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June 4, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission investigators have filed a complaint against an unlicensed electricity supplier that signed up hundreds of commercial customers. The PUC's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement is seeking $89,800 in civil penalties against Fair View Energy L.L.C. It also is seeking refunds of an undisclosed number of fees paid by commercial customers from June 2015 through March 2016. Fair View is based near Erie but has statewide operations. Its website includes a page, showing the Philadelphia skyline, aimed at customers in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey's third-largest public university broke public bidding laws when it purchased a custom conference table shipped from China that ultimately cost nearly a quarter-million dollars, the state comptroller said in a report Wednesday. Officials at Kean University in Union County authorized a Chinese manufacturer to build and ship the 22-person, state-of-the-art table before obtaining approval from the school's board of trustees, according to the comptroller's 19-month investigation.
NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITER martha.woodall@phillynews.com 215-854-2789 @marwooda
The Agora Cyber Charter School missed Friday's deadline to turn over data on attendance, academic performance, and finances to the state Department of Education, as the department had demanded. And what had been a departmental review of the cyber school has become an investigation into the operations of the online school, which has 8,500 students statewide. "There has been concern regarding the accuracy of Agora's records and the timeliness of its reporting," Nicole Reigelman, a spokeswoman for the department, wrote in an email Friday.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police on Thursday were investigating three overnight shootings and the death of a homeless man who appeared to have been beaten. Police said that about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, a 45-year-old homeless man went to an acquaintance's house on the 3200 block of Memphis Street in Port Richmond. The male resident allowed the homeless man to stay for the night and returned to sleep. Then, about 10 a.m. Wednesday, another person staying in the house found the homeless man in the second-floor front bedroom, lying face up on the floor unresponsive, police said.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
The head of Somerset County's forensic unit who was accused in a whistle-blower lawsuit of destroying evidence collected during the death investigation of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan and his wife is scheduled to retire Nov. 1. The retirement of Capt. Lee Niles will be the fourth high-level departure at the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office after the agency was sharply criticized by the Sheridans' four sons for its handling of the case. They have called investigators "incompetent" in part for failing to dust for fingerprints, failing to collect evidence, and failing to fully process the crime scene.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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