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December 28, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Douglas Culbreth, 73, of Upper Roxborough, a retired Philadelphia police detective who investigated the 1981 fatal shooting of Officer Daniel Faulkner by Mumia Abu-Jamal and remained a firm believer in Abu-Jamal's guilt, died Friday, Dec. 26. He suffered an apparent heart attack, said Aisha Perry, a family friend. He had fallen ill at home and was taken to Roxborough Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Culbreth, a Vietnam War veteran, also served as an investigator for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he worked for 18 years until his death.
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December 25, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
If Bradley Stone's capacity for violence existed before last week, he apparently kept it well-hidden. In the past year, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Tuesday, Stone raised no red flags in 22 court appearances and 17 visits or contacts with probation officers, lied about having guns, and convinced a military psychiatrist that he wasn't homicidal or suicidal. Last Monday, he proved it all wrong. In about 90 minutes, officials said, Stone shot, slashed, and chopped to death his ex-wife and five of her relatives, according to newly released autopsy details.
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December 19, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Paul Fishman, acknowledged Wednesday a need to finish his office's investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures as quickly as possible, though he would not say how long that might take. Asked by WNYC Radio's Brian Lehrer whether, with Christie considering a run for president in 2016, Fishman should "indict or clear before too long," Fishman said: "The answer to that question, of course, is yes. " "We try to move every investigation we have as fast as we possibly can, because if people know they're being investigated, that's always what we owe people," he said.
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December 19, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A CITY PARAMEDIC found himself at the center of a firestorm yesterday after he allegedly posted an anti-cop message on social media, along with a photo of two men pointing guns at a police officer's head. The message allegedly posted by a paramedic, identified by sources as Marcell Salters, read: "Our real enemy. Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that's legally killing innocents. " It was first reported by Fox 29's Chris O'Connell Wednesday night, igniting the controversy.
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December 18, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams yesterday charged Philadelphia-area state representatives Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown with bribery, criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest in connection to a grand jury probe into legislators taking envelopes full of cash in exchange for political promises. Waters and Brown, both Democrats, were subjects of a grand jury investigation into the political dealings of various Pennsylvania elected officials that has already taken down some, including Sen. LeAnna Washington and former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes.
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December 16, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The investigation continues into a blaze that claimed the life of a 62-year-old grandmother in Lower Chichester on Saturday and left her son-in-law and three grandchildren hospitalized. Ryan Fuller, chief of the Lower Chichester Volunteer Fire Department in Linwood, said the investigation had been turned over to the state police fire marshal in Media. The communications officer could not be reached for comment Sunday. The Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office has not issued a cause of death.
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December 3, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE MANAYUNK PUB where college student Shane Montgomery was last seen before he mysteriously disappeared early Thanksgiving morning added an additional $10,000 reward yesterday for any information leading to the 21-year-old Roxborough man. Kildare's Irish Pub, on Main Street near Conarroe, brought to $25,000 the total reward offered to find Montgomery, a liberal-arts major at West Chester University who was home for the holiday at the time of...
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December 2, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A violent weekend on city streets had police on Sunday investigating three homicides and a possible fourth. Officers responded just after 2:30 a.m. to a house on the 2900 block of Edgely Street in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city to find a 35-year-old man shot to death outside a party. Responding to a 911 report of a man with a gun, officers arrived to find dozens of people fleeing the house in panic. The victim, found in an alley behind the house, had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
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December 2, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The FBI task force that helped find and rescue Philadelphia kidnap victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither has joined the search for missing college student Shane Montgomery. As agents began reinterviewing witnesses in the Manayunk area Sunday, a police marine unit ended its inch-by-inch search in the frigid Manayunk Canal, failing to turn up any trace of Montgomery. The marine unit may next begin searching the nearby Schuylkill. Montgomery's mother, Karen, said she felt bittersweet relief that her son had not been found in the murky canal.
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November 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The live-in caregiver of an elderly East Frankford woman was being held on assault charges after the woman in her care was found starving, covered in filth, and suffering from festering, maggot-infested sores. She later died in what city prosecutors Monday called one of the most horrific cases of elder abuse their office has ever seen, and prosecutors are now weighing a murder charge. Plane Paciunas, 89, died Nov. 15, about a week after she was found "barely alive" in her living room, wrapped in a quilt on a bed covered with trash bags, prosecutors said in an interview Monday.
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