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January 23, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
DID ROBERTITO Fontan, who was a cop working undercover, leak information about a drug investigation to a paramour and then lie about it to the feds? Or are the feds after him just because he initially lied about having sex with the woman? Those are questions a federal jury will ponder in a trial that opened yesterday. Fontan, 42, is charged with three counts of making false statements to federal authorities. Fontan's story with the woman, Elizabeth Sanchez, goes back to 2003, when he met her at the Criminal Justice Center.
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January 21, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MELVIN ELLIS was good at keeping secrets. A 35-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, Melvin worked for many years as both a bodyguard and personal investigator for former Mayor W. Wilson Goode. What did he actually do for Goode? That was between him and the mayor. He didn't even tell his wife. He also worked with Sen. Edward Kennedy and Frank Sinatra. What did he do for them? He'd never tell. "That was why he was in such demand," said his wife, the former Suzanne Malseed.
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January 17, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The inspector general of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development emphasized this week that his office is conducting an audit - not an investigation - of New Jersey's use of Sandy relief funds. The clarification came on Tuesday, a day after U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D., N.J.) announced the inspector general was complying with his request to review the matter. The department earmarked $25 million of the $20 billion in New Jersey Sandy aid approved by Congress and the Obama administration for a tourism marketing campaign.
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January 15, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Leaders in the Assembly announced plans Monday for a special investigatory committee with continued subpoena powers to examine an apparent decision by Gov. Christie's aides and appointees to jam traffic on the George Washington Bridge in September. Assembly Speaker-elect Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) and Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald (D., Camden) said they planned to appoint outside counsel to assist the committee, which will include Democrats and Republicans, and will continue to be led by John Wisniewski (D., Middlesex)
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January 14, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
WHEN WE last checked in on disgraced ex-homicide Detective Ron Dove, police were hoping to find a DNA match for a human jawbone that was discovered in November in a weed-infested lot in North Philadelphia. It's still unclear if the identity of the person who had once been attached to that jawbone has been learned. "I don't know if we did find out, but it's all part of the grand jury now, anyway," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Thursday, referring to the city grand jury that has been tasked with untangling Dove's complicated personal life.
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January 14, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A LOCAL grand jury is investigating two high-ranking Philadelphia police officials who allegedly tried to cover up an arrest in 2012. Inspector Aaron Horne and Capt. John McCloskey are the subjects of the probe, law-enforcement sources have told the Daily News . Both men were suspended by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey for 30 days without pay in August 2012 after an Internal Affairs investigation found that the two commanders had tried to erase all traces of a violent encounter in Oak Lane between a pair of patrol officers and the grandson of a retired Philly cop. Ramsey stopped short of firing Horne and McCloskey, telling the People Paper at the time that both were hard workers who had made mistakes.
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January 5, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
This crime could fall into either the "no good deed goes unpunished" or "choose your friends wisely" category. Or both. A Montgomery County family discovered $8,000 to $10,000 worth of silverware and jewelry missing shortly after they evicted an acquaintance who had been living at their home since early November. The thefts, reported Monday, occurred in the 1300 block of Welsh Road, Towamencin Township, according to police. An investigation found that David Robert Danner had allegedly been hocking the stolen goods starting Nov. 9 at a Lansdale pawn shop and received $2,100 for the items, police said.
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January 4, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl on New Year's night in South Philadelphia, blocks away from the Second Street Mummers celebrations. The assault occurred around 9 p.m. on the 100 block of Tree Street, near Wolf Street, said Lt. Anthony McFadden of the Special Victims Unit. The girl told police she had just left a friend's house when a 19-year-old male approached her near some scaffolding at a construction site, McFadden said. The two engaged in conversation, McFadden said, but then neighbors heard screams.
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January 3, 2014 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police officer who was recently reinstated after being fired for misconduct is now under investigation again for allegedly punching her girlfriend in the mouth, causing an injury that needed eight to 10 stitches to close, sources said. Police Internal Affairs detectives are investigating Officer Stacey Wallace, who joined the force in 1995, for domestic assault, police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little confirmed yesterday. Little gave no other details, saying the incident remains under investigation and that Wallace has not been criminally charged.
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December 27, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IT WAS THE day after Christmas, and no creatures were stirring in Marjorie Bamont's East Falls home. It's been nearly two months since Bamont arrived at her three-story Henry Avenue home, the same home where Grace Kelly grew up, to find the Pennsylvania SPCA rounding up her cats as part of an animal cruelty and hoarding investigation. Bamont hasn't seen her beloved cats or her elderly Lhasa apso dog, Maggie, since then, she said, and she sat in her dark, pine-paneled living room yesterday, the cigarette smoke and sadness hanging in the air all around her as she wondered how they all were doing.
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