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November 2, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Only two people are known to have witnessed off-duty Moorestown Police Officer Craig Berner lose control of his motorcycle as the pickup truck approached. One of them is Patrolman Berner, who's dead. The other is Sgt. William McGovern, the off-duty Burlington County detective who ran over Berner on a dark stretch of Westfield Road in Moorestown. McGovern isn't talking, and an investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office was concluded without any criminal charges being filed.
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May 4, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lee Heist's phone won't stop ringing. Just about every five minutes, it chimes with calls, from New York, from Philadelphia, from Lancaster County. They're calling with questions about Brenda Heist - Heist's ex-wife, who disappeared from Lititz, Pa., without a trace 11 years ago. After years of futile investigation, Brenda Heist was declared dead in 2009. Lee Heist, who was once a prime suspect in her disappearance, began a new life: He remarried four years ago and lives in a modest ranch house in Norristown with his wife and dogs.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Twenty-six months after an undercover operative allegedly made his last secret payment to a Philadelphia politician, a sting investigation that started and stopped has a renewed life. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Wednesday that he had named a team of four top prosecutors to present the sting evidence to an investigative grand jury. Williams pledged to complete the reborn investigation in "months, not years. " Prosecutors began calling witnesses before the 36-member jury about two weeks ago, his office revealed.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, RONNIE POLANECZKY & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MOST PHILLY COPS do it right. One shift after another, they put their lives on the line for people they don't know. They lock up the bad guys and try to make it home to their families in one piece. Some officers turn into bad guys themselves. They've lost their badges amid allegations of assault, theft, rape, fraud and drug dealing. At least 68 city cops have been charged with crimes since March 2009. But Officer Philip Nace - the YouTube sensation who has developed an international reputation as the angriest cop in the City of Brotherly Love - is perhaps the first Philly lawman to get benched for what a police spokesman described simply as "idiotic behavior.
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By Barbara Laker & David Gambacorta, Daily News Staff Writers
IT STARTED with flattery. Staff Inspector Jerrold Bates summoned aide Keisha Johnson into his office in the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Bureau. He asked her to take a seat. She was smart, professional, he said. She put people at ease and made him look good. He walked toward Johnson and stood behind her chair. "You're pretty much a reflection of me," Bates said that day in early 2008, according to Johnson. He placed his hands on the shoulders of her petite 5-foot-5 frame.
NEWS
October 12, 2013 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Police are investigating whether a Philadelphia homicide detective helped his girlfriend escape to Upstate New York the day after she allegedly killed a former boyfriend last month, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation. After examining cellphone records and other evidence, investigators believe that Detective Ron Dove drove Erica Sanchez, 33, of the Crescentville section of the city, to a hotel in Rochester, after she allegedly stabbed Cesar Vera to death during a North Philadelphia block party.
NEWS
January 12, 2013 | Breaking News Desk
Delaware state police are investigating allegations of bestiality in Milford after they arrested a woman on charges of having sex with a dog. Police say the acts occurred in the woman's home and that her boyfriend was also arrested for taking photos. The investigation began late last month from a concerned citizen's tip. Troopers arrested 24-year-old Samantha L. Golt, on charges that she had sexual intercourse with a dog. Her 25-year-old boyfriend, James P. Crow, was also arrested.
NEWS
September 24, 2011 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
In City Hall, only one cabinet member works next door to Mayor Nutter: Chief Integrity Officer Joan Markman. Her spot at the left hand of Philadelphia's mayor is symbolic. Markman was a lead prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's "bug" investigation of Mayor John F. Street's City Hall. By placing her office so close to his, Nutter signaled that city employees would have to behave. On Thursday, Markman, at Nutter's request, extended her reach to two of the mayor's own allies: State Rep. Dwight Evans and Robert L. Archie Jr., former chairman of the School Reform Commission.
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September 30, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee charged Sunday that Chester County Republican Cuyler Walker, who last week pulled out of the race for the state legislature, was facing a law enforcement investigation. The Democrats issued a statement that cited a recent court filing by Walker's lawyer, Michael S. Gill. The filing stated there had been a newspaper report of "investigative rumors. " A footnote in the filing said that if he was forced to testify in the election dispute, "Walker will assert his privileges under the Fifth Amendment" to remain silent.
NEWS
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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