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October 10, 1998 | By Eddie Olsen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An audit announced yesterday by the state Attorney General's Office criticized the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office for the aggressive manner in which it has spent more than $648,000 in forfeiture funds since Andrew N. Yurick took over as prosecutor 21 months ago. The audit did not say the funds were misspent but indicated that Yurick could have been more prudent in "prioritizing law-enforcement needs. " Yurick's spending - on items ranging from bulletproof raincoats to high-tech weapons - has been criticized by county and state officials, including State Sen. Raymond J. Zane (D., Gloucester)
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April 25, 1991 | By ANN RINALDI
America has just won an acknowledged, much-publicized war. And now we find ourselves losing another one. It is the real war, down the street. It is the war we can somehow never bring ourselves to officially declare, properly name, dedicate songs to, form support groups for or rightfully acknowledge. Now it announces itself in the person of Rodney King of Los Angeles, kicked and clubbed by a group of police officers in a glaring police brutality case that has filtered into our living rooms on the television like those beams of light from the spaceship in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
NEWS
August 25, 1989 | By Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
At least eight men founded the Junior Black Mafia in 1985, according to federal, state and local law enforcement sources, and street sources. They have been identified as: James Cole, 35, and his brother, Hayward Cole, 36, convicted drug traffickers who were enforcers in the 1970s for the old Black Mafia, police sources say. Some investigators believe the Coles, whom drug informants refer to as "The Big Bosses," continue to lead the...
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May 15, 1990 | By Robert J. Terry and Michael E. Ruane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Leroy "Bucky" Davis, a former amateur boxer who was the reputed head of the Junior Black Mafia's operations in Southwest Philadelphia, was shot to death early yesterday on the front porch of a JBM safe house in West Philadelphia, authorities said. Davis, 22, wearing a gold and diamond-studded necklace that said "Bucky," was struck four times from a fusillade of gunfire that left the street littered with shell casings and the white brick and stucco house on Creighton Street pocked by bullets.
NEWS
April 11, 1987 | By Michael B. Coakley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Within hours of the discovery of Salvatore Testa's murdered corpse trussed up by the side of a lonely South Jersey road on the morning of Sept. 14, 1984, the theory was on the minds and lips of law enforcement authorities who study the mob: Nicky Scarfo did it. Even given the bloody factional war that had enveloped the Philadelphia mob since the execution of longtime boss Angelo Bruno in March 1980, law enforcement officers viewed the Sal...
NEWS
April 26, 1987 | By Jim Haner, Special to The Inquirer
They were known by such menacing names as "Warlocks," "Pagans" and "Hell's Angels," and they once roamed the eastern seaboard in rumbling packs, their chopped Harley-Davidson motorcycles a source of crude fascination to many they encountered. But then the fascination ended. Stripped of their mystery by a series of coordinated federal, state and local investigations in the early 1980s, several "outlaw motorcycle gangs" were revealed to be that and more. From their ragtag beginnings, they had become highly organized criminal conspiracies whose primary stock in trade was illegal drugs and whose calling cards were violence and intimidation.
NEWS
October 26, 1995 | by Kitty Caparella and Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writers
The massive raid at Graterford state prison earlier this week grabbed the attention of the outside world, but the biggest show of force was the quiet, hurried transfer of a dozen inmates who wielded the real power inside the prison walls. More than the unprecedented raid by 650 state troopers and prison guards, more than the forced retirement of two top prison officials, more than the strip-searches of the 3,490 inmates and the cell-by-cell shakedown for drugs and weapons, the biggest symbol of change was the dethroning of the reputed leader of prison wheeling-and-dealing.
NEWS
August 7, 2005 | By Tom McGurk INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There was a homicide in Gloucester County recently, but a new, energetic 20-student task force was on the case. The crime was a role-playing scenario, but the situation gave summer interns in the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office an interesting and uncommon look into the vast world of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The focus of the four-week program, which ended Friday, ranged from gaining clues and photographs at a crime scene to a criminal trial. Tours of county and federal jails and a mock grand-jury presentation were included.
NEWS
July 8, 2000 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
Divine Providence works in mysterious ways: Anthony "Mad Dog" DiPasquale died the way he lived - violently. The notorious mob extortionist who beat victims with bars, bottles and pipes until they paid up, smashed his car into a tree at 6:45 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 95 in Langhorne, Bucks County. State Trooper Kenneth Wong said DiPasquale, 59, of Washington Crossing, Bucks County, was "so mangled and totally crushed" that he was pronounced dead at the scene. DiPasquale was speeding and changing lanes in the northbound lane before losing control of his 2000 Hyundai north of Exit 29, said Wong, of the Trevose barracks.
