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November 2, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
Somerset County officials prematurely closed the investigation into the 2014 deaths of Cooper Health System's CEO and his wife, according to two independent experts who examined bloodstains, charred debris, and burns inside the couple's Montgomery Township, N.J., home. The two investigators, former Philadelphia homicide detective Edward Rocks and retired Philadelphia fire marshal Thomas Schneiders - with more than seven decades of combined experience - studied the home of John and Joyce Sheridan for four hours last month at The Inquirer's request.
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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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January 26, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will return to his roots to advise the Chicago Police Department and help guide civil rights reforms in the recently embattled department. It's the third position Ramsey has taken on since retiring from the Philadelphia Police Department in December. Ramsey is also a consultant with the Wilmington police department and, as of Jan. 25, took on a two-year appointment at Drexel as a guest lecturer and adviser to the school's criminal justice department.
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January 22, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, Staff Writer
Federal regulators have launched an investigation into a Montgomery County farm accused by animal rights activists of mistreating animals it breeds for pet stores. Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said the agency began investigating Holmes Chinchilla Ranch of Douglass Township last month for possible violations of animal welfare laws. Holmes, which breeds hamsters and other small animals, came under scrutiny after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released videos and testimony alleging improper treatment and deaths at the farm.
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January 15, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that federal agents are investigating last week's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer as a terrorist attack. His comments marked the first time investigators have publicly characterized the Thursday shooting of Officer Jesse Hartnett by a man pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, as a potential act of terror. Federal and local authorities said Comey's statement did not signal a shift in their investigation, which has focused on the possibility of a terror link from the start.
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January 13, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local authorities are continuing to investigate a tipster's claim that Edward Archer, the man charged in the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, was part of a small group of men with radical beliefs, officials said Monday. Homicide Capt. James Clark said that after a weekend of investigating, authorities have been unable to substantiate the tip, delivered to police by a woman who warned that "the threat to police is not over," and said Archer was associated with a group of three other men more radical than he. "We're investigating it, but we haven't found anything yet," Clark said.
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January 1, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with a 2004 sexual attack on a former Temple University employee - capping a year in which similar claims from dozens of women left the entertainer's career and reputation in tatters. The case, unveiled by Montgomery County authorities after a five-month investigation, constitutes the first attempt to prosecute the television icon once celebrated as "America's Dad. " It also sets the stage for what is all but certain to be a blockbuster trial that could send Cosby, 78, to prison for a decade.
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December 30, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
A Marine sergeant whose unexplained disappearance shortly before Christmas prompted an extensive search of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst was found dead Saturday, the base reported. Sgt. Tristan Clinger's body was found "in the ranges of the installation," a spokeswoman said Monday, adding that the cause of death was under investigation. He was 28. The spokeswoman, Staff Sgt. Katherine Tereyama, declined to identify the cause of death because of the investigation. On Dec. 20, Clinger's wife reported to police that her husband, a mechanic with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 722, had walked off the base about 4 p.m. and had not returned.
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December 30, 2015 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
A pedestrian was fatally hit by a car on Roosevelt Boulevard early Monday morning. Philadelphia police said the 48-year-old man was struck near Harbison Avenue at about 5:40 a.m. Preliminary information indicated the man was trying to cross the road when he was hit, police said. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, who remained at the scene, wasn't injured, police said, adding no other vehicles were involved. No charges had been filed against the driver as of Monday afternoon and police said the initial investigation indicated he was not impaired at the time of the crash.
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December 30, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A former Pennsylvania investigator whose defamation claims against Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane were thrown out this year will have an opportunity to reargue his case before a state appellate court. Commonwealth Court is scheduled to reconsider next year the suit brought by Claude Thomas, who served as lead detective on an aborted sting operation that caught Philadelphia elected officials on tape pocketing purported bribes. His lawyer, Mark Sereni, in a statement Monday, claimed the appellate court's review was a win in and of itself.
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December 24, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Tuesday that he wants the Pennsylvania State Police to take over investigations when city officers shoot people. His remarks came during a news conference at which U.S. Justice Department officials released their first progress report on their review of Philadelphia police's deadly-force policies, and said the city has made "significant progress. " But some of the changes recommended by the federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
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