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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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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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June 29, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WARNING: The above video contains language some would find inappropriate. A SEPTA TRANSIT Police officer is being investigated by Internal Affairs for a physical altercation with a man holding a toddler on the El, authorities said. The confrontation, which was captured on cellphone video and posted on Facebook, occurred about 5 p.m. Thursday on the Market-Frankford line. SEPTA police said the man boarded the train at the Margaret-Orthodox station without paying his fare. Surveillance video released yesterday by SEPTA shows the following chain of events: The first officer boards the train at Erie-Torresdale and begins a conversation with the man, who is seated holding a little girl.
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June 16, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
New Jersey's highest court has noted that the state "can boast a long and proud tradition of . . . hostility to secrecy in government. " Now a state court can correct a glaring affront to that tradition. Secrecy surrounded the investigation of the violent deaths of New Jersey insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, from its earliest days in September, and it persists even now - more than two months after the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office closed the case. As a recent lawsuit on behalf of Inquirer journalists notes, officials continue to suppress records related to the crime "even though the investigation is over, even though it consumed countless public resources, and even though the Sheridan family has raised serious questions about it. " Filed in state Superior Court in Somerset County, the complaint asks that state and local authorities be ordered to release records related to the crime and the investigation.
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June 3, 2015
Chester Police are investigating the city's eighth homicide of the year. On Sunday night at 9:46 p.m., police were called to the area of Third and Engle Streets near PPL Park for a shooting. They found a 33-year-old man lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene and has not yet been identified. According to police, the man was ambushed by an unidentified person as he stepped out of a car. On Thursday, one man was killed and three others wounded during a shooting two blocks away from the latest incident.
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May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families is reportedly under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reported bought a 14th-century castle in Umbria at an artficially low price with the intention of reselling it for a profit a full market value. "The alleged scam would have netted a profit" of about $4.4 million, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
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May 18, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was probably inevitable. The defense lawyer for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, a Philadelphia legislator arrested in the sting corruption case, is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed, saying she was targeted for prosecution because she is African American. To make his case, the lawyer cites Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's repeated statements that the case may have been tainted by racial prejudice. "The elected attorney general of this Commonwealth declined to prosecute this matter," lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. wrote in a legal brief filed this month.
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May 17, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police were seeking the public's help in getting information about a young couple who might have dropped a baby off a railway bridge Friday morning in Southwest Philadelphia. After an exhaustive search, no baby had been found as of late Friday, but police were still investigating. "We're hopeful it didn't happen," said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives, though he added that enough people had reported sightings that "it's possible it did happen. " The first report came from a 24-year-old woman from the neighborhood, who was driving north on the 68th Street bridge over freight-train tracks near Kingsessing Avenue about 11 a.m. Friday.
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May 17, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
A projectile might have struck the windshield of Amtrak Train 188, just minutes before the train crashed Tuesday night, and investigators said Friday that they had called in the FBI to analyze the damage. Officials at the National Transportation Safety Board could not say whether engineer Brandon Bostian had been struck or incapacitated by a projectile. The surprising revelation at a news conference Friday night significantly expands the scope of the crash investigation beyond either mechanical failure or operator responsibility.
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May 6, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Alexa McClintic noticed the white car just after she crossed South Park Drive, as she was stepping onto the curb near the Cooper River Yacht Club. It was about 2:40 p.m. April 22; the Collingswood Middle School student was planning to sit by the water in Cooper River Park and write in her journal. She often goes there with her sketchbook as well. "The car was coming pretty fast and didn't beep or anything," Alexa, 12, says softly. "I don't actually remember what happened when it hit me. "I blacked out, and when I woke up, there were people all around, asking me my name and when I was born.
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May 3, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Federal prosecutors have closed an investigation into claims that officials in Gov. Christie's administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief money from Hoboken if the mayor did not approve a private redevelopment deal. In a letter dated Friday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A. Murphy said prosecutors and the FBI had investigated the allegations. "Based on the evidence developed during the investigation and our review of the applicable law, we have concluded that no further action is warranted in this matter," they wrote.
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April 30, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says her office will investigate why state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired a top lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury investigating whether Kane leaked confidential documents. In a statement Tuesday, Ferman said she would fold that inquiry into her office's ongoing review of whether Kane leaked information to the Philadelphia Daily News last year in a bid to embarrass her critics. "These inquiries will be conducted using standards and procedures that reflect an ethical prosecutor's responsibilities as a minister of justice," Ferman said.
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