July 21, 2015 |
Is it acceptable for an elected municipal official to vote in favor of giving his wife a paid position in their township? What if the same official, also the town's deputy fire chief, votes to hire firefighters who report to him? The New Jersey agency that reviews ethics violations investigated those questions and quietly fined Mansfield Township Committeeman Sean Gable $100 last year - three years after receiving a complaint. He was among seven municipal officials across the state fined for conflict-of-interest infractions during the last year.
July 17, 2015
WHATEVER THE situation, it seems we can always count on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to make the wrong decision. The latest involves an investigation, led by the Montgomery County district attorney, into allegations that Kane leaked secret grand jury information about an investigation to newspaper reporters, then lied about it. If indicted, she could face charges of perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction of justice....
July 16, 2015 |
As the weeks dragged on, Officer Robert Penn was growing more and more frustrated. The Philadelphia Police Department, he thought, was dragging its feet in the investigation into whoever had shot him through a shoulder in his driveway on March 2, 2014. For weeks, the department had maintained that leads in the case were few. But investigators say Penn, without any proof, had formulated a theory: His wife was behind it. Jennifer Penn, also a police officer, has never been connected to the case.
July 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski suspended his campaign for the Senate on Monday, four days after FBI agents executed search warrants at Allentown City Hall. In a statement, Pawlowski said he was pausing the campaign "to fully focus on assisting in the federal investigation of Allentown contracting practices both prior to his being elected and since. " He said he would reevaluate when he had a clearer picture of the investigation. The news came after agents raided the office Thursday, seized documents, and interviewed Pawlowski and city Managing Director Francis Dougherty, according to a source close to the investigation.
June 29, 2015 |
WARNING: The above video contains language some would find inappropriate. A SEPTA TRANSIT Police officer is being investigated by Internal Affairs for a physical altercation with a man holding a toddler on the El, authorities said. The confrontation, which was captured on cellphone video and posted on Facebook, occurred about 5 p.m. Thursday on the Market-Frankford line. SEPTA police said the man boarded the train at the Margaret-Orthodox station without paying his fare. Surveillance video released yesterday by SEPTA shows the following chain of events: The first officer boards the train at Erie-Torresdale and begins a conversation with the man, who is seated holding a little girl.
June 16, 2015 |
New Jersey's highest court has noted that the state "can boast a long and proud tradition of . . . hostility to secrecy in government. " Now a state court can correct a glaring affront to that tradition. Secrecy surrounded the investigation of the violent deaths of New Jersey insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, from its earliest days in September, and it persists even now - more than two months after the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office closed the case. As a recent lawsuit on behalf of Inquirer journalists notes, officials continue to suppress records related to the crime "even though the investigation is over, even though it consumed countless public resources, and even though the Sheridan family has raised serious questions about it. " Filed in state Superior Court in Somerset County, the complaint asks that state and local authorities be ordered to release records related to the crime and the investigation.
June 3, 2015
Chester Police are investigating the city's eighth homicide of the year. On Sunday night at 9:46 p.m., police were called to the area of Third and Engle Streets near PPL Park for a shooting. They found a 33-year-old man lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene and has not yet been identified. According to police, the man was ambushed by an unidentified person as he stepped out of a car. On Thursday, one man was killed and three others wounded during a shooting two blocks away from the latest incident.
May 31, 2015 |
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families is reportedly under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reported bought a 14th-century castle in Umbria at an artficially low price with the intention of reselling it for a profit a full market value. "The alleged scam would have netted a profit" of about $4.4 million, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
May 18, 2015 |
It was probably inevitable. The defense lawyer for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, a Philadelphia legislator arrested in the sting corruption case, is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed, saying she was targeted for prosecution because she is African American. To make his case, the lawyer cites Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's repeated statements that the case may have been tainted by racial prejudice. "The elected attorney general of this Commonwealth declined to prosecute this matter," lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. wrote in a legal brief filed this month.
May 17, 2015 |
Police were seeking the public's help in getting information about a young couple who might have dropped a baby off a railway bridge Friday morning in Southwest Philadelphia. After an exhaustive search, no baby had been found as of late Friday, but police were still investigating. "We're hopeful it didn't happen," said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives, though he added that enough people had reported sightings that "it's possible it did happen. " The first report came from a 24-year-old woman from the neighborhood, who was driving north on the 68th Street bridge over freight-train tracks near Kingsessing Avenue about 11 a.m. Friday.