former Common Pleas Court Judge Adam Beloff's name came up ("On tape, another judge is discussed," Friday). Beloff, who has not been publicly associated with the investigation, was a man of impeccable character. He was a charitable, hardworking attorney who cared deeply about his clients. As a judge, he was fair, judicious, and treated attorneys and litigants with the dignity and respect befitting the highest standards of judicial canons.
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September 9, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Bobby Henon strode into City Council chambers Wednesday for the first time since the August FBI raid on his office. And, as he has since that raid, he refused to answer questions about the investigation. In brief remarks, Henon said the investigation would not hinder his work as Council's majority leader. "My work in government hasn't stopped, and my work in government I'm proud of, and my work in government will continue. My office has been serving the Sixth District and the city of Philadelphia," Henon said.
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Philadelphia police are investigating a home invasion and robbery in North Philadelphia in which a woman's car and other items were stolen Saturday morning. The 22-year-old woman told police that shortly before 10 a.m., three men armed with guns kicked in the front door of her home on North 24th Street, near Cumberland, stole her cellphone and purse and then drove away in her blue Pontiac Bonneville. The car was last seen heading south on 24th Street. The woman was not injured. - Julie Shaw
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September 1, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police announced Tuesday that they are investigating three homicides from this month - two deadly shootings in West Philadelphia and the fatal beating of a man last week in the city's Crescentville section. About 12:04 a.m. Tuesday, police and medics responded to a shooting on the 5500 block of Sansom Street in West Philadelphia. Medics transported the victim, an unidentified man who was found on the street bleeding from his head, to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
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August 27, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Several Timber Creek High School football players and their families have been "interviewed, followed, and harassed" in recent weeks by investigators from the Camden County's Prosecutor's Office, the attorney for the team's football coach said at the Black Horse Pike Board of Education meeting on Thursday night. Troy Archie, a Cinnaminson attorney who represents football coach Rob Hinson, was one of several speakers who addressed the board at its monthly meeting at the administration building on Erial Road in Blackwood.
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August 26, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER
After lawyers for Anthony Wright - who was acquitted of rape and murder Tuesday - accused homicide detectives of coercing a false confession, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has promised to investigate any "evidence of specific misconduct" by police. Wright was found not guilty in the 1991 slaying of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman in a retrial resulting from new DNA tests that proved he was not the rapist. After the verdict, Peter Neufeld of the Innocence Project of New York called for an independent investigation of all convictions of young black men who were prosecuted using evidence developed by the detectives in Wright's case.
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August 26, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Mark Fazlollah, and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
The focus of a federal investigation into the powerful Electricians union and its leader, John Dougherty, became clearer this week with the seizure of a computer belonging to an agent of the state Attorney General's Office. According to the search warrant used in the seizure, federal agents are seeking evidence that union funds were embezzled and that contractors were intimidated by "use of economic fear. " The warrant also cites possible extortion by an unnamed public official. The FBI served the warrant Tuesday to gather information about a veteran agent, seizing his work computer at the agency's Philadelphia office, officials said.
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August 25, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Knowing the criminal case it was building against Jerry Sandusky was likely to shake Pennsylvania State University to its core, the Attorney General's Office in 2011 went to extraordinary lengths to keep the investigation secret, case prosecutors said Tuesday. They drafted a fake subpoena - one listing a prominent person's name - to see if anyone in the office might try to leak it to the press. No one took the bait. And later, when details of the sex-abuse case were posted on a state-run court website days before prosecutors had planned to announce the charges, they dispatched investigators to determine if a Centre County district judge purposefully filed them early in public view.
SPORTS
August 22, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
It was Timber Creek Regional High School football at its electrifying finest. Devin Leary to Ezrah Archie. Touchdown. Leary to Archie again. Touchdown again. Harold Coleman around right end. Touchdown. Jerome Gibson around left end. Touchdown. "They're good," St. Joseph coach Paul Sacco said after the clash of two of South Jersey's best teams in a scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon. "They're really good. " Everybody knows the Chargers are good. They are the defending South Jersey Group 4 champions.
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