September 10, 2014 |
THE LAWYERS WHO filed a class-action lawsuit last month on behalf of homeowners challenging the city's civil-forfeiture program filed a motion yesterday seeking a preliminary injunction. They are asking U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to order the city to suspend its practice of seizing people's homes without giving them any notice or an opportunity to have a hearing before a judge. Lawyers at the Arlington, Va.-based Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, and the Center City-based law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg had filed the suit on behalf of three Philadelphia homeowners against the city, Mayor Nutter, the District Attorney's Office, D.A. Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
August 30, 2014 |
A search of a house in Southwest Philadelphia where police believe three men were held captive and tortured before they were stabbed and tossed into the Schuylkill on Wednesday yielded several pieces of evidence, law enforcement sources said. Police say they are searching for five to six suspects in the brutal abduction, which left two men - brothers originally from Vietnam - dead and the third in critical condition. Law enforcement sources say the brothers were targeted by a Vietnamese drug ring whose members gave them $100,000 to buy drugs but the brothers instead gambled away.
August 29, 2014 |
The two brothers were being held, bound, and beaten in a garage behind a Southwest Philadelphia house when their captors allowed one to make a phone call, law enforcement sources say. They needed $100,000, he told the friend who answered, or they would be killed. Their captors - members of a violent Vietnamese drug crew, law enforcement sources say - had given them the money to buy drugs, but the brothers instead gambled it away at a casino. The friend, a 23-year-old Northern Liberties man originally from Vietnam, said he could muster only $40,000.
August 25, 2014 |
Andrew Tuono's new girlfriend came with a warning. Dating Tiffany Galati, daughter of an auto mechanic with long-held ties to the Philadelphia mob, would one day get him killed, friends advised. That prediction nearly proved prescient last year, with an attack that left Tuono alive, but with three bullets in his gut - and his girlfriend's father accused of ordering the hit. Now, the details of that attempt on Tuono's life, sketched in government court filings this month, offer the latest account of one facet of Ronald Galati's deepening legal morass.
July 26, 2014 |
Along West Diamond Street about noon Thursday, FBI officers laid out hazmat suits and jars of fingerprint dust. The only thing under investigation, however, was whether they could beat the Strawberry Mansion All-Star Baseball League in a softball game. The feds and the young ballplayers have been challenging each other for the last eight summers in an effort to make city children more comfortable around the authorities. "It was really designed to kill the stigma between kids and law enforcement," said Derrick Ford, founder and head of the Strawberry Mansion All-Star Baseball League.
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.
June 30, 2014 |
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.
June 26, 2014 |
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.
June 16, 2014 |
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.
June 7, 2014 |
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.