August 31, 2012
THIS WEEK, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey hired an outside law firm to investigate Inspector Jerrold Bates, a high-ranking superintendent in the police's Internal Affairs Bureau, following reports in the Daily News . This comes a month after the director of the Police Advisory Commission, the civilian oversight board, was removed from his job over lagging investigations. This may not be the nadir of police oversight in the city. But it's close. Ramsey has continually said he's commited to ferreting out corruption among the ranks; he has added 26 officers to Internal Affairs and added training and investigations.
May 24, 2012 |
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has quietly hired a private investigator from Western Pennsylvania to examine the turnpike's purchasing and contract-compliance practices. The turnpike authority hired Corporate Security and Investigations of Monaca, Pa., for $75,000 a year to provide "confidential investigative and audit services related to procurement, contract compliance and invoicing policies and practices as they apply to vendors providing supplies, services or construction.
November 4, 2011 |
Too many writers bank on early success and never expand their literary boundaries. Madi Distefano sprang onto the nascent Philadelphia theater scene in the mid-1990s and for a dozen years slashed her pen across the page in epic, edgy scripts about burnt-out youths chasing dreams of punk superstardom. Fifteen years later, she's set a different task. After staging small-cast, quick-costume-change shows like Greater Tuna and The Mystery of Irma Vep , Distefano has penned a quick-changer of her own in Meanwhile ... , now in its world premiere with Brat Productions.
August 2, 2011 |
Peter J. O'Shea III, 60, of Old City, founder of a private-investigation firm, died Friday, July 29, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of lung cancer. In 1994, Mr. O'Shea established OSI Investigations in Philadelphia. The firm, whose clients include law firms and insurance companies, provides background checks, comprehensive surveillance, and document and subpoena services. He operated OSI with his wife, Mary Carol Coyne O'Shea, a former teacher. The couple met while socializing with friends at McGillin's Olde Ale House in Center City and married in 1978.
January 7, 2011 |
APROMINENT Philadelphia crime sleuth is speculating that the region's high-profile murder mystery - the shocking discovery of ex-Pentagon official John "Jack" Wheeler III in a Wilmington landfill - might not be a murder at all. William Fleisher, an ex-cop who co-founded Philadelphia's murder-solving Vidocq Society, said that the discovery of eyewitnesses and surveillance video of a disoriented Wheeler before he died suggests that the 66-year-old man...
November 17, 2010 |
KRISTIN McKeever-Graham was not most people's image of a private eye. But she was just that for most of her career, catching hotel thieves and construction-site pilferers, tracking down lost children and providing security for business firms. She once joined a cult in which two children of a client were being held, videotaped strange ceremonies and eventually returned the kids to their father. And then there were those million-plus dollar payments she had to carry from banks to merchant ships on the river in the days before electronic payments made such trips unnecessary.
September 6, 2010 |
Two new series jump the gun on the fall season Wednesday, both chasing the small-network holy grail of television: "branding. " Terriers , 10 p.m. on cable's FX, and Hellcats , 9 p.m. on CW57, are solid exemplars of each network's sales strategy, on target with each one's desired audience. At FX, that means discerning adults, maybe a few more men than women, seeking offbeat fare with complex characters and perhaps a seasoning of dark humor. Terriers is one step below such FX paragons as Justified and Sons of Anarchy (which returns for its third season Tuesday)
June 1, 2010
Family Court mess needs a private eye Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille should appoint an independent investigator to examine allegations concerning payments of more than $10 million to a lawyer/developer and others to locate a Family Court building in Philadelphia ("A judge should know better," Sunday). An unbiased and dispassionate examination, conducted by an individual without prior connection to the Family Court project or the parties involved, is the only way to ensure public trust in the findings.
March 13, 2010 |
An attorney for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has hired a private investigator to look into a sexual-assault allegation made by a 20-year-old Georgia college student. Police in the college town of Milledgeville, Ga., continue to investigate, but have released little information since the accusation was made a week ago. The two-time Super Bowl champ's lawyer, Ed Garland, said he has hired his own investigative team. "Any lawyer representing anyone needs to know all the facts so that he can perform his duties," he said.
April 6, 2009 |
"Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead" No. 2 takes an intelligent, imaginative concept and an incredibly intriguing character from the first issue and takes both to greater heights. The concept: Fifty years ago, the dead stopped departing to the afterlife and began drifting all over the world in the form of "blue lights" that feed on electromagnetic waste. The problem: There are too many "lights," and technology like the "suppressor towers" are not strong enough to keep them in check.