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February 3, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Reading's former city council president was ordered Monday to serve two years in prison, becoming the first public official sentenced as part of a bribery investigation that has also implicated mayors in two Pennsylvania cities. Francisco Acosta, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in August, admitting that he accepted a $1,800 bribe meant to buy his support to repeal the city's anticorruption ordinance, which put caps on political contributions and barred government contractors from donating to campaigns.
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January 26, 2016 | By JULIA TERRUSO, Staff Writer
FORMER PHILADELPHIA Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will return to his roots to advise the Chicago Police Department and help guide civil rights reforms in the embattled department. It's the third position Ramsey has taken on since retiring from the Philadelphia Police Department in December. Ramsey is also a consultant with the Wilmington police department and, as of Jan. 25, took on a two-year appointment at Drexel as a guest lecturer and adviser to the school's criminal justice department.
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January 22, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, Staff Writer
Federal regulators have launched an investigation into a Montgomery County farm accused by animal rights activists of mistreating animals it breeds for pet stores. Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said the agency began investigating Holmes Chinchilla Ranch of Douglass Township last month for possible violations of animal welfare laws. Holmes, which breeds hamsters and other small animals, came under scrutiny after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released videos and testimony alleging improper treatment and deaths at the farm.
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January 15, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that federal agents are investigating last week's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer as a terrorist attack. His comments marked the first time investigators have publicly characterized the Thursday shooting of Officer Jesse Hartnett by a man pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, as a potential act of terror. Federal and local authorities said Comey's statement did not signal a shift in their investigation, which has focused on the possibility of a terror link from the start.
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January 13, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local authorities are continuing to investigate a tipster's claim that Edward Archer, the man charged in the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, was part of a small group of men with radical beliefs, officials said Monday. Homicide Capt. James Clark said that after a weekend of investigating, authorities have been unable to substantiate the tip, delivered to police by a woman who warned that "the threat to police is not over," and said Archer was associated with a group of three other men more radical than he. "We're investigating it, but we haven't found anything yet," Clark said.
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January 1, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with a 2004 sexual attack on a former Temple University employee - capping a year in which similar claims from dozens of women left the entertainer's career and reputation in tatters. The case, unveiled by Montgomery County authorities after a five-month investigation, constitutes the first attempt to prosecute the television icon once celebrated as "America's Dad. " It also sets the stage for what is all but certain to be a blockbuster trial that could send Cosby, 78, to prison for a decade.
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December 30, 2015 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
A pedestrian was fatally hit by a car on Roosevelt Boulevard early Monday morning. Philadelphia police said the 48-year-old man was struck near Harbison Avenue at about 5:40 a.m. Preliminary information indicated the man was trying to cross the road when he was hit, police said. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, who remained at the scene, wasn't injured, police said, adding no other vehicles were involved. No charges had been filed against the driver as of Monday afternoon and police said the initial investigation indicated he was not impaired at the time of the crash.
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December 30, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A former Pennsylvania investigator whose defamation claims against Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane were thrown out this year will have an opportunity to reargue his case before a state appellate court. Commonwealth Court is scheduled to reconsider next year the suit brought by Claude Thomas, who served as lead detective on an aborted sting operation that caught Philadelphia elected officials on tape pocketing purported bribes. His lawyer, Mark Sereni, in a statement Monday, claimed the appellate court's review was a win in and of itself.
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December 30, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
A Marine sergeant whose unexplained disappearance shortly before Christmas prompted an extensive search of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst was found dead Saturday, the base reported. Sgt. Tristan Clinger's body was found "in the ranges of the installation," a spokeswoman said Monday, adding that the cause of death was under investigation. He was 28. The spokeswoman, Staff Sgt. Katherine Tereyama, declined to identify the cause of death because of the investigation. On Dec. 20, Clinger's wife reported to police that her husband, a mechanic with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 722, had walked off the base about 4 p.m. and had not returned.
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