October 25, 2001 |
The House of Representatives voted yesterday to give the federal government broader law-enforcement powers in a counterterrorism bill that would make it easier for police to eavesdrop on phone conversations, seize voice messages, track e-mail, and obtain certain confidential records. Spurred by the Sept. 11 attacks and the recent anthrax scare, the House voted 357-66 in favor of a wide range of antiterrorism tools titled the USA Patriot Act. Its passage came after weeks of negotiations between the House, the Senate, and the Bush administration, which had requested even broader powers to hunt down terrorists.
May 30, 2010 |
On one end of the line was a reputed soldier with the Lucchese crime family. On the other was a ranking member of a North Jersey faction of the Bloods, one of the country's most violent street gangs. The two men were talking business. And state investigators were listening. The wiretapped conversation from July 2007 is one of hundreds that are part of a racketeering indictment charging 34 reputed underworld figures. More important, it offers a look at what one top New Jersey law enforcement figure has described as a "troubling alliance" - wiseguys and Bloods, outlaws from two different cultures and underworlds coming together to make things happen.
June 5, 2005 |
Camden County's finest have been recognized for meritorious service during the last year by county law enforcement officials. More than 75 police officers received valor and merit awards, citations and letters of commendation during a three-hour-long banquet May 26 at the Coastline Restaurant on Brace Road. But it was a soft-spoken Vietnamese store owner from Camden who received the most thunderous applause from the capacity crowd of about 300. Ngoc V. Le, 28, proprietor of the Camden City Wireless & Fishing Supply, put an end to a Camden rapist's reign of terror.
May 18, 2003 |
In one corner of his living room, lying against a sofa, are portraits of firefighters - battling an enormous orange blaze, rescuing a baby, and, when it's all over, diving into a towel to wipe away the sweat. You can almost feel the heat. Joe Getsinger, a former arson investigator, creates images from fire scenes he has visited and his everyday dealings with firefighters. Once a state trooper, an undercover detective and a police chief, he also paints people in law enforcement.
October 22, 2003 |
For the next few days, Center City should be safer than usual, with more than 15,000 law-enforcement officials from around the world in Philadelphia for the 110th annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Mayor Street welcomed conference attendees yesterday at an afternoon luncheon at the Convention Center, where the event will run through Saturday. Street was one of several big-name guests to greet officers. The chiefs will also welcome U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Gov. Rendell, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller this week.
April 16, 2006 |
One way or the other, it seems, Reggie Beckett was bound to be a public servant. Even during part of a 12-year detour in real estate, the retired police captain still had a vehicle to lend a hand wherever he could as a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men's fraternal benefit society. "I was always involved in the community," Beckett said. "I've always been a guy who has been available. " "That's definitely his spirit," said Msgr. John Frey, his pastor at St. Rose of Lima in Haddon Heights.
April 19, 2006 |
Delaware County law enforcement officials expressed outrage yesterday over a violent video game that pits drug dealers against police. A similar news conference was held in Bucks County in February, shortly after a national petition drive was launched to have the game removed from store shelves. But those efforts have backfired, to some degree. Sales of the game, 25 to Life, have been fueled by the law enforcement protests and online petitions, according to the company that produces it. "Sadly, this is the case," said Bruce Mendelsohn, spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, the organization that mounted the boycott.
March 20, 2000 |
First Assistant Attorney General Paul H. Zoubek told about 100 top South Jersey law enforcement officials yesterday that state and local officials must be "particularly vigilant" in fighting bias and hate crimes. "We will arrest and prosecute those individuals who would dare - who would dare - [commit bias crimes] against their fellow citizens," he said. A last-minute stand-in for state Attorney General John J. Farmer Jr., Zoubek was the keynote speaker at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey's fifth annual Law Appreciation Breakfast.
July 13, 2008 |
A lawyer investigating leaks in the probe of a Poconos casino operator obtained cell-phone records for prosecutors and state police - raising concerns in Pennsylvania's law enforcement community that others could use the same tactics to compromise sensitive investigations. Sprint-Nextel last month handed over the records for the Dauphin County district attorney, his chief deputy, and two troopers assigned to an organized-crime unit without telling the prosecutors or police, according to people with knowledge of the case.
July 22, 1995 |
A Senate committee yesterday explored whether a tolerant management culture allowed a brazenly racist "Good Ol' Boys Roundup" to flourish for 15 years, and allegations surfaced of possible criminal activity at the annual party in the Tennessee hills. During a daylong hearing in which the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was again under the microscope, several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed astonishment that directors of the ATF and the leading federal law enforcement agencies were unaware of the roundup even though it had been held annually since 1980.