October 12, 2013 |
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.
September 29, 2011 |
ANTHONY MAGSAM had a decision to make. He opened his front door early yesterday in Northeast Philly and found a group of SWAT cops standing there, search warrant in hand. He decided to cooperate. Magsam, a veteran police officer who's at the center of an ongoing investigation into the Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit, or FIU, let the cops inside and went quietly to Internal Affairs for questioning, said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. The SWAT officers removed 51 firearms from Magsam's house, on Tyson Avenue near Loretto Avenue.
June 19, 2012 |
For months last winter, rumors swirled in the offices of the Philadelphia Police Department about veteran homicide Detective Kenneth Rossiter, supposedly under investigation for collecting overtime pay for hours he had not worked. Last week, Rossiter, 51, learned that Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey was firing him for an alleged pattern of overtime fraud. Police would not comment on the specifics of the Internal Affairs investigation, but several sources familiar with the case said Rossiter was accused of multiple instances of clocking into court for work, going home for several hours, then returning to clock out of court to indicate he was there all day. He will be formally dismissed after a 30-day suspension.
September 24, 2011 |
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.
February 22, 2014 |
TRENTON Republican lawmakers on Thursday pitched changes to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arguing that the Legislature should act now to address problems at the agency as investigations continue into the George Washington Bridge lane closures. At a Statehouse news conference, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R., Union) and other Republicans said the ongoing nature of the legislative probe should not preclude adoption of policies to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority.
July 12, 2012 |
YOU'VE PROBABLY read the line in crime novels or heard it on police procedural TV shows: Cops telling a suspect to stay where they can find him while they conduct the investigation. Robert Hendricks didn't go anywhere. Hadn't moved an inch in weeks. The 63-year-old Radnor Township resident apparently blew a hole in his head — likely sometime in May — after cops raided his Highland Lane home near the Haverford border and seized several computers as part of a sexual-assault investigation involving a teenage girl.
November 25, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Reynaldo Torres had been missing for more than 500 days when his sister answered the phone Saturday morning. For more than a year, Melissa Ruiz had held out hope her older brother was still alive, even as police found the body of the woman he disappeared with, even as both cases languished, unsolved, for months. Then came an unlikely break in the case: In October, Ruiz learned that a homicide detective already under investigation for allegedly covering up one killing was suspected of concealing information in her brother's case.
October 27, 2013 |
THE SEARCH for answers in the increasingly tangled case of Homicide Detective Ron Dove will involve more digging. Lots of it, as a matter of fact. Narcotics cops found pictures of Dove with a suspected drug dealer earlier this week when they raided a property in the city, law-enforcement sources said yesterday. Also, the sources said, investigators working on a sprawling Internal Affairs investigation into Dove have been told that Reynaldo Torres, who was involved in an unsolved homicide case that Dove handled, might have been covered in cement and buried in a gritty North Philly gully.
March 24, 2011 |
Nonprofits across Philadelphia tapped Roosevelt Hairston Jr. as a board member and relied on him for answers to ethical questions. Even a courtroom opponent called him a careful steward of funds at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he had been part of the legal team since 1997. But Hairston, who became Children's general counsel in April, was fired on Feb. 18. Children's issued a news release that cited "financial irregularities" but that said little more. Now, sources say, Hairston is the subject of a federal investigation for allegedly stealing from the hospital for more than a decade.
May 9, 2012 |
Beyond Philadelphia exists another dimension — a dimension of threats, a dimension of fights, a dimension of divisions. You're moving into a land of both race and politics, of truths and lies. You've just crossed over into Colwyn. This version of the Twilight Zone may only be 0.3 square miles, but it's a place where political, racial and personal feuds cast an eerie shadow over its 2,500 residents. Although Delaware County's second-smallest municipality has been mired in turmoil for years, everything came to a head last week when an investigation into the cover up of the Tasing of a juvenile while he was handcuffed in a holding cell led Mayor Daniel Rutland to declare a state of emergency and place the acting head of the police department, Deputy Chief Wendell Reed, on leave, while he and two other officers are under investigation.