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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.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116@Lmccrystal
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Monday assailed Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's latest bid to dismiss the criminal case against her, calling frivolous and irrelevant her claim that she is the victim of a selective and vindictive prosecution. In a court filing, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Kane's argument, which they called "yet another chapter in her wearied feud" with former state investigators who they say have no influence on the current case. Kane faces an August trial on perjury and other charges after allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to a Daily News reporter and later lying about it under oath.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
Man robs police-fire credit union in N.E. Anyone brazen enough to rob a police credit union branch should know his image will soon be in the hands of scores of law enforcement officials. And that's exactly what's happened after a heist Saturday afternoon at the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union at 7145 Frankford Ave. in Mayfair. The FBI is asking for help finding the man, who handed over a demand note and robbed the branch Saturday. Surveillance images distributed Monday showed the 35- to 40-year-old white male suspect wearing a blue hat, green shirt and khaki pants.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are investigating a bizarre sequence of car crashes in North Philadelphia early Wednesday, including one that injured two cops. The two plainclothes officers were patrolling in an unmarked pickup truck around 2:15 a.m. They were driving south on Broad Street, near Brown, when a black sedan heading east on Brown hit their vehicle, said Capt. John Wilczynski of the Accident Investigation District. The car did not stop and was last seen traveling south on Broad.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The city's mail center was in "complete disarray," Controller Alan Butkovitz said. Use of overtime had increased while the volume of mail had decreased within a two-year period, according to a report by his office released Wednesday. More than 50 percent of employees were found to have reported late to work during an unscheduled visit by Controller's Office investigators. During that same visit, employees were found "sitting around a table" instead of working, according to Butkovitz.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating the death on Monday of a 2-year-old Bucks County girl who was flown to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with serious injuries the night before. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Tuesday that the child, Athena Wolfe, of Falls Township, had been taken to a local hospital on Sunday "in very bad shape" with "respiratory distress" and suspected bleeding of the brain. She was flown by helicopter to CHOP, where doctors tried to save her. But the toddler was pronounced dead at 6:57 a.m. Monday, he said.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission on Thursday cleared the way for a look into whether Verizon is properly maintaining its plants, lines, and facilities throughout the state. In October, one of two unions now striking Verizon asked the commission to investigate what it described as hazardous conditions - broken poles, sagging cables, and ungrounded cables. Verizon objected, writing that the Communications Workers of America "should not be permitted to commandeer the Commission's enforcement authority to . . . put regulatory pressure . . . as a labor negotiation strategy.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
By Jonathan Blanks Police play a unique role in the community. They possess the awesome power to use violence against an individual to maintain public peace and safety. How police use that power - and how some officers sometimes abuse it - is in the public interest to know. But the Pennsylvania legislature might make it harder to track incidents of potential abuse by officers and, in doing so, may undermine the public's trust in the police who serve it. In November, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved House Bill 1538, which would prevent government officials from releasing the names of officers under investigation for on-duty shootings or uses of force that do not result in criminal charges against the officers.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Some of those who claimed to have seen the shooter described him as being heavier and taller than James Dennis, the man who was convicted. While legal battles raged, Dennis spent more than 20 years on death row. Then, in 2013, a federal judge overturned his conviction in the 1991 slaying of a high school student for her earrings at a Philadelphia subway station. In issuing the ruling, Judge Anita B. Brody described the eyewitness identifications of Dennis as "shaky. " Historically, false identifications have been a bane of criminal investigations.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
In 2014, Kareem Alleyne was acquitted of killing an off-duty Philadelphia police officer by hitting him with his car. On Monday, Alleyne's lawyers told a jury that he never should have been charged with vehicular homicide in the first place. They said police investigators overlooked or downplayed damning evidence against their deceased colleague, including that the officer, Marc Brady, had been stalking and harassing Alleyne for dating his ex-girlfriend. "They had made up their minds," said lawyer Lori Mach.
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