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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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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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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 18, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Friends and relatives recalled Craig Berner - a Moorestown patrolman fatally struck by a truck while off duty - as one of the good guys, who would help even a turtle in need. Berner, a member of the township police department for 26 years, died nearly a year ago on his way to a store when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a pickup truck. Several dozen people gathered Monday evening at Memorial Field on South Church Street for a candlelight vigil to honor Berner and garner support to reopen a criminal investigation into Berner's death.
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October 31, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Barbara Boyer, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The sons of Cooper University Health System chief executive John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, have hired a nationally known pathologist to assist them as forensic tests are conducted in the investigation into their parents' deaths. The recruitment of Michael Baden - once called to offer professional expertise by the defense in the O.J. Simpson murder trial - is the latest development in a month-old case marked by little public information. In a statement released to The Inquirer on Thursday, the four Sheridan sons said "no one is more eager for answers than the family," and they confirmed they had hired Baden "to help them understand the information obtained from the forensic investigation.
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October 30, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - During a raucous special meeting Tuesday, Pennsylvania State University trustees defeated a resolution to reopen the controversial investigation into how school leaders handled the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. The proposal, introduced by alumni-backed trustees who for more than a year have been pushing the board to act - and preferably reject - the damning findings of former FBI Director Louis Freeh, won the support of only nine of the 26 board members who voted.
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October 28, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of Autumn Pasquale, the Clayton, Gloucester County, girl killed days shy of her 13th birthday, have filed a lawsuit claiming her death could have been avoided if the investigation into her abduction had been properly handled. The lawsuit was filed last week in Gloucester County against several townships that aided in the investigation as well as against the county Prosecutor's Office, said Gregg Zeff, the Mount Laurel lawyer who represents the girl's estate. "They didn't do the appropriate perimeter search," Zeff said Sunday.
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October 28, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
With his sudden retirement Monday, former state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery did more than end his tenure on the high court. He also shut down an ethics investigation with the potential to strip him of his lucrative state pension. In exchange for his ouster, his colleagues on the court agreed to drop their order that the state Judicial Conduct Board say within 30 days whether there was evidence to bring misconduct charges against him. That board had launched its own investigation of McCaffery even before the high court issued its order.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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