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.
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.
January 29, 2013 |
HEY, PHILLY VOTERS. The Nutter administration wants to hear about your Election Day experience. After more than 27,000 voters were forced to use provisional ballots in the Nov. 6 presidential election, more than double the amount in 2008, Nutter established a "fact-finding team" last month to investigate what happened that day. City Controller Alan Butkovitz has also launched an investigation. Part of the Nutter administration's investigation includes hearing from voters. Public meetings are scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in City Hall room 202 and Feb. 28 at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1601 N. 12th St. Voters can also share their stories or make recommendations by visiting phila.gov/election2012 or by calling or texting 267-209-FACT.
December 18, 2012 |
The Northampton County District Attorney's Office plans to make an announcement this afternoon regarding the investigation surrounding Garrett Reid's heroin overdose. District Attorney John Morganelli will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Garrett Reid, the eldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, died in August during training camp. Morganelli has said investigators were trying to learn the identity of Reid's supplier. Reid's body was found in his dorm room at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where he was assisting the team's strength and conditioning coach.
April 29, 2011 |
Investigators with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office executed search warrants at more than a dozen locations in South Philadelphia on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into a drug-dealing and loansharking operation. No arrests were made, but law-enforcement sources confirmed that the targets of the probe included two convicted narcotics traffickers with alleged ties to organized crime and the Pagans motorcyle club. Documents, cash, and a small quantity of prescription drugs were seized, according to those sources.
November 6, 2012 |
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron ordered an investigation Monday into newly raised allegations related to a major child-abuse scandal in north Wales in the 1970s and 1980s. Cameron said he had also asked a cabinet minister to meet with a victim of child abuse who alleges a senior figure at the time within Britain's Conservative Party was involved in a pedophile ring. "These actions are truly dreadful and they mustn't be left hanging in the air," Cameron, who now leads the Conservative Party, said in Abu Dhabi during a tour of the Middle East.
November 18, 2012 |
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 or whether a county grand jury is investigating Meyerle.
June 30, 2011
Police were trying to determine what caused injuries suffered by a 3-year-old West Philadelphia boy who was hospitalized Wednesday and listed in critical condition. The boy sustained unknown injuries in a home in the 4700 block of Chestnut Street and was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said Officer Christine O'Brien. The case is being handled by the Special Victims Unit, which investigates assaults on children. O'Brien said detectives were interviewing the child's caretaker.