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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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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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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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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 10, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Kathleen Kane sowed the seeds of her undoing during her seemingly flawless first year in office. That was the year the Democratic attorney general, newly elected in a landslide, won national attention for stands in favor of gun control and marriage equality. MSNBC host Chris Matthews even suggested she was presidential material. But it was also the year she secretly shut down an undercover sting operation she inherited from her Republican predecessors. Though the investigation had caught Democratic elected officials in Philadelphia pocketing cash and jewelry, Kane, in 2013, declined to press charges, saying the case was badly flawed and possibly tainted by racial targeting.
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August 9, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twelve members of Congress have asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate why an electric device used in gynecologic surgery was marketed for two decades before safety warnings were issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The tissue-dissecting device, called a power morcellator, enables hysterectomies to be done through small rather than large abdominal incisions, but it can also spread and worsen an undetected uterine cancer. After that horrible scenario befell anesthesiologist Amy Reed at a Boston hospital in late 2013, she and her husband, heart surgeon Hooman Noorchashm, launched a campaign to ban electric morcellators.
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August 7, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE ACTIVISTS demanding a new investigation into the controversial police shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown got a surprising ally yesterday: a police-advocacy group. The Guardian Civic League, which advocates for black officers, joined several other groups - including Philly's NAACP chapter, the Philadelphia Black Clergy, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild and the National Action Network - on the Mayfair street where Tate-Brown, 26, died Dec. 15. The community leaders called on District Attorney Seth Williams to reopen his probe and on Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to fire and arrest officer Nicholas Carrelli, who shot Tate-Brown during a routine car stop, and Heng Dang, Carrelli's partner.
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August 4, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frederick L. Cusick, 65, of Lancaster, a longtime reporter and writer for The Inquirer, died Saturday of complications from colon cancer at the Bob Fryer and Family Inpatient Center in Mount Joy, Pa. He had been battling the illness for a year. Mr. Cusick's distinguished Inquirer career began in 1979 and stretched until 2005, when he and 70 other veterans took a buyout and left the newsroom as part of an austerity move. During those 26 years, Mr. Cusick, a skilled reporter and facile writer, covered all kinds of stories - crime, city and suburban news, and government developments from Harrisburg.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating possible price gouging by five airlines in the days immediately after the May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that left thousands of regional commuters scrambling for travel alternatives. The department sent letters Friday to Delta, American, United, Southwest, and JetBlue, asking for price information for destinations between Washington and Boston during the time Amtrak service was suspended. Eight people died and more than 200 were injured when Train 188 derailed.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A NARCOTICS OFFICER accused by a former colleague of falsifying an arrest report has been pulled from the street, police said yesterday. Officer Angel Ortiz recently was reassigned to administrative duty and is currently the subject of an investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau, a police spokeswoman told the Daily News . Investigators from Internal Affairs "wouldn't get into specifics" about Ortiz's case, the spokeswoman said....
NEWS
July 21, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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....
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July 16, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 8, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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