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August 20, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is continuing to investigate a claim by a Democratic National Convention delegate that she was sexually assaulted by a fellow delegate last month. The allegation has drawn national attention after the reported victim contended that Philadelphia authorities had been dismissive of her claim. "The complainant came in and there was a conversation that she had with the head of our unit and he decided there was need for additional investigation," said Cameron Kline, spokesman for the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
August 18, 2016
Pennsylvania's insufferably long and deeply disturbing melodrama, starring beleaguered Attorney General Kathleen Kane as she flailed about with self-inflicted wounds, is finally drawing to a close with her conviction and expected resignation. On Monday, a Montgomery County jury found her guilty on all counts involving a grand jury leak designed to embarrass an enemy. This is a victory for justice in a state where there has been too little. Kane, who was endorsed by the Inquirer in her 2012 election, wisely ended her revenge tragedy by taking the obvious next step of announcing she would step down Wednesday rather than wait for her sentencing in October.
NEWS
August 17, 2016
A 78-year-old woman died after being hit by a vehicle Monday afternoon in Center City, police said. The woman was struck at the intersection of 15th and Locust Streets shortly before 2:30 p.m. She was taken by medics to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:57 p.m. The vehicle remained at the scene and the driver was not arrested, police said. The accident remains under investigation. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
August 13, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Prominent defense attorney Tariq El-Shabazz, who has represented some of the city's most notorious criminals, will join the District Attorney's Office next month as one of Seth Williams' top lieutenants, Williams announced Thursday. El-Shabazz will be named deputy in charge of investigations in September and in December will become Williams' highest-ranking deputy when current first assistant George Mosee retires, Williams said at a news conference. Williams described El-Shabazz as "an unmatched advocate" for developing relationships between the public and law enforcement, and said he looked forward to adding El-Shabazz's perspective to his senior staff.
NEWS
August 9, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Sitting in his office one afternoon last week, Mayor Kenney said all of the praise he had received for a successful first seven months on the job was making him a bit uneasy. "Being Irish, I don't like that," Kenney quipped. "Because then that means something bad is going to happen. " Two days later, the FBI was swarming the home and office of one of Kenney's closest political allies, electrical union leader John Dougherty, in an investigation a source said touches on the union's financial support of Kenney's mayoral campaign.
NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
Days before they died, John and Joyce Sheridan were going about their normal routines. They took a weekend trip to check on their vacation home in Upstate New York. He prepared for a work meeting. She made plans to cook soup with a girlfriend. So why would 72-year-old John Sheridan, Cooper Health System's CEO, suddenly fill with "rage and passion," stab his wife, set their Montgomery Township home on fire, and then take his own life? It was a question posed to one of the Sheridans' sons by a Somerset County investigator seeking explanations for the gruesome and puzzling Sept.
NEWS
August 7, 2016
Authorities seized 81 firearms from the home of a Camden County man arrested Friday for possessing and distributing child pornography, prosecutors said. Around 5:30 a.m., detectives raided the house of George Walker, 34, of the 800 block of Brown Street in Gloucester City, and recovered hard drives and other devices containing child porn videos, prosecutors said. Investigators also found 81 firearms, including six assault-style rifles, about 25 high-capacity magazines, and numerous containers of ammunition.
NEWS
August 6, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Joseph A. Slobodzian, and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
A Philadelphia sheriff's deputy was critically injured Thursday when a structural failure involving a pair of employee elevators shattered the morning with a boom that some feared was a bomb and forced evacuation of the Criminal Justice Center in Center City. According to Mayor Kenney's office, elevator Car 2B, which contained one passenger, rose through the 15th-floor ceiling into the equipment "penthouse," which houses the motors. That dislodged concrete and other debris, which rained down an adjacent shaft onto the roof of Car 1, which was at the basement level with one passenger aboard.
NEWS
August 2, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
His dog was barking, and his wife was worried. So Gerald Sykes, leery of what appeared to be people wandering around his property in Upper Deerfield Township, N.J., about 11:30 p.m. Friday, got out of bed, loaded his shotgun, and walked toward the back of his house, according to Rich Kaser, a longtime family friend. As Sykes took stock of his surroundings near a set of French doors, the 76-year-old was hit by three bullets through the glass, Kaser said. After firing a shell while falling backward, Kaser said, Sykes retreated to the bedroom he shares with his wife in a panic, bleeding, calling 911, and screaming that he was going to die. "He thought they were coming in to get him and his wife," Kaser said.
NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, are investigating a report of a suspicious traffic stop earlier this week involving a man in an unmarked white van. About 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a motorist driving on Church Road in the township's Oreland section saw the white van, displaying "police-style" red and blue lights, stopped on the road, police said. The van appeared to have made a traffic stop of a Nissan Sentra, said Detective Stephen Craig. The passing motorist stopped to observe, then saw the van leave and get onto nearby Route 309, Craig said.
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