August 22, 2012 |
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.
June 21, 2012 |
Michael P. Kelly acknowledged Tuesday that he abruptly resigned last week as executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority after federal officials learned of his affair with a PHA manager. Kelly, 58, is the second PHA director in two years to be toppled by a sex scandal. His predecessor, Carl R. Greene, was terminated in 2010 after PHA's board learned of secret payments of more than $600,000 to three women to settle sexual harassment complaints. In an interview with The Inquirer on Tuesday, Kelly, a married father of three, called the matter "a lapse of judgment and a personal family failure.
June 18, 2014 |
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.
May 21, 2012 |
The police squad repeatedly swooped down on bodegas and smoke shops, saying they were searching for the small plastic bags often used to package drugs. But merchants complained that the officers made off with cash and merchandise after disabling security cameras to mask their conduct. The actions of the Narcotics Field Unit - in one case graphically captured by a camera with a backup hard drive - triggered a major scandal in the city in 2009. The result was an FBI investigation of the officers, dropped charges against some defendants, and numerous federal civil right lawsuits filed by people who said they were abused or framed by the squad.
March 11, 2015 |
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is expected to announce three more arrests Tuesday in the corruption case Pennsylvania's attorney general said was "not prosecutable. " A grand jury has recommended charges against State Reps. Louise Williams Bishop and Michelle Brownlee and a former state representative, Harold James, all Philadelphia Democrats, according to people familiar with the grand jury's actions. Bishop and Brownlee have long been identified as targets of Williams' investigators, ever since he accepted a dare from Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and reopened a "sting" probe that Kane said was "half-assed" and declined to pursue.
January 3, 2014 |
A PHILADELPHIA police officer who was recently reinstated after being fired for misconduct is now under investigation again for allegedly punching her girlfriend in the mouth, causing an injury that needed eight to 10 stitches to close, sources said. Police Internal Affairs detectives are investigating Officer Stacey Wallace, who joined the force in 1995, for domestic assault, police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little confirmed yesterday. Little gave no other details, saying the incident remains under investigation and that Wallace has not been criminally charged.
May 15, 2012 |
IRIS HAD WILTED long ago, around the time her brother died, neighbors believe. She used to clean the windows of her Kensington home every morning, but in recent years, Iris Galarza, 88, smelled of urine. She wore plastic bags on her feet and stopped three times a day at the corner store, where the owners gave her food out of pity. When she didn't get her food there, she got it at shelters or by picking through trash cans, neighbors said. The deaf woman's house had none of the things a house should have — no running water, electricity or heat, according to court records.
December 20, 2012 |
A package containing "inappropriate wording" was delivered by mail this morning to West Philadelphia High School and police are trying to determine who sent it, according to authorities. The package arrived about 8:40 a.m., a police spokeswoman said, though she could not elaborate on the message contained inside. However, an internal police alert said that the package contained a news report related to the Newtown, Conn., massacre last Friday and a "racist letter saying you are next.
December 15, 2012 |
DALLAS - The manslaughter case against Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will likely require several more days of investigation by suburban Dallas police, authorities said Thursday. Brent is free on bond after the accident last Saturday morning that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown. Police from Irving, who say Brent was driving drunk, met with prosecutors from the Dallas County district attorney's office to discuss the case. "They talked about the case and where we are in the investigation," police spokesman John Argumaniz said in an e-mail.
August 28, 2014 |
Former FBI director Louis Freeh, now chairman of the Center City law firm Pepper Hamilton, was seriously injured Monday in the town of Barnard Vermont when the SUV he was driving swerved off the road and collided with a tree. Vermont State police responded to the scene at 12:16 p.m. and Freeh was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire for treatment. There were no other injuries, police said. Stephanie Brackin-Dasaro, a police spokeswoman, said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.