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October 19, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Somerset County, N.J., prosecutor said Friday that the four children of Cooper Hospital chief executive John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife had no involvement in their deaths. Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, in a statement released to The Inquirer, said, "At this point in our investigation, we are very confident that the four sons of John and Joyce Sheridan played no role in the death of their mother and father. " John Sheridan, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene of a Sept. 28 fire at the couple's home in Montgomery Township.
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October 17, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
A former member of New Jersey's cabinet, adviser to three governors, and chief executive of Camden-based Cooper University Health System, John Sheridan lived a life of public service and prominence. It makes for a jarring contrast with the secrecy that has surrounded his death. Sheridan and his wife, retired schoolteacher Joyce Sheridan, were pronounced dead on Sept. 28 after authorities were dispatched to a fire at their Somerset County home and found them unresponsive. Three days later, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, which is leading the investigation, announced that the fire had been intentionally set. Over the two weeks since, however, the office has provided virtually no additional information, confronting the legitimate public interest in these disturbing and untimely deaths with little but silence and stonewalling.
NEWS
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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October 12, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly two weeks after Cooper University Health System chief executive John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, were found in their home, authorities have released few details about their deaths. Several days after the fire in the couple's Central New Jersey home, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said it was deliberately set. Sheridan, 72, and his wife, 69, were found unresponsive in the second-floor master bedroom of their Montgomery Township home early Sept. 28. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and she was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Michael Boren and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
They were mothers, sons, sisters, and cousins, selling drugs in one of Camden's most dangerous neighborhoods, authorities said. The heroin, cocaine, and crack reached into Camden and beyond, spilling into Lindenwold, Gloucester City, and Sicklerville. It was sold out of Sheridan and Liberty Streets. On Wednesday - after three years of investigation - authorities launched what they called the biggest FBI drug takedown in Camden in a decade. They charged 22 people after using wiretaps, confidential informants, and tracking devices hidden on vehicles driven by suspects.
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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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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.
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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October 22, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police Monday were investigating a North Philadelphia home invasion in which several Temple University students were tied up and robbed at gunpoint. Police said that around 7:30 Sunday night, two men followed a 20-year-old student into his house on the 1900 block of North 18th Street and robbed him and several students inside: a 19-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man, and four 18 year-old women. At least six people were bound with zip ties, police said. The 20-year-old student was pistol-whipped in the head and later was treated for minor injuries at Hahnemann University Hospital.
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October 19, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Somerset County, N.J., prosecutor said Friday that the four children of Cooper Hospital chief executive John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife had no involvement in their deaths. Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, in a statement released to The Inquirer, said, "At this point in our investigation, we are very confident that the four sons of John and Joyce Sheridan played no role in the death of their mother and father. " John Sheridan, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene of a Sept. 28 fire at the couple's home in Montgomery Township.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
A former member of New Jersey's cabinet, adviser to three governors, and chief executive of Camden-based Cooper University Health System, John Sheridan lived a life of public service and prominence. It makes for a jarring contrast with the secrecy that has surrounded his death. Sheridan and his wife, retired schoolteacher Joyce Sheridan, were pronounced dead on Sept. 28 after authorities were dispatched to a fire at their Somerset County home and found them unresponsive. Three days later, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, which is leading the investigation, announced that the fire had been intentionally set. Over the two weeks since, however, the office has provided virtually no additional information, confronting the legitimate public interest in these disturbing and untimely deaths with little but silence and stonewalling.
NEWS
October 12, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly two weeks after Cooper University Health System chief executive John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, were found in their home, authorities have released few details about their deaths. Several days after the fire in the couple's Central New Jersey home, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said it was deliberately set. Sheridan, 72, and his wife, 69, were found unresponsive in the second-floor master bedroom of their Montgomery Township home early Sept. 28. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and she was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital.
NEWS
October 12, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are investigating an alleged sexual assault involving an 11-year-old girl and three of her male schoolmates, they said Friday. One allegation is that the girl was forced to engage in a sexual act with two 13-year-old boys after being blackmailed, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said. A third boy allegedly filmed the encounter and posted it online, he said. The four students all attend William Tilden Middle School in Elmwood, he said. The school's principal learned of the incident Thursday and reported it immediately to police, he said.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are investigating the spray-painting of a racial slur on a Catholic high school in Spring Garden. Police were alerted to the offensive graffiti when someone sent a photo to CBS3 News over Twitter around 1:45 a.m. Thursday, showing the slur painted at an entrance to John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' School. Police said the graffiti had been painted overnight. A maintenance worker at the school told police the entrance had not been vandalized when he left around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE hates to lead with stories we can't have any fun with, but this Stephen Collins story is too twisted . . . and creepy. The 67-year-old "7th Heaven" star (and he played a reverend) is under investigation in New York for sexually abusing children. According to TMZ.com, New York police are reviewing an audiotape made by Collins' estranged wife, Faye Grant , during a therapy session, in which the actor mentions two underage victims in New York and one in L.A. "There is a formal complaint on file and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad," a NYPD statement said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Collins under investigation Actor Stephen Collins , best known as the Rev. Eric Camden on the WB's long-running family show 7th Heaven , is being investigated by New York City police on suspicion of child molestation, Fox News and Variety report. "There is a formal complaint on file and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad," an unnamed law enforcement official told Fox News. Amid news reports Tuesday that he admitted on tape to molesting three children, Collins withdrew from his costarring role in the comedy Ted 2 (Variety says he was fired)
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the call center at Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs benefits office, employees pull tarps over their computers when it rains, witness vermin infestations in their workspaces, and watch their breath crystallize and fingernails turn blue in the winter, federal investigators visiting the office this summer found. Doors are unsecured in the converted warehouse, which holds the call center and its 150 employees alongside non-VA offices, raising concerns about the security of veterans' personal information, according to a report from the VA Office of Inspector General.
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