March 3, 2014 |
DEFENSE ATTORNEY A. Charles Peruto Jr. yesterday accused District Attorney Seth Williams of investigating state Rep. J.P. Miranda and charging him with a crime because they "were both dating the same girl at the same time. " A spokeswoman for Williams called that claim "ludicrous. " Peruto spoke after a preliminary hearing, in which Municipal Court Judge David Shuter held for trial three felonies filed on Jan. 27 against Miranda and his sister, Michelle Wilson. They are accused of using a "ghost employee" to funnel state payroll money to Wilson after Miranda was told he could not hire her to serve on his staff.
February 27, 2014 |
AN INVESTIGATION into reports that a man has been accosting students near a North Philadelphia elementary school is underway, police confirmed yesterday. The alleged incidents happened near Mary Bethune Elementary School, at Old York Road and Germantown Avenue, on Friday and Monday. Police said they are also investigating whether the same man, who is believed to frequent the area around the school, may have also accosted kids in other incidents. In the more recent incident, about 8 a.m. Monday, police said the man approached a young boy about two blocks from the school and grabbed him. Other children intervened, throwing rocks at the man, causing him to let go of the boy and flee, according to investigators.
February 23, 2014 |
Slick pavement, speeding drivers, and poor visibility due to sun glare were among the factors that led to last week's massive pileup on the turnpike, state police said Friday. Legislative and Pennsylvania Turnpike officials also announced that they would investigate the causes of and emergency response to the accident, which damaged about 100 vehicles and injured at least 25 people. And Gov. Corbett directed the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to review the state's response to this winter's storms, which, in addition to the turnpike mash-up, have caused widespread power outages and dumped large amounts of snow across the state.
February 22, 2014 |
TRENTON Republican lawmakers on Thursday pitched changes to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arguing that the Legislature should act now to address problems at the agency as investigations continue into the George Washington Bridge lane closures. At a Statehouse news conference, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R., Union) and other Republicans said the ongoing nature of the legislative probe should not preclude adoption of policies to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority.
February 20, 2014 |
TRENTON A former political adviser to Gov. Christie again refused Tuesday to comply with a subpoena from lawmakers probing the George Washington Bridge lane closures - indicating that the matter may wind up in court. The decision from Bill Stepien follows votes by the legislative panel last week to take steps to compel responses from him and a former Christie aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, who also has not complied with a subpoena. Kelly and Stepien were to turn over documents this month but invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
February 18, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Firefighters and Paramedics Local Union 22 will soon be confronting the two-year anniversary of an event we wish had never occurred - the tragic deaths of Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney in the infamous April 9, 2012, Kensington warehouse fire. That warehouse had long been neglected by its out-of-state owners and had been allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore and death trap that ultimately claimed the lives of two of our brothers. The city's response - then and now - was tepid.
February 14, 2014 |
PROMINENT DEFENSE lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. - whose 26-year-old girlfriend was found dead in his Rittenhouse Square bathtub in May - contends that the District Attorney's Office didn't write a report following a grand jury investigation into her death because it would embarrass someone the D.A. knows. "It's the oldest trick," Peruto said in an interview yesterday with the Daily News . "If the grand jury didn't take you where you thought it would take you, you either bury the report or don't write one. " Peruto also lashed out at D.A. Seth Williams in a Facebook post, calling him an obscenity.
February 12, 2014 |
John Pease helped lead health-care fraud investigations - as well as sending former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo to prison - before leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia in January 2013. Now, as senior counsel at Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Pease will be on the other side of a health-care legal fight. Teva said Monday, in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, that it was under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan over sales practices related to its best-selling drug, Copaxone.
February 8, 2014 |
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said Thursday that his office would investigate a teenager's claim that a female officer seriously injured his genitals during a stop-and-frisk search last month. "When allegations are made about misconduct from a police officer, it erodes the public's trust of law enforcement," Williams said at a news conference. "We want to assure the public we're going to investigate. " Lewis Small, the boy's lawyer, said Thursday that he was encouraged by Williams' involvement in the case and said his client would give a statement to the District Attorney's Office next week.
February 8, 2014 |
One month after the release of e-mails suggesting the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge was orchestrated by aides to Gov. Christie as part of a political vendetta, the broad outlines of investigations by the New Jersey Legislature and the U.S. Attorney's Office have emerged. But what happens if potential witnesses, as some have indicated, refuse to cooperate? Witnesses who cite the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination could substantially slow the legislative probe and complicate the criminal investigation underway by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.