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February 20, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia police officers involved in the December shooting death of 26-year-old Brandon Tate-Brown returned to street duty several weeks ago after being cleared by the department, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Wednesday. The Internal Affairs investigation has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office for review, Ramsey said. Citing that pending review, a spokesman for District Attorney Seth Williams declined to comment Wednesday. Tate-Brown's death has been a local rallying point for people participating in the nationwide protest marches and "die-ins" that followed the grand-jury decisions last year not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. Tate-Brown's family has maintained that the shooting was not justified and has pleaded with the Police Department to release surveillance video footage of the incident.
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
November 20, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Angelo Fichera, and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has sent a team of investigators to probe the violent deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Two sources close to the investigation also confirmed that the Sheridans both had multiple stab wounds when their bodies were pulled from a Sept. 28 fire in their home in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township, Somerset County. Two weeks ago, the state deployed investigators and lawyers from the Attorney General's Office and detectives from the New Jersey State Police to assist with what one of the sources Tuesday described as "a very complex case.
NEWS
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 30, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A FIERY SEX scandal threatens to burn up multiple firefighters' careers, including some top brass, according to former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Ayers told the Daily News yesterday that the investigation into a young paramedic's claims of sexual misconduct began shortly before Ayers retired in June. The paramedic - whose identity is being withheld by the Daily News because of the nature of the allegations - has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging misconduct by another paramedic.
NEWS
February 29, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, Mark Fazlollah, Kristen A. Graham, and Joseph Tanfani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities are investigating why a company owned by the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was paid $450,000 by an education firm that has received millions in contracts from the Philadelphia School District, according to sources familiar with the probe. Agents from the FBI and U.S. Treasury Department served two search warrants early Wednesday for Chaka Fattah Jr.'s records, the first at his apartment at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. They also seized Fattah's records and a computer from the Logan Square law office of David T. Shulick.
NEWS
December 11, 2011 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Estelle G. Matthews, the Philadelphia School District's former top human resources official, was "allowed to resign," district officials said Friday. In an e-mail sent to reporters Friday evening, Matthews said she was "deeply saddened and disappointed by the misrepresentation of facts surrounding my service and decision to resign from the position of Chief of Talent & Development for the Philadelphia School District. " She said she would cooperate with district investigations and was confident the inquiries would find she had done nothing wrong.
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 19, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Somerset County, N.J., prosecutor said Friday that the four children of Cooper Hospital chief executive John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife had no involvement in their deaths. Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, in a statement released to The Inquirer, said, "At this point in our investigation, we are very confident that the four sons of John and Joyce Sheridan played no role in the death of their mother and father. " John Sheridan, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene of a Sept. 28 fire at the couple's home in Montgomery Township.
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams yesterday charged Philadelphia-area state representatives Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown with bribery, criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest in connection to a grand jury probe into legislators taking envelopes full of cash in exchange for political promises. Waters and Brown, both Democrats, were subjects of a grand jury investigation into the political dealings of various Pennsylvania elected officials that has already taken down some, including Sen. LeAnna Washington and former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes.
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