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May 27, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Convicted criminals and individuals with ties to organized crime have dumped tons of contaminated soil and construction debris near residential areas and waterways in New Jersey in recent years, enabled by gaping loopholes in state regulations, investigators say. The scheme stretches across the state, from Palmyra to Newark, according to the State Commission of Investigation, which held a three-hour hearing on the matter Wednesday at the...
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May 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Police in Bucks County are investigating an alleged road-rage incident Friday at Veterans Highway and New Falls Road in Bristol Township. The complainant told police that he first spotted the shooter, a white man with short, light-brown hair driving a small white sedan, on Veterans just before 11 a.m., the township Police Department said in a news release. The motorist said he was heading north in a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck when the other driver tried to pass him on the shoulder, but could not. When both drivers neared the intersection of New Falls Road, the complainant said, he heard a "pinging" sound, looked in his rearview mirror, and saw the other motorist holding a black handgun, police said.
NEWS
May 12, 2016
The wall of silence surrounding the investigation of the deaths of New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife invited suspicion even in its early days. More than a year and a half later, the first glimpse behind that wall suggests that those suspicions were justified and that nothing short of an independent investigation can resolve them. Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Detective Jeffrey Scozzafava alleges in a lawsuit filed last week that the agency mishandled, ignored, and destroyed evidence and then retaliated when he complained.
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May 7, 2016
A motorist traveling on the Blue Route fired a gun at another man's car Thursday afternoon in Montgomery County, according to State Police. Shortly before 3 p.m., a man fired one shot at the victim's car, striking the front passenger door, while both vehicles were traveling north on Instate 476 in West Conshohocken. The target, described only as a 26-year-old man, was not hurt. Cpl. William Slayton told reporters that investigators believed the shooting was sparked by road rage.
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May 5, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
A splintered Hershey Trust board that controls one of the nation's richest charities has spent $3.6 million on legal fees to investigate claims of possible wrongdoing by its own members, according to an internal letter from the board's chief compliance officer, Marc A. Woolley, and now-fired executive John Estey. In the last year, the board hired lawyers to probe whether two members engaged in insider trading of Hershey Co. stock. They did not, Zuckerman Spaeder L.L.C. and others found at a cost of $3 million, the letter said.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
Man robs police-fire credit union in N.E. Anyone brazen enough to rob a police credit union branch should know his image will soon be in the hands of scores of law enforcement officials. And that's exactly what's happened after a heist Saturday afternoon at the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union at 7145 Frankford Ave. in Mayfair. The FBI is asking for help finding the man, who handed over a demand note and robbed the branch Saturday. Surveillance images distributed Monday showed the 35- to 40-year-old white male suspect wearing a blue hat, green shirt and khaki pants.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116@Lmccrystal
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Monday assailed Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's latest bid to dismiss the criminal case against her, calling frivolous and irrelevant her claim that she is the victim of a selective and vindictive prosecution. In a court filing, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Kane's argument, which they called "yet another chapter in her wearied feud" with former state investigators who they say have no influence on the current case. Kane faces an August trial on perjury and other charges after allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to a Daily News reporter and later lying about it under oath.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are investigating a bizarre sequence of car crashes in North Philadelphia early Wednesday, including one that injured two cops. The two plainclothes officers were patrolling in an unmarked pickup truck around 2:15 a.m. They were driving south on Broad Street, near Brown, when a black sedan heading east on Brown hit their vehicle, said Capt. John Wilczynski of the Accident Investigation District. The car did not stop and was last seen traveling south on Broad.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The city's mail center was in "complete disarray," Controller Alan Butkovitz said. Use of overtime had increased while the volume of mail had decreased within a two-year period, according to a report by his office released Wednesday. More than 50 percent of employees were found to have reported late to work during an unscheduled visit by Controller's Office investigators. During that same visit, employees were found "sitting around a table" instead of working, according to Butkovitz.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating the death on Monday of a 2-year-old Bucks County girl who was flown to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with serious injuries the night before. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Tuesday that the child, Athena Wolfe, of Falls Township, had been taken to a local hospital on Sunday "in very bad shape" with "respiratory distress" and suspected bleeding of the brain. She was flown by helicopter to CHOP, where doctors tried to save her. But the toddler was pronounced dead at 6:57 a.m. Monday, he said.
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