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January 24, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
By tracking their customers' purchases of burritos, purses, and camping equipment, two former Capital One employees made a stock market killing - nearly $1 million a year. The only problem, U.S. securities regulators say, is that the unusual scheme devised by the credit-card company's fraud investigators broke federal insider-trading rules. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit this week against Bonan Huang, a 32-year-old Chinese national residing in Glen Allen, Va., and Nuan Huang, 36, of Richmond, Va., both of whom have since lost their jobs.
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January 18, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The demolition contractor charged in the deadly 2013 collapse of a Center City building wants access to the files of all of the city agencies that opened inquiries into the catastrophe. But a Common Pleas Court judge ruled Friday that he should not expect to get those documents from prosecutors. Judge Glenn B. Bronson said prosecutors had no obligation to share investigative material produced by agencies other than law enforcement, such as the mayor's office, under pretrial evidence-sharing rules.
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January 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James A. McGovern, 91, of Lower Gwynedd, a former investigator in the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, died Friday, Jan. 2, of lung cancer at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. Mr. McGovern served as an investigator for the Philadelphia medical examiner, and later for the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office. He was called Feb. 26, 1957, when the body of a boy aged 4 to 6 was found in a discarded bassinet carton on Susquehanna Road between Pine and Verree Roads in Fox Chase.
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January 9, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ANOTHER FORMER Philadelphia principal has been snared in an investigation into wide-spreading cheating on standardized tests. Lolamarie Davis-O'Rourke, 43, of Williamstown, N.J., was arrested yesterday for allegedly tampering with the tests while she was principal of Locke Elementary School in West Philadelphia from 2009 to 2012, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced yesterday. Davis-O'Rourke is the fourth principal and eighth educator overall to be arrested in connection with the probe.
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January 1, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The investigation into a series of rapes in Pennypack Park was years old, and still open, when a man named Robert Palen was arrested in Wisconsin late last year. The 38-year-old, born and raised in Philadelphia, had lived near the park, where three women said they had been abducted, beaten, and raped by a man driving a white work van, in 2010 and 2011. But DNA evidence - found in just one of the cases - never turned up a match, and the trail had grown cold by December 2013, when Palen was arrested and accused of beating, strangling, and raping a Madison, Wis., woman in her home.
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December 29, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Angelo Fichera, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
Three months after the investigation into the violent deaths of John and Joyce Sheridan began, key details of the case remain unexplained, and authorities have continued to interview people who knew the couple. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, the lead agency handling the case, has not said who or what led to the deaths 91 days ago of the Sheridans - John, Cooper Health System's chief executive, and Joyce, a retired teacher. Nor has it said who set the fire in the couple's master bedroom, where the pair were found with stab wounds.
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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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