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February 7, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf said Thursday he was forming a new state office aimed at identifying hundreds of millions in savings as a way to trim a multibillion-dollar budget deficit. "This is not about cutting," the new governor said, "it's about doing what we do more efficiently. " Wolf, in his first formal Capitol news conference since being sworn in last month, said he expects to introduce details of the office in the coming weeks. The executive order he signed Thursday creating the Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization, and Efficiency came with a directive to state agencies to immediately identify a total of $150 million in potential savings.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The fate of the state's former open records officer will remain unresolved for at least another month. After a hearing in Commonwealth Court, lawyers for Gov. Wolf and Erik Arneson, the newly appointed open records officer he fired last month, reached an agreement Wednesday to withdraw a request that Arneson be reinstated. But their dispute over Wolf's authority to fire Arneson lingers. The full Commonwealth Court will hear the case March 11. Matthew Haverstick, an attorney for Senate Republicans, said he was pleased with the temporary solution and looked forward to airing their side before the seven-member bench.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Colwyn Borough police officer who was entangled in scandal when he Tasered a teenager in 2012 has been charged with falsely claiming he is still a Colwyn officer. Trevor Parham, 42, of Yeadon, was arraigned this week on charges of impersonating a public official. He was stopped for speeding in Lower Merion in October, according to a police affidavit, and told the officer he was a Colwyn officer. Parham was acquitted of criminal charges in 2012 for Tasering a 16-year-old boy shackled to a bench in a holding cell, in a case that drew attention to the small Delaware County borough's police department.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the trial of a Washington Township police officer who arrested an assemblyman on suspicion of drunken driving opened Wednesday, attention was focused on the events of July 31, 2012. That's when Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura pulled over Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (D., Gloucester), initiating a high-profile controversy with political undertones. DiBuonaventura faces 14 charges - including official misconduct and tampering with records - relating to the arrest, which began when he stopped Moriarty's blue Nissan Murano (with identifiable legislative license plates)
NEWS
February 5, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry A. Altersitz, 68, of West Deptford, a Vietnam veteran who was a career field artillery officer in the New Jersey Army National Guard and Army Reserve, died of a heart attack at his home on Sunday, Feb. 1. After a 28-year career, he retired from the military in 1997 as a lieutenant colonel in the Reserve, and was currently senior vice commander of the New Jersey Department of the Jewish War Veterans (JWV). Bernie Epworth, state JWV commander in 2009-10, said Mr. Altersitz was to become state commander July 1. "He was very active in supporting education for these returning veterans," Epworth said.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Westville man accused of dragging a New Jersey state trooper with his car and plowing into a State Police captain's vehicle was found guilty Friday of aggravated assault and other charges relating to the 2012 incident, during which he eluded arrest even amid gunfire. Daren J. Rebel, 22, was found guilty of four charges by a jury in Gloucester County Superior Court, according to the state Attorney General's Office. One of the charges - second-degree aggravated assault - carries a prison sentence of five to 10 years.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Longtime Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery has new duties as he returns from a five-month medical leave of absence. Montgomery now will serve in the position of team chairman while Pat Gillick continues as president, the team said Wednesday. The front-office shake-up could pave the way for another new team president in the next year or two. Gillick, the architect of the 2008 world championship team, said Wednesday night in a telephone interview that he doesn't see himself in the position two or three years from now but "definitely" at least through this baseball season.
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES will hold their first workout of the 2015 season in Clearwater, Fla., 3 weeks from today. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would still like to make some changes before he descends to Florida. Perhaps it will be easier now that the uncertainty at the upper levels of the front office have been resolved. Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies announced that David Montgomery has returned from a 5-month medical leave - but not in his former role as club president. Montgomery, who had surgery to remove cancer from his jaw in May, will take over duties as chairman of the team.
NEWS
January 27, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia police officers were injured by suspected drunk drivers in separate crashes over the weekend. One officer was injured early Sunday when his parked police vehicle was rear-ended by a car on North 52d Street near Market Street in West Philadelphia. The accident followed a similar one early Saturday in which an officer was injured when a vehicle slammed into his squad car on Broad Street near Tioga Street in North Philadelphia. The officer, assigned to a construction detail Saturday, was blocking traffic with his vehicle at 1:40 a.m. when it was struck by a 2004 Nissan traveling south on Broad Street.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - When Democrat Tom Wolf took office as Pennsylvania's new governor Tuesday, he pledged bipartisan cooperation with the GOP-led legislature. But less than 48 hours into his administration, he dropped a bombshell that shook the Republican establishment in the Capitol. Wolf summarily fired the head of the open records office and recalled more than two dozen nominations to boards, commissions, and judgeships, including one for former Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley to join the Temple University board of trustees.
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