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May 13, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
VERGIA LIGGON liked to say that she "put the D in Dance. " Which meant, of course, that she was never the last to hit the dance floor when the music started. She thrived on music and dancing and everything else that called for the kind of exuberance that Vergia demonstrated throughout her life. "She was an extrovert," said her daughter, Donna Melissa. "She was fun to hang out with. " Vergia N. Liggon, internal auditor and financial analyst for Wachovia Bank, now Wells Fargo, who was later in customer relations for Citizens Bank, an artist, photographer and world traveler, died May 1 of cancer.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former officer filed a civil rights suit Monday in federal court against the Radnor Township Police Department, its chief, and five officers, alleging racial discrimination. Nick Lai of Philadelphia alleges that the discrimination began May 1, 2013, the day he was hired. He has been terminated, according to the court filings. Lai is the brother of Tina Lurie, wife of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Efforts to reach Lai were unsuccessful. He filed the lawsuit himself. Radnor Police Chief William Colarulo said he had no comment.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harris Coles Aller Jr., 87, of Bryn Mawr, a retired banking and trust officer, died Friday, April 17, at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. Mr. Aller retired in the early 1990s as a trust officer with the Fidelity Philadelphia Trust Co. He started in the remittance department and worked in personnel and other areas over the next 35 years. Active in professional and civic organizations, he held numerous leadership positions that drew on his ability to connect with those around him and tell a funny story, his family said in a tribute.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sens. Robert P. Casey and Pat Toomey called Wednesday for an audit of every regional Veterans Affairs office nationwide - the latest round of scrutiny aimed at an agency already facing sharp questions for its management in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Under a bill unveiled by Pennsylvania's two senators and supported by members of a bipartisan working group cochaired by Casey, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office would be required to review regional VA offices within a year of passage for "consistency" in decision-making, and to find and share best practices at facilities that are doing well.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Joseph W. Cirucci Sr. was growing up near Ninth and Christian Streets in South Philadelphia in the 1930s, there was a saying. "You became either a cop or a fireman, a priest or a burglar," if you lived in that neighborhood, Mr. Cirucci's son, Joseph W. Jr., said. "It was a joke, he used to say," his son said. "He had a real good sense of humor. " Mr. Cirucci became a Philadelphia police officer. On Sunday, May 3, Mr. Cirucci, 87, of Stratford, who joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1950 and retired in 1975, died of heart and lung problems at home.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors on Wednesday arrested and charged a former Philadelphia police officer with witness intimidation in the alleged use of his position to obtain information about and threaten his former sister-in-law. Jeremias Olivo was in custody Wednesday afternoon as District Attorney Seth Williams announced the onetime officer's arrest for allegedly intimidating his brother Samuel's former wife while the man and woman were embroiled in a domestic conflict. Even as she changed her address, prosecutors alleged, Jeremias Olivo made efforts to track the woman, who alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The federal corruption case against six members of an elite Philadelphia police narcotics squad will head to a jury Thursday, after a second day of closing arguments in which the defense team lauded its clients as heroes and likened the officers' accusers to "a freak show to end all. " Their speeches Wednesday ranged from indignant jeremiads - condemning the FBI for an "unconscionable" investigation - to sentimental paeans extolling the bravery of...
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
SIX FORMER narcotics officers on trial "believed that because they wore a badge, their crimes would never see the light of day," a prosecutor told a jury in her closing argument yesterday. "Quite frankly, sadly, if it were only one accuser, their crimes probably would not be exposed," Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen McCartney said. "But over the course of this trial, you have heard from 19 different people. And they're essentially saying the same things. " Eighteen of the 19 suspected or admitted drug dealers contended that the cops robbed them of cash, drugs or personal items, and in some cases roughed them up. The 19th alleged victim, Dontay Murphy, alleged that Officer Thomas Liciardello hit him in the head with the back of a gun, bloodying Murphy's head, after Liciardello chased him on foot.
NEWS
May 6, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Testimony in the federal corruption trial of six Philadelphia narcotics investigators concluded Monday with one of the defendants - Officer Michael Spicer - emerging from government grilling relatively unfazed. While prosecutors had tangled with previous defense witnesses in highly charged exchanges, Spicer's cross-examination was far less confrontational. Much of Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen McCartney's questioning focused on what Spicer did not see in the 18 drug investigations flagged by the FBI as suspect and what might have happened when he was not around.
SPORTS
May 6, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE BIG, HAPPY personnel family Chip Kelly described for us during the NFL draft is now a little smaller. After the draft was over, the Eagles on Sunday dismissed director of college scouting Anthony Patch, director of pro personnel Rick Mueller and Southwest area scout Brad Obee, sources close to the situation confirmed to the Daily News. Patch and Mueller, especially, were tied to the regime of former general manager Howie Roseman, whose personnel say ended in January. They were Roseman's top personnel advisers, along with Ed Marynowitz, who now runs personnel and will hire his own team.
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