June 21, 2014
Philadelphians at long last can hope for an authoritative answer to a disturbing question: Did four of the city's state legislators commit crimes by taking money from a supposed lobbyist seeking favors? The answer, however, will not come from state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who has yet to offer a convincing explanation for her decision to drop an investigation of the officials begun under her predecessors. Rather, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has assigned four seasoned prosecutors to present the case to a grand jury.
June 20, 2014 |
Twenty-six months after an undercover operative allegedly made his last secret payment to a Philadelphia politician, a sting investigation that started and stopped has a renewed life. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Wednesday that he had named a team of four top prosecutors to present the sting evidence to an investigative grand jury. Williams pledged to complete the reborn investigation in "months, not years. " Prosecutors began calling witnesses before the 36-member jury about two weeks ago, his office revealed.
June 18, 2014 |
Friends and relatives recalled Craig Berner - a Moorestown patrolman fatally struck by a truck while off duty - as one of the good guys, who would help even a turtle in need. Berner, a member of the township police department for 26 years, died nearly a year ago on his way to a store when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a pickup truck. Several dozen people gathered Monday evening at Memorial Field on South Church Street for a candlelight vigil to honor Berner and garner support to reopen a criminal investigation into Berner's death.
June 10, 2014 |
FEDERAL investigators yesterday were looking into commercial trucking and other safety issues in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured and comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair , a friend and mentor to Morgan, dead. Kevin Roper , a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Authorities said Roper apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead early Saturday in Cranbury Township and swerved his big rig into the back of Morgan's chauffeured Mercedes limo bus, flipping it over.
June 9, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A review has found no evidence that then-Attorney General Tom Corbett delayed the investigation into serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky for political gain, but it raises questions about the pace of the case, according to three people who have read the report. The report also does not fault prosecutors for taking the case to a grand jury, a step that lengthened the investigation and that critics contended kept Sandusky on the streets, the sources said. But the review does flag the timing of certain decisions prosecutors made, such as searching Sandusky's house two years after the investigation began.
June 8, 2014 |
Carrie Berner keeps a binder filled with more than 1,000 pages of investigative reports she has collected since her husband died on the side of the road in Moorestown less than a year ago. Craig Berner, 52, a Moorestown patrolman for 26 years, was thrown from his motorcycle while off duty and struck by a pickup on a winding stretch of Westfield Road about 10 p.m. July 27. The pickup driver was Detective Sgt. William McGovern of...
May 31, 2014 |
Sure to be remembered as one of television's great accomplishments, HBO's True Detective is on one hand an exciting police procedural and on the other a layered, complex dissertation on the meaning of the American dream in the 21st century. The drama's first, eight-episode season will be released June 10 by HBO Home Entertainment. Created by novelist Nic Pizzolatto ( Galveston ), True Detective is about two Louisiana State Police homicide detectives who embark on a dogged, 17-year search for a serial killer who has a penchant for posing his victims as part of dramatic, painterly scenes.
May 29, 2014 |
Sen. Pat Toomey visited a Montgomery County VFW on Tuesday to rail against leadership lapses that led to the growing Veterans Affairs scandal and to propose his own legislation for rectifying the wrong with service members. Toomey, citing what his spokeswoman said were media reports, said "at least one" Pennsylvania-based VA was among the 26 being investigated by the federal government for delayed appointments. But neither he nor his staff was able to say which VA had been implicated or to detail the claims against it. "I'm not certain which one it is," the Republican senator said at the Willow Grove VFW post, speaking to a room of mostly media and a few veterans.
May 21, 2014 |
TRENTON - Assembly Republicans said Monday that the Legislature should suspend investigative hearings about lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, a day before a panel is set to hear new testimony on the matter. Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R., Union) said legislators should "without a doubt" suspend the hearings, as they relate to discovering why the lanes were closed in September, and instead focus on reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "Let's see what happens with the U.S. Attorney," he said, referring to a separate federal investigation into the lane closures.
May 9, 2014 |
They were mothers, sons, sisters, and cousins, selling drugs in one of Camden's most dangerous neighborhoods, authorities said. The heroin, cocaine, and crack reached into Camden and beyond, spilling into Lindenwold, Gloucester City, and Sicklerville. It was sold out of Sheridan and Liberty Streets. On Wednesday - after three years of investigation - authorities launched what they called the biggest FBI drug takedown in Camden in a decade. They charged 22 people after using wiretaps, confidential informants, and tracking devices hidden on vehicles driven by suspects.