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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
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.
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 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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June 19, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police are investigating what they are calling a "suspicious death" of a 50-year-old man in his Frankford apartment early Friday. At 1:54 a.m., officers went to the apartment on the 4800 block of Frankford Avenue after receiving a 911 call of a "person with a weapon," police said. When they got there, they were met by the man's 27-year-old girlfriend who said her boyfriend was trying to kill himself, police said. Officers saw the man "leaning into the kitchen sink bleeding," police said in a statement.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan and Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITERS
PHILADELPHIA POLICE are investigating an allegation that Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor sexually assaulted an exotic dancer Thursday at a South Philadelphia strip club. The Eagles on Friday confirmed that Agholor was being investigated by police. Agholor's attorney, Fortunato N. Perri Jr., said his client "has not engaged in any criminal conduct. " At a news conference Friday afternoon at Police Headquarters, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford declined to identify the person under investigation because no charges had been filed.
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June 9, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a motorist who allegedly fired a bullet into another vehicle on Interstate 95 in Southwest Philadelphia during an alleged road-rage shooting Tuesday morning. The shooting happened about 6:30 a.m. just south of the double-decker Girard Point Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Schuylkill. A 38-year-old man told state troopers he was driving his vehicle north when he saw another motorist in an older model black Chevrolet Impala or Malibu driving erratically behind him. He said the other motorist then pulled up alongside him and displayed a black semiautomatic handgun.
NEWS
June 6, 2016
A 24-year-old man was fatally shot and a 23-year-old man was injured following a shooting in the city's West Oak Lane section Friday night, police said Saturday. About 10:25 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the 1600 block of Mohican Street for a report of a person with a gun, police said. They found the 24-year-old, shot multiple times in the arms and chest, in the driver's seat of a black 2009 Chevy Impala. Medics transported him to Einstein Medical Center in critical condition, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:56 p.m. At Einstein, officers found the second victim, shot multiple times in the legs and arms, who was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission investigators have filed a complaint against an unlicensed electricity supplier that signed up hundreds of commercial customers. The PUC's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement is seeking $89,800 in civil penalties against Fair View Energy L.L.C. It also is seeking refunds of an undisclosed number of fees paid by commercial customers from June 2015 through March 2016. Fair View is based near Erie but has statewide operations. Its website includes a page, showing the Philadelphia skyline, aimed at customers in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey's third-largest public university broke public bidding laws when it purchased a custom conference table shipped from China that ultimately cost nearly a quarter-million dollars, the state comptroller said in a report Wednesday. Officials at Kean University in Union County authorized a Chinese manufacturer to build and ship the 22-person, state-of-the-art table before obtaining approval from the school's board of trustees, according to the comptroller's 19-month investigation.
NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITER martha.woodall@phillynews.com 215-854-2789 @marwooda
The Agora Cyber Charter School missed Friday's deadline to turn over data on attendance, academic performance, and finances to the state Department of Education, as the department had demanded. And what had been a departmental review of the cyber school has become an investigation into the operations of the online school, which has 8,500 students statewide. "There has been concern regarding the accuracy of Agora's records and the timeliness of its reporting," Nicole Reigelman, a spokeswoman for the department, wrote in an email Friday.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police on Thursday were investigating three overnight shootings and the death of a homeless man who appeared to have been beaten. Police said that about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, a 45-year-old homeless man went to an acquaintance's house on the 3200 block of Memphis Street in Port Richmond. The male resident allowed the homeless man to stay for the night and returned to sleep. Then, about 10 a.m. Wednesday, another person staying in the house found the homeless man in the second-floor front bedroom, lying face up on the floor unresponsive, police said.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
The head of Somerset County's forensic unit who was accused in a whistle-blower lawsuit of destroying evidence collected during the death investigation of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan and his wife is scheduled to retire Nov. 1. The retirement of Capt. Lee Niles will be the fourth high-level departure at the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office after the agency was sharply criticized by the Sheridans' four sons for its handling of the case. They have called investigators "incompetent" in part for failing to dust for fingerprints, failing to collect evidence, and failing to fully process the crime scene.
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