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September 4, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
A veteran lawyer from Montgomery County is the special prosecutor heading the inquiry into whether state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office leaked grand jury information in an effort to discredit her critics, The Inquirer has learned. Thomas E. Carluccio, a criminal defense lawyer in Plymouth Meeting and former prosecutor in Delaware, was appointed over the summer by a Montgomery County judge to explore how secret records became public this year about a 2009 investigation by the Attorney General's Office involving Philadelphia political activist J. Whyatt Mondesire, according to several people familiar with the matter.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2014
Sue Aistrop has been promoted to director of community services and RSVP/Philadelphia at Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia. She had been hunger-relief volunteer coordinator. AIM Academy , Conshohocken, has named Allison Enslein head of the Lower School and Edward Gallagher head of the Middle School. Enslein formerly was head of school at the Center School in Abington; Gallagher was assistant Upper School dean at Girard College. YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties , Mount Laurel, has named Dana Collins vice president-operations and Valeria Galarza vice president-strategic expansion.
NEWS
September 1, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
A special prosecutor is investigating whether the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked confidential grand jury material to a newspaper in a bid to strike back at former prosecutors in the office who had been critical of her, according to several people familiar with the matter. The special prosecutor has issued several subpoenas to Kane's office and others to explore how secret records became public this year about a 2009 investigation by the Attorney General's Office involving Philadelphia political activist J. Whyatt Mondesire, the sources said.
NEWS
August 31, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fallout from the Philadelphia School District's dismal financial situation continues: 17 central-office employees were issued layoff notices Friday. Overall, 81 positions were eliminated, said Fernando Gallard, spokesman for the school system, but among those were 64 vacant jobs. The laid-off workers come mostly from the district's facilities and capital improvements offices. One employee from the Office of Family and Community Engagement was also issued a pink slip. Shedding the 81 jobs saves the district $5.4 million, Gallard said.
NEWS
August 29, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert Dugan Sr., 72, of Marlton, who retired in August 2001 as an Evesham Township police sergeant after 31 years on the force, died of kidney failure Monday, Aug. 25, at home. Mr. Dugan grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated from St. Thomas More High School in 1960. He served as a Navy clerk on a ship stationed off Cape Canaveral, Fla., that "would go out and recover" experimental missiles fired toward the Atlantic, his wife, Donna, said. "They loved that part" of their duty, she said.
NEWS
August 28, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police sergeant filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court Monday accusing fellow officers of assaulting and falsely arresting him. Brandon Ruff, who has been with the department since 2006, said he was arrested and punished "in retaliation for his engaging in protected speech and to prevent him from engaging in such speech in the future, all of which would have been personally and politically embarrassing to all defendants," according...
NEWS
August 24, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge has denied a defense motion in a petty drug case to suppress evidence from a Philadelphia narcotics officer who admitted that he gave false testimony in a previous case to protect the safety of a confidential informant. After hearing brief arguments from two defense lawyers, Municipal Judge T. Francis Shields ruled that he would allow Christopher Hulmes' testimony in the trial of Ricardo Jennings, 55, whom Shields later found guilty on drug-possession charges. Jennings, who used the alias Richard Hill earlier in the trial, was arrested June 14 after police seized six packets of heroin from his car on Lehigh Avenue near A Street.
NEWS
August 23, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The woman in the emergency room at Frankford Hospital told the detective that the police officer who sexually assaulted her was named Tom. After the attack, she said, the officer scrawled his cellphone number on a torn piece of paper and handed it to her. Through personnel records, police traced the number to a 10-year veteran of the force, Thomas Tolstoy. Within hours of the alleged assault on Oct. 16, 2008, the officer was pulled off the street. Three women who did not know one another would eventually accuse Tolstoy of assaulting them under strikingly similar circumstances.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's 95-year ban on political contributions by police officers has been overturned by a federal appeals court, which found that the prohibition violated the officers' First Amendment rights. The ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit came in response to an appeal by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which argued that the ban emasculated the union politically by greatly reducing the funds available to its political action committee, known as COPPAC.
NEWS
August 21, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was a matter of inches or less, police said - the distance between a minor wound and an officer killed in the line of duty. That's how police described an early morning exchange of gunfire at a Tacony intersection Tuesday that left a veteran officer with a deep graze wound to his head, and his assailant dead. "We are just very, very fortunate," Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said. "Another quarter-inch and we'd be talking a different story. " The incident began around 12:45 a.m. when Officer Stephen Korpalski, a 14-year veteran of the force, responded with his partner to a radio call of a person with a gun on the 6400 block of Ditman Street.
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