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June 29, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WARNING: The above video contains language some would find inappropriate. A SEPTA TRANSIT Police officer is being investigated by Internal Affairs for a physical altercation with a man holding a toddler on the El, authorities said. The confrontation, which was captured on cellphone video and posted on Facebook, occurred about 5 p.m. Thursday on the Market-Frankford line. SEPTA police said the man boarded the train at the Margaret-Orthodox station without paying his fare. Surveillance video released yesterday by SEPTA shows the following chain of events: The first officer boards the train at Erie-Torresdale and begins a conversation with the man, who is seated holding a little girl.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
NEWS
June 3, 2015
Chester Police are investigating the city's eighth homicide of the year. On Sunday night at 9:46 p.m., police were called to the area of Third and Engle Streets near PPL Park for a shooting. They found a 33-year-old man lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene and has not yet been identified. According to police, the man was ambushed by an unidentified person as he stepped out of a car. On Thursday, one man was killed and three others wounded during a shooting two blocks away from the latest incident.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families is reportedly under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reported bought a 14th-century castle in Umbria at an artficially low price with the intention of reselling it for a profit a full market value. "The alleged scam would have netted a profit" of about $4.4 million, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was probably inevitable. The defense lawyer for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, a Philadelphia legislator arrested in the sting corruption case, is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed, saying she was targeted for prosecution because she is African American. To make his case, the lawyer cites Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's repeated statements that the case may have been tainted by racial prejudice. "The elected attorney general of this Commonwealth declined to prosecute this matter," lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. wrote in a legal brief filed this month.
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police were seeking the public's help in getting information about a young couple who might have dropped a baby off a railway bridge Friday morning in Southwest Philadelphia. After an exhaustive search, no baby had been found as of late Friday, but police were still investigating. "We're hopeful it didn't happen," said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives, though he added that enough people had reported sightings that "it's possible it did happen. " The first report came from a 24-year-old woman from the neighborhood, who was driving north on the 68th Street bridge over freight-train tracks near Kingsessing Avenue about 11 a.m. Friday.
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
A projectile might have struck the windshield of Amtrak Train 188, just minutes before the train crashed Tuesday night, and investigators said Friday that they had called in the FBI to analyze the damage. Officials at the National Transportation Safety Board could not say whether engineer Brandon Bostian had been struck or incapacitated by a projectile. The surprising revelation at a news conference Friday night significantly expands the scope of the crash investigation beyond either mechanical failure or operator responsibility.
NEWS
May 6, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Alexa McClintic noticed the white car just after she crossed South Park Drive, as she was stepping onto the curb near the Cooper River Yacht Club. It was about 2:40 p.m. April 22; the Collingswood Middle School student was planning to sit by the water in Cooper River Park and write in her journal. She often goes there with her sketchbook as well. "The car was coming pretty fast and didn't beep or anything," Alexa, 12, says softly. "I don't actually remember what happened when it hit me. "I blacked out, and when I woke up, there were people all around, asking me my name and when I was born.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Federal prosecutors have closed an investigation into claims that officials in Gov. Christie's administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief money from Hoboken if the mayor did not approve a private redevelopment deal. In a letter dated Friday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A. Murphy said prosecutors and the FBI had investigated the allegations. "Based on the evidence developed during the investigation and our review of the applicable law, we have concluded that no further action is warranted in this matter," they wrote.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says her office will investigate why state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired a top lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury investigating whether Kane leaked confidential documents. In a statement Tuesday, Ferman said she would fold that inquiry into her office's ongoing review of whether Kane leaked information to the Philadelphia Daily News last year in a bid to embarrass her critics. "These inquiries will be conducted using standards and procedures that reflect an ethical prosecutor's responsibilities as a minister of justice," Ferman said.
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