October 18, 2013 |
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.
July 7, 2012 |
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has removed two more priests accused of misconduct with minors and restored four to ministry. The six are among the 26 Catholic priests whom the archdiocese placed on administrative leave last year following a Philadelphia grand jury investigation into clergy sex abuse and misconduct involving children. In an announcement Friday, the archdiocese disclosed that a 16-month investigation by a team it had created found that the Rev. John Bowe, 64, and the Rev. David Givey, 68, had violated "standards of ministerial behavior and boundaries.
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.
December 29, 2014 |
Three months after the investigation into the violent deaths of John and Joyce Sheridan began, key details of the case remain unexplained, and authorities have continued to interview people who knew the couple. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, the lead agency handling the case, has not said who or what led to the deaths 91 days ago of the Sheridans - John, Cooper Health System's chief executive, and Joyce, a retired teacher. Nor has it said who set the fire in the couple's master bedroom, where the pair were found with stab wounds.
May 10, 2011 |
Authorities are investigating why a New Jersey state trooper who struck another vehicle on I-295 with an unmarked police car was permitted to use a false name on accident reports. Undercover Detective Sgt. William Billingham has since been suspended without pay and charged. However, many questions remain unanswered about the accident on March 22, 2009, that sent the trooper and Philadelphia resident Clayton Tanksley, 46, to area hospitals. Sources said Billingham was part of a clandestine state investigation when authorities accepted the undercover identification, and he was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden with six broken ribs.
June 16, 2015 |
New Jersey's highest court has noted that the state "can boast a long and proud tradition of . . . hostility to secrecy in government. " Now a state court can correct a glaring affront to that tradition. Secrecy surrounded the investigation of the violent deaths of New Jersey insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, from its earliest days in September, and it persists even now - more than two months after the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office closed the case. As a recent lawsuit on behalf of Inquirer journalists notes, officials continue to suppress records related to the crime "even though the investigation is over, even though it consumed countless public resources, and even though the Sheridan family has raised serious questions about it. " Filed in state Superior Court in Somerset County, the complaint asks that state and local authorities be ordered to release records related to the crime and the investigation.
March 22, 2014 |
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired one of the most feared litigators in the region, Richard A. Sprague, to represent her in possible defamation suits arising from accounts of her decision to end an undercover investigation that taped at least five Philadelphia Democrats accepting cash or gifts. Sprague said he would launch an investigation into the conduct of the prosecutors who ran that sting operation, which began in 2010 before Kane took office. She has said the case was mismanaged, possibly tainted by racial profiling, and far too weak for any prosecutions.
August 9, 2012 |
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.
April 21, 2014 |
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. Authorities continued their investigation Saturday into a Friday-afternoon fire that destroyed five vacation houses along the 7800 block of Pleasure Avenue in this Shore resort. Police said investigators would return to the scene Monday. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday. At its height, the seven-alarm fire brought out 14 local departments and three emergency medical service squads, said Lt. Thomas McQuillen of the Sea Isle City Police Department.
July 10, 2012 |
Moments before the start of Sunday's 8 a.m. Mass at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Chesterbrook, the Rev. Joseph Dieckhaus, clerical dean for archdiocesan parishes across northern Chester County, took to the pulpit with an important message. "My reason for being here," he said, "is to tell you personally: Father Harris has been found suitable for ministry. " Scattered applause broke the silence in the modern brick-and-glass chapel as the 100 or so parishioners leaned forward for more information.