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October 7, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sgt. William McGovern of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office has had at least six traffic accidents from 1989 through last year, when he fatally struck off-duty Moorestown Officer Craig Berner, motor vehicle records show. In 1989, a Mount Laurel officer reported he suspected McGovern had been drinking before striking another car with his vehicle late one night and leaving the scene. Last year after the accident that killed Berner, according to Moorestown police reports, McGovern left the scene on Westfield Avenue, and three officers documented that he smelled of alcohol when he returned.
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October 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the call center at Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs benefits office, employees pull tarps over their computers when it rains, witness vermin infestations in their workspaces, and watch their breath crystallize and fingernails turn blue in the winter, federal investigators visiting the office this summer found. Doors are unsecured in the converted warehouse, which holds the call center and its 150 employees alongside non-VA offices, raising concerns about the security of veterans' personal information, according to a report from the VA Office of Inspector General.
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October 6, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams, elected in 2011 on promises of openness and accountability, has handed out 38 contracts, some to his political donors, without competitive bidding or other safeguards required by the City Charter. In two years, records show, the Sheriff's Office has signed contracts worth $1.2 million without formal bidding or city Finance and Law Department approval. Payments have come out of proceeds from one of the office's main duties: sheriff's sales. The charter says any contract over $32,000 - a limit adjusted for inflation every five years - must be competitively bid. Contracts under $32,000 must be for one-time services and can't be renewed.
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October 2, 2014 | By Brielle Urciuoli, Inquirer Staff Writer
A quiet neighborhood in Edgewater Park was awakened early Tuesday by the unfamiliar sounds of gunshots. Soon, the tree-lined suburban street, which residents say typically sees no police action, had turned into a crime scene. The shots were fired around 3 a.m. by an off-duty Delanco police officer, Basil Warren, at a man he found inside his personal vehicle, which was parked on the 200 block of Stevenson Avenue, authorities said. In a statement, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Edgewater Park Police Chief Gene J. DiFilippo said the shooting was being investigated.
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September 27, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police officers are the ones who are supposed to do the protecting, the ones with the tough veneers, the ones who are the strongest. But for the third time in less than a month, a police officer in Delaware County has taken his life, sending ripples of concern throughout the law enforcement community. The latest incident occurred Monday, when a Darby Borough police officer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Ridley Park. In the aftermath, police officials said Tuesday that they were taking measures to ensure that officers are aware of the help available to them.
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September 25, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In two years as a patrolman on the streets of North Philadelphia, Officer Edward Mintzer said, he never heard anything like the screams from the little boy who opened the door that night at 3213 Cecil B. Moore Ave. "It was almost unintelligible screaming, animalistic screams," Mintzer told a Common Pleas Court jury Tuesday. Then, Mintzer said, he made out the words: "They got my mom. They got my dad. " Inside the Strawberry Mansion rowhouse, just before 3:30 a.m. on March 5, 2012, the cause of the boy's screaming was clear.
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September 21, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mistrial was declared Friday in the case against former Philadelphia Police Officer Gerold Gibson, accused of theft and related offenses in a sting operation in which he was videotaped taking money from a staged vehicle. Jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on all charges against Gibson, former son-in-law of Gov. Corbett. Gibson, a narcotics officer, had been suspected of stealing jewelry and clothing from the homes of drug dealers. In January 2013, Gibson was captured on video taking $140 from a car rigged with surveillance cameras during a sting by the police Internal Affairs Division and the FBI. Gibson was charged with theft, obstruction of the administration of the law, and receiving stolen property.
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September 21, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A second top aide to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is leaving. Linda Dale Hoffa, senior executive deputy attorney general, told Kane this week that after two years in Harrisburg, she has decided to return to Philadelphia to be with her family. Her last day is Sept. 30. "It's time to go home," Hoffa wrote in an e-mail to colleagues Friday informing them of her decision. Hoffa, in an e-mail exchange with The Inquirer, said she had promised her family she would return to Philadelphia after spending two years in Harrisburg.
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September 18, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested in connection with an off-duty incident in which authorities say he hit a car driven by a Drexel University student, then threw the student's phone off a bridge when he tried to call 911. Tayon Moore, 31, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, and theft by unlawful taking, all misdemeanors, police said. Law enforcement officials said that at 1:12 a.m. June 24, Moore - who was off duty and driving his mother's Chrysler 300 - rear-ended the student on the 3400 block of Chestnut Street.
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