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December 29, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Angelo Fichera, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
Three months after the investigation into the violent deaths of John and Joyce Sheridan began, key details of the case remain unexplained, and authorities have continued to interview people who knew the couple. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, the lead agency handling the case, has not said who or what led to the deaths 91 days ago of the Sheridans - John, Cooper Health System's chief executive, and Joyce, a retired teacher. Nor has it said who set the fire in the couple's master bedroom, where the pair were found with stab wounds.
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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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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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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 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 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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July 15, 2011 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police said Friday that they were still piecing together how a 4-year-old boy was shot to death inside a Kensington house this week, but sources close to the investigation said someone would be charged in the near future. Police sources described the death of Javier Merle Jr. as accidental, and said the boy may have picked up a gun left unattended. The child's death left family members anguished and residents of the 600 block of East Clementine Street shocked.
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January 18, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The demolition contractor charged in the deadly 2013 collapse of a Center City building wants access to the files of all of the city agencies that opened inquiries into the catastrophe. But a Common Pleas Court judge ruled Friday that he should not expect to get those documents from prosecutors. Judge Glenn B. Bronson said prosecutors had no obligation to share investigative material produced by agencies other than law enforcement, such as the mayor's office, under pretrial evidence-sharing rules.
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January 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James A. McGovern, 91, of Lower Gwynedd, a former investigator in the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, died Friday, Jan. 2, of lung cancer at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. Mr. McGovern served as an investigator for the Philadelphia medical examiner, and later for the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office. He was called Feb. 26, 1957, when the body of a boy aged 4 to 6 was found in a discarded bassinet carton on Susquehanna Road between Pine and Verree Roads in Fox Chase.
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January 9, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ANOTHER FORMER Philadelphia principal has been snared in an investigation into wide-spreading cheating on standardized tests. Lolamarie Davis-O'Rourke, 43, of Williamstown, N.J., was arrested yesterday for allegedly tampering with the tests while she was principal of Locke Elementary School in West Philadelphia from 2009 to 2012, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced yesterday. Davis-O'Rourke is the fourth principal and eighth educator overall to be arrested in connection with the probe.
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January 1, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The investigation into a series of rapes in Pennypack Park was years old, and still open, when a man named Robert Palen was arrested in Wisconsin late last year. The 38-year-old, born and raised in Philadelphia, had lived near the park, where three women said they had been abducted, beaten, and raped by a man driving a white work van, in 2010 and 2011. But DNA evidence - found in just one of the cases - never turned up a match, and the trail had grown cold by December 2013, when Palen was arrested and accused of beating, strangling, and raping a Madison, Wis., woman in her home.
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December 29, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Angelo Fichera, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
Three months after the investigation into the violent deaths of John and Joyce Sheridan began, key details of the case remain unexplained, and authorities have continued to interview people who knew the couple. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, the lead agency handling the case, has not said who or what led to the deaths 91 days ago of the Sheridans - John, Cooper Health System's chief executive, and Joyce, a retired teacher. Nor has it said who set the fire in the couple's master bedroom, where the pair were found with stab wounds.
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December 28, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Douglas Culbreth, 73, of Upper Roxborough, a retired Philadelphia police detective who investigated the 1981 fatal shooting of Officer Daniel Faulkner by Mumia Abu-Jamal and remained a firm believer in Abu-Jamal's guilt, died Friday, Dec. 26. He suffered an apparent heart attack, said Aisha Perry, a family friend. He had fallen ill at home and was taken to Roxborough Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Culbreth, a Vietnam War veteran, also served as an investigator for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he worked for 18 years until his death.
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December 25, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
If Bradley Stone's capacity for violence existed before last week, he apparently kept it well-hidden. In the past year, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Tuesday, Stone raised no red flags in 22 court appearances and 17 visits or contacts with probation officers, lied about having guns, and convinced a military psychiatrist that he wasn't homicidal or suicidal. Last Monday, he proved it all wrong. In about 90 minutes, officials said, Stone shot, slashed, and chopped to death his ex-wife and five of her relatives, according to newly released autopsy details.
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December 19, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Paul Fishman, acknowledged Wednesday a need to finish his office's investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures as quickly as possible, though he would not say how long that might take. Asked by WNYC Radio's Brian Lehrer whether, with Christie considering a run for president in 2016, Fishman should "indict or clear before too long," Fishman said: "The answer to that question, of course, is yes. " "We try to move every investigation we have as fast as we possibly can, because if people know they're being investigated, that's always what we owe people," he said.
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December 19, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A CITY PARAMEDIC found himself at the center of a firestorm yesterday after he allegedly posted an anti-cop message on social media, along with a photo of two men pointing guns at a police officer's head. The message allegedly posted by a paramedic, identified by sources as Marcell Salters, read: "Our real enemy. Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that's legally killing innocents. " It was first reported by Fox 29's Chris O'Connell Wednesday night, igniting the controversy.
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December 18, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams yesterday charged Philadelphia-area state representatives Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown with bribery, criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest in connection to a grand jury probe into legislators taking envelopes full of cash in exchange for political promises. Waters and Brown, both Democrats, were subjects of a grand jury investigation into the political dealings of various Pennsylvania elected officials that has already taken down some, including Sen. LeAnna Washington and former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes.
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