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March 17, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned. Yet no one was charged with a crime. Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general. After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down. In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.
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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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June 18, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Friends and relatives recalled Craig Berner - a Moorestown patrolman fatally struck by a truck while off duty - as one of the good guys, who would help even a turtle in need. Berner, a member of the township police department for 26 years, died nearly a year ago on his way to a store when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a pickup truck. Several dozen people gathered Monday evening at Memorial Field on South Church Street for a candlelight vigil to honor Berner and garner support to reopen a criminal investigation into Berner's death.
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May 21, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah, Joseph A. Slobodzian, and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
The police squad repeatedly swooped down on bodegas and smoke shops, saying they were searching for the small plastic bags often used to package drugs. But merchants complained that the officers made off with cash and merchandise after disabling security cameras to mask their conduct. The actions of the Narcotics Field Unit - in one case graphically captured by a camera with a backup hard drive - triggered a major scandal in the city in 2009. The result was an FBI investigation of the officers, dropped charges against some defendants, and numerous federal civil right lawsuits filed by people who said they were abused or framed by the squad.
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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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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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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 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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December 3, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE MANAYUNK PUB where college student Shane Montgomery was last seen before he mysteriously disappeared early Thanksgiving morning added an additional $10,000 reward yesterday for any information leading to the 21-year-old Roxborough man. Kildare's Irish Pub, on Main Street near Conarroe, brought to $25,000 the total reward offered to find Montgomery, a liberal-arts major at West Chester University who was home for the holiday at the time of...
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December 2, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A violent weekend on city streets had police on Sunday investigating three homicides and a possible fourth. Officers responded just after 2:30 a.m. to a house on the 2900 block of Edgely Street in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city to find a 35-year-old man shot to death outside a party. Responding to a 911 report of a man with a gun, officers arrived to find dozens of people fleeing the house in panic. The victim, found in an alley behind the house, had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
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December 2, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The FBI task force that helped find and rescue Philadelphia kidnap victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither has joined the search for missing college student Shane Montgomery. As agents began reinterviewing witnesses in the Manayunk area Sunday, a police marine unit ended its inch-by-inch search in the frigid Manayunk Canal, failing to turn up any trace of Montgomery. The marine unit may next begin searching the nearby Schuylkill. Montgomery's mother, Karen, said she felt bittersweet relief that her son had not been found in the murky canal.
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November 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The live-in caregiver of an elderly East Frankford woman was being held on assault charges after the woman in her care was found starving, covered in filth, and suffering from festering, maggot-infested sores. She later died in what city prosecutors Monday called one of the most horrific cases of elder abuse their office has ever seen, and prosecutors are now weighing a murder charge. Plane Paciunas, 89, died Nov. 15, about a week after she was found "barely alive" in her living room, wrapped in a quilt on a bed covered with trash bags, prosecutors said in an interview Monday.
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November 23, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
A day after Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane acknowledged she was under investigation for allegedly leaking grand jury material, she switched subjects before a national audience. Her bombshell in that Tuesday-night CNN interview: Pornographic e-mails circulated among Pennsylvania officials had included "a string of videos and pictures sometimes depicting children. " The aftermath was familiar. Within hours, her aides were hedging and trimming, parsing her words, denying she had said the e-mails involved child porn, which is a crime often prosecuted.
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November 21, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
As security guard Carlos Cadiz walked down the sixth-floor hallway around 2:30 a.m. making his nightly rounds, the air around him started to feel cooler, denser. He fought back an overwhelming feeling that someone was striding along with him, close but not quite touching his arm. Suddenly, a locked door leading to the old jail started rattling violently. "I just ran for the elevator," said Cadiz, a guard at Camden City Hall. "I got out of there fast as I could. " This month, with the help of 10 paranormal investigators who blanketed the sixth floor with spirit-detection technology, Cadiz was introduced to his walking mate.
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November 21, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Given local authorities' secrecy about the violent deaths of New Jersey political fixture John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, the reported involvement of state investigators is reassuring. Beyond helping determine what happened to the couple - who died Sept. 28 after being found amid a deliberately set fire in their Skillman home - the Attorney General's Office should make information about the crime and the investigation available in accordance with the public's legitimate interest and state law. The Inquirer reported Wednesday that a team of investigators from the Attorney General's Office has been participating in the investigation, which is being led by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
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November 21, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 1984 federal law that spawned the generic pharmaceutical industry was designed to use the basic idea of economic competition to lower the cost of prescription medicine for millions of Americans. The law has largely served its intended purpose. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in January that the national rate of retail prescription drug spending slowed in 2012, growing only 0.4 percent because of "numerous drugs losing patent protection, leading to increased sales of lower-cost generics.
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November 20, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Angelo Fichera, and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has sent a team of investigators to probe the violent deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Two sources close to the investigation also confirmed that the Sheridans both had multiple stab wounds when their bodies were pulled from a Sept. 28 fire in their home in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township, Somerset County. Two weeks ago, the state deployed investigators and lawyers from the Attorney General's Office and detectives from the New Jersey State Police to assist with what one of the sources Tuesday described as "a very complex case.
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November 16, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania State University's president will review the Freeh report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal that concluded former top administrators conspired to cover up child sex-abuse allegations to preserve the university's reputation, the school announced Saturday. The university said president Eric J. Barron's decision was made "in response to recent calls for an examination. " Barron told trustees Friday he would conduct the review, the university said. E-mails released last week showed regular correspondence between the NCAA and former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who led the Sandusky investigation commissioned and paid for by the university.
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