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November 8, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day after police announced that a 3-year-old boy had been beaten to death in his family's mobile home, the school district of his 6-year-old brother announced it was conducting an internal investigation into the older boy's two-week absence from class. Cathy Taschner, superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District, said, "At this time, there is no indication that there were any signs of abuse. " Police said they were interviewing school administrators. The district employs a home-school visitor who checks on students who are repeatedly absent, Taschner said in a statement Friday.
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November 2, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Only two people are known to have witnessed off-duty Moorestown Police Officer Craig Berner lose control of his motorcycle as the pickup truck approached. One of them is Patrolman Berner, who's dead. The other is Sgt. William McGovern, the off-duty Burlington County detective who ran over Berner on a dark stretch of Westfield Road in Moorestown. McGovern isn't talking, and an investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office was concluded without any criminal charges being filed.
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November 2, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
MILFORD, Pa. - "Rot in hell. " "You're a coward. " Those were among the taunts from the crowd as Eric Frein, the accused killer of a state trooper, was led from a district court by a phalanx of police officers after he was arraigned on murder charges. As 150 or so looked on Friday, the man who had eluded more than 1,000 law enforcement officers for almost seven weeks in the Poconos woods was marched to the rear of the 19th-century building and taken to the Pike County Correctional Facility, where he was being held without bail.
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November 2, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sexually inappropriate pictures circulated by students at Neshaminy High School prompted a police investigation Friday, authorities said. School officials and law enforcement were still determining whether any students were depicted in the pictures and how widely the pictures were shared. "It's a large number of students," district spokesman Chris Stanley said Friday night. "It's not just one or two. " He estimated that as many as 20 students among the school's 2,540 could have received the pictures, but said it was possible the investigation could reveal the number was more or less.
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November 1, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Barbara Boyer, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The sons of Cooper University Health System chief executive John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, have hired a nationally known pathologist to assist them as forensic tests are conducted in the investigation into their parents' deaths. The recruitment of Michael Baden - once called to offer professional expertise by the defense in the O.J. Simpson murder trial - is the latest development in a month-old case marked by little public information. In a statement released to The Inquirer on Thursday, the four Sheridan sons said "no one is more eager for answers than the family," and they confirmed they had hired Baden "to help them understand the information obtained from the forensic investigation.
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October 30, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - During a raucous special meeting Tuesday, Pennsylvania State University trustees defeated a resolution to reopen the controversial investigation into how school leaders handled the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. The proposal, introduced by alumni-backed trustees who for more than a year have been pushing the board to act - and preferably reject - the damning findings of former FBI Director Louis Freeh, won the support of only nine of the 26 board members who voted.
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October 28, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of Autumn Pasquale, the Clayton, Gloucester County, girl killed days shy of her 13th birthday, have filed a lawsuit claiming her death could have been avoided if the investigation into her abduction had been properly handled. The lawsuit was filed last week in Gloucester County against several townships that aided in the investigation as well as against the county Prosecutor's Office, said Gregg Zeff, the Mount Laurel lawyer who represents the girl's estate. "They didn't do the appropriate perimeter search," Zeff said Sunday.
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October 28, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
With his sudden retirement Monday, former state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery did more than end his tenure on the high court. He also shut down an ethics investigation with the potential to strip him of his lucrative state pension. In exchange for his ouster, his colleagues on the court agreed to drop their order that the state Judicial Conduct Board say within 30 days whether there was evidence to bring misconduct charges against him. That board had launched its own investigation of McCaffery even before the high court issued its order.
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October 22, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police Monday were investigating a North Philadelphia home invasion in which several Temple University students were tied up and robbed at gunpoint. Police said that around 7:30 Sunday night, two men followed a 20-year-old student into his house on the 1900 block of North 18th Street and robbed him and several students inside: a 19-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man, and four 18 year-old women. At least six people were bound with zip ties, police said. The 20-year-old student was pistol-whipped in the head and later was treated for minor injuries at Hahnemann University Hospital.
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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.
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