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ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE hates to lead with stories we can't have any fun with, but this Stephen Collins story is too twisted . . . and creepy. The 67-year-old "7th Heaven" star (and he played a reverend) is under investigation in New York for sexually abusing children. According to TMZ.com, New York police are reviewing an audiotape made by Collins' estranged wife, Faye Grant , during a therapy session, in which the actor mentions two underage victims in New York and one in L.A. "There is a formal complaint on file and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad," a NYPD statement said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Collins under investigation Actor Stephen Collins , best known as the Rev. Eric Camden on the WB's long-running family show 7th Heaven , is being investigated by New York City police on suspicion of child molestation, Fox News and Variety report. "There is a formal complaint on file and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad," an unnamed law enforcement official told Fox News. Amid news reports Tuesday that he admitted on tape to molesting three children, Collins withdrew from his costarring role in the comedy Ted 2 (Variety says he was fired)
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the call center at Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs benefits office, employees pull tarps over their computers when it rains, witness vermin infestations in their workspaces, and watch their breath crystallize and fingernails turn blue in the winter, federal investigators visiting the office this summer found. Doors are unsecured in the converted warehouse, which holds the call center and its 150 employees alongside non-VA offices, raising concerns about the security of veterans' personal information, according to a report from the VA Office of Inspector General.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Police investigators continued Tuesday to comb through ashes and scorch marks left in a parking lot where an SUV belonging to a rabbi was torched last Wednesday night after he parked it before conducting Rosh Hashanah services at the adjacent Rodef Sholom Orthodox Synagogue. Rabbi David Kushner said that while it was unclear whether the case was specifically a hate crime, it is being investigated as a "suspicious" fire by police. Police declined to comment on the case and have not released an official report on it. "Until the police finish their investigation, it is impossible to know what the motive was, what was going through somebody's mind," said Kushner, of Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section, who recently became Rodef Sholom's rabbi.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old student at the University of Pennsylvania who was found dead late Sunday in an off-campus rooming house. Amanda Hu, a sophomore biochemistry major from near Charlotte, N.C., was found unresponsive shortly before 11:30 p.m. in her second-floor bedroom in the 4000 block of Sansom Street, police said Monday. Though there were signs that her death was a suicide, the case was being investigated by homicide detectives. There was blood spatter on a wall next to Hu, who had been bleeding from the nose and mouth, police said.
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
September 28, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
Authorities arrested 35 people Friday in what prosecutors called a takedown of a drug-trafficking organization that they believe has contributed to an alarming spike in homicides this year in Chester. From stash houses scattered throughout the streets, dealers hid their products in playgrounds, mailboxes, and trash cans, investigators said, and sold them across Chester, including near the campuses of Widener University and the Frederick Douglass Christian School. Officials said the organization had long held the city's east side in a "choke hold.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday that the department has concluded its investigation into a Center City assault that left a gay couple seriously injured - and that the District Attorney's Office is now reviewing the case. "We feel that there is sufficient evidence to have charges placed against some of the individuals there," Ramsey said in an interview. As prosecutors review differing accounts of the Sept. 11 incident, the case has spurred calls for changes to the state's hate-crime statute, which does not cover crimes motivated by sexual orientation.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
Police spokeswoman Officer Jillian Russell said special-victims investigators found no evidence of physical or sexual assault, and the girl doesn't recall any assault. Instead, they suspect she had "some medical issue" that made her collapse unconscious in the park as she walked in the area, Russell said. A man walking on the sidewalk along the northbound lanes of Roosevelt Boulevard near Brous Avenue about 7:45 p.m. spotted the girl, who was wearing a school uniform, lying unconscious in brush about three feet inside a guardrail, police said.
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