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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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April 3, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane quashed key subpoenas in a move that aides said undermined an investigation of a former state gaming official with ties to Louis DeNaples, a politically connected Scranton-area millionaire, The Inquirer has learned. Just months after taking office in 2013, according to people familiar with the matter, Kane revoked subpoenas already delivered to former casino owner DeNaples and William Conaboy, another political power player in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Kane's home turf.
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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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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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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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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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August 13, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Prominent defense attorney Tariq El-Shabazz, who has represented some of the city's most notorious criminals, will join the District Attorney's Office next month as one of Seth Williams' top lieutenants, Williams announced Thursday. El-Shabazz will be named deputy in charge of investigations in September and in December will become Williams' highest-ranking deputy when current first assistant George Mosee retires, Williams said at a news conference. Williams described El-Shabazz as "an unmatched advocate" for developing relationships between the public and law enforcement, and said he looked forward to adding El-Shabazz's perspective to his senior staff.
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August 9, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Sitting in his office one afternoon last week, Mayor Kenney said all of the praise he had received for a successful first seven months on the job was making him a bit uneasy. "Being Irish, I don't like that," Kenney quipped. "Because then that means something bad is going to happen. " Two days later, the FBI was swarming the home and office of one of Kenney's closest political allies, electrical union leader John Dougherty, in an investigation a source said touches on the union's financial support of Kenney's mayoral campaign.
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August 8, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
Days before they died, John and Joyce Sheridan were going about their normal routines. They took a weekend trip to check on their vacation home in Upstate New York. He prepared for a work meeting. She made plans to cook soup with a girlfriend. So why would 72-year-old John Sheridan, Cooper Health System's CEO, suddenly fill with "rage and passion," stab his wife, set their Montgomery Township home on fire, and then take his own life? It was a question posed to one of the Sheridans' sons by a Somerset County investigator seeking explanations for the gruesome and puzzling Sept.
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August 7, 2016
Authorities seized 81 firearms from the home of a Camden County man arrested Friday for possessing and distributing child pornography, prosecutors said. Around 5:30 a.m., detectives raided the house of George Walker, 34, of the 800 block of Brown Street in Gloucester City, and recovered hard drives and other devices containing child porn videos, prosecutors said. Investigators also found 81 firearms, including six assault-style rifles, about 25 high-capacity magazines, and numerous containers of ammunition.
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August 6, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Joseph A. Slobodzian, and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
A Philadelphia sheriff's deputy was critically injured Thursday when a structural failure involving a pair of employee elevators shattered the morning with a boom that some feared was a bomb and forced evacuation of the Criminal Justice Center in Center City. According to Mayor Kenney's office, elevator Car 2B, which contained one passenger, rose through the 15th-floor ceiling into the equipment "penthouse," which houses the motors. That dislodged concrete and other debris, which rained down an adjacent shaft onto the roof of Car 1, which was at the basement level with one passenger aboard.
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August 2, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
His dog was barking, and his wife was worried. So Gerald Sykes, leery of what appeared to be people wandering around his property in Upper Deerfield Township, N.J., about 11:30 p.m. Friday, got out of bed, loaded his shotgun, and walked toward the back of his house, according to Rich Kaser, a longtime family friend. As Sykes took stock of his surroundings near a set of French doors, the 76-year-old was hit by three bullets through the glass, Kaser said. After firing a shell while falling backward, Kaser said, Sykes retreated to the bedroom he shares with his wife in a panic, bleeding, calling 911, and screaming that he was going to die. "He thought they were coming in to get him and his wife," Kaser said.
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July 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, are investigating a report of a suspicious traffic stop earlier this week involving a man in an unmarked white van. About 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a motorist driving on Church Road in the township's Oreland section saw the white van, displaying "police-style" red and blue lights, stopped on the road, police said. The van appeared to have made a traffic stop of a Nissan Sentra, said Detective Stephen Craig. The passing motorist stopped to observe, then saw the van leave and get onto nearby Route 309, Craig said.
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July 25, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia Fire Department announced the death of firefighter Gabriel Lee of Ladder Company 12 Saturday night. In a brief statement, the department said Lee "died while working his night shift" and that "information surrounding his death remain unknown at the present time. " "We are respectfully asking all media outlets to allow the investigation process to proceed without interruption," the statement went on to say. "Details will be forwarded at the conclusion of the investigation.
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July 20, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Andrea Constand did not break her confidential settlement agreement with Bill Cosby by cooperating with detectives in an investigation that led to criminal charges against the entertainer, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling, by District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, dismissed portions of Cosby's bid to make Constand return the money he paid her a decade ago to settle sexual-assault claims. Cosby contended that the agreement prevented any party from disclosing details about the lawsuit or a 2005 criminal investigation into the allegations.
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July 20, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. In summer 2013, John Paff requested a log of the emails sent by the Galloway Township police chief and the township clerk during a two-week period in June 2013, and then sued in an Ocean County court when his request was denied. A judge in 2014 ordered that the information be released to Paff, the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
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