NEWS
May 28, 2004
WE CAN see the executives for Coppertone dancing in their offices. A father has been indicted and charged for not putting enough sun-screen on his 12-year-old son. Can a bill outlawing going outside without slathering on a healthy dose of suntan lotion be far behind? Walter McKelvie, of Vineland, now faces 18-months in prison because, according to the indictment, he failed to "apply enough sunscreen causing severe sunburn to" his son, who is only identified as R.M. in court documents.
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July 5, 2014
After he spent a night in jail following a bizarre incident at an Ottawa bar, Flyers captain Claude Giroux issued an apology Thursday. "I regret my actions on Canada Day and sincerely apologize to my fans, teammates, and the Philadelphia Flyers organization for my misguided attempt at humor," Giroux said in a statement. Giroux, 26, was arrested at the bar Tuesday night for allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer repeatedly. Alcohol was believed to be involved. The Ottawa police said no charges would be filed.
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June 30, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Warren Faulk won't forget the little blue shoe. It belonged to Brandon Thompson, 4, who had just been shot dead in front of his mother. On Aug. 4, 2008, Faulk - who spent most of his law career representing newspaper people - had been serving as Camden County prosecutor for all of a month. He left his Cherry Hill dinner table for the scene of an outdoor, broad-daylight gun battle in Camden's Whitman Park section; a shoe like one his grandson wore lay on the pavement, near a pool of blood.
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June 26, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloucester County College began another construction project Tuesday, holding a ceremonial groundbreaking for an expansion to its Law and Justice Education Center. The center houses the school's criminal justice, law enforcement, paralegal, and pre-law degree programs, along with the Gloucester County Police Academy. A 6,500-square-foot expansion will include two new forensic labs and a new classroom, along with renovation of existing space. Currently, 500 students and 3,000 Police Academy cadets use the building each year, the school said.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shots were fired at former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison early Saturday, law enforcement officials said, after a man whose Wynnefield Heights apartment had just been broken into flagged him down for help. No one was injured, police said. The shooting happened in the 4000 block of Ford Road about 3:20 a.m., police said. A resident of an apartment building on that block told police he had been sleeping when he heard someone kicking in the back door of his apartment, then saw two men enter.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The chief financial officer of the region's publicly funded marketing agency, Visit Philadelphia, embezzled $210,000 over five years, but was permitted to resign quietly when she agreed to pay back the money. Joyce Levitt, according to Visit Philadelphia's federal tax forms, left her job in February 2012 after the misuse of funds was discovered. Law enforcement was never notified of the problem with the money. Levitt currently is director of finance at Benefits Data Trust, which, like Visit Philadelphia, is a nonprofit organization.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The investigation into a Main Line high school drug ring began months ago. Police arrested one alleged ringleader in February. But school administrators said this week that they didn't know about the probe until hours before authorities Monday announced the arrests of 11 people and unveiled a cache of seized drugs, cash, and weapons. The admission underscores what has become a frustration among some law enforcement agencies vying to root out networks that peddle to teens: Collaborating with schools during investigations can be difficult - or even counterproductive.
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April 10, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - The sting investigation that caught at least five elected officials on tape accepting cash and gifts was far from dead and should not have been shut down. So said Claude Thomas, the sting's lead investigator, who spoke to The Inquirer on Tuesday about the long-running inquiry that was dropped after state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane took office early last year. Thomas, who worked for the Attorney General's Office for more than 25 years, said the sting was "ripe for continuation upon [Kane's]
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April 10, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia never deemed a sting operation that targeted public corruption as too weak to prosecute, according to District Attorney Seth Williams and law enforcement sources familiar with the brief federal review of the investigation. The sources and Williams say the prosecutors never came to a judgment about the investigation one way or another before the state attorney general asked them to halt their review. Their statements echo a declaration by the Philadelphia office of the FBI, which said it made no judgment about whether the case was suitable for prosecution.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
District Attorney Seth Williams on Tuesday led the first of a series of forums to improve relations between law enforcement and the lesbian and gay community in Philadelphia. The focus of the forum, held at the District Attorney's Office, was safety and crime prevention, but it reflected a trend in law enforcement to better serve and be sensitive to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. The Police Department recently established a policy to be more respectful to people who are transgendered.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | BY BRYAN LENTZ & DENNIS M. O'BRIEN
  IN A YEAR when we will elect a governor, it is worth asking: Does Pennsylvania have a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in all of the state's major cities? Places like Chester, York, Reading and Allentown? Would Pennsylvania stand behind a strategy that has shown that violence can be dramatically reduced when community members and law enforcement join together to directly engage violent street groups and clearly communicate a message against violence? Focused Deterrence is a proven and comprehensive gun-violence reduction strategy developed by criminologist David Kennedy, of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and we believe that it should be a component in the state's overall public-safety policy.
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