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May 15, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Camden teenager fatally shot a 13-year-old boy as he walked away from a van in January, and used the same weapon - a .380 caliber Hi-point semi-automatic handgun - with which she had shot another person in October, prosecutors said Friday. Casche Alford, 17, had been waived to adult court for her arraignment in Superior Court in Camden, where she appeared in black pants and a longsleeve polo sports jersey, with her wrists in handcuffs. Alford, charged with murder, has been in a juvenile detention facility since Jan. 9. Authorities said she killed Nathaniel Plummer Jr. on Jan. 7 in the 2900 block of Line Street, near his grandmother's home.
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May 7, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer and Melanie Burney, STAFF WRITERS
The Somerset County, N.J., prosecutor said Thursday that his office was investigating allegations outlined in a recently filed civil lawsuit that evidence was destroyed during the investigation into the deaths of Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife. Acting Prosecutor Michael Robertson, who took office March 7, confirmed Thursday that an internal affairs investigation began last fall, when the allegations were first made by the veteran detective who filed the suit last month.
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May 5, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The morning that 3-year-old Brendan Creato was reported missing in Haddon Township, sparking a massive search by residents and authorities, a K-9 dog tracked his scent using one of Brendan's Mickey Mouse slippers. The police dog led investigators down Cooper Street, into woods near South Park Drive, down a dirt path, to a creek where Brendan's body was partially submerged. Brendan was wearing pajamas and socks, and the socks were clean. The site was three-quarters of a mile from his father's apartment, where he was last said to have been seen.
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May 4, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116@Lmccrystal
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Monday assailed Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's latest bid to dismiss the criminal case against her, calling frivolous and irrelevant her claim that she is the victim of a selective and vindictive prosecution. In a court filing, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Kane's argument, which they called "yet another chapter in her wearied feud" with former state investigators who they say have no influence on the current case. Kane faces an August trial on perjury and other charges after allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to a Daily News reporter and later lying about it under oath.
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May 1, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
A former South Jersey mail carrier pleaded guilty Friday for his role in stealing income-tax refund checks totaling $442,776, authorities announced. Earl Champagne, 47, of Willingboro, admitted his role in the conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in federal court in Camden, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. Champagne admitted stealing U.S. Treasury checks from the mail from March 2014 to July 24, 2014, and giving them to others, the prosecutor said. He admitted stealing 72 checks.
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April 15, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
The sign outside his Southwest Philadelphia overseas shipping business proclaims Mohammed Jabbateh to be "Professional. Reliable. Trusted. " Federal authorities Wednesday offered another label to describe him: war criminal. In an indictment filed in U.S. District Court, prosecutors accused the 49-year-old East Lansdowne man of lying to U.S. immigration officials about his past as a rebel commander responsible for atrocities during Liberia's back-to-back civil wars. Under the nom de guerre "Jungle Jabbah," they said, Jabbateh carried out or oversaw the murders of civilians, the sexual enslavement of women, and the conscription of child soldiers during the years-long, multifaction conflict that roiled his native country between 1989 and 2003.
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April 14, 2016 | By John Baer
LET'S TAKE a peek at the race for attorney general. It's overshadowed by contests for president and U.S. Senate. But it offers insights into Pennsylvania's geopolitics and Philadelphia's clout. Also, it's about an office that's both stepping-stone and banana peel. Of the five elected A.G.s since 1980 (previously, the post was appointed), three ran for governor (Ernie Preate, Mike Fisher, and Tom Corbett); one, Corbett, became governor; and two were charged with crimes. Preate went to prison; current A.G. Kathleen Kane awaits trial.
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April 11, 2016
Police say a homeless man whose body was found Wenesday in an abandoned trailer in Swedesboro where he sometimes sheltered had been beaten to death. The body of Sylvester Combs Jr., 61, was found around 11 a.m., with what the Gloucester County Medical Examiner found were blunt-force head injuries, said Bernard Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. Combs was known by his nickname, "Buttons. " The prosecutor and Woolwich Township Police are investigating and ask anyone with information about Combs to please call Det. Greg Malesich of the prosecutor's office, 856-384-5626, or Det. Chris Beckett, Woolwich Police, 856-467-1667, extension 1224.
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April 11, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Outside a West Virginia courthouse, the families of the dead waited for Don Blankenship, the former chief executive of Massey Energy Inc., about to be sentenced for a mining disaster that killed 29 miners at Massey's Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W. Va. "I miss my son, my brother, my nephew!" shouted one man as camera crews captured the moment at the federal courthouse in Charleston on Wednesday. "How come you never came to apologize to me?" Every day 12 people - sons and brothers, mothers, and daughters - die on the job because of hazardous conditions, but rarely do their employers face serious jail time, or anything more than a misdemeanor charge.
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April 8, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
Somerset County's new prosecutor is reviewing the investigative files into the 2014 deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan and his wife, but said he has not decided what his office "will do or not do" regarding the case. On Wednesday, Prosecutor Michael Robertson acknowledged the media interest in the high-profile case, but he said he would not comment while the state medical examiner is considering the family's request to overturn a ruling that John Sheridan committed suicide.
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