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.
July 21, 2012 |
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.
November 17, 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 and whether a county grand jury is investigating Meyerle.
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.
February 1, 2013 |
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.
October 10, 2012 |
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.
July 15, 2011 |
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.
October 17, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.