June 10, 2013 |
Everything seemed to be going as planned when Matthew Royer texted his mother from Rhode Island on May 16 to say he was on his way home to Skippack Township. When the 21-year-old didn't show up for a summer job, law enforcement authorities were contacted and a search was launched that included a Pennsylvania state police helicopter. About a week later, the search ended with a shrug when police indicated that Royer and his parents were reunited and that Royer had voluntarily gone missing.
June 8, 2013 |
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has asked an investigative grand jury to look into the death of Julia Papazian Law, the paralegal whose body was found facedown in a bathtub the apartment of her boss, criminal defense lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams, would say nothing more than to confirm the request for the grand jury's involvement, which was first reported by KYW-Radio....
June 7, 2013
By Jerry Buckley Within three weeks of starting as chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA, I was deeply involved in the tragic cases of Hercules and Chloe, dogs who were set on fire and severely burned. When Hercules was found in North Philadelphia, the pit bull puppy was more flesh than fur, suffering from burns covering more than 75 percent of his body. Chloe died after being doused with accelerant and set aflame. This heartbreaking on-the-job training showed me exactly what I would need to know to help the countless vulnerable and voiceless animals entrusted to our care.
June 1, 2013 |
A rash of heroin overdoses has Camden law enforcement authorities worried that drug users may be at risk from unusually potent drugs. Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported Friday night that three people experienced overdoses from midnight into the early morning hours Friday. All three survived. One man appeared to have overdosed twice. While investigating the overdoses, Camden County police charged Shadid Fauntleroy, 24, of Berkley Street, with possession, distribution, and other drug offenses.
May 31, 2013 |
Julia Papazian Law probably drowned in a bathtub, perhaps after a seizure, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation. The tentative finding may sweep aside some of the speculation surrounding the death of the 26-year-old paralegal, found facedown Saturday morning in the Center City apartment belonging to her boss, defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. No drugs or alcohol were found at the scene, the room was undisturbed, and the liquor closet was closed, the officials said.
May 30, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors charged seven men with a massive online money-laundering operation that for years offered a way for drug traffickers, child pornographers, and others in the criminal underworld to move cash around the world quickly, officials said Tuesday. The network, run by a Costa Rican company called Liberty Reserve, processed at least $6 billion for more than a million clients, including 200,000 in the United States. Federal officials accused the company's founder, Arthur Budovsky, of setting up a "bank of choice" for criminals that became one of the largest laundering operations in history.
May 24, 2013 |
A Chechen man linked to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was shot and killed early Wednesday in an unusual encounter with the FBI and other law enforcement officers in his apartment in Orlando, Fla. According to federal officials, the man was being interviewed about whether he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the bombing suspects, were connected to a two-year-old triple slaying when he attacked an FBI agent and was shot and killed....
May 19, 2013
Reserving a larger defense role The current guidance from the Defense Department is that the United States will no longer conduct long-term stability operations, despite 50 years of doing so in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Vietnam, and Korea. Presently, we are said to be "pivoting" to the Pacific Rim, needing to maintain a large military presence to defend that area. Given our precarious economy and exploding debt, the nation must find a way to provide an adequate land force at a sustainable cost.
May 19, 2013 |
Just as the Internet made Caleb "Kai" Lawrence McGillvary a cyber celebrity, viral news of him as a fugitive - wanted in the slaying of a North Jersey lawyer - led to his capture, law enforcement agencies said in interviews Friday. And while McGillvary, "the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker," lived large for months as a YouTube sensation, he looked slight and dazed Friday night as he heard the fugitive charge against him read on closed-circuit TV. Arraigned about 5 p.m. in Philadelphia before Magistrate Sheila M. Bedford, McGillvary responded, "I hear you," after she asked if he understood the charge.
May 18, 2013 |
A relative of a boy who disappeared in 1972 from an orphanage outing in Burlington County has come forward to help investigators solve the cold case. It is the latest development in a 41-year-old mystery that has inspired a network of law enforcement officers using the latest technology to find Steven Soden, then 16, and his friend, Donald Caldwell, 12. This week, authorities announced that DNA samples from four bones found with a sneaker at Bass River State Park matched DNA from Soden's relatives.