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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
NEWS
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
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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April 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission on Thursday cleared the way for a look into whether Verizon is properly maintaining its plants, lines, and facilities throughout the state. In October, one of two unions now striking Verizon asked the commission to investigate what it described as hazardous conditions - broken poles, sagging cables, and ungrounded cables. Verizon objected, writing that the Communications Workers of America "should not be permitted to commandeer the Commission's enforcement authority to . . . put regulatory pressure . . . as a labor negotiation strategy.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
By Jonathan Blanks Police play a unique role in the community. They possess the awesome power to use violence against an individual to maintain public peace and safety. How police use that power - and how some officers sometimes abuse it - is in the public interest to know. But the Pennsylvania legislature might make it harder to track incidents of potential abuse by officers and, in doing so, may undermine the public's trust in the police who serve it. In November, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved House Bill 1538, which would prevent government officials from releasing the names of officers under investigation for on-duty shootings or uses of force that do not result in criminal charges against the officers.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Some of those who claimed to have seen the shooter described him as being heavier and taller than James Dennis, the man who was convicted. While legal battles raged, Dennis spent more than 20 years on death row. Then, in 2013, a federal judge overturned his conviction in the 1991 slaying of a high school student for her earrings at a Philadelphia subway station. In issuing the ruling, Judge Anita B. Brody described the eyewitness identifications of Dennis as "shaky. " Historically, false identifications have been a bane of criminal investigations.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
In 2014, Kareem Alleyne was acquitted of killing an off-duty Philadelphia police officer by hitting him with his car. On Monday, Alleyne's lawyers told a jury that he never should have been charged with vehicular homicide in the first place. They said police investigators overlooked or downplayed damning evidence against their deceased colleague, including that the officer, Marc Brady, had been stalking and harassing Alleyne for dating his ex-girlfriend. "They had made up their minds," said lawyer Lori Mach.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Investigators are searching for leads in the murder of a couple who were found dead in their East Camden home this week, making them the city's third and fourth fatal shooting victims since Friday. The bodies of John Valerio, 23, and Aleshia Schmincke Hill, 25, were found just before 1:45 p.m. Monday by their landlord, who went to the property to make a repair and called 911. Police who responded to the house on North 26th Street found a gruesome scene: Valerio's body was downstairs, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, while Hill was found in an upstairs bedroom.
NEWS
April 6, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Caitlin McCabe, STAFF WRITERS
Authorities investigating how a backhoe ended up in the path of an Amtrak train traveling at more than 100 mph Sunday morning are looking into whether a communications breakdown may have been responsible for a crash that killed two veteran railwaymen. The two workers were identified Monday as Joseph Carter Jr., 61, of Wilmington, and Peter John Adamovich, 59, of Lincoln University, Pa. Both were killed when Amtrak Train 89, traveling from New York to Savannah, Ga., crashed into their backhoe just before 8 a.m. Both died at the scene.
NEWS
March 25, 2016
Authorities in South Jersey are trying to determine how a human skull ended up in a wooded area by a road in Ocean County. Two men driving along Arizona Drive, near Old Toms River Road, in Brick Township on Tuesday found "the remains of a decomposed skull," Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday. "The passenger noticed it, jumped out and notified the local police department," he said. Della Fave said roads in the area were closed Wednesday as authorities searched for more evidence.
NEWS
March 24, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURTS Conduct board best suited to investigate To clarify my comments quoted in the Inquirer Sunday ("Judicial board: Tough enough?"): In reviewing the emails that Attorney General Kathleen Kane provided to the Supreme Court in late 2014, the court directed me to focus on three areas of immediate concern: pornography; improper communications about cases; and relationships that could require recusal. However, while these were my main focus, the court also asked me to report any other violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are looking into several apparently unrelated allegations of sexual assault or attempted assaults, including one in which an 11-year-old said she was raped. The girl told police that about 8:30 p.m. Friday, she was walking on the 5100 block of Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia when a stranger forced her into an alley and raped her at knifepoint, police said Tuesday. She described her attacker as black, about 30 to 40 years old, 6-foot-5, and wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans.
SPORTS
March 12, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard has not appeared in a game since March 4 because of an illness, but his absence Thursday was not related to that at all. Howard, according to a source, met with investigators from Major League Baseball who are looking into an Al Jazeera report that the Phillies first baseman used performance-enhancing drugs. The Phillies said Howard was excused for personal reasons. He is expected back Friday; Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Howard will be the designated hitter in a road game against the Braves.
